A Water-Gas Relative Permeability Relationship for Tight Gas Sand Reservoirs

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S. D. L. Lekia, R. D. Evans

School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019

J. Energy Resour. Technol 112(4), 239-245 (Dec 01, 1990) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2905766 History: Received October 25, 1989; Revised August 30, 1990; Online April 16, 2008


This paper presents a new approach for the analyses of laboratory-derived capillary pressure data for tight gas sands. The method uses the fact that a log-log plot of capillary pressure against water saturation is a straight line to derive new expressions for both wetting and nonwetting phase relative permeabilities. The new relative permeability equations are explicit functions of water saturation and the slope of the log-log straight line of capillary pressure plotted against water saturation. Relative permeabilities determined with the new expressions have been successfully used in simulation studies of naturally fractured tight gas sands where those determined with Corey-type expressions which are functions of reduced water saturation have failed. A dependence trend is observed between capillary pressure and gas permeability data from some of the tight gas sands of the North American Continent. The trend suggests that the lower the gas permeability, the higher the capillary pressure values at the same wetting phase saturation—especially for saturations less than 60 percent.

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