Research Papers: Underground Injection and Storage

Well Injectivity Decline for Nonlinear Filtration of Injected Suspension: Semi-Analytical Model

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A. S. L. Vaz

 North Fluminense State University, Avenida Alberto Lamego 2000, Campos dos Goytacazes, 28013-602 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

P. Bedrikovetsky

SPE, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Australiapavel@asp.adelaide.edu.au

C. J. A. Furtado, A. L.S. de Souza

 Petrobras/CENPES, Av. Horatio Macedo 950, Cidade Universitaria, 21941-915 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

J. Energy Resour. Technol 132(3), 033301 (Oct 07, 2010) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4002242 History: Received January 01, 2009; Revised June 07, 2009; Published October 07, 2010; Online October 07, 2010

Injectivity decline due to injection of water with particles is a widespread phenomenon in waterflood projects. It happens due to particle capture by rocks and consequent permeability decline and also due to external cake formation on the sandface. Since offshore production environments become ever more complex, particularly in deep water fields, the risk associated with injectivity impairment due to injection of seawater or re-injection of produced water may increase to the point that production by conventional waterflood may cease to be viable. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important to predict injectivity evolution under such circumstances. The work develops a semi-analytical model for injectivity impairment during a suspension injection for the case of filtration and formation damage coefficients being linear functions of retained particle concentration. The model exhibits limited retained particle accumulation, while the traditional model with a constant filtration coefficient predicts unlimited growth of retained particle concentration. The developed model also predicts the well index stabilization after the decline period.

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Figure 1

Suspended and retained particle concentrations in porous space

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Figure 2

Schematic for injected suspension propagation between injection and production well: (a) contour radius is equal to half-distance between injector and producer; (b) profile of suspension concentration is steady state behind the concentration front; (c) gradual accumulation of retained particles behind the concentration front

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Figure 3

Concentration front and characteristic line on the plane (X,tD)

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Figure 4

Dynamics of (a) suspended and (b) retained concentration profiles during suspension injection in vertical well

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Effect of two formation damage coefficients β and β2 on well impedance curve: (a) impedance versus real time; (b) impedance versus p.v.i.

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Figure 6

Sensitivity of impedance curve to variation in filtration function: impedance versus p.v.i.

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Figure 7

Monotonic and nonmonotonic impedance curves

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Figure 8

Nonmonotonic behavior of reciprocal to formation damage function due to linear interpolation of formation damage coefficient

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Figure 9

Overestimated value of maximum retained concentration due to linear approximation of the filtration function

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Figure 10

Injectivity decline analysis using well index curves

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Figure 11

Using the three-point-pressure tool at sea platform



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