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A Multi-Scale Modeling of Confined Fluid: from Nanopore to Unconventional Reservoir Simulation

Abstract : Tight oil and shale gas reservoirs have a significant part of their pore volume occupied by micro (below 2nm) and mesopores (between 2 and 50nm). This kind of environment creates strong interaction forces in the confined fluid with pore walls and then changes dramatically the fluid phase behavior. An important work has therefore to be done on thermodynamic modeling of the confined fluid and on developing upscaling methodology of the pore size distribution for large scale reservoir simulations. Firstly, the comparison between molecular simulation results and commonly used modified equation of state (EOS) in the literature highlighted the model of flash with capillary pressure and critical temperature and pressure shift as the best one to model confined fluid behavior. Then, fine grid matrix/fracture simulations have been built and performed for different pore size distributions. The study has shown that the pore size distribution has an important impact on reservoir production and this impact is highly dependent on the volume fraction of nanopores inside the matrix. Afterwards, coarse grid upscaling models have then been performed on the same synthetic case and compared to the reference fine grid results. The commonly used upscaling methodology of dual porosity model with average pore radius for the pore size distribution is unable to match the fine grid results. A new triple porosity model considering fracture, small pores and large pores with their own capillary pressure and EOS, together with MINC (Multiple Interacting Continua) approach, has shown very good agreement with the reference fine grid results. Finally a large scale stimulated reservoir volume with different pore size distribution inside the matrix has been built using the upscaling method developed here.
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Nicolas Sobecki, Shihao Wang, Didier Yu Ding, Carlos Nieto-Draghi, Yu-Shu Wu. A Multi-Scale Modeling of Confined Fluid: from Nanopore to Unconventional Reservoir Simulation. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier, 2020, 193, pp.107364. ⟨10.1016/j.petrol.2020.107364⟩. ⟨hal-02864309⟩

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