Impact of geomechanical effects during SAGD process in a meander belt

Abstract : In the reservoir simulations, the geomechanical effects are usually taken into account to describe the porosity and the permeability variations. In this paper, we present a new method, patented by authors, which allows to model the geomechanical effects also on the well productivity index. The Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) method is widely used for the heavy oil production. A very high variation in pressure and temperature play a significant role on the petrophysical properties and may impact the productivity estimation. In this paper we develop a new simplified geomechanical model in order to account for the thermal and pressure effects on the porosity, permeability and the productivity index during the reservoir simulation. At the current state, these dependencies are defined using semi-analytical relationships. The model is applied to a meandering fluvial reservoir based on 3D outcrop observations. The productivity is found underestimated if the pressure and temperature effects on the petrophysical properties are ignored in the reservoir simulation. Moreover, this study shows an important impact of thermal effects on the productivity estimation. The results of this work show that it is essential to properly take into account the geomechanical effects on the petrophysical properties and also on the productivity index for a better productivity estimation.
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Iryna Malinouskaya, Christophe Preux, Nicolas Guy, Gisèle Etienne. Impact of geomechanical effects during SAGD process in a meander belt. Oil & Gas Science and Technology - Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, Institut Français du Pétrole, 2018, 73, pp.17. ⟨10.2516/ogst/2018011⟩. ⟨hal-01803775⟩

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