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1 Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves 7
1.1 Terminology and Deﬁnitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
1.2 Methods for Resources/Reserve Estimation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.2.1 AnalogyBased Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.2.2 Volumetric Estimates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.2.3 Performance Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
I Fundamentals 15
2 Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology 17
2.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
2.2 The Basic Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
2.2.1 Clastic Sedimentary Rocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
2.2.2 Nonclastic Sedimentary Rocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
2.3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
2.3.1 Source Rock and Generation of Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
2.3.2 Petroleum Migration and Accumulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
2.3.3 Classiﬁcation of Petroleum ReservoirForming Traps . . . . . . . . . . 24
2.4 Types of Hydrocarbon Traps on the Norwegian Continental Shelf . . . . . . . . 28
3 Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions
in Reservoir Engineering 31
3.1 Continuum Mechanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
3.2 Porosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
3.3 Saturation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
3.3.1 Residual Saturation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
3.3.2 Laboratory Determination of Residual Oil and Water Saturation . . . . 34
3.4 Reservoir Pressure and Distribution of Fluid Phases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
3.5 Pressure Distribution in Reservoirs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
3.6 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
4 Porosity 45
4.1 General Aspects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
4.2 Models of Porous Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
4.2.1 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Parallel Cylindrical Pores . . 46
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4.2.2 Idealised Porous MediumRepresented by Regular CubicPacked Spheres
47
4.2.3 Idealised Porous MediumRepresented by Regular OrthorhombicPacked
spheres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
4.2.4 Idealised Porous MediumRepresented by Regular RhombohedralPacked
spheres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
4.2.5 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by IrregularPacked Spheres
with Different Radii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
4.3 Porosity Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
4.4 Measurement of Porosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
4.4.1 FullDiameter Core Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
4.4.2 GrainVolume Measurements Based on Boyle’s Law . . . . . . . . . . 51
4.4.3 BulkVolume Measurements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
4.4.4 PoreVolume Measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
4.4.5 FluidSummation Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
4.5 Uncertainty in Porosity Estimation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
4.6 Porosity Estimation from Well Logs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
4.7 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
5 Permeability 63
5.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
5.2 Darcy’s Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
5.3 Conditions for Liquid Permeability Measurements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
5.4 Units of Permeability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
5.5 Gas Permeability Measurements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
5.5.1 Turbulent Gas Flow in a Core Sample . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
5.6 Factors Affecting Permeability Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
5.6.1 The Klinkenberg Effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
5.7 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
6 Wettability and Capillary Pressure 83
6.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
6.2 Surface and Interfacial Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
6.3 Rock Wettability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
6.4 Contact Angle and Interfacial Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
6.5 Capillary Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
6.5.1 Capillary Pressure Across Curved Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
6.5.2 Interfacial Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
6.5.3 Capillary Pressure in a Cylindrical Tube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
6.6 Capillary Pressure and Fluid Saturation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
6.7 Pore Size Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
6.8 Saturation Distribution in Reservoirs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
6.9 Laboratory Measurements of Capillary Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
6.10 Drainage and Imbibition Processes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
6.10.1 Hysterisis in Contact Angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
6.10.2 Capillary Hysterisis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
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6.11 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
7 Relative Permeability 111
7.1 Deﬁnitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
7.2 Rock Wettability and Relative Permeabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
7.3 Drainage/Imbibition Relative Permeability Curves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
7.4 Residual Phase Saturations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
7.5 Laboratory Determination of Relative Permeability Data . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
7.6 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
8 Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids 121
8.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
8.2 Compressibility of Solids, Liquids and Gases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
8.2.1 Rock Stresses and Compressibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
8.2.2 Compressibility of Liquids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
8.2.3 Compressibility of Gases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
8.3 Deformation of Porous Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
8.3.1 Compressibility Measurements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
8.3.2 Betti’s Reciprocal Theorem of Elasticity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
8.4 Compressibility for Reservoir Rock Saturated with Fluids . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
8.5 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
9 Properties of Reservoir Fluids 135
9.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
9.2 Deﬁnitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
9.3 Representation of hydrocarbons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
9.3.1 Ternary diagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
9.4 Natural gas and gas condensate ﬁelds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
9.5 Oil ﬁelds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
9.6 Relation between reservoir and surface volumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
9.7 Determination of the basic PVT parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
9.8 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
II Reservoir Parameter Estimation Methods 153
10 Material Balance Equation 155
10.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
10.2 Dry gas expansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
10.3 A general oil reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
10.3.1 A1: Expansion of oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
10.3.2 A2: Expansion of originally dissolved gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
10.3.3 B: Expansion of gas cap gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
10.3.4 C: Reduction in HCPV due to expansion of connate water and reduc
tion of pore volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
10.3.5 Production terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
10.4 The material balance equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
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10.5 Linearized material balance equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
10.6 Dissolved gas expansion drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
10.7 Gas cap expansion drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
10.8 Water inﬂux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
10.9 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
11 Well Test Analysis 173
11.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
11.1.1 Systems of Uunits Used in Well Test Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
11.2 Wellbore Storage Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
11.3 Semi Logarithmic Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
11.3.1 Diffusivity Equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
11.3.2 Solution of the Diffusitivity Equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
11.3.3 Gas Reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
11.3.4 The Solution of the Diffusitivity Equation in Dimensionless Form . . . 181
11.3.5 Wellbore Pressure for Semi Logarithmic Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
11.4 Semi Steady State Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
11.4.1 Average Reservoir Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
11.4.2 Well Skin Factor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
11.4.3 Wellbore Pressure at Semi Steady State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
11.5 Wellbore Pressure Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
11.5.1 Transition Time Between Semi Logarithmic Period and Semi Steady
State Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11.5.2 Recognition of Semi Logarithmic Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11.6 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
12 Methods of Well Testing 193
12.1 Pressure Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
12.2 Pressure Drawdown Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.2.1 Pressure Drawdown Test Under Semi Logarithmic Conditions . . . . . 195
12.2.2 Pressure Drawdown Test Under Semi Steady State Conditions . . . . . 196
12.3 Pressure BuildUp Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
12.4 Pressure Test Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
12.4.1 Miller  Dyes  Hutchinson (MDH) Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
12.4.2 Matthews  Brons  Hazebroek (MBH) Analysis (Horner plot) . . . . . 201
12.5 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
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Preface
The topics covered in this book represent a review of modern approaches and practical methods
for analysing various problems related to reservoir engineering.
This textbook, part I Fundamentals and part II Reservoir Parameter Estimation Meth
ods, constitutes the main content of the book. The subjects presented, are based on the course
of lectures in Reservoir Engineering 1 held by the authors at the Rogaland University Centre
in the period from 1989 to 1995. Part III Fluid Flow in Porous Media and part IV Enhanced
Oil Recovery are a collection of subjects extending the fundamental knowledge into areas of
more advanced theoretical description. The last part VProjects Exercises presents quite a few
exercises of the type students are asked to solve at their examination test.
The book contains a short introduction to important deﬁnitions for oil and gas reservoirs
(Chapter 1). The two main parts of the book is related to petrophysics (Chapter 2 to 10), and
related to two important methods in Reservoir Engineering, namely Material Balance (Chapter
11) and Well Testing (Chapter 12, 13 and 14). Modelling of ﬂuid ﬂow in porous media is pre
sented through different examples using various mathematical techniques (Chapter 15 to 20).
Classiﬁcation and description of several methods used in enhanced oil recovery are associated
with examples for oil and gas ﬁelds in the North Sea (Chapter 21 to 27)
The Preface contains a list of some of the most commonly used parameters and systems of
units used in petroleum engineering.
In Chapter 1 some basic deﬁnitions of gas and oil reserves are given and the methods of
their evaluation.
Chapter 2 is a brief introduction to the basics of petroleum geology, with some illustra
tive examples relevant to the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This chapter contains some basic
concepts and deﬁnitions related to the origin, habitat and trapping of petroleum
In Chapter 3 some basic concepts and deﬁnitions used in Reservoir Engineering are pre
sented. Some laboratory techniques are explained and examples of equipment are shown. A
short description of reservoir pressure distribution is also presented.
Chapter 4 introduces porosity and some examples of experimental techniques used to
estimate porosity. Some examples describing the method of error propagation are also given.
Permeability is introduced in Chapter 5. A short deduction of Darcy’s law is given and
some examples of its use is described. Measurements of gas permeability is exempliﬁed and
together with laminar and turbulent gas ﬂow, some additional factors affecting permeability are
discussed.
In Chapter 6, viscosity is introduced and some basic equations, describing laminar ﬂuid
ﬂow are derived. Examples of different viscosity measuring techniques are discusses and some
ﬂow characteristics are mentioned.
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2
Wettability and capillary pressure are discussed in Chapter 7. In this chapter we intro
duce the term surface energy to replace interfacial tension and an important relation between
surface energies are derived. Examples of the effect of capillary forces are given and different
experimental techniques are discussed.
Relative permeability is introduced brieﬂy inChapter 8. There has been no attempt made,
to give a broad and consistent description of relative permeability in this book. The chapter is
meant as an introduction to basic concepts of relative permeability and possibly an inspiration
for further reading.
In Chapter 9, some basic aspects of compressibility related to reservoir rock and ﬂuids are
introduced. Examples are related to the behaviour of porous reservoir rocks and core samples
under laboratory conditions.
Chapter 10 lists some basic deﬁnitions and properties related to reservoir ﬂuids. Volume
factors and other important relations are explained and examples of their use are given.
The Material Balance Equation is deduced inChapter 11. The equation is applied in sev
eral examples, describing different types of reservoirs, such as gasreservoir and oil reservoirs
with and without a gas cap.
Well test analysis is introduced in Chapter 12. A somewhat simpliﬁed derivation of the
pressure solution for three important production periods are presented, i.e., the wellbore storage
period, the semilogaritmic period and the semisteady state period. Dimensionless parameters
are used and the set of pressure solutions are presented.
Chapter 13 introduces some basic methods of well testing, like drawdown test, buildup
test and combinations of the two, are presented. Examples of two "classical" well test analysis
is also included.
Modern well test analysis, like transient testing techniques, is presented inChapter 14.
Use of type curves and matching techniques are shortly presented.
Part III Fluid Flow in Porous Media gives an introduction to mathematical modelling
of oil displacement by waterﬂooding. This part presents a broad classiﬁcation of models
describing ﬂuid ﬂow in porous media. Basic principles behind equations of Buckley Leverett
theory and their application are presented, as well as various analytical solution techniques.
Some few exercises are included at the end of this part.
Enhanced Oil Recovery is presented in part IV. A basic mathematical description of EOR
methods are given and various methods are classiﬁed. Examples of polymer ﬂooding is pre
sented as well as EOR related to surfactants and different solvents. Various techniques using
WAG, foams and Microbial methods are also brieﬂy described.
Most chapters in part I and II contain several exercises, illustrating the concepts and meth
ods presented, while all exercises in part III and IV are added at the end.
This book does not contain complicated mathematical equations or calculus. The math
ematical prerequisite required are minimal, though necessary. The student should know the
elements of matrix and linear algebra, probability theory and statistics, and also be acquainted
with single and partialdifferential equations and methods of their solution. In part III and IV,
however some slightly more advanced mathematical formalism is used.
A reference list is given at the end of the book. The book does not cover all the relevant
literature, nor is the reference list intended to be a complete bibliography. Only some necessary
references and key publications are included in the reference list.
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J.R. Ursin & A. B. Zolotukhin
Stavanger, 1997
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Units and conversion factors
The basic knowledge of units and conversion factors is absolutely necessary in reservoir engi
neering, although the choice of industrial units depend on company, country or simply tradition.
Since the choice of units has been largely a question of preference, the knowledge of conversion
factors is practical necessary.
English and American units are most commonly used in the petroleum industry, but there is
a tendency to turn to SIunits or practical SIunits, especially in the practice of the Norwegian
and the other European oil companies.
In this book we will use both SIunits and industrial units in explaining the theory as well
as in examples and in exercises. Since both set of units are widely used in the oil industry, it is
important to be conﬁdent with both systems, simply due to practical reasons.
A selection of some of the most frequently used parameters are listed in the table below.
The Metric unit is seen as a practical SIunit, often used in displaying data or calculations.
Metric unit = Conversion factor Industry unit,
i.e. metric unit is found by multiplying a given industry unit by an appropriate conversion
factor.
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Parameter (SI unit) Industry unit Conversion factor Metric unit
Area, m
2
sq mile 2.589988 km
2
acre 4046.856 m
2
sq ft 0.09290304 m
2
sq in. 6.4516 cm
2
Compressibility, Pa
−1
psi
−1
0.1450377 kPa
−1
Density, kg/m
3
g/cm
3
1000.0 kg/m
3
lbm/ft
3
16.01846 kg/m
3
o
API 141.5/(131.5 +
o
API) (γ
sg
)
∗
Flow rate, m
3
/s bbl/d 0.1589873 m
3
/d
ft
3
/d 0.02831685 m
3
/d
Force, N lbf 4.448222 N
pdl 138.2550 mN
dyne 0.01 mN
Length, m mile 1.609344 km
ft 30.48 cm
in. 2.54 cm
Pressure, Pa atm 101.325 kPa
bar 100.0 kPa
lbf/in.
2
(psi) 6.894757 kPa
mm Hg (0
o
C) 1.333224 kPa
dyne/cm
2
0.1 Pa
Mass, kg ton 1000 kg
lbm 0.4535924 kg
Temperature, K
o
C + 273.15 K
o
F (
o
F32)/1.8
o
C
R 5/9 K
Surface tension, N/m dyne/cm 1.0 mN/m
Viscosity, Pas cp (poise) 0.001 Pas
Volume, m
3
acreft 1233.489 m
3
cu ft 0.02831685 m
3
bbl 0.1589873 m
3
U.S. gal 3.785412 dm
3
liter 1.0 dm
3
∗
Spesiﬁc gravity of oil.
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Chapter 1
Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves
1.1 Terminology and Deﬁnitions
In the period from 1936 to 1964, the American Petroleum Institute (API) set some guiding stan
dards for the deﬁnition of proved reserves. They were presented in a joint publication of API
and the American Gas Association (AGA), "Proved reserves of crude oil, natural gas liquids
and natural gas", in 1946. In 1964, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recommended
reserve deﬁnitions following the revised API deﬁnitions. In 1979, the U.S. Security and Ex
change Commission (SEC) issued a newer set of deﬁnitions, whereby also the SPE deﬁnitions
were updated in 1981. In 1983, the World Petroleum Congress issued a set of petroleum reserve
deﬁnitions, which included categories ranging fromproved to speculative reserves [2].
Fig. 1.1 shows a conceptual scheme of the oil and gas resources and reserves, where the
following deﬁnitions are used [2]:
Reserves are estimated volumes of crude oil, condensate, natural gas, natural
gas liquids, and associated substances anticipated to be commercially recoverable
from known accumulations from a given date forward, under existing economic
conditions, by established operating practices, and under current government regu
lations. Reserve estimates are based on geologic and/or engineering data available
at the time of estimate.
The relative degree of an estimated uncertainty is reﬂected by the categorisation of reserves
as either "proved" or "unproved"
Proved Reserves can be estimated with reasonable certainty to be recoverable
under current economic conditions. Current economic conditions include prices
and costs prevailing at the time of the estimate.
Reserves are considered proved is commercial producibility of the reservoir is
supported by actual engineering tests.
Unproved Reserves are based on geological and/or engineering data similar to
those used in the estimates of proved reserves, but when technical, contractual,
economic or regulatory uncertainties preclude such reserves being classiﬁed as
proved. They may be estimated assuming future economic conditions different
from those prevailing at the time of the estimate.
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8 Chapter 1. Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves
Undiscoveed
Nonrecoverable
Resources
Recoverable
Resources
Reserves
Cumulative
Production
Proved
Reserves
Unproved
Reserves
Probable
Reserves
Possible
Reserves
Discovered
Total Oil and Gas Resource
Figure 1.1: Conceptual scheme for oil and gas resources and re
serves.
Unproved reserves may further be classiﬁedprobable and possible, see Fig. 1.1.
Probable Reserves are less certain than proved reserves and can be estimated with
a degree of certainty sufﬁcient to indicate they are more likely to be recovered than
not.
Possible Reserves are less certain than proved reserves and can be estimated with
a low degree of certainty, insufﬁcient to indicate whether they are more likely to
be recovered than not.
The estimation of reserves will depend upon the actual mode of petroleum recovery, which
may involve either a naturaldrive mechanism improved by water or gas injection, or some
special technique of enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
In general, "possible" reserves may include:
• Reserves suggested by structural and/or stratigraphic extrapolation beyond areas classi
ﬁed as probable, based on geological and/or geophysical interpretation.
• Reserves in rock formations that appear to be hydrocarbonbearing based on logs or
cores, but may not be productive at a commercial level.
• Incremental reserves based on inﬁll drilling are subject to technical uncertainty.
1.2 Methods for Resources/Reserve Estimation 9
• Reserves attributable to an improved or enhanced recovery method when a pilot project
is planned (but not in operation) and the rock, ﬂuid and reservoir characteristics are such
that a reasonable doubt exists whether the estimated reserves will be commercial.
• Reserves in a rock formation that has proved to be productive in other areas of the ﬁeld,
but appears to be separated from those areas by faults and the geological interpretation,
indicates a relatively low structurally position.
1.2 Methods for Resources/Reserve Estimation
1.2.1 AnalogyBased Approach
Another producing reservoir with comparable characteristics can be used as a possible analogue
for the reservoir under consideration, either by a direct welltowell comparison or on a unit
recovery basis. This can be done by determining an average oil or gas recovery per well in
the analogue reservoir (e.g., 100,000 bbl/well) and applying a similar or adjusted recovery
factor to the wells in the reservoir considered. The unitrecovery approach refers to a recovery
calculated in barrels per acrefoot or Mcf per acrefoot.
In an analogue approach, one has to consider similarities of well spacing, reservoir rock
lithofacies, rock and ﬂuid properties, reservoir depth, pressure, temperature, pay thickness and
drive mechanism. All possible differences between the analogue reservoir and the reservoir in
question need to be considered to make a realistic adjustment of the recovery estimates.
The use of an analogue may be the only method available to estimate the reserves in a situ
ation where there are no solid data on well performance or reservoir characteristics. However,
an analoguebased approach is also the least accurate and little reliable method of petroleum
reserve estimation, simply because perfect analogues can seldom be found.
1.2.2 Volumetric Estimates
The methods of reserve estimation based on reservoir data are volumetric and can be divided
into deterministic and probabilistic (stocastic) estimates. The main difﬁculty in a volumetric
estimate of resources/reserves is in the transfer of data obtained at a small scale (core analysis,
lithofacies data, well logs, etc.) into a much larger scale ( i.e. data "upscaling" for interwell
space).
Deterministic Methods
The principle of a deterministic approach to resources/reserve estimates is to "upscale" the
information derived from the wells and supported by seismic survey, into the interwell space
by using an interpolation technique.
The main parameters used for a volumetric estimate in this approach are:
• The reservoir "gross" isopach map, which means the bulk thickness of the reservoir rocks
(formation).
• The reservoir "net" isopach map, which means the cumulative thickness of the permeable
rock units only. The NettoGross ratio (N/G) is an important parameter indicating the
productive portion of the reservoir.
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• The reservoir rock porosity (as a volumebased weighed average):
φ =
∑
i
φ
i
A
i
h
i
∑
i
A
i
h
i
,
where φ is the local porosity, A
i
is a subarea and h
i
is a subthickness (of permeable rock).
• The permeability and netthickness product (kh
N
) is important for the estimation of well
production capacity:
(kh
N
) = h
N
∑
i
k
i
h
i
∑
i
h
i
=
N
G
∑
i
k
i
h
i
,
where k
i
is the local permeability (other symbols as above).
• Volumebased average saturation of water, gas and oil. For example water saturation:
S
w
=
∑
i
S
wi
φ
i
A
i
h
i
∑
i
φ
i
A
i
h
i
.
Plotting these parameters as contoured maps (isopachs, isoporosity, isopermeability, etc.)
provides the crucial information on their variation and distribution in the reservoir and makes
it possible to evaluate the reservoir pore volume and its fractions saturated with oil and gas
(hydrocarbon volume). The numerical value of hydrocarbon resources/reserve estimate their
represents an outcome of "integrated" map analysis.
Stochastic Methods
An alternative approach is a probabilistic estimation of resources/reserves, which takes more
account of the estimate uncertainty. Stochastic reservoir description is usually based on the pro
cedure of randomnumber generator. This numerical technique assumes that the main reservoir
properties (porosity, permeability, N/G, ect.) all have random, possibly normal, frequency dis
tributions, with the range of values included by core and welllog data. The maximum and
minimum values are speciﬁed for each of the reservoir parameters and the random number
generator then "drowns data", so to speak, and then simulates their actual density distribution
in the whole reservoir.
In practice, it is necessary to repeat the stochastic simulation for different "seeds" (initial
boundary values) in order to asses and quantify the actual variation of a given parameter. Each
numerical realisation bears an uncertainty for the reservoir characterisation, where the prob
abilistic rather than deterministic, is an estimate of resources/reserves. Different realisations
lead to different volumetric estimates, with different probabilities attached. The cumulative
frequency distributions of these estimates, that is used to asses their likelihood will be a very
unclear formulation. See Fig. 1.2.
In common usage [8] we have:
– An estimate with 90 % or higher probability is the level regarded as aproven value.
– An estimate with 50 % or higher probability is the level regarded as aproven + probable
value.
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value of resources will
be at least as great
as shown
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ries of randomnumber simulations.
– An estimate with 10 % or higher probability is the level regarded as aproven +probable
+ possible value.
As more information on the reservoir becomes available, the cumulative frequency graph
may change its shape and the uncertainty of our resource/reserve estimates may decrease, see
Fig. 1.3.
More generally, the problem of certainty can be considered in terms of "fuzzy" [61], prob
abilistic and deterministic estimates based on the data available at a particular time, as seen
in Fig. 1.4. A comparison of these estimates may be more revealing that each of them is in
isolation.
At the very early stages of ﬁeld appraisal, the data are usually too limited for using statis
tical analysis and, hence, a fuzzy estimate of the resources/reserves may be best or only option
[22, 28, 56]. The lack or scarsity of data in such cases is compensated by a subjective assess
ment of the reservoir characteristics (i.e. the shape of the distribution and the maximum and
minimum values of a given reservoir parameter), Based on the knowledge from other reservoirs
or simply a theoretical guess. A rectangular distribution means no preference and a triangular
distribution means that strong preference distributions are used.
When more data have been collected and statistical analysis becomes possible, aprobabilis
tic estimate can be made. The range in the possible values of the reservoir parameters would
then be narrower, compared to a fuzzy assessment. When the data available are abadundant, a
deterministic estimate can be made based on a well speciﬁed value of a particular parameter
for a particular part (zone, subunit or layer) of the reservoir.
1.2.3 Performance Analysis
The methods of performance analysis presently used include:
• Analysis based on Material Balance Equation (MBE) [33, 34].
• Reservoir Simulation Models (RSM) [10, 45].
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Predrilling Discovery Appraisal
Delineation/
early production
Mature
production
Late time
depletion
Figure 1.3: Changes in the uncertainty resources estimate with in
creasing data acquisition (after Archer and Wall, 1992).
• Decline Curve Analysis (DCA) [53].
The aim of all of these methods is to obtain the best reservoir performance prediction on
the basis of available data.
The MBE method is based on the data obtained from previous reservoir performance and
PVT analysis, but involves some assumptions for the reservoir driving mechanism in order
to minimise the range of possible predictions from the dataset. The method is thus adjusted
differently to reservoirs containing oil, gas or oil with a gas cap (primary or secondary).
The RSM method involves a numerical simulation technique, with the matching of the
production and the reservoir’s previous performance (history). The discrepancy between the
simulation results (prediction) and the available data is minimised by adjusting the reservoir
parameters and taking into account the most likely reservoir drive mechanism (history match).
The DCA method is to predict future performance of the reservoir by matching the ob
served trend of the production decline with one or several standard mathematical methods of
the production ratetime (hyperbolic, harmonic, exponential, ect.). If successful, such a perfor
mance analysis allows to estimate both the reserves and the future performance of the reservoir.
The following "decline curves" from production wells are commonly used in the DCA:
– Production rate vs. time.
– Production rate vs. cumulative oil production.
– Water cut vs. cumulative oil production.
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Value
0.0
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M.L.V V.P.V
V.O.V
Fuzzy
Probabilistic
Deterministic
Figure 1.4: The concept of uncertainty in resources/reserves estima
tion illustrated by fuzzy, probabilistic and deterministic
approach (data set).
– Gasoil ratio vs. cumulative production.
– Percentage oil production vs. cumulative oil production.
– The (p/z) ratio vs. cumulative gas production.
Some of these decline curves are shown in Fig. 1.5.
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0
0 0
Cumulative oil producction Cumulative oil producction
Cumulative oil producction
Economic
limit
Economic
limit
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)
Figure 1.5: Different ways of data representation for a decline curve
analysis.
Part I
Fundamentals
15
Chapter 2
Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology
2.1 Introduction
Reservoir Engineering is a part of Petroleum Science that provides the technical basis for the
recovery of petroleum ﬂuids from subsurface sedimentaryrock reservoirs.
The Fig. 2.1 below indicates the place and role of Reservoir Engineering in the broad ﬁeld
of Petroleum Science.
Geology and
Geophysics
Reservoir
Engineering
Production
Engineering
Facilities
Engineering
Reservoir correlation
Reservoir characterization
Geochemical studies
Workover reserve analysis, well completion design, production
facility design, production log interpretation, prediction of
production schedules
Design proposals for
separation, treating, metering
and pipeline facilities
Final facility design and
operation
Reserve estimates for well
proposal evaluation
Reserve estimates, material balance calculations, fluid flow
equations, reservoir simulation, pressure transient analysis,
well test design and evaluation
Reservoir screening for
improved recovery projects
Improved recovery project
design and maintenance
Figure 2.1: Reservoir engineering and petroleum science.
This chapter pertains to the basic concepts of Petroleum Geology and covers the following
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18 Chapter 2. Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology
main topics:
• The source rock of hydrocarbons.
• The generation, maturation, migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons.
2.2 The Basic Concepts
Petroleum is a mineral substance composed of hydrocarbons and produced from the natural
accumulations of organic matter of a faunal and/or ﬂoral provenance. Petroleum is a gaseous,
liquid or semisolid substance, present in the pore space of porous rocks, referred to as reservoir
rocks, which are mainly of sedimentary origin.
2.2.1 Clastic Sedimentary Rocks
Sedimentary rocks results from the deposition of sedimentary particles, known as clastic mate
rial or detritus (from the Latin "worn down"), consisting of mineral grains and rock fragments.
Sedimentary particles are derived from weathered and fragmented older rocks, igneous, meta
morphic or sedimentary, usually with some chemical changes. Sediment comprising loose
mineral detritus or debris is referred to as clastic sediment (from the Greek word "klastos",
meaning broken). Some clastic sediments consist of the accumulations of skeletal parts or
shells of dead organisms, commonly fragmented, and are referred to as bioclastic rocks (see
next section). The particles of clastic sediment may range widely in size, and the predominant
grainsize fraction is the primary basis for classifying clastic sediments and clastic sedimentary
rocks. As shown in Table 2.1 clastic sediments can be divided into 4 main classes: gravel, sand,
silt, and clay [49], where mud is a mixture of clay and silt, possibly including also some very
ﬁne sand. The narrower the grainsize range of a given sediment, the better its "sorting". Both
the grain size and sorting have direct implications for the sediment permeability to ﬂuids.
Table 2.1: Deﬁnition of grainsize and the terminology for sediments
and sedimentary rocks.
Sediment Grainsize limits Unconsolidated Consolidated
grainsize fraction in mm sediment rock
Boulder More than 256 Boulder gravel Boulder conglomerate
∗
Cobble 64 to 256 Cobble gravel Cobble conglomerate
∗
Pebble 4 to 64 Pebble gravel Pebble conglomerate
∗
Granule 2 to 4 Granule grawel Granule coglomerate
∗
Sand 1/16 to 2 Sand Sandstone
Silt 1/256 to 1/16 Silt Siltstone
Clay Less than 1/256 Clay Claystone (clayshale, if ﬁssile)
Clay & slit mixture Mud Mudstone (mudshale, if ﬁssile)
∗
The term "gravelstone" is preferred by some authors on semantic basis [51].
2.2 The Basic Concepts 19
2.2.2 Nonclastic Sedimentary Rocks
Chemical Deposits
Some sedimentary rocks contain little or no clastic particles. Such a sediment, formed by the
precipitation of minerals from solution in water, is achemical sediment. It forms by means of
either biochemical or purely chemical (inorganic) reactions [51]. The primary porosity of such
rocks is practically zero, and their possible porosity is totally dependent on the development of
secondary porosity, chieﬂy in the form of microfractures.
Biogenic Deposits
Sedimentary rocks commonly contain fossils, the remains of plants and animals that died and
were buried and preserved in the sediment as it accumulated. A sediment composed mainly
or entirely of fossil remains is called a biogenic sediment. If the fossil debris has not been
homogenised by chemical processes, the deposit can be regarded as a bioclastic sediment [51].
Main nonclastic rocks are: limestone, dolomite, salt, gypsum, chert, and coal. Chalk is a
special type of biogenic limestone, composed of the sheletal parts of pleagic coccolithophorid
algea, called coccoliths. The main types of sedimentary rocks and their chemical compositions
are shown in list below, containing main sedimentary rock types and their chemical composi
tion of categories [37].
Sandstone a siliciclastic rock formed of sand, commonly quartzose or arhosic, cemented with
silica, calcium carbonate, iron oxide or clay.
Chemical composition: SiO
2
. Density: ∼ 2.65 g/cm
3
.
Shale a ﬁssile rock, commonly with a laminated structure, formed by consolidation of clay or
mud ( mainly siliciclastic)
Argillite (mud rock) – any compact sedimentary rock composed mainly of siliciclastic mud.
Chemical composition: SiO
2
.
Dolomite a carbonate rock, consisting largely of the mineral dolomite (calcium magnesium
carbonate)
Chemical composition: CaMg(CO
3
)
2
. Density: ∼ 2.87 g/cm
3
.
Limestone a carbonate rock consisting wholly or mainly of the mineral calcite.
Chemical composition: CaCO
3
. Density: ∼ 2.71 g/cm
3
.
Calcarenite a sandstone composed of carbonate grains, typically a clastic variety of limestone.
Chemical composition: CaCO
3
. Density: ∼ 2.70 g/cm
3
.
Marl a friable rock consisting of calcium carbonate and siliciclastic mud/clay.
Chemical composition: SiO
2
+CaCO
3
. Density: ∼ 2.68 g/cm
3
.
Salt (rock salt) – a chemical rock composed of the mineral halite.
Chemical composition: NaCl.
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Gypsum a chemical, evaporitic rock composed of the mineral gypsum
Chemical composition: CaSO
4
2H
2
O.
Anhydrite a chemical, evaporitic rock composed of the mineral anhydrite.
Chemical composition: CaSO
4
.
Some of the typical reservoir rocks are shown in Fig. 2.2
2.3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum
2.3.1 Source Rock and Generation of Petroleum
Local large concentrations of organic matter in sedimentary rocks, in the form of coal, oil or
natural gas are called the fossil fuels.
A rock rich in primary organic matter is called a source rock, because it is capable of
releasing large amounts of hydrocarbons in natural burial conditions. Usually this is ashale
or mudrock which itself is a very common rock type, consisting about 80% of the world’s
sedimentary rock volume. Organic carbonrich shale and mudrock are characteristically black
or dark greyish in colour, which indicates a nonoxidised primary organic matter.
Many hypotheses concerning the origin of petroleum have been advanced over the last
years. Currently, the most favoured one is that oil and gas are formed from marine phytoplank
ton (microscopic ﬂoating plants) and to a lesser degree from algae and foraminifera [51]. In the
ocean, phytoplankton and bacteria are the principal of organic matter buried in sediment. Most
of organic matter is trapped in clay mud that is slowly converted into shale under burial. Dur
ing this conversion, the organic compounds are transformed (mainly by the geothermal heat)
into petroleum, deﬁned as gaseous, liquid or semisolid natural substances that consist mainly
of hydrocarbons.
In terrestrial sedimentary basins, it is plants such as trees, bushes, and grasses that con
tribute to most of the buried organic matter in mud rocks and shales. These large plants are rich
in resins, waxes, and lignins, which tend to remain solid and form coal, rather than petroleum.
Many organic carbonrich marine and lake shales never reach the burial temperature level
at which the original organic molecules are converted into hydrocarbons forming oil and nat
ural gas. Instead, the alteration process is limited to certain waxlike substances with large
molecules. This material, which remains solid, is called kerogen, and is the organic substance
of socalled oil shales. Kerogen can be converted into oil and gas by further burial by mining
the shale and subjecting it to heat it in a retort.
Petroleum is generated when the kerogen is subjected to a sufﬁcient high temperature in
the process of the sediment burial. The alteration of kerogen to petroleum is similar to other
thermalcracking reactions, which usually require temperatures greater than 60
o
C. At lower
temperatures, during the early diagenesis, a natural biogenic methane called marsh gas, is
generated through the action of microorganisms that live near the ground surface.
A temperature range between about 60
o
C and 175
o
C is most favourable for the generation
of hydrocarbons, and is commonly called theoil window. See Fig 2.3.
At temperatures much above 175
o
C, the generation of liquid petroleum ceases and the for
mation of gas becomes dominant. When the formation rock temperature exceeds 225
o
C, most
of the kerogen will have lost its petroleumgenerating capacity [49],as illustrated by Fig. 2.3 .
2.3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum 21
Figure 2.2: Typical reservoir rocks.
The long and complex chain of chemical reactions involved in the conversion of raw or
ganic matter into crude petroleum is called maturation. Additional chemical changes may
occur in the oil and gas even after these have been generated or accumulated. This explains,
for example, why the petroleum taken from different oil ﬁelds has different properties, de
spite a common source rock. Likewise, primary differences in the source composition may be
reﬂected in the chemistry of the petroleum.
22 Chapter 2. Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology
Generation Intensity
Biogenic Methane
Heavy
Light
Oil
Wet Gas
Dry Gas
T
e
m
p
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r
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t
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r
e
,
°
C
100
175
225
315
60
Dry
Gas
Zone
Wet
Gas
Zone
Oil
Zone
Immature
Zone
Figure 2.3: Generation of petroleum vs. burial temperature.
Two types of evidence support the hypothesis that petroleum is a product of the decompo
sition of natural organic matter [51],
• oil has the optical properties of hydrocarbons that are known only to derive from organic
matter and
• oil contains nitrogen and certain other compounds that are known to originate from living
organic matter only.
Oil source rocks are chieﬂy marine shales and mudrocks. Sampling of mud on the conti
nental shelves and along the bases of continental slopes has shown that the shallowly buried
mud contains up to 8% organic matter. Similar or even higher total organiccarbon (TOC)
content characterizes many ancient marine shales. Geologists conclude therefore that oil is
originated primarily from the organic matter deposited in marine sediments.
The fact is that most of the world’s largest hydrocarbon ﬁelds are found in marine sedimen
tary rock successions representing ancient continental shelves. However, some lake sediments
may be just as oilprone as marine source rocks. Many oil ﬁelds in various parts of the world
are in ancient lacustrine deposits (formed at the bottom or along the shore of lakes, as geo
logical strata). Fig. 2.4 shows the distribution of the world’s sedimentary basin and petroleum
accumulations (from [51]).
2.3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum 23
 Areas where major
amounts of oil and gas
have been found
 Areas of ocean deeper than
2000m underlain by thick
accumulations of sedimentary rock
Legend:
Figure 2.4: World’s main sedimentary basins and petroleum accu
mulations.
2.3.2 Petroleum Migration and Accumulation
The accumulation of petroleum occur in only those areas, where geological conditions have
provided the unique combination of both hydrocarbon prone source rocks and hydrocarbon
traps.
Hydrocarbons are less dense than water. Once released from the source rock, they thus
tend to migrate upwards in the direction of the minimum pressure, until they either escape at
the ground surface, or an impervious barrier, called atrap.
In a trap, the oil and gas accumulate by displacing pore water from the porous rock. The top
may be imperfectly sealed, which means that gas and possibly also some oil may "leak" to yet
higher lying traps or up to the ground surface. The part of the trap that contains hydrocarbons
is called a petroleum reservoir.
Water generally underlines the hydrocarbons in a trap. The water bearing part of the trap
is called an aquifer, and is hydrolically connected with the reservoir. This means that any
pressure change in the aquifer will also affect the reservoir, and the depletion of the reservoir
will make the aquifer expand into this space.
Both oil and gas are generated together, in varying proportions, from a source rock which
results in a primary gas cap above the oil in the reservoir. Likewise, a secondary gas cap may
develop when the reservoir pressure has decreased and the lightest hydrocarbon begin to bubble
out from the oil. Some "leaky" or limitedcapacity traps may segregate oil and gas that have
been generated together, such that these accumulate in separate reservoirs.
24 Chapter 2. Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology
In summary, several factors are required for the formation of a petroleum reservoir [49]:
1. There must be a source rock, preferably rich in primary organic matter (carbon rich
marine or lacustrine shale). This source rock must be deeply buried to reach efﬁcient
temperatures to cause the organic matter to mature and turn into petroleum.
2. There has to be a migration pathway that enables the shalereleased petroleum to migrate
in a preferential direction.
3. There must be a reservoir rock that is sufﬁciently porous and permeable to accumulate
the petroleum in large quantities.
4. There must be a trap that is sealed sufﬁciently to withhold the petroleum. Otherwise,
the majority of petroleum will bypass the porous rock and be dispersed or escape to the
ground surface.
5. An impermeable seal or caprock, is critical in preventing the petroleum from leaking out
from the reservoir or escaping to the surface.
If any of these key factors is missing or inadequate, a petroleum reservoir ﬁeld cannot be
formed. A large isolated reservoir or group of closely adjacent reservoirs is referred to as an
oil ﬁeld.
2.3.3 Classiﬁcation of Petroleum ReservoirForming Traps
In this section, a general classiﬁcation of petroleum reservoirforming traps is discussed (after
[1]). In broad terms, one may distinguish between structual traps (related to tectonic struc
tures) and sratigraphic traps (related to the sealing effect of unconformities and rocktype, or
lithofacies, changes).
Domes and Anticlines
Domes and anticlines are structures formed by the tectonic uplift and/or folding of sedimentary
rocks. When viewed from above, a dome is circular in shape as in Fig. 2.5, whereas an anticline
is an elongate fold as in Fig. 2.6.
Salt Domes
This type of geological structure is caused by the upward intrusion of a diapiric body of salt,
volcanic rock, or serpentine. In pushing up or piercing through the overlaying sedimentary
rocks, the diapir may cause the formation of numerous traps on its ﬂanks, in which petroleum
may accumulate, as seen in Fig. 2.7. Some salt domes may be highly elongated, rather than
cylindrical, and are called salt walls (e.g. southern North Sea region). Salt itself is a perfect
sealing rock.
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Fault Structures
Many petroleum traps are related to faults, which commonly displace permeable rocks against
the impervious one. The fault plane, where lined with a shearproduced gouge or heavily
cemented by the percolating groundwater fragments of rock, acts on impermeable barrier that
further increases the trapping effect on the migration of oil and gas. See Fig. 2.8.
Structures Unconformity
This type of structure is a sealing unconformity, with the permeable rocks tilted, erosionally
truncated and covered by younger impermeable deposits. A reservoir may be formed where
the petroleum is trapped in the updip part of the bluntly truncated and sealed, porous rock unit,
as seen in Fig. 2.9.
26 Chapter 2. Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology
Gas
Oil
Oil
Oil
Water
Water
Salt Mass
Figure 2.7: Hydrocarbon accumulation associated with a salt dome.
Gas
Oil
Water
Fault
Figure 2.8: Hydrocarbon accumulation related to a fault.
Lenticular Traps
Oil and gas may accumulate in traps formed by the bodies of porous lithofacies (rock types)
embedded in impermeable lithofacies, or by the pinchouts of porous lithofacies within imper
meable ones, as seen in Fig. 2.10.
Examples of such lenticular traps include: ﬂuvial sandstone bodies embedded in ﬂoodbasin
mudrocks, deltaic or mouthbar sandstone wedges pinching out within offshore mudrocks, and
turbiditic sandstone lobes embedded in deep marine mudrocks. Similar traps occur in various
limestones, where their porous lithofacies (e.g. oolithic limestone or other calcarenites) are
embedded in impermeable massive lithofacies; or where porous bioclastic reefal limestones
pinch out in marls or in mudrocks.
The approximate percentages of the world’s petroleum reservoirs associated with those
2.3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum 27
Gas
Oil
Water
Impermeable
Beds
Figure 2.9: Oil and gas trapped below an unconformity.
Oil
Water
Tightincreasing
Shale Content
Figure 2.10: Petroleum trap formed by lithofacies change (Sand
stone pinchout).
major trap types are given in Fig. 2.11.
On of the presentday Earth’s surface, over half of the continental areas and adjacent ma
rine shelves have sediment covers either absent or too thin to make prospects for petroleum
accumulation. Even in an area where the buried organic matter can mature, not all of it re
sults in petroleum accumulations. The following statistical data may serve as a fairly realistic
illustration [49]:
• Only 1% by vol. of a source rock is organic matter,
• < 30% by vol. of organic matter matured to petroleum,
• > 70% by vol. of organic matter remains as residue and
• 99% by vol. of petroleum is dispersed or lost at the ground surface in the process of
migration, and only 1% by vol. is trapped.
These data lead to the following estimate: only 0.003 vol.% of the world’s source rocks
actually turn into petroleum that can be trapped and thus generate our petroleum resources.
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Structural
Traps
Stratigraphic
Traps
Combination
Traps
F
a
u
l
t
s
S
a
l
t
D
i
a
p
i
r
s
U
n
c
o
n
f
o
r
m
i
t
y
R
e
e
f
O
t
h
e
r
S
t
r
a
t
i
g
r
a
p
h
i
c
C
o
m
b
i
n
a
t
i
o
n
0.75
0.50
0.25
0
A
n
t
i
c
l
i
n
e
s
Figure 2.11: Percentages of world’s petroleum accumulations asso
ciated with the major traps types.
2.4 Types of Hydrocarbon Traps on the Norwegian Continental
Shelf
Structural traps, particularly fault and dome structures, are the most common type of trap in the
Norwegian Continental Shelf [4]. Stratigraphic traps are far less common for this region, al
though there are several reservoirs associated with unconformities or porous lithofacies pinch
outs (e.g. ﬂuvial sandstone in the Snorre ﬁled and turbiditic sandstone in the Frigg and Balder
ﬁelds).
Table 2.2 summarises the regional information about some of the hydrocarbon ﬁelds be
longing to the most common types of traps in the Norwegian continental shelf [4].
2.4 Types of Hydrocarbon Traps on the Norwegian Continental Shelf 29
Table 2.2: Types of petroleum trap in the main ﬁelds of the Norwe
gian Continental Shelf [4].
Field Type of Trap Reservoir Rock Rock Age
AGAT Stratigraphic Sandstone Cretaceous
BALDER Stratigraphic Sandstone Tertiary
DRAUGEN Stratigraphic Sandstone Jurassic
EKOFISK Dome Chalk Cretaceous
ELDFISK Dome Chalk Cretaceous
EMBLA Structural Sandstone Carboniferous
FRIGG Stratigraphic Sandstone Tertiary
GULLFAKS Structural Sandstone Jurassic
HEIDRUN Structural Sandstone Jurassic
MIDGARD Structural Sandstone Jurassic
OSEBERG Structural Sandstone Jurassic
SNORRE Structural Sandstone Jurassic
SN
˙
IHVIT Structural Sandstone Jurassic
STATFJORD Structural Sandstone Jurassic
TROLL Structural Sandstone Jurassic
VALHALL Dome Chalk Cretaceous
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Chapter 3
Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions
in Reservoir Engineering
3.1 Continuum Mechanics
The present understanding of the subsurface processes relevant to reservoir engineering is
based on the physical concepts of continuum mechanics [12]. According to these concepts,
a porous rock formation saturated with ﬂuids forms a continuum, which means that all the
components involved (rock, water, oil and/or gas) are present in every element, or volumetric
part, of the reservoir space, even if the elementary volume considered is very small and ap
proaches zero. This conceptual approach allows us to develop a useful theory for the ﬂow of
liquid and gas through a porous medium, called theﬁltration theory. All of the most important
numerical simulation programs (ECLIPSE, MORE, FRANLAB, FRAGOR, UTCHEM, etc.)
are based on this theory.
The ﬂow of ﬂuids that occurs in the partial volume of a porous rock, even if very small, can
only be described qualitatively, because of the great complexity of the phenomenon. However
there are some regularities in the behaviour of the "rockﬂuids" systems that can be described
by continuum mechanics. For the purpose of the ﬁltration theory, the laws of continuum me
chanics are considered to be effective only if the elementary volume is sufﬁciently large to
render the number of pores and rock grains very large or "innumerable". This condition makes
the average parameters of the porous medium sufﬁciently representative for a description of
the ﬂuid ﬂow processes occurring in the rock. If the elementary volumes are too small and
comparable to the rock’s pore or grain size, the ﬁltration theory cannot be successfully applied.
The need for this concept assumption can be explained as follows. Let us consider the ﬂow
of liquids and gas in a natural reservoir, with the scale of the ﬂow phenomenon varying from
very small to large, as seen in Fig. 3.1. In Fig. 3.1, many physical phenomena (capillary effects,
ﬂuid adhesion effects associated, etc.) occur at a scale comparable to the rock’s grain size or
the dimension of a fractured rock’s fragment (10
−4
−10
0
m).
At a large scale, with the elementary volumes considered on the order of 10
2
−10
4
m,
the effect of the microscale phenomena "average" and can more readily be parameterizied.
Likewise, the concepts of continuum mechanics can be applied if the reservoir heterogeneity
is considered at a macroscale level (lithofaces variation, bedding, ect.), whereas all micro
heterogeneities on a scale comparable to the grain size are being considered as constants in
31
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A B C D
Fracture
A
B
Well
~ 10 m
3
~ 10 m
0
~ 10 m
2
~ 10 m
4
C
Figure 3.1: Structure of a fracturedrock reservoir at different scales
of observation.
the equations of ﬂow (parametrized connatewater saturation, residualoil saturation, etc.) or
described by some empirical relationships (functions). The fundamental deﬁnitions in the ﬁl
tration theory include the distribution betweenporosity (i.e. the rock’s ﬂuid storage capacity)
and permeability (i.e. the rock’s ﬂuid ﬂow capacity), as well as the consideration ofﬂuid satu
ration (i.e. the pore volume percent occupied by water, oil and gas, respectively).
3.2 Porosity
The porosity constitute the part of the total porous rock volume which is not occupied by rock
grains or ﬁne mud rock, acting as cement between grain particles. Absolute and effective
porosity are distinguished by their access capabilities to reservoir ﬂuids. Absolute porosity is
deﬁned as the ratio of the total void volumeV
p
a
, whether the voids are interconnected or not,
to the bulk volume V
b
of a rock sample,
φ
a
def
=
V
p
a
V
b
. (3.1)
Effective porosity implies the ratio of the total volume of interconnected voidsV
p
to the
bulk volume of rock,
φ
def
=
V
p
V
b
. (3.2)
Effective porosity depends on several factors like rock type, heterogeneity of grain sizes
and their packing, cementation, weathering, leaching, type of clay, its content and hydration,
etc. It should be noted that porosity is a static parameter, unlike permeability which makes
sense only if liquid or gas is moving in porous medium.
3.3 Saturation
Let us consider a representative elementary volume of the reservoir, with the pores ﬁlled with
oil, gas and water. In volumetric terms, this can be written as follows:
3.3 Saturation 33
V
p
=V
o
+V
g
+V
w
, (3.3)
which leads to the deﬁnition of saturation, S, as a fraction of the pore volume occupied by a
particular ﬂuid:
S
i
def
=
V
i
V
p
, i = 1, ..., n
where n denotes the total number of ﬂuid phases present in the porous medium.
Consequently,
n
∑
i=1
S
i
= 1.
If two ﬂuids coexist (say, oil and water), they are distributed unevenly in the pore space
due to the wettability preferences. See Fig. 3.2. Simply, the adhesive forces of one ﬂuid against
the pore walls (rockgrain surface) are always stronger than those of the other ﬂuid. In the vast
majority of petroleum reservoirs, both siliclastic and carbonate, the pore water is the wetting
phase and oil is a nonwetting phase.
Rock
Water
Oil
Figure 3.2: Distribution of water and oil phases in a waterwet
porous medium.
Importantly, the ﬂuid saturation (S
o
, S
g
and S
w
) in a reservoir varies in space, most notably
from the wateroil contact to the reservoir top (see ﬁgures in previous chapter), and also in
time during the production. In short, different parts of the reservoir may have quite different
ﬂuid saturations, and also the saturation in any elementary volume of the reservoir changes
progressively during the production.
3.3.1 Residual Saturation
Not all the oil can be removed from the reservoir during production. Depending on the produc
tion method, or the actual "drive mechanism" of the petroleum displacement, the oil recovery
factor may be as low as 510% and is rarely higher than 70%. Part of the oil will remain as
residue, this is called the residual oil. One has to distinguish between the residual oil and pos
sibly gas saturation reached in a reservoir after the production stage, and the residual saturation
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of ﬂuid phases in a reservoirrock sample after a well coring operation. A fresh, "peelsealed"
core sample is taken to the laboratory, where the reservoir saturation and the oilrecovery factor
are estimated. The laboratory process is illustrated in Fig. 3.3, where water is displacing the
initial oil in the core sample.
Water
Oil
Water
Sample holder
Core sample
Figure 3.3: Evaluation of residual oil saturation S
or
by a laboratory
displacement from a core sample.
If the pore volume V
p
of the core sample in known, then
S
or
=
V
oi
−V
o
V
p
, (3.4)
where V
oi
is the initial volume of trapped oil in the core sample, andV
o
is the displaced or
produced oil.
3.3.2 Laboratory Determination of Residual Oil and Water Saturation
The cores recovered from wells contain residual ﬂuids (depleted due to the drillingﬂuid inva
sion, the changes in pressure and temperature, etc.) that are assumed to reﬂect:
• The ﬂuid saturation at the reservoir conditions.
• The possible alterations due to the drillingﬂuid invasion into the core.
• The efﬁciency of possible oil displacement from the reservoir rock represented by the
core.
The modern techniques of coresamples collection prevent dramatic alterations of the rock
ﬂuid characteristics, (foambased drilling ﬂuid, rubber sleeves containing the core samples and
maintaining their reservoir pressure, deep freezing of retrieved cores, etc.)
Two laboratory techniques are commonly used for determining the residual oil and water
saturation,
• a high temperature retort distillation method and
• the DeanStark method.
3.3 Saturation 35
The Retort Distillation Method
The core sample is weighed and its bulk volume measured or calculated. The sample is then
placed in a cylindrical metal holder with a screw cup at the top and a hollow stem projecting
from the bottom. The top is sealed and the sample holder is placed in a retort oven. A ther
mostat controller raises the temperature of the core to a selected level, at which point the water
within the core is vaporised and recovered. The temperature is then increased to∼ 650
o
C
(1200
o
F) to vaporise and then distil oil from the sample. The vaporised ﬂuids are ﬁrst collected
in the sample holder and then released vertically downwards through the hollow stem (down
draft retort). They are subsequently condensed and measured in a calibrated receiving tube.
See Fig. 3.4.
Temperatur
controller
Oil
Water
Insulated
oven
Heating
elements
Sample cup
Condensing
tube
Water
bath
Receiving
tube
Termocouple
Water
inlet
Screen
Figure 3.4: The high temperature retort distillation method.
N.B.! Samples are usually destroyed in this test due to the high temperature and for this
reason smalldiameter samples or "plugs" (small cores from the well core), are normally used.
The calculation of the oil and water saturation is straightforward. The following parameter
values are derived from the laboratory test:
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• V
b
, ρ
r
– the sample bulk volume and rock density, determined prior to the experiment.
• V
o
;V
w
– the recovered oil and water volumes, registered during the test..
• V
p
– the pore volume, which is calculated.
The water and residual oil saturation are calculated as follows:
S
w
=
V
w
V
p
, and S
o
=
V
o
V
p
, (3.5)
where the saturation are fractional parts of the pore volume. Frequently, saturation are also
given in %.
The DeanStark Apparatus for Measuring Initial Fluids
When the core to be analysed is weighed, the measurement includes the weight of rock grains,
and the pore ﬂuid. The sample is then placed in the tare apparatus (to be sure that no sand grains
are lost from the core sample during its analysis, which might otherwise lead to an erroneously
high oil saturation!) and this unit is suspended above a ﬂask containing a solvent, such as
toluene, as shown in Fig. 3.5.
There are several requirements for choosing a proper solvent,
• it must have a boiling temperature higher than that of water,
• it must be immiscible with water and
• it must also be lighter than water.
Toluene satisﬁes all of those requirements.
When heat is applied to the solvent, it vaporises. The hot solvent vapour rises, surrounds
the sample and moves up to the condensing tube, where it is cooled and condensed. The
condensate collects into the calibrated tube until the ﬂuid there reaches the spill point, where
upon the solvent condensate drips back onto the sample containing the reservoir ﬂuids. The
solvent mixes with the oil in the sample and both are returned to the solvent ﬂask below. See
Fig. 3.5. The process continues until the sample’s temperature has risen above the boiling point
of water. At that point, the water vaporises, rises in the condensing tube, condenses therein
and falls back into the calibrated tube. Because it is heavier than the solvent, it collects at
the bottom of the tube, where its volume can be directly measured. When successive readings
indicate no additional water recovery, the water volume is recorded for further calculations.
After all the oil and water have been recovered from the sample, it is dried and weighed again.
The difference between the original and ﬁnal weights equals to the weight of the oil and water
originally present in the sample. Because the water collected in the calibrated tube is distilled,
with a density of 1.0 g/cm
3
and a known volume, the weight of oil in the sample can be
calculated. This information is subsequently combined with the estimated porosity of the clean,
dry sample, the volumes of the oil and water can be converted into percent porespace fraction
(saturation).
3.3 Saturation 37
Condensing
tube
Flask
Solvent
Tare
Sample
Water
Solvent
Offset
calibrated
tube
Figure 3.5: The DeanStark apparatus.
N.B. The samples in the process are not destroyed and can be further used in other mea
surements, i.e., pore volume pycnometry or perhaps capillary measurements, ect..
The calculation of the oil and water saturation is straightforward. The following parameters
are derived from the laboratory test:
• W
i
– the initial weight of the core sample, determined prior to the tests.
• W
d
– the weight of the dry, clean core sample, determined directly after the tests.
• φ, V
b
– the rock’s porosity and the core sample’s bulk volume, determined after the tests.
• V
w
– the reservoir volume of water, registered during the test.
• V
o
– the recovered volume of oil, which is calculated.
Water and oil (residual) saturation is calculated according to Eqs. (3.5), where both the
retort distillation method and the DeanStark method are capable of yielding ﬂuid saturation
values within ±5% of the true values.
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3.4 Reservoir Pressure and Distribution of Fluid Phases.
The migration and accumulation of petroleum in a reservoir leads to the replacement of the
original pore water by gas and oil , even though the rock pores remain "waterwet" (i.e, their
walls are covered with a thin ﬁlmof water). The density difference makes the gas accumulate at
the top of the reservoir, and the oil directly below. Water underlies the petroleum, as an aquifer,
but is continuously distributed throughout the reservoir as the wetting ﬂuid. See Fig. 3.6.
GOC
OWC
FWL
crest
0.0 1.0
S
W
D
e
p
t
h
Gas cap
Gas
Oil zone
Oil
Water zone
Water
Water zone
c
Figure 3.6: The distribution of ﬂuid phases in a reservoir.(S
w
is the
water saturation.)
The following ﬂuid interfaces in the reservoir are important:
• The GasOil Contact (GOC) – a surface separating the gas cap from the underlying oil
zone (also referred to as the oil "leg" or oil "column"). Below the GOC, gas can be
present only as a dissolved phase in oil.
• The OilWater Contact (OWC) – a surface separating the oil zone from the underlying
water zone. Below the OWC, oil is generally absent.
• The FreeWater Level (FWL) – an imaginary surface at which the pressure in the oil
zone equals to that in the water zone, i.e. p
o
= p
w
. In other words, FWL is the oilwater
contact in the absence of the capillary forces associated with a porous medium, i.e. in a
well.
However, the term "oilwater contact" does not have a single, unique meaning in reservoir
engineering considerations. The continuos distribution of water saturation in the reservoir zone
(see S
w
in Fig. 3.6) affects strongly the relative mobility of the oil phase, which in turn makes
it necessary to distinguish the following saturation interfaces:
• The FreeOil Level (FOL) – the level above which the oil saturation is sufﬁciently high
to allow full oil mobility (100% oil productivity) and the water saturation is low enough
to make water immobile. In most reservoirs, this is the level whereS
o
exceeds ca. 70%,
which means S
w
< 30%.
• The Economic OWC – the level above which enough oil will be mobile, rendering the
whole overlying part of the reservoir economical viable. In most reservoirs, this is the
3.4 Reservoir Pressure and Distribution of Fluid Phases. 39
level where S
o
exceeds ca. 50%, although the actual threshold value may vary, depending
upon reservoir conditions.
• The Productive OWC – The level above which oil become mobility. This may meanS
w
as high as 8085% and S
o
of merely 1520%.
• The EdgeWater Level – which is the OWC as deﬁned earlier (level of S
w
= 100%),
located below the productive oilwater contact. In strict terms, this is not always the
"100% water level", as our common terminology refers to it, because the oil saturation
may still be in the order of some percent. This is the base of the reservoir, or the oil col
umn level below which the capillary forces render oil completely arrested, or "imbibed",
by the rock pores (such that only thermal distribution can possibly remove the oil from
the "deadend" pores). Therefore, some engineers prefer to refer to this surface as the
capillary oil displacement level or threshold pressure level.
Needless to add, the distribution of these surfaces is of crucial importance when it comes
to physical (ﬂuid dynamics) and economical (oil recovery) considerations. The interfaces are
usually determined on the basis of analysis and well (drillstem) tests. The FWL would then
appear to be the only rockindependent OWC, representing the absolute base of the oil column,
as shown in Fig. 3.6.
The total pressure at any reservoir depth, due to the weight of the overlying ﬂuid saturated
rock column, is called the overburden pressure, p
ov
.
The total pressure at any depth is the sum of the overlaying ﬂuidcolumn pressure (p
f
) and
the overlaying grain or matrixcolumn pressure (p
m
), as sketched in Fig. 3.7, and thus,
p
ov
= p
f
+ p
m
.
Pressure
D
e
p
t
h
FP GP
Overburden
pressure
(OP)
underpressure
overpressure
normal hydrostatic
pressure
Figure 3.7: Overburden pressure as the combined grain and ﬂuid
column pressure.
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Because the overburden pressure p
ov
is constant at any particular depth D, then the differ
ential overburden pressure is zero, i.e. [21]:
dp
f
=−dp
m
.
This means that any reduction of the ﬂuid pressure, as it occurs during production, will
lead to a corresponding increase in the grain pressure. Rock compressibility is therefore an
important parameter to be considered when petroleum (preferably oil) production is estimated.
3.5 Pressure Distribution in Reservoirs
The hydrostatic water pressure at any depthD, can be calculated as follows:
p
w
(D) =
D
D
0
(
dp
dz
)
w
dz + p
w
(D
0
), (3.6)
where (dp/dz)
w
denotes the pressure gradient of the water phase at depthz, and D
0
is an arbi
trary depth with a known pressure (for instance, the pressure at the sea bottom or the pressure
at the sea surface). The hydrostatic pressure is therefore identical to the water pressure, at any
reservoir depth, as long as there is a continous phase contact in the water, all the way up to the
sea surface.
If the hydrostatic pressure gradient considered to be constant we can write,
p
w
(D) = (
dp
dD
)
w
(D−D
0
) + p
w
(D
0
), (3.7)
and if D
0
is taken at the sea level, the equation becomes,
p
w
(D) = (
dp
dD
)
w
D+14.7 (in psia), or
p
w
(D) = (
dp
dD
)
w
D+1.0 (in bar) (3.8)
Typical "normal" pressure gradients for the water, oil and gas phases are:
(dp/dD)
w
= 0.45 psi/ft = 10.2kPa/m,
(dp/dD)
o
= 0.35 psi/ft = 7.9 kPa/m,
(dp/dD)
g
= 0.08 psi/ft = 1.8 kPa/m
Abnormally high or low reservoir pressure can appear when the reservoir is "sealed" off
from the surrounding aquifer, as a result of geological processes. The reservoir pressure can
then be corrected, relative the hydrostatic pressure, by using a constant (C) in the above pressure
equations. The constant C accounts for the fact that the reservoir pressure is not in hydrostatic
equilibrium, where the pressure in the reservoir is somewhat higher or lower than otherwise
expected.
The water pressure for a general reservoir is then as follows,
p
w
(D) = (
dp
dD
)
w
D+14.7+C, (in psia,) (3.9)
3.5 Pressure Distribution in Reservoirs 41
where C is positive when overpressure is observed and negative for a underpressured reser
voir.
In order to evaluate the pressure distribution in a reservoir, let us consider the reservoir
which crosssection, as shown in Fig. 3.8 (see also [21]).
Gas
Oil
Water
GOC
OWC
FWL D
e
p
t
h
,
f
t
5000
5250
5500
5510
Figure 3.8: Crosssection of a reservoir.
Assuming normal pressure condition, we can evaluate the ﬂuidphase pressures at the dif
ferent reservoir "key" levels.
• Water phase:
(p
w
)
FWL
= 0.45 5510+14.7 = 2494.2 psia
(p
w
)
OWC
= 0.45 5500+14.7 = 2489.7 psia
(p
w
)
GOC
= 0.45 5250+14.7 = 2377.2 psia
(p
w
)
top
= 0.45 5000+14.7 = 2264.7psia
• Oil phase:
(p
o
)
FWL
= = 0.35 5510+C
o
= 2494.2psia
which gives: C
o
= 565.7psia
(p
o
)
OWC
= 0.35 5500+565.7 = 2490.7psia
(p
o
)
GOC
= 0.35 5250+565.7 = 2403.2psia
(p
o
)
top
= 0.35 5000+565.7 = 2315.7psia
• Gas phase:
(p
g
)
GOC
= 0.08 5250+C
g
= 2403.2psia
which gives: C
g
= 1983.2psia
(p
g
)
top
= 0.08 5000+1983.2 = 2383.2 psia
The different phase pressures (water, oil and gas) are derived from a common reference
which normally is the FWL pressure, (p
w
)
FWL
. At this level there is no pressure difference
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between water and oil and the two pressures are identical, i.e., (p
w
)
FWL
= (p
o
)
FWL
. Ideally
there is no oil present in the zone between the FWL and the OWC, since the oil pressure is too
low to allow the oil phase to enter the pore space (the largest pore throats). Accordingly, the
OWC becomes the level in the reservoir where the water saturation becomes less than one and
consequently the water saturation is ideally considered to be 100% in this zone.
Similar to the FWL, the deﬁnition of the GOC, is the level in the reservoir where the pres
sures in the oil and gas phases are identical. Often this pressure is referred to as thereservoir
pressure.
Different phase pressures are observed at the same elevation in the reservoir, as seen in
Fig 3.9. The pressure difference between two coexisting phases is calledcapillary pressure and
denoted (P
c
)
i j
, where the subscripts i and j refer to oilwater, gasoil or gaswater.
Pressure, psia
Treshold
capillary
pressure
D
e
p
t
h
,
f
t
5000
5000
5250
5250
5500
5500
5510
5510
Gas
Oil
Water
GOC
OWC
FWL
2250
W O G
2375 2500
Figure 3.9: Pressure distribution in a reservoir (hypothetical exam
ple).
The capillary pressure at the top of the reservoir, shown in Figs. 3.8 and 3.9, can be evalu
ated as follows,
(P
c
)
top
ow
= (p
o
)
top
−(p
w
)
topt
= 2315.7−2264.7 = 51.0 psi(a) = 3.5 bar
(P
c
)
top
go
= (p
g
)
top
−(p
o
)
top
= 2383.2−2315.7 = 67.5 psi(a) = 4.6 bar
(P
c
)
top
gw
= (p
g
)
top
−(p
w
)
top
= 2383.2−2264.7 = 118.5 psi(a) = 8.1 bar
The capillary calculations and the Fig. 3.9, show that the phase pressures are different at
the same elevation in the reservoir, and that the capillary pressure is additive, i.e. [7]:
(P
c
)
gw
= (P
c
)
ow
+(P
c
)
go
, (3.10)
At static (initial reservoir) conditions, the distribution of phases within a reservoir is gov
erned by counteracting gravity and capillary forces. While gravity forces tend to separate
3.5 Pressure Distribution in Reservoirs 43
reservoir ﬂuids accordingly to their densities, the capillary forces, acting within and between
immiscible ﬂuids and their conﬁning solid substance, resist separation. The balance of these
two forces result in an equilibrium distribution of phases within the reservoir prior to its devel
opment, as shown in Fig. 3.6
Example: Water pressure in a vertical cylindrical tube
The water pressure at a depth D is found using Eq. 3.6, where p
w
(D
0
) is the atmo
spheric pressure, p
atm.
.
The water pressure at any depth is,
p =
F
A
⇒ dp = d
F
A
,
where F/A is force due to water weight per crosssection area. We may there
fore write the pressure change as,
dp = d
mg
A
= d
ρ
w
gV
w
A
= d
ρ
w
gAD
A
=ρ
w
gdD
In the equation above, ρ
w
is the water density, g is the gravitational constant
and D is the water depth.
Substituting the last results into Eq.3.6 we obtain the following general formula
for water pressure at depth D,
p
w
(D) =
D
0
ρ
w
gdD+ p
atm.
.
NB! The pressure variation in a reservoir is determined by the ﬂuid densities
alone (when the gravitational coefﬁcient is considered constant).
.
44
Chapter 3. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions
in Reservoir Engineering
3.6 Exercises
1. Determine the porosity and lithology of a core sample, given the following data:
Weight of dried core sample: 259.2 g
Weight of 100% watersaturated core sample: 297g
(the density of water is 1.0 g/cm
3
)
Weight of core sample in water: 161.4 g
Deﬁne the terms absolute and effective porosity and decide which term to use when
characterising the core sample.
2. A laboratory cylindrical cup contains 500cm
3
water and weighs 800 g. Carbonate sand
(limestone, CaCO
3
) is poured into the cup until the level of sand and water coincide.
Calculate the bulk volume and porosity of this saturated porous medium knowing that
the total weight of cup and its content (water and limestone) is 2734 g. How do you
deﬁne the porosity ?
3. A glass cylinder has been ﬁlled with dolomite grains up to the 2500cm
3
mark. The mass
of dolomite is 4714 g. Calculate and characterise the sand’s porosity.
4. Estimate numerically the change in carbonaterock porosity caused by a complete dolomi
tization of calcite, accounting to the chemical reaction,
2CaCO
3
+Mg
2+
=CaMg(CO
3
)
2
+Ca
2+
,
will yield a carbonate rock’s porosity of 13% .
5. Calculate the porosity of a sandstone core sample given the data from core analysis:
Bulk volume of dried sample: 8.1 cm
3
,
Weight of dried sample: 17.3 g,
Sand grain density: 2.67 g/cm
3
.
6. Calculate the density of formation water when the pressure gradient is measured,dp/dz
= 10.2 kPa/m.
7. Areservoir water pressure of 213bar is measured at a subsea depth of 2000m. Evaluate
the pressure situation in the reservoir and determind whether there is an over /underbur
den pressure, when the water pressure gradient is 10.2kPa/m.
8. Formation water salinity will inﬂuence hydrostatic pressure estimation. Given that un
certainty in salinity may lead to an uncertainty in water density of ∆ρ = 1.11  1.31
g/cm
3
, determine the pressure change inside a reservoir where the depth from thetop
down to the FWL is 150 m.
(answ. 1. 28%, effective, 2.65 g/cm
3
, sandstone, 2. 41%, absolute, 3. 34%, absolute, 4.
4%, 6. 20%, 7. 1.4 g/cm
3
, 8. 8.1 bar, 9. 3 bar)
Chapter 4
Porosity
4.1 General Aspects
According to the deﬁnition, already presented, the porosity is the ﬂuidstorage capacity of a
porous medium, which means the part of the rock’s total volume that is not occupied by solid
particles. It should also be noted that porosity is astatic parameter, deﬁned locally as an average
over the representative elementary volume of porous rock media considered.
Genetically, the following types of porosity can be distinguished :
• Intergranular porosity.
• Fracture porosity.
• Microporosity.
• Vugular porosity.
• Intragranular porosity.
Rock media having both fracture and intergranular pores are called doubleporous or fracture
porous media.
Fromthe point of viewof pores susceptibility to mechanical changes one should distinguish
between consolidated and unconsolidated porous media. A consolidated medium means a rock
whose grains have been sufﬁciently compacted and are held together by cementing material.
An important characteristic of consolidated porous media is the ability to restore elastically, to
a great extent, to their shape (volume) after the removal of the overburden pressure.
Porosity is a statistical property dependent on the rock volume taken into consideration.
If the volume selected is too small, the calculated porosity can deviate greatly from the "true"
statistical average value [35]. Only a volume selected large enough (a representative volume)
will result in a representative and correct statistical average (see Fig. 4.1).
4.2 Models of Porous Media
The geometric character of rock’s permeable pore space is in reality quite complicated, and
may vary greatly from one rock type to another. In practice, it is impossible to counter the
45
46 Chapter 4. Porosity
Domain of
microscopic
effects
Domain of
porous
medium
Homogeneous
medium
Inhomogeneous
medium
Grain
Bulk
volume
0
1.0
0.0
V
b
Figure 4.1: Deﬁnition of a representative elementary volume for
porosity measurements [35].
poresystem geometry in a detailed and faithful way. Therefore, several idealised models have
been developed to approximate porous rock media and their varied characteristics.
4.2.1 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Parallel Cylindrical Pores
V
b
V
p
Figure 4.2: Idealised porous medium represented by a system of par
allel cylindrical pores (pipes).
Estimation of porosity accounting to this model, see Fig. 4.2, is as follows:
φ =
V
p
V
b
=
πr
2
n m
2rn 2rm
=
π
4
= 0.785, or 78.5%,
where r is the pipe radius and m n is the number of cylinders contained in the bulk volume.
It is rather obvious that rocks do not have pores like this and that this model gives a unre
alistically high porosity value. This model may though, be used in some situations where ﬂuid
ﬂow under simpliﬁed conditions is modelled.
4.2 Models of Porous Media 47
4.2.2 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Regular CubicPacked Spheres
2
r
Figure 4.3: Idealised porous medium represented by a regular sys
tem of cubicpacked spheres.
The estimation of porosity according to this model, see Fig. 4.3, is as follows:
V
b
= (2r)
3
and V
m
=
1
8
(
4
3
πr
3
) 8 =
4
3
πr
3
,
and
φ =
V
b
−V
m
V
b
=
8r
3
−
4
3
πr
3
8r
3
= 1−
π
6
= 0.476 or 47.6%
where V
m
is the "matrix" volume or the volume of bulk space occupied by the rock.
4.2.3 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Regular OrthorhombicPacked
spheres
2
r
60
o
Figure 4.4: Idealised porous medium represented by a regular sys
tem of orthorhombicpacked spheres.
The estimation of porosity according to this model, see Fig. 4.4, is as follows:
V
b
= 2r 2r h = 4r
2
2r sin(60
o
) = 4
√
3r
3
and V
m
=
4
3
πr
3
,
where h is the height of the orthorhombicpacked spheres. The matrix volume is unchanged
and thus,
48 Chapter 4. Porosity
φ = 1−
V
m
V
b
= 1−
4πr
3
12
√
3r
3
= 1−
π
3
√
3
= 0.395 or 39.5%
4.2.4 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Regular RhombohedralPacked
spheres
2
r
45
o
Figure 4.5: Idealised porous medium represented by regular system
of rhombohedralpacked spheres.
The estimation of porosity according to this model, see Fig. 4.5 and it follows from Fig. 4.5
that,
h =
4r
2
−2r
2
=
√
2r,
where h is the height in the tetrahedron and
V
b
= 2r 2r
√
2r = 4
√
2r
3
and V
m
=
4
3
πr
3
,
which gives
φ = 1−
4πr
3
12
√
2r
3
= 1−
π
3
√
2
= 1−0.74 = 0.26 or 26.0%
4.2.5 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by IrregularPacked Spheres with
Different Radii
Real reservoir rock exhibits a complex structure and a substantial variation in grain sizes and
their packing, which results in variation of porosity and other important reservoir properties,
often associated with the hetrogeniety of porous medium.
Fig. 4.6 shows an example of an idealised porous medium represented by four populations
of spheres (I  IV) sorted by different radii and the histogram showing the hypothetical grain
size distribution.
By drawing a graph with radii of the spheres plotted on the horizontal axis and heights
equal to the corresponding frequencies of their appearance plotted on the vertical axis, one can
obtain a histogram of distribution of particles (spheres) in sizes.
4.2 Models of Porous Media 49
F
r
e
q
u
e
n
c
y
r
I
I
II
II
III
III
IV
IV
Figure 4.6: Idealised porous medium represented by an irregular sys
tem of spheres with different radii.
The different models, described above, may serve as a "mental image" or idealised con
cretization of a rather complex porous structure of porous rocks. The advantage of idealised
models, in general and in particular in the case of porous media, is the opportunity they offer for
simple quantiﬁcation and representation of characteristic parameters. Since rock porosity has
so many representations, it is important to maintain a representative image, though idealized,
of the rock porosity, for further analysis and improved undersanding.
Example: Porous medium of irregular system of spheres
A porous medium is blended with three types of sediment fractions: ﬁne pebble
gravel with porosity (φ
pebble
= 0.30), sand (φ
sand
= 0.38) and ﬁne sand (φ
f .sand
=
0.33).
The three sediments are mixed in such proportions that the sand ﬁlls the pore
volume of the ﬁne pebbles and that the ﬁne sand ﬁlls the pore volume of the sand.
The volume of ﬁne pebble gravel is equal to the bulk volume, i.e.,V
b
= V
pebble
.
Since the sand ﬁlls the pore volume of the pebble and the ﬁne sand the pore volume
of the sand, the following table is listed:
Volume of sand: V
sand
= φ
pebble
V
pebble
.
Volume of ﬁne sand: V
f .sand
= φ
sand
V
sand
.
Pore volume of ﬁne sand: V
p
= φ
f .sand
V
f .sand
.
The total porosity is then deﬁned,
φ =
V
p
V
b
=
φ
f .sand
φ
sand
φ
pebble
V
pebble
V
pebble
,
= 0.3 0.38 0.33 = 0.037.
The porosity of the porous medium is ∼ 4%.
.
50 Chapter 4. Porosity
4.3 Porosity Distribution
The multiple sampling of porosity measurements for reservoir rocks at different depths and in
different wells gives a data set that can then be plotted as a histogram, to reveal the porosity’s
frequency distribution. See Fig. 4.7. The distribution may appear to be unimodal (left) or
polymodal (right). Such histograms may be constructed separately for the individual zones,
or units, distinguished within the reservoir, and thus give a good basis for statistical estimates
(mean porosity values, standard deviations, etc.).
F
r
e
q
u
e
n
c
y
Porosity
Min Max
F
r
e
q
u
e
n
c
y
Porosity
Min Max
Figure 4.7: Unimodal and polymodal porosity distributions.
Numerical simulation of ﬂuid ﬂow in porous media, related to laboratory tests on core sam
ples as well as full ﬁeld production estimation, require a realistic picture of the rock porosity
and its variation throughout the reservoir. This picture is not easily obtainable since porosity
is measured locally (in the well) and porosity extrapolations introduce large uncertainty in the
estimated average values.
The grouping of porosity data according to the reservoir zones, depth proﬁle or graphical
coordination, may reveal spatial trends in the porosity variation , see Fig. 4.8. The recognition
of such trends is very important for the development of a bulk picture of the reservoir as a
porous medium and representation of the reservoir porosity in mathematical simulation models
(reservoir characterisation, lateral correlation, numerical modelling, etc.)
Mechanical diagenesis (compaction) and chemical diagenesis (cementation) have a pro
found effect on a sedimentary rock’s porosity. This burial effect is illustrated by the two typical
examples of sand and clay deposits in Fig. 4.9.
4.4 Measurement of Porosity
4.4.1 FullDiameter Core Analysis
A fulldiameter core analysis is used to measure the porosity of rocks that are distinctly hetero
geneous, such as some carbonates, and ﬁssured, vugular rocks, for which a standard coreplug
analyse is unsuitable. The same coreplug is a nonrepresentative elementary volume for this
type of rock. The porosity measurement in such rocks requires samples that are as large as can
be obtained (portions of fulldiameter drilling cores). In heterogeneous rocks, the local poros
ity may be highly variable, as it may include microporosity, intergranular porosity, vugues,
4.4 Measurement of Porosity 51
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
Porosity
D
e
p
t
h
Figure 4.8: Examples of trends of porosity distribution in the depth
proﬁles of two reservoir sandstone.
sand
clay
0.5
0.4
0.3
0.2
0.1
0.0
0 300 600 900 1200 1500 1800
P
o
r
o
s
i
t
y
Depth, m
Figure 4.9: Sediment compaction burial and porosity change.
fractures, or various combinations of these. A fulldiameter core sample usually has a diameter
of 5 inches (12.5 cm) and the length of 10 inches (25 cm).
The fulldiameter core technique does not differentiate between the actual types of porosity
involved, but yields a singe porosity value that represents their effective combination. Several
laboratory techniques used for porosity measurements, and the procedure is generally similar
for fulldiameter cores and core "plugs".
4.4.2 GrainVolume Measurements Based on Boyle’s Law
This gas transfer technique involves the injection and decompression of gas into the pores of a
ﬂuidfree (vacuum), dry core sample, see Fig. 4.10. Either the pore volume or the grain volume
can be determined, depending upon the instrumentation and procedures used.
52 Chapter 4. Porosity
Sample
Chamber
Valve Valve
Reference
volume
Pressure
gauge
Pressure
regulator
To gas
pressure
source
Figure 4.10: Porosity measurements based on the Boyle’s law.
To perform the laboratory measurement, Helium gas is often used due to its following
properties,
• the very small size of helium molecules makes the gas rapidly penetrate small pores,
• helium is an inert gas that and will not be absorbed on the rock surfaces and thus yield
erroneous results.
Other gases, such as N
2
and CO
2
, might be good alternatives to Helium. The advantage of
CO
2
is it’s hydrophilic ability, which increase the effect of dehydrating the core sample. N
2
is
also used, simply due to its availability.
The Calculation of the Grain Volume
Using the ideal gas law,
pV = nRT
where the temperature, T= const, one obtains p
1
V
1
= p
2
V
2
, and in the case of vacuum inside
the sample chamber (Fig. 4.10,
p
1
V
re f
= p
2
(V
re f
+V
s
−V
g
),
where V
re f
, V
s
and V
g
are the reference volume, the volume of the sample chamber and the
grain volume, respectively. See Fig. 4.10.
Assuming adiabatic conditions, one obtains,
V
g
=
p
2
V
re f
+ p
2
V
s
−p
1
V
re f
p
2
, (4.1)
where p
1
denotes initial pressure in the reference cell, and p
2
the ﬁnal pressure in the system.
Successive measurements will increase the accuracy, due to effects of dehydration of the porous
core sample.
4.4 Measurement of Porosity 53
4.4.3 BulkVolume Measurements
This technique utilizes the Archimedes’ principle of mass displacement:
1. The core sample is ﬁrst saturated with a wetting ﬂuid and then weighed.
2. The the sample is then submerged in the same ﬂuid and its submerged weight is mea
sured.
The bulk volume is the difference between the two weights divided by the density of the
ﬂuid.
Fluids that are normally used are,
• water which can easily be evaporated afterwards,
• mercury which normally not enters the pore space in a core sample due to its nonwetting
capability and its large interfacial energy against air.
The laboratory measurements, using this technique, are very accurate, where uncertainties
in the order of ± 0.2%, is normally obtained.
Example: Uncertainty analysis in measuring the bulk volume using Archimedes’
principle.
The bulk volume of a porous core sample can be measured in two steps, ﬁrst by
weighing the sample in a cup of water; m
1
(assuming 100% water saturation) and
then weighing the sample in air as it is removed from the cup; m
2
.
The bulk volume is then written,
V
b
=
m
2
−m
1
ρ
w
.
Differentiating the equation above gives us,
dV
b
=
∂V
b
∂m
2
dm
2
+
∂V
b
∂m
1
dm
1
+
∂V
b
∂ρ
w
dρ
w
,
dV
b
=
m
2
−m
1
ρ
w
¸
dm
2
m
2
−m
1
−
dm
1
m
2
−m
1
−
dρ
w
ρ
w
.
If the density measurement as well as the two massmeasurements above, is
considered to be independent measurements, the relative uncertainty in the bulk
volume is written,
∆V
b
V
b
2
= 2
∆m
(m
2
−m
1
)
2
+
∆ρ
w
ρ
w
2
,
where the uncertainty introduced in the process of weighing the two masses is
considered to be identical, i.e., ∆m = ∆m
1
= ∆m
2
.
54 Chapter 4. Porosity
The uncertainty equation above may also be written,
∆V
b
V
b
2
= 2
∆m
ρ
w
V
b
2
+
∆ρ
w
ρ
w
2
.
If the relative uncertainty in determined the water density is estimated to 0.1%
and the weighing accuracy is equal to 0.1 g, we ﬁnd a relative uncertainty in the
bulk volume of approximately 0.5%. The bulk volume of the core sample is ap
proximately 30 cm
3
and water density is assumed equal to 1g/cm
3
.
(Note that the uncertainty related to the assumption of 100% water saturation
prior to the ﬁrst mass measurement, in some experimental tests could be larger
than the effective uncertainty related to the measuring technique.)
.
4.4.4 PoreVolume Measurement
Pore volume measurements can be done by using the Boyle’s law, where the sample is placed
in a rubber sleeve holder that has no voids space around the periphery of the core and on the
ends. Such a holder is called the Hassler holder, or a hydrostatic load cell, see Fig. 4.11.
Hydrostatic
pressure
To flow
meter
Rubber tubing
Core sample
Flow into
core
Figure 4.11: Hydrostatic load cell (Hassler holder) used for a direct
measurement of pore volume.
Helium or one of its substitutes is injected into the core plug through the end stem. The
calculation of the pore volumeV
p
is as follows:
p
0
V
p
+ p
1
V
re f
= nRT (4.2)
p
2
(V
p
+V
re f
) = nRT (4.3)
and
V
p
=
(p
1
−p
2
)
(p
2
−p
0
)
V
re f
where (p
1
> p
2
> p
0
)
It is important to notice that the Hassler core holder has to be coupled to a volume of known
reference V
re f
, as seen in Fig. 4.10, when the pore volumeV
p
, is measured.
4.4 Measurement of Porosity 55
4.4.5 FluidSummation Method
This technique is to measure the volume of gas, oil and water present in the pore space of a
fresh or preserved (peelsealed) core of known bulk volume. If the core has been exposed to
the open air for some time, some of the oil and water can evaporate and the saturation will be
measured inaccurately.
The volumes of the extracted oil, gas and water are added to obtain the pore volume and
hence the core porosity.
The core sample is divided into two parts. One part (ca. 100 g) is crushed and placed in a
ﬂuidextraction retort (see ﬁgure in previous chapter), where the metalholder unit has a cap to
prevent the evaporation of gases at the top.
The vaporised water and oil originally contained in the pores, move down and are subse
quently condensed and collected in a calibrated glassware, where their volumes are measured.
The second part of the rock sample (ca. 30 g) with a roughly cylindrical shape, is weighed
and then placed in a pump chamber ﬁlled with mercury (a pycnometer) in which its bulk vol
ume is determined, measuring the volume of the displaced mercury. Then the pressure of the
mercury, p
Hg
, is raised to 70 bar (1000 psi). At this pressure, the mercury enters the sample and
compresses the gas, ﬁlling the pore space originally occupied with the gas. With an appropriate
calculation, the volume of the mercury "imbibed" in the rock gives the gas volumeV
g
.
The bulk volume and weight of the fresh sample allow the computation of the effective bulk
density of the rock. This in turn is used to convert the weight of the ﬁrst part of the sample,
which was 100 g (to be retorted), into an equivalent bulk volume.
The oil, water and gas volumes are each calculated as fractions of the bulk volume of the
rock sample and the three values are added to yield the porosity value .
The laboratory procedure provides the following information:
• First subsample gives the rock’s weight W
s1
and the volumes of oil V
o1
and water V
w1
are
recorded.
• Second subsample gives the volume of gasV
g2
and the rock’s bulk volumeV
b2
.
From the second subsample, the fraction of the bulk volume occupied by gas (i.e., the
fraction of the gasbulk volume) can be calculated,
f
g
=
V
g
2
V
b
2
= φS
g
where the subscript 2 is omitted for f
g
, S
g
, and φ, because these values are representative for
both parts of the sample.
Denoting the apparent bulk density of the ﬂuidsaturated rock sample asρ
app
, we can write,
W
s
1
=V
b
1
ρ
app
and W
s
2
=V
b
2
ρ
app
→V
b
1
=V
b
2
W
s
1
W
s
2
The formation oil and watervolume factor are calculated as follow,
f
o
=
V
o
1
V
b
1
= φS
o
,
f
w
=
V
w
1
V
b
1
= φS
w
,
56 Chapter 4. Porosity
and the sum of the ﬂuidvolume factor then gives the porosity value:
f
o
+ f
w
+ f
g
= φ(S
o
+S
w
+S
g
) = φ
Example: Use of pycnometer in matrix volume calculation.
The pycnometer is a labtool occasionally used for measuring bulk and pore vol
umes of core samples. A pycnometer is in principle a contained volume, a cell,
where a deﬁned amount of mercury can be injected or withdrawn. The sketch
below illustrates the working principle of the pycnometer.
V
0
Hg
Figure 4.12: Sketch of the pycnometer.
In order to deﬁne the matrix volume, V
m
of a core sample, the following mea
suring steps are carried out:
1. The pycnometer cell is fully saturated with mercury.
2. The pycnometer piston is withdrawn and a gas (air) volume of V
0
is mea
sured.
3. The core sample is placed in the cell, and the cell volume is sealed. The
equilibrium condition inside the cell is written; p
0
(V
0
−V
m
), where p
0
is the
atmospheric pressure and V
m
is the matrix of the sample (the rock’s grain
volume).
4. Mercury is injected into the cell and a new gas volume,V
1
and gas pressure,
p
1
is measured. NB: The mercury does not enter the pore system of the core
sample, due to its high interfacial tension. (Mercury, as laboratory ﬂuid, has
become less popular due to its toxic characteristics and is quite often replaced
by other ﬂuids.)
5. New equilibrium is reached and we write; p
1
(V
1
−V
m
).
Finally, the matrix volume is found as follows:
V
m
=
p
1
V
1
−p
0
V
0
p
1
−p
0
.
.
4.5 Uncertainty in Porosity Estimation 57
4.5 Uncertainty in Porosity Estimation
Experimental data is always contaminated with measuring uncertainty. For characteristic pa
rameter estimation, like determination of the porosity, we will expect the uncertainty in the
measured parameters to introduce an error in the estimate of the porosity found.
Porosity will normally be a function of V
p
, V
m
and/or V
b
. Since the three parameters are
dependent, i.e.
V
b
=V
p
+V
m
, (4.4)
only two of them should appear in the uncertainty analysis.
If we deﬁne porosity as,
φ =
V
p
V
b
,
we may differentiate the equation and we obtain,
dφ
φ
=
dV
p
V
p
−
dV
b
V
b
.
The pore and bulk volumes are independent measurements, i.e., the resultsV
p
and V
b
are
independent parameters and so are their uncertainties, ∆V
p
and ∆V
m
.
The relative error or uncertainty in the porosity is then given by
∆φ
φ
=
∆V
p
V
p
2
+
∆V
b
V
b
2
. (4.5)
In laboratory experiments we wish to reduce uncertainties to a minimum. Eq. (4.5) tells
us that it is not sufﬁcient to reduce the uncertainty in only one of the measured parameters,
leaving the other unchanged, since the total relative uncertainty is mainly inﬂuenced by the
largest relative uncertainty.
Example: Error propagation
From laboratory measurements one has estimated the relative uncertainty related
to the pore volume to be, ´V
p
/V
p
= 5.0% and the relative uncertainty related to
the matrix is, ´V
m
/V
m
= 7%.
The porosity is deﬁned,
φ =
V
p
V
b
=
V
p
V
p
+V
m
.
We could start to differentiate the porosity with respect toV
p
and V
m
, given the
equation above, but instead we intend to differentiate Eq. (4.4) and then substitute
the results into Eq. (4.5).
Differentiation of Eq. (4.4) gives,
´V
b
V
b
2
=
´V
p
V
p
+V
m
2
+
´V
m
V
p
+V
m
2
,
58 Chapter 4. Porosity
and substitution in Eq. (4.5) gives,
´φ
φ
=
´V
p
V
p
2
+
´V
p
V
p
+V
m
2
+
´V
m
V
p
+V
m
2
,
or written differently,
´φ
φ
=
(1+φ
2
)
´V
p
V
p
2
+
(1−φ)
2
´V
m
V
m
2
.
If the porosity is, φ = 0.2 (or 20%), then the relative uncertainty in the porosity
is ∼ 7.57% and the porosity with uncertainty is written,
φ ±´φ = (20 ±1.5)%.
Note that if the equation φ =V
p
/(V
p
+V
m
) is differentiated directly, the result
would be slightly different because the differentiation was used only once, com
pared to the process above where a two step differentiation is performed. Every
extra operation in the error propagation increases the ﬁnal uncertainty.
.
4.6 Porosity Estimation from Well Logs
Porosity of reservoir rock can be estimated not only by using methods, as has been described
above, but also from geophysical well logs, often called wireline logs. This method of porosity
evaluation is not very accurate, but has the advantage of providing continous porosity data.
Once these logs are obtained and converted into a porosity log, they can be calibrated using
coresample porisity data and serve as additional reliable source of porosity distribution evalu
ation.
Porosity can be estimated from:
• Formation resistivity factor (F).
• Microresistivity log (from which F can be derived).
• Neutron  gamma log.
• Density (gamma  gamma) log.
• Acoustic (sonic) log.
The Formation resistivity factor is deﬁned as the ratio of the resistivity of the porous sample
saturated with an ionic solution R
o
of the bulk resistivity of the same solutionR
w
, i.e. [23]
F =
R
o
R
w
. (4.6)
The Formation resistivity factor measures the inﬂuence of pore structure on the resistance
of the core sample. There are several relationships which can be used for the porosity evaluation
using Fvalues [23],
4.6 Porosity Estimation from Well Logs 59
• F = φ
−m
, where m is the cementation constant (Archie, 1942).
• F = (3−φ)/2φ (Maxwell, 1881).
• F = X/φ, where X is the electric tortuosity of the sample (Wyllie, 1957).
For more information regarding porosity evaluation using geophysical well logs, see refer
ence [7, 23, 37].
60 Chapter 4. Porosity
4.7 Exercises
1. Calculate the bulk volume of a preserved (parafﬁncoated) core sample immersed in
water, given the following data:
weight of dry sample in air: 20 g,
weight of dry sample coated with parafﬁn: 20.9 g (density of parafﬁn is : 0.9 g/cc),
weight of coated sample immersed in water: 10 g (density of water is: 1g/cc)
Determine the rock’s porosity, assuming a sandgrain density of 2.67 g/cc.
2. Calculate the bulk volume of a dry core sample immersed in mercury pycnometer, given
the following data:
weight of dry sample in air: 20 g,
weight of mercuryﬁlled pycnometer at 20
o
C: 350 g,
weight of mercuryﬁlled pycnometer with the sample at 20
o
C; 235.9 g.
density of mercury: 13.546 g/cc.
3. Determine the sandstone’s grain density and porosity, given the following data:
weight of crushed dry sample in air: 16 g,
weight of crushed sample plus absorbed water: 16.1 g,
weight of waterﬁlled pycnometer: 65 g,
weight of waterﬁlled pycnometer with the sample: 75 g.
4. Determine the sandstone’s grain volume and porosity using Boyl’s law, given the follow
ing data:
volume of chamber containing the core sample: 15 cc,
volume of chamber containing air: 7 cc,
bulk volume of core sample: 10 cc
5. Calculate the effective porosity of a sandstone sample using the following data:
weight of dry sample in air: 20 g,
weight of saturated sample in air: 22.5 g,
density of water is : 1.0 g/cc),
weight of saturated sample in water: 12.6 g.
6. A core sample is saturated with an oil (ρ
o
= 35
o
API), gas and water. The initial weight
of the sample is 224.14 g. After the gas is displaced by water (ρ
w
=1g/cm
3
), the weight
is increased to 225.90 g. The sample is the placed in aSoxhlet distillation apparatus, and
4.4 cm
3
water is extracted. After drying the core sample, the weight is now 209.75 g.
The sample bulk volume, 95 cm
3
is measured in a mercury pycnometer.
Find the porosity, water saturation, oil saturation, gas saturation and lithology of the core
sample. (Notice that the oil density is ρ[g/cm
3
] = 141.4/(131.5 +ρ[
o
API]), when the
water density at that particular temperature and pressure is 1g/cm
3
)
7. Another core sample is brought to the laboratory for compositional analysis, where 80
g of the sample is placed in a mercury pycnometer and the volume of gas found is 0.53
cm
3
. A piece of the same sample, weighing 120 g is placed in a retorte, where the water
and oil volume is measured to 2.8 cm
3
and 4.4 m
3
, respectively. A third piece of the
4.7 Exercises 61
sample, weighing 90 g is placed in a pycnometer and the bulk volume is measured to
be 37.4 cm
3
. Assume oil and water densities as in the exercise above and ﬁnd the same
characteristic parameters.
8. Calculate the porosity of the sample described below:
mass of dry sample: 104.2 g,
mass of water saturated sample: 120.2 g,
density of water 1.001 g/cm
3
,
mas of saturated sample immersed in water: 64.7g.
Is this effective porosity or the total porosity of the sample? What is the most probable
lithology of the matrix material? Explain .
9. A core, 2.54 cm long and 2.54 cm in diameter has a porosity of 22%. It is saturated with
oil and water, where the oil content is 1.5cm
3
.
a) What is the pore volume of the core?
b) What are the oil and water saturations of the core?
10. If a formation is 2.5 m thick, what is the volume of oilinplace (in m
3
and in bbl) of a
40.47 hectare large area, if the core described in the excercise above is representative of
the reservoir?
Answer to questions:
1. 24.3%, 2. 9.95 cm
3
, 3. 2.67 g/cm
3
, 1.6%, 4. 20%, 5. 25%, 6. 19%, 14.5%, 75.8%, 9.6%,
2.73 g/cm
3
, 7. 16%, 35.1%, 55.1%,10%, 2.69 g/cm
3
, 8. 29%, 2.64 g/cm
3
, 9. 2.831 cm
3
, 53%,
47%, 10. 738235.6 bbl
62 Chapter 4. Porosity
Chapter 5
Permeability
5.1 Introduction
Permeability in a reservoir rock is associated with it’s capacity to transport ﬂuids through a
system of interconnected pores, i.e. communication of interstices. In general terms, the per
meability is a tensor, since the resistance towards ﬂuid ﬂow will vary, depending on the ﬂow
direction. In practical terms, however, permeability is often considered to be ascalar, even
though this is only correct for isotropic porous media.
If there were no interconnected pores, the rock would be impermeable, i.e., it is natural
to assume that there exists certain correlations between permeability and effective porosity.
All factors affecting porosity will affect permeability and since rock permeability is difﬁcult
to measure in the reservoir, porosity correlated permeabilities are often used in extrapolating
reservoir permeability between wells.
Absolute permeability could be determined in the laboratory by using inert gas (nitrogen
is frequently used) that ﬁlls the porous rock sample completely and limits the possibility of
chemical interaction with the rock material to a minimum. Since the gas molecules will pen
etrate even the smallest porethroats, all pore channels are included in the averaging process
when permeability is measured.
When several phases or mixtures of ﬂuids are passing through a rock locally and simulta
neously, each ﬂuid phase will counteract the free ﬂow of the other phase’s and a reduced phase
permeability (relative to absolute) is measured, i.e. effective permeability.
5.2 Darcy’s Law
The ﬁrst important experiments of ﬂuid ﬂow through porous media, were reported by Dupuit in
1854, using waterﬁlters. His results showed that the pressure drop across the ﬁlter is propor
tional to the water ﬁltration velocity. In 1856 Henry Darcy proved that ﬂow of water through
sand ﬁlters, obeys the following relationship:
q = K A
h
∆l
, (5.1)
63
64 Chapter 5. Permeability
where h is a difference in manometer levels, i.e. hydrostatic height difference,
A is crosssectional area of the ﬁlter,
∆l is thickness of the ﬁlter in the ﬂow direction and
K is a proportionality coefﬁcient.
In Darcy’s experimental results, as in Eq. (5.1), viscosityµ, was not included because only
water ﬁlters were investigated and hence, the effects of ﬂuid density and viscosity had no real
experimental signiﬁcance.
Experiments repeated after Darcy, have proved that if the manometric level, h, is kept
constant, the same ﬂow rate (or ﬂow velocity) is measured, irrespective of the orientation of
the sand ﬁlter (see Fig. 5.1).
Datum
plane
θ = 90
o
0 < < 90
o o
θ θ = 90
o
θ
I II III
Figure 5.1: Orientation of the sand ﬁlter with respect to the direction
of gravitation.
The pressure difference across the sand ﬁlter in Fig. 5.1, for the 3 cases are given,
I : ∆p
I
= ρg(h−∆l),
II : ∆p
II
= ρg(h−∆l sinθ),
III : ∆p
III
= ρgh,
where ∆l is the thickness or length of the sand ﬁlter in the ﬂow direction.
Since the water velocity is proportional to the manometric level (observation made by
Darcy), the ﬂow velocity is proportional to,
v ∝ (∆p+ρg∆z),
where ∆z is the elevation in the gravitational ﬁeld. (∆z accounts for the inclined ﬂow direction
relative to horizontal ﬂow.)
If the sand ﬁlter is made longer, a reduced ﬂow velocity is expected and similarly if the
water is replaced by a ﬂuid of higher viscosity, a reduced ﬂow velocity is expected.
5.2 Darcy’s Law 65
v ∝
1
µ
∆p+ρg∆z
∆l
.
The proportionality, above, can be replaced by equality, by introducing a proportionality
coefﬁcient k,
v =
k
µ
∆p+ρg∆z
∆l
, (5.2)
where k is the permeability.
The pressure at any point along the ﬂow path is related to a reference height or datum plane
z
0
, where ∆z = z −z
0
and e.g. z
0
= 0 at a level where the reference pressure is 1 atm. A
pressure difference ∆(p+ρgz) = (p+ρgz)
2
−(p+ρgz)
1
will create a ﬂuid ﬂow between the
two points, unless the pressure p is equal to the static pressure −ρgh. In these cases no ﬂow
is expected and static equilibrium is established, as observed in any reservoir where the ﬂuid
pressure increases with depth.
Fluid ﬂow in a porous rock is therefore given by the pressure potential difference ∆(p +
ρgz), i.e. the sum of pressure difference and elevation in the gravity ﬁeld. In a historical
context, the pressure potential has been associated with the energy potential (energy pr. mass)
and the following deﬁnition has been used,
Φ
def
=
p
ρ
+gz.
Substituting the pressure potential difference ∆Φ in Eq. (5.2), one can rewrite the equality
equation based on Darcy’s deduction,
q = A
k
µ
ρ
∆Φ
∆l
where k is the permeability of the porous medium (ﬁlter, core sample/plug, etc.), µ is the
viscosity of the ﬂuid and l is the length of the porous medium in the direction of ﬂow andΦ is
the pressure potential. The ﬂow rate q = dV/dt, is volume pr. time.
The Darcy’s law in differential form is,
q = A
k
µ
ρ
dΦ
dl
= lim
∆l→0
A
k
µ
ρ
∆Φ
∆l
. (5.3)
For linear and horizontal ﬂow (parallel to the xaxis) of incompressible ﬂuid, the elevation
is constant, i.e. dz/dx = 0, and Dracy’s law is written,
q =−A
k
µ
dp
dx
, (5.4)
where the minus sign "", in front of the pressure gradient term, compensates for a negative
pressure gradient in the direction of ﬂow (since ﬂuids move from high to low potential). Ve
locity and ﬂow rate are pr. deﬁnition positive parameters (see the example below).
At this point it is important to notice that the permeability, k, is introduced in Eqs. (5.4)
and (5.3), as a proportionality constant and not as a physical parameter. The permeability
does pr. deﬁnition, not carry any characteristic information about the porous medium. When
66 Chapter 5. Permeability
permeability is related to the transport capability of the porous medium, as often is the case
in practical situations, the fact that this information about the porous medium is missing in
Eq. (5.4), is often overlooked. The proportionality constant k, called permeability, describes
not only the porous medium transport capability, as such, but represents all information about
the porous medium etc., which is otherwise not described by any of the other parameters in
Eq. (5.4).
Example: Linear horizontal core ﬂow
The minus sign "" in the horizontal ﬂow equation Eq. 5.4 is justiﬁed by consider
ing linear core ﬂow.
Let’s assume a constant liquid ﬂow rate q, through a core sample, as shown
in Fig. 5.2. The pressures p
1
, p
2
and the positions x
1
, x
2
are labelled according to
standard numbering and orientation.
x
x
2
p
1
p
2
x
1
q q
Figure 5.2: Horizontal ﬂow in a core sample.
Assuming a homogeneous porous medium and integration from position 1 to
2, the pressure term is written as follows,
dp
dx
=
p
2
−p
1
x
2
−x
1
=−
p
1
−p
2
x
2
−x
1
,
where p
1
> p
2
in positive ﬂow direction. Since x
2
obviously is larger than x
1
,
the value of dp/dx is pr. deﬁnition negative, i.e. the minus sign "" is needed to
balance the equation.
.
The ﬂuid velocity related to the crosssection areaA is called the superﬁcial (i.e. ﬁltration)
or bulk velocity, and the linear ﬂow velocity is written,
u =
q
A
=−
k
µ
dp
dx
. (5.5)
The real velocity of ﬂuid ﬂow in the pores is called theinterstitial (true) velocity, v
pore
and
is necessarily higher than the bulk velocity, since the ﬂow crosssection area is, on average,φ
times smaller than the bulk crosssection A. The directions of pore ﬂow are inclined relative
to the general ﬂow direction and a characteristic inclination angle α is assigned to describe
this effect. This effect will increase the pore velocity even more, as illustrated in Fig. 5.3. If,
in addition, the porous medium contains a residual saturation of a nonﬂowing phase, e.g. a
connate water saturation S
wc
, the pore ﬂow velocity is affected through the reduction of the
5.2 Darcy’s Law 67
ﬂow crosssection area. The sum of these effects will cause the pore ﬂow velocity to become
considerably higher than the bulk velocity,
v
pore
=
q
A
1
φ
1
1−S
wc
1
cos
2
α
. (5.6)
α
α
z
x
y
v
q
v
pore
Figure 5.3: Pore ﬂow velocity in a porous medium.
Experimental tests from different porous rocks have shown that an average inclination an
gle, α ·36
o
and that this angle may vary between 12
o
to 45
o
. If a typical porosity of 25% and
a connate water saturation of 10% are assumed, then the pore velocity will be about 7 times
higher than the bulk velocity.
Example: Linear inclined core ﬂow
When the direction of ﬂow is inclined, with an angle θ to the horizontal ﬂow
direction, the gravitational force has to be considered, since the ﬂuids are moving
up or down in the gravitational ﬁeld.
In order to keep a constant ﬂow rate q, through a porous medium of length ∆l,
a pressure difference ∆p is applied. See Fig. 5.4.
l
l
2
p
1
p
2
l
1
q
q
x
θ
r
g
Figure 5.4: Core ﬂow at a dip angle θ to the horizontal axis
Flow at an angle to the horizontal direction is described by Eq. (5.3), where the
minus sign is describing linear ﬂow,
q =−A
k
µ
d(p+ρgz)
dl
.
68 Chapter 5. Permeability
z is the elevation in the gravitational ﬁeld and from Fig.5.4 it’s evident that
z = l sinθ, where l is the direction of ﬂow. The ﬂow equation becomes,
q =−A
k
µ
dp
dl
−A
k
µ
ρgsinθ.
Integration from position 1 to 2, gives
q+A
k
µ
ρgsinθ
∆l = A
k
µ
∆p.
The pressure difference is given,
∆p =
µ∆l
Ak
q+ρg∆l sinθ,
where horizontal linear ﬂow is ∆p
θ=0
= q(µ∆l)/(Ak).
In order to maintain a constant ﬂow rate through the core sample, the pressure
difference needs to be adjusted relative to the inclination angle (dip angle). In a
updip situation, as in Fig. 5.4, the pressure difference has to be larger relative to
the horizontal case, since the ﬂuid is pushed upwards in the gravitational ﬁelds,
i.e.,
0 ≤θ < 90
o
⇒ ∆p ≥∆p
0
−90
o
< θ < 0 ⇒ ∆p <∆p
0
.
5.3 Conditions for Liquid Permeability Measurements.
Permeability in core samples is measured in the laboratory using Darcy’s law for horizontal
ﬂow, Eq. (5.4). In these tests, some important conditions have to be satisﬁed before permeabil
ity could be estimated from the measured data. These conditions are the following:
• Horizontal ﬂow.
• Incompressible ﬂuid.
• 100% ﬂuid saturation in the porous medium.
• Stationary ﬂow current, i.e. constant crosssection in ﬂow direction.
• Laminar ﬂow current (satisﬁed in most liquid ﬂow cases).
• No chemical exchange or  reactions between ﬂuid and porous medium.
5.4 Units of Permeability 69
q
∆p
slope;
a = Ak/ l µ∆
Figure 5.5: Experimental determination of liquid permeability.
Having satisﬁed all the above conditions, permeability is found by integrating the linear
ﬂow equation where the permeability is experimentally determined using the formula,
q =
Ak
µ∆l
∆p, (5.7)
where the ﬂow rate q and the pressure difference ∆p are the measured data. Permeability is
found by plotting the measured data as shown in Fig. 5.5.
The linear best ﬁt through all experimental datapoints will give a slope, from which the
permeability can be calculated using Eq. (5.7) [54].
The importance of linear representation of the measured data is the advantage of visual
inspection, which may reveal nonlinear effects in the data, e.g. at high or low ﬂow rates, or
uncertainty in laboratory measurements, e.g. large spread in data around the linear ﬁt.
5.4 Units of Permeability
Dimensional analysis applied to the Darcy’s law, shows that permeability has the dimension of
surface area, L
2
. It is not convenient to measure permeability of porous media in cm
2
or in m
2
.
By convention the unit for the permeability is called theDarcy. The following deﬁnition of the
Darcy has been accepted:
The permeability is 1 Darcy if a ﬂuid with viscosity of 1cp is ﬂowing at a rate of 1
cm
3
/s through a porous medium with a crosssection of 1cm
2
, creating a pressure
difference of 1 atm/cm.
Applying Darcyunits to Eq. (5.4), we get the following equality:
1
cm
3
s
=−1cm
2
1D
1cp
−
1atm
1cm
,
where the Darcyunits are preferably used in connection with laboratory tests.
There are two systems of units which are widely used in petroleum ﬁeld engineering;
• Field units.
• SI units (international system of units).
70 Chapter 5. Permeability
The value 1 Darcy is deﬁned in SIunits by substitution:
q = 10
−6
m
3
s
,
µ = 1cp = 10
−3
kg
m s
,
dp
dl
= 1
atm
cm
= 1.01 10
5
Pa
cm
= 1.01 10
7
kg
m
2
s
2
and
A = 10
−4
m
2
k =
qµ
A dp/dl
= 0.987 10
−12
m
2
= 0.987µm
2
.
Here: µm
2
= (µm)
2
.
It follows from these evaluations that,
1 D = 0.987 µm
2
.
Instead of the unit 1 Darcy, the 1/1000 fraction is used, which then is called millidarcy
(mD).
It is important to remember that permeability is a tensor, which means that permeability
might have different values in different directions. Vertical permeability (i.e. normal to the
bedding of formations) is usually much lower in comparison than the horizontal permeability
(measured along the bedding of formations). In its turn, the horizontal permeability can be
different in different directions. These permeability features should be taken into account while
measuring permeability.
Example: Core sample liquid permeability.
A cylindrical core sample is properly cleaned and all remains of hydrocarbons are
removed from the pore space. The core is saturated with water and then ﬂushed
horizontally. The core length is 15cm, it’s diameter is 5 cm and the water viscosity
is 1.0 cp.
The permeability might be determined by plotting the data in a "rate/pressure"
diagram, as shown in Fig. 5.5, or more directly, by calculating the permeability
value for each datapair, using the formula,
k =
µ∆l
A
q
∆p
,
where A = π(d/2)
2
and d is the core sample diameter.
The pressure drop ∆p, is measured for three different ﬂowrates and perme
ability is calculated using the above formula,
q
w
[cm
3
/s] 1.0 3.0 10.0
∆p [atm] 7.2 24.5 76.0
k [D] 0.106 0.093 0.101
5.5 Gas Permeability Measurements 71
The average or representative permeability is k = 0.1 D or 100 mD.
Laboratory measurements, always contain uncertainty related to the technol
ogy used to obtain the labdata. This uncertainty could be examined by plotting
the datapairs in an appropriate way, e.g. as shown in Fig. 5.5. The advantage
of dataplotting, compared to straight forward calculations, as in this example, is
the opportunity to verify that the data used in the averaging process are "good" or
representative .
.
5.5 Gas Permeability Measurements
Due to certain interactions between the liquids and the porous rock, absolute permeability is
routinely measured in the laboratory by ﬂowing gas (usually inert gas) through the core sample.
Because gas is a highly compressible substance, i.e. the gas rate is pressure dependent, the
Darcy’s law may not be utilised directly. Considering mass ﬂow of gasqρ, one can write,
qρ =−A
kρ
µ
dp
dx
,
where ρ is the density of the gas at certain pressure.
It follows from the perfect gas law (pV = nRT) that,
ρ(p) =
ρ(p
0
)
p
0
p, or simply ρ =
ρ
0
p
0
p,
which when substituted into the previous equation equation yields,
qρ =−A
kρ
0
p
µp
0
dp
dx
. (5.8)
Here the subscript "0" refers to a certain pressure value, for instance, the pressure at normal
or standard conditions.
Taking into account the invariant quantity,
qρ = q
0
ρ
0
,
one ﬁnally obtains,
q
0
=−A
kp
µp
0
dp
dx
, (5.9)
or integrated from p
1
to p
2
,
q
0
= A
k
2µp
0
p
2
1
−p
2
2
∆l
. (5.10)
Another useful form in which Eq. (5.10) can be written is,
q
0
= A
k
µ
p
p
o
∆p
∆l
, (5.11)
72 Chapter 5. Permeability
where p = (p
1
+ p
2
)/2 is a mean (average) pressure in the core during the measurements.
Combining the invariant mass ﬂow; qρ =qρ and the results generated from the perfect gas
law; ρ p = ρp with Eq. (5.11), one obtains,
q =−A
k
µ
∆p
∆l
, (5.12)
where q is the mean or average ﬂow rate. Eq. (5.12) has exactly the same form as Darcy’s
law for horizontal liquid ﬂow, except for the fact that the ﬂow rate is the mean ﬂow rate. In a
homogeneous porous rock, the mean ﬂow rate is equal to the gas rate at the centre of the core
sample.
The Hassler core holder is commonly used for permeability measurements. It provides
measurements of permeability in both vertical and horizontal directions.
For permeability measurements in the vertical direction gas is injected through the core
plug in the axial direction (see Fig. 5.6, left). The core plug is placed in an impermeable rubber
sleeve protecting the gas ﬂow at the outerface of the core plug.
High air
pressure
Core sample
Rubber tubing
Low air
pressure
To flow
meter
High air
pressure
Rubber
disk
Low air
pressure
To flow
meter
Metal plug
Screen
Screen
Flow
directions
Figure 5.6: Full diameter vertical and horizontal permeability mea
surement apparatus (from IHRDC, 1991).
Horizontal permeability measurements require a sealing of the top surfaces of the core with
nonpermeable rubber disks (see Fig. 5.6, right). The area of cylindrical surface at the inﬂow
and outﬂow openings is covered with a screen and the sample is then placed into the core
holder. Under high air pressure the rubber tubing is collapsed around the core. Low pressure
air is introduced into the center of the holder and passes through the rubber boot and intersects
with the screen, and then ﬂows vertically through the screen. The air then ﬂows through the full
diameter sample along its full height and emerges on the opposite side, where the screen again
allows free ﬂow of the air to exit. The screen are selected to cover designated outer segments
of the full diameter sample. In most cases the circumference of the core is divided into four
equal quadrants. In this test the ﬂow length is actually a function of the core diameter, and the
crosssectional area of ﬂow is a function of the length and diameter of the core sample.
It is common to furnish two horizontal permeability measurements on all full diameter
samples. The second measurement is made at the right angles to the ﬁrst.
5.5 Gas Permeability Measurements 73
Example: Core sample gas permeability.
A gas permeability test has been carried out on a core sample, 1in in diameter and
length. The core has been cleaned and dried and mounted in a Hassler core holder,
of the type seen in Fig. 5.6.
The gas is injected and the pressure, p
1
measured, at one end of the core sam
ple, while the gas rate, q
2
is measured at the other end, at atmospheric pressure,
i.e., p
2
= 1atm.
The gas permeability could be estimated using Eq. (5.10), written as follows,
q
2
= A
k
2µp
2
p
2
1
−p
2
2
∆l
.
Given the pressure p
1
and the gas rate q
2
, the mean pressure in the core sample,
p and the pressure drop across the core, ∆p, are calculated from the equation
above. The gas permeability k is found as a function of the mean core pressure.
The following data is given:
p
1
[mmHg] q
2
[cm
3
/min] p [atm.] ∆p [atm.] k [mD]
861 6.4 1.066 0.133 6.8
1276 35.6 1.33 0.667 6.3
2280 132.8 2.00 2.00 5.0
0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1
Reciprocal pressure: 1/p
m
[1/atm.]
2
3
4
5
6
7
P
e
r
m
e
a
b
i
l
i
t
y
:
k
[
m
D
]
Figure 5.7: Gas permeability plotted as the reciprocal of mean pres
sure.
Note that the gas permeability is pressure dependent. As the mean pressure in
the core sample increases it is expected that the gas permeability will approach the
absolute (liquid) permeability, since at such high pressure the gas itself, will start
to behave as a liquid.(This asymptotic limit is not reached unless the pressure, e.g.
in air, is more than 1000 bar.)
74 Chapter 5. Permeability
The absolute gas permeability of the core sample is therefore found as the
asymptotic value of permeability, when p →∞or more conveniently, when 1/p →
0, as seen in Fig.5.7. The data, taken from the table is plotted and the absolute per
meability is found k
liquid
= 3.0mD.
.
5.5.1 Turbulent Gas Flow in a Core Sample
When gas permeability in core samples are measured, turbulent ﬂow may be experienced in
parts of the pore system, preferably in the larger pores and pore channels.
In order to adjust for the occurance of turbulence, the horizontal ﬂow equation can be
expanded by adding a term particularly describing the turbulent ﬂow situation. For this purpose
the Fanning Eq. (5.13), is used describing turbulent ﬂow in a circular tube [7],
v
2
=
R
ρF
∆p
∆x
, (5.13)
where R is the tube radius, ρ is the gas density and F is the Fanning friction factor characteris
ing the tube (i.e. roughness, wetting, etc.).
According to the Fanning equation one may assume that pressure drop across a pore chan
nel is proportional to the square of the average gas velocity in the pore.
The horizontal ﬂow equation, including a turbulent term can be written as,
∆p
∆x
=
µ
k
v +βv
2
,
where v is the average or mean ﬂow velocity and β is the turbulent constant .
Considering the average gas ﬂow velocity, v = q/A and rearranging the above equation
somewhat, one gets,
∆p
∆x
A
µ
1
q
=
1
k
+
β
Aµ
q.
In an experimental situation one normally do not know the average core rateq. Instead the
gas rate is measured at the exhaust end, q
0
. Recall from above the relation,
q =
p
0
p
q
0
.
Substituting for average gas rate in the horizontal ﬂow equation one gets an equation par
ticularly adapted for experimental application,
A
∆xµp
0
∆pp
q
0
=
1
k
+
β p
0
Aµ
q
0
p
. (5.14)
Eq. (5.14) is a linear equation where 1/k is the constant term.
In order to use Eq. (5.14), special care has to be taken to how data is plotted. Since
p = (p
1
+p
2
)/2 and ∆p = (p
1
−p
2
), are both functions of p
1
, one of them has to be kept ﬁxed
when producing linear plots.
Assuming there are three sets of data; set a, b and c. For each set there are three measure
ments; 1, 2 and 3, all together nine measurements.
5.5 Gas Permeability Measurements 75
p
a
∆p
a,1
q
0,a,1
p
a
∆p
a,2
q
0,a,2
p
a
∆p
a,3
q
0,a,3
p
b
∆p
b,1
q
0,b,1
p
b
∆p
b,2
q
0,b,2
p
b
∆p
b,3
q
0,b,3
p
c
∆p
c,1
q
0,c,1
p
c
∆p
c,2
q
0,c,2
p
c
∆p
c,3
q
0,c,3
For each data set; a, b and c, a straight line is plotted through the measured data points and
the constant 1/k is evaluated, as shown in the Fig. 5.8.
q /p
0 m
p
ma
p
mb
p
mc
1/k
a
1/k
b
1/k
c
A
p
p
x
p
q
∆
∆
ν
m
0
0
Figure 5.8: Plotting linear data where the average pressure p = p
m
is
kept constant.
The three permeability values found form Fig. 5.8; k
a
, k
b
and k
c
are now plotted, in accor
dance with the linear Eq. (5.14), as shown in the Fig. 5.9.
k
a
k
c
k
b
1/p
m
k
,
D
k
L
Figure 5.9: Absolute permeability as function of inverse average
pressure, p = p
m
When turbulence is considered, gas permeability is found using a step like plotting process,
where data having the same average core pressure are plotted together in the ﬁrst step. Sec
ondly, permeabilities are plotted as functions of the inverse average pressure, from where the
absolute (liquid) permeability is found.
76 Chapter 5. Permeability
5.6 Factors Affecting Permeability Values
General considerations show that permeability is a characteristic parameter describing ﬂow
behaviour in porous media. Since the permeability is introduced as a proportional coefﬁcient
in Darcy’s law, it is evident that other characteristics than the porous medium have important
inﬂuence on the numeric value of the permeability. In the case of overburden pressure, exper
iments have shown that the permeability is even more dependent on the overburden pressure
than the porosity.
Permeability measurements are also (sometimes strongly) affected by the ﬂuid, e.g. used
in laboratory tests, due to some interaction between the ﬂuid and the porous medium. To avoid
this effect, gases (helium, nitrogen, carbondioxide and air) are often used for permeability
measurements. The use of gases introduce other problems, such as turbulent ﬂow behaviour,
increased uncertainty in gas rate measurements and at low pressure, theKlinkenberg effect.
It follows from Eq. (5.11), that the rock permeability to gas is not the same as for liquids,
since gas permeability is pressure dependent, i.e. k = k(p),
k =
q
o
µ
A
p
o
p
∆l
∆p
, (5.15)
where the latter statement means that different average core pressures p, provide different val
ues of the rock permeability to gas.
These facts should be considered when permeability from laboratory measurements is re
lated to reservoir permeability.
5.6.1 The Klinkenberg Effect
It has been observed that at low average pressures, measurements of gas permeability give
erroneously high results, as compared to the nonreactive liquid permeability measurements
(absolute permeability). This effect is known as the gas slippage effect or as the Klinkenberg
effect, investigated by Klinkenberg in 1941. Klinkenberg found that the gas permeability of a
core sample varied with both the type of gas used in the measurements and the average pressure
p, in the core.
One of the conditions for the validity of Darcy’s law, as presented in Eqs. (5.7) or (5.11), is
the requirement of laminar ﬂow, i.e. that the ﬂuid behaves "classically" with respect to inter
molecular interactions in the gas. At low gas pressure, in combination with small (diameter)
pore channels, this condition is broken.
At low p, gas molecules are often so far apart, that they slip through the pore channels
almost without interactions (no friction loss) and hence, yield a increased ﬂow velocity or ﬂow
rate. At higher pressures, the gas molecules are closer together and interact more strongly
as molecules in a liquid. Compared to laminar ﬂow, at a constant pressure difference, the
Klinkenberg dominated ﬂow will yield a higher gas rate than laminar ﬂow,
q
Klinkenberg
> q
laminar
.
Experiments show that when gas permeability is plotted versus the reciprocal average pres
sure p, a straight line can be ﬁtted through the data points. Extrapolation of this line to inﬁnite
mean pressure, i.e. when 1/p →0, gives the absolute (liquid) permeability. The permeability
5.6 Factors Affecting Permeability Values 77
1.2 1.6 2.0
2.0
4.0
6.0
8.0
0.0
0.0 0.4 0.8
Reciprocal Mean Pressure, 1/bar
G
a
s
P
e
r
m
e
a
b
i
l
i
t
y
,
m
D
He
N
2
CO
2
Liquid or absolute
permeability, k
L
Figure 5.10: Klinkenberg permeability determination.
value at 1/p →0 is comparable to the permeability obtained if the core were saturated with a
nonreactive liquid (see Fig. 5.10.
In early core analysis the Klinkenberg permeability was estimated by using a steadystate
technique for permeability measurements, at different mean pressures p, or by using the fol
lowing correlation’s;
k
m
= k
L
1+
b
p
, (5.16)
where k
m
and k
L
are the measured and the absolute (liquid) permeability, respectively. The
parameter b depends on the type of gas used and reﬂects, to some extent, properties of the rock
(Fig. 5.10).
Corrections to measured gas permeability due to the Klinkenberg effect are normally mod
erate to small corrections, as seen for the table below.
Noncorrected Klinkenberg corrected
permeability, [mD] permeability, [mD]
1.0 0.7
10.0 7.8
100.0 88.0
1000.0 950.0
In most laboratory measurements of gas permeability, it is safe to neglect the Klinkenberg
effect if the gas pressure is higher than 10 bar. In reservoirs, the pressure will be much higher
and consequently the signiﬁcance of the Klinkenberg effect of no importance.
Example: Onset of the Klinkenberg effect
The onset of the Klinkenberg effect is considered in a system comprised of a bun
dle of identical capillary tubes. For such a system, using Poiseuille’s law for tube
ﬂow, it is shown that the permeability can be written,
78 Chapter 5. Permeability
k =
π
4
r
2
8
, (5.17)
where r is the individual tube radius.
Irrespective of the fact that a bundle of cylindrical tubes is far from being a
realistic model of a porous medium, one can estimate the permeability at which
the Klinkenberg effect starts to become a signiﬁcant effect.
As an example helium gas might be chosen in the ﬂow experiment. Helium
has a mean free path, λ
He
=0.18 10
−6
m at atmospheric pressure and temperature
of 20
o
C [59]. At higher pressures, lower mean free paths are observed, i.e. λ <
λ
He
.
Since the Klinkenberg effect is said to become important when themean free
path of the gas and the size (diameter) of the pore channels are comparable, there
is a maximum permeability limit, below which the Klinkenberg effect becomes
active.
Substituting the helium mean free path for the diameter of the tube radius in
Eq. (5.17); r = λ
He
/2, it follows,
k
He
=
π
4
(λ
He
/2)
2
8
, (5.18)
Using helium gas, the Klinkenberg effect would be active at standard condi
tions in a "porous" medium, as above, for permeabilities less thank
He
= 0.8 mD. In
an experiment where N
2
or CO
2
is used, the expected mean free paths are shorter
and consequently the permeability limits are lower than in theHe case.
For many gases, the mean free paths of their molecules at standard conditions
(room temperature and atmospheric pressure) are in the range: 0.01 to 0.1 µm,
whereas the mean free paths of CO
2
and N
2
are respectively 0.04 µm and 0.06
µm.
.
5.7 Exercises 79
5.7 Exercises
1. Prove that the numeric constant for convertingdyn/cm
2
to atm, is equal to 1.013310
6
,.
2. Darcy’s law is given,
q = A
k
µ
∆p
∆L
,
where; k:[Darcy], µ:[cp], A:[cm
2
], q:[cm
3
/s], L:[cm] and p:[atm].
Convert this equation to "Oil Field Units" where; k:[mD], µ;[cp], A:[ f t
2
], q:[bbl/d],
L:[ft] and p:[psi].
3. The cylindrical pore model consists of cylindrical tubes stacked on top of each other.
Assuming a tube radius equal to r and that the ﬂuid ﬂow velocity through the tubes, is
given by Poiseuilles equation,
v =
r
2
8µ
∆p
∆l
.
a) Calculate the porosity of the cylindrical pore model φ,
b) Show that the permeability is written as k = φr
2
/8.
c) Consider the average permeability of a serial coupling of two tubes with tube radius
R and r, where R r. Find an expression for the average permeability and evaluate
the consequences of relative increase/decrease in the pore radius, as shown in the
ﬁgure below.
∆l
∆l
r R
4. A reservoir has cylindrical geometry where the following parameters are deﬁned;
p
e
[atm] Pressure at the outer boundary
p
w
[atm] Pressure in the well
r
w
[cm] Well radius
r
e
[cm] Radius at the outer boundary
h [cm] Reservoir height
Use Darcy’s law to derive a general equation for a cylindrical reservoir in the cases of
horizontal ﬂow, when we have,
a) incompressible ﬂuid and
b) ideal gas.
80 Chapter 5. Permeability
5. Use the laws of Darcy and Poiseuilles to estimate the lowest measurable permeability of
a sandstone core sample, without detecting the Klinkenberg effect. The measurements
are done under laboratory conditions, usingN
2
.
6. Calculate the air permeability, in two ways, for a cylindrical core sample where the
following data is given. Verify that the two approaches used above give the same answer.
(Use the equation for gas rate at the efﬂuent endq
o
and the equation for the average gas
rate q.)
Length 3.0 in, p
1
55 psig,
Diameter 1.5 in, p
2
20 psig,
q
b
75 cm
3
/s, Atm. pressure 13 psia,
p
b
14.65 psia, µ 0.0185 cP.
q
b
and p
b
is the ﬂow rate and back pressure, respectively.
(NB: p
psia
= p
psig
+ p
atm.pressure
)
7. An oil well is producing from a cylindrical reservoir with a drainage area of 20 acres.
Calculate the well pressure, given the following data:
r
w
= 6 in, µ = 5 cP,
k = 75 mD, h = 10 ft,
p
e
= 5000 psia, q = 175 BOPD,
BOPD is short for "Barrel of Oil Produced per Day".
Calculate the pressure in the reservoir at a distance 5 ft from the well. What is the
pressure drop from the well to this position, in percentage of the total pressure difference
in the reservoir?
8. Show that the average permeability
¯
k for n horizontal layers, stacked on top of each other
(in parallel), is given by the formula [8] (see Figure below),
¯
k =
∑
n
j=1
k
j
h
j
∑
n
j=1
h
j
,
where k
j
and h
j
are the permeability and thickness of the layers.
k
1
k
2
k
3
h
1
h
2
h
3
q
q
9. Linear ﬂow in horizontal layers.
Calculate the total ﬂow rate in f t
3
/d at the pressure p
b
for gas ﬂow through parallel
layers, where the following data is given:
5.7 Exercises 81
width 200 ft, length 400 ft, p
atm.
15.0 psia,
h
1
2 ft, k
1
200 mD, p
in
500 psig,
h
2
6 ft, k
2
150 mD, p
out
400 psig,
h
3
4 ft, k
3
400 mD, p
b
14.65 psia.
Gas viscosity µ
g
= 0.0185cp. (Notice: p
psia
= p
psig
+ p
atm.
)
10. Show that the average permeability of rectangular porous media coupled in series is
given by the formula [8] (see Figure below),
¯
k =
∑
n
j=1
L
j
∑
n
j=1
L
j
/k
j
,
where L
j
is the length of the media in the direction of ﬂow.
k
1
k
2
k
3
L
1
L
2 L
3
L
q q
11. Linear and horizontal ﬂow through linear beds in series.
Calculate the total oil rate bbl/d through all media, when the following data is given:
width 100 ft, height 50 ft, µ
o
10 cP,
L
1
100 ft, k
1
100 mD, p
in
100 psig,
L
2
200 ft, k
2
50 mD, p
out
50 psig,
L
3
200 ft, k
3
200 mD, p
atm.
15.0 psia,
12. Show that the average permeability for n radial layers in a cylindrical reservoir is given
by the formula [8] (see Figure below),
¯
k =
ln(r
e
/r
w
)
∑
n
j=1
ln(r
j
/r
j−1
)/k
j
,
where r
e
and r
w
is the radius to the outer boundary of the reservoir and the well radius,
respectively. k
j
is permeability to the layer with outer radius r
j
.
Are the formulas above valid both for gas and liquid ﬂow?
13. Radial and horizontal ﬂow through cylindrical layers.
An oil well has a intermediate zone with reduced reservoir permeability k
1
. Calculate
the pressure at the outer boundary p
e
when the oil rate is 100 bbl/d and the following
data is given:
r
w
6 in, k
1
50 mD, p
w
2000 psia,
r
1
10 ft, k
2
200 mD, µ
o
5 cp,
k
3
330 ft, h 20 ft.
82 Chapter 5. Permeability
What is the pressure at outside the damaged zone (r
1
) ?
14. Absolute permeability of a core sample is being measured by water ﬂooding. The core
sample is mounted in a transparent cylindrical tube, as shown in the ﬁgure below, and
the airwater surface is monitored as function of time.
The tube is placed in a vertical position and the water is assumed to ﬂow through the
whole core sample, evenly distributed over the surface.
Calculate the absolute permeability of the sample when the air–water surface uses 400
seconds to move 18 cm.
Water
Core
sample
q
82 cm
100 cm
2 cm
Additional data;
Density of water 1 g/cm
3
Water viscosity 1 cp
Gravitational constant 980 cm/s
2
Thickness of core sample 2 cm
Answers to questions:
3. π/4, 5. 0.1 mD, 6. 0.1 D, 7. 262 atm, 288 atm,
9. 1.57 10
6
f t
3
/d, 11. 4710 bbl/d, 13. 2272 psi, 14. 1 D.
Chapter 6
Wettability and Capillary Pressure
6.1 Introduction
The exploitation of hydrocarbons is a complex process of controlling interactions in systems
involving crude oil, water, gas and rock formations. In such complicated systems, it is impor
tant to recognise the effect of the surface properties of oil/rock, water/rock and, in combination,
the interface oil/water. A central property, when giving an overall picture of the interfacial con
ditions, is the surface or interfacial tension (or more correctly the surface or interfacial energy).
This property is very sensitive to chemical changes at the interface.
In this chapter, the interaction between wettability and surface tension is revealed. Due
to the great signiﬁcance of the surface/interfacial tension, several experimental methods have
been developed in order to measure this physical property. Some of the most commonly used
techniques are reviewed.
6.2 Surface and Interfacial Tension
An interface is known as the boundary region between two adjacent bulk phases. The equilib
rium bulk phases can be:
• Liquidvapor (LV).
• Liquidliquid (LL).
• Liquidsolid (LS).
• Solidvapor (SV).
(Gases are basically miscible and thus, no interfacial tension is observed between gases.)
Any surface that is in the state of lateral tension, leads to the concept ofsurface tension.
For curved interfaces, the deﬁnition is similar but slightly more complex. The surface tension,
denoted by σ, can be related to the work or energy required to establish the surface area.
If two ﬂuids, say water and oil is forming an interface, as seen in Fig. 6.1, the molecules at
tached to the oilwater interface do necessarily have less kinetic energy than the bulk molecules,
on average. The molecules on or close to the interface may not move with the same degree of
freedom and speed, due to the constraint put on them by the interface. Since the total energy of
83
84 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
the molecules is mainly a function of temperature, the potential energy of molecules attached
to the interface is greater than the potential energy of the bulk molecules.
water
oil
Figure 6.1: Molecular motion in bulk and close to the oilwater in
terface.
Generally speaking, a molecule at a surface is in a state of higher potential energy than a
bulk molecule, due to anisotropy and intermolecular interactions. This means that energy is
required to move a molecule from the interior to the surface of a phase, i.e., to increase the
surface area of the system. Since a proportionality exist between surface area and potential
energy of the system of molecules and since equilibrium is reached at minimum potential
energy (actually minimum Gibbs energy), the surface area of a system is always minimised.
Keeping the temperature, pressure and amount of material in the system constant, the fol
lowing expression for surface tension may be written,
σ =
∂G
∂A
T,p,n
i
. (6.1)
Here G is the Gibbs free energy and A is the surface area. The unit of surface tension is
therefore, the unit of energy pr. area, i.e., J/m
2
or more commonly N/m. Note, that what is
called surface or interface tension is in fact surface or interface energy and quite often it is more
advantageous to use the energy perspective than it is to deal with tension and forces.
The surface tension between a pure liquid and its vapour phase is usually in the range of 10
to 80 mN/m. The stronger the intermolecular attractions in the liquid, the greater is the work
needed to bring bulk molecules to the surface, i.e., the larger is the interfacial tensionσ. In
Table 6.1 some typical values for surface  and interfacial tensions are listed.
6.3 Rock Wettability
Laboratory experiments have proved that rock wettability affects oil displacement. The term
wettability can be deﬁned as "the tendency of one ﬂuid to spread or to adhere to a solid surface
in the presence of other immiscible ﬂuids" [29].
The evaluation of reservoir wettability can be made through measurements of interfacial
tensions, i.e., tensions acting at the ﬂuidﬂuid and rockﬂuid interfaces, and thecontact angle.
Note that wettability itself is a microscopic characteristic, that has to be measured by using
microscale laboratory investigation techniques.
6.3 Rock Wettability 85
Table 6.1: Surface tension, σ
LV
and interfacial tension to water, σ
LW
for some liquids at temperature, T = 293
o
K. Note: Sur
face tension σ
LV
, is here deﬁned as the interfacial tension
between a liquid and its vapor.
Liquid σ
LV
(mN/m) σ
LW
(mN/m)
Water 72.8 –
noctane 21.7 51.7
ndodecane 25.4 52.9
nhexadecane 27.5 53.8
dichoromethane 28.9 27.7
benzene 28.9 35.0
mercury 476.0 375.0
The angle θ is inﬂuenced by the tendency of one of the ﬂuids, i.e. water, of the immiscible
pair, to spread on the pore wall surface in preference to the other (oil). The qualitative recog
nition of preferred spread is called a wettability preference, and the ﬂuid which spreads more
is said to be the wetting phase ﬂuid. Contact angles are measured, by convention, through the
ﬂuid whose wettability is studied or through the ﬂuid which is wetting the solid surface. A ta
ble of typical ﬂuid pairs of interest in reservoir engineering is shown in the Table 6.2, together
with contact angles and interfacial tensions [8].
Table 6.2: Fluid pair wettability under reservoir and laboratory con
ditions.
System Conditions
Wetting Nonwetting T = temperature θ σ
phase phase P = pressure (dynes/cm)
Brine Oil Reservoir, T, P 30 30
Brine Oil Laboratory, T, P 30 48
Brine Gas Laboratory, T, P 0 72
Brine Gas Reservoir, T, P 0 (50)
Oil Gas Reservoir, T, P 0 4
Gas Mercury Laboratory, T, P 140 480
The degree of wettability exhibited, depends both on the chemical compositions of the
ﬂuid pair, particularly the asphaltine content of the oil, and on the nature of the pore wall.
Pure quartz sandstone or calcite surfaces are likely to be wetted preferentially by water. The
presence of certain authigenic clays, particularly chamosite, may promote oil wet character.
The differences in contact angle somehow indicate different wettability preferences which
86 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
can be illustrated by the following rule of thumb presented in Table 6.3 and in Fig. 6.2 [19].
Table 6.3: Wettability preference expressed by contact angle.
Contact angle values Wettability preference
0 – 30 Strongly water wet
30 – 90 Preferentially water wet
90 Neutral wettability
90 – 150 Preferentially oil wet
150 – 180 Strongly oil wet
s s s
o
o
o
w
w
w
θ = 0 θ = 90 θ ~ 180
Figure 6.2: Example of wetting preference.
6.4 Contact Angle and Interfacial Tension
With two immisible ﬂuids (oil and water) present in the reservoir, there are three interfacial
tension parameters to be assessed; σ
os
, σ
ws
and σ
wo
. The three interfacial tension are not
independent parameters, and in order to reveal the relationship between them a "gedanken"
experiment is carried out on a droplet of water, surrounded by oil, placed in a contact with a
waterwet reservoir rock, as seen in Fig. 6.3.
R
θ
θ
r
h
Water
Oil
Rock
Figure 6.3: Geometry of the water droplet in oil, placed in a contact
with a waterwet reservoir rock.
The following deﬁnitions will be used:
• surface tension between the oil and solid; σ
os
,
6.4 Contact Angle and Interfacial Tension 87
• surface tension between the water and solid; σ
ws
,
• interfacial tension between the oil and water phases; σ
ow
,
• contact angle at the oilwatersolid interface measured through the water;θ,
• surface area of the water droplet; A
d
,
• area of the reservoir rock occupied by the water droplet; A
s
.
The water droplet is assumed to be in equilibrium with the surrounding medium. A small
deformation of the surface area, will deform the droplet slightly and force the droplet to expand
on the solid surface. The deformation is described by the equilibrium equation, expressing the
change in energy due to the change in area.
σ
ws
dA
s
+(−σ
os
dA
s
) +σ
ow
dA
d
= 0 (6.2)
Elaborating on Eq. (6.2), the following relationships are valid (see also Fig. 6.3),
A
s
= πr
2
⇒ dA
s
= 2πrdr
A
w
=π(r
2
+h
2
) ⇒ dA
w
= 2π(rdr +hdh)
V
w
=
πh
6
(3r
2
+h
2
)
Incompressible liquids give,
dV
w
=
∂V
w
∂r
dr +
∂V
w
∂h
dh = 0,
which leads to
dh =−
2rh
h
2
+r
2
dr.
Using these results, Eq. (6.2) is rewritten,
σ
ws
−σ
os
+σ
ow
1−
2h
2
h
2
+r
2
= 0, (6.3)
and taking into account that (see Fig. 6.3),
Rsinθ = r
Rcosθ = R−h
and
(1−
2h
2
h
2
+r
2
) = cos θ,
a ﬁnal result is obtained,
σ
os
−σ
ws
= σ
ow
cos θ, (6.4)
which is known as the YoungDupre equation [15].
88 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
6.5 Capillary Pressure
Capillary pressure may be deﬁned as the pressure difference across a curved interface between
two immiscible ﬂuids. By convention, the P
c
term is positive for unconﬁned immiscible ﬂuid
pairs, where P
c
is deﬁned as the pressure difference between the non wetting and the wetting
phase.
P
w
P
o
Water
Oil
*
*
Figure 6.4: Pressure difference across a curved (spherical) interface.
Using an example with an oil drop ﬂoating in water where the density of oil and water are
assumed similar, as seen in Fig. 6.4, the capillary pressure is written,
P
c
= p
o
−p
w
.
If the droplet is small, one may assume the interfacial tension to be far more important
than the gravitational force acting on the droplet and thus, since the surface area is minimised,
the droplet takes the form of a perfect sphere. A small perturbation, i.e. a small reduction of
the sphere volume, is described by an equation taking into account the energy change due to
the volume and the surface change. The equilibrium condition is ecpressed as the change in
potential and surface energy,
p
w
dV +σ
ow
dA = p
o
dV.
Substituting deﬁnition of the capillary pressure p
c
, in the latter equation, one we succes
sively obtain,
P
c
= σ
ow
dA
dV
= σ
ow
dA
dr
dV
dr
−1
= σ
ow
8πr
4πr
2
= σ
ow
2
r
.
Capillary pressure can be of signiﬁcant magnitude, since this is the energy needed to form
a droplet that can pass through a porous channel . Taking typical values of a pore radius and
an interfacial tension of oil and water, the capillary pressure can be obtained by the following
evaluation:
r ∼1µm and σ
ow
= 0.025
N
m
⇒P
c
·10
4
N
m
2
= 0.5 bar
6.5.1 Capillary Pressure Across Curved Surfaces
For two immiscible liquids as part of a real physical system, a spherical interface is an odd
observation. Normally, a curved surface is characterised by two radii of curvature;R
1
and R
2
,
as seen in Fig 6.5.
6.5 Capillary Pressure 89
Figure 6.5: Curved surface and radii of curvature.
With a pressure difference across the interface in the two phases, the interface will show
a net curvature with the larger pressure on the concave side. The relationship between the
pressure difference ∆p = P
c
and the curvature is given by Laplace equation,
P
c
= σ
1
R
1
+
1
R
2
, (6.5)
where R
1
and R
2
are the principal radii of curvature and σ is the interfacial tension. For a
spherical droplet R
1
= R
2
= r and ∆p = 2σ/r. Across a planar interface/surface R
1
= R
2
=∞
and ∆p = 0.
Example: Surface tension and surface energy
The process of displacing water through a porous medium is comparable to the
formation of droplets of sizes equal to the capillary pore throats.
What is then the energy needed to transform 1 cm
3
of pure water to droplets
with an average radius of 1 µm, when the surface tension of water to vapor is 0.073
mN/m?
The energy in question, is the energy needed to increase the initial water sur
face A, of the initial volume V to N number of droplets with area, A
d
and volume
,V
d
.
The area increase is,
∆A = N A
d
−A =
V
V
d
A
d
−A =
3
r
V −A,
where the droplet area and volume are respectively; 4πr
2
and (4/3)πr
3
.
Since the increased area ∆A is directly proportional to the increase in potential
energy ∆E
p
, which can be expressed by Eq. (6.1),
∆E
p
= σ
air,w
∆A =σ
air,w
3
r
V −A
.
If the initial water area is considered to be small (or negligible) to the area of
the droplets, a potential energy equal to about 0.22J is found.
90 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
.
6.5.2 Interfacial Tension
Assuming pairs of immicsible unconﬁned ﬂuids the following phenomena, as illustrated in
Fig. 6.6 can be observed, depending on the sign of interfacial tension:
σ > 0
σ < 0
σ ~ 0
Figure 6.6: Formation of interface as function of the sign of the in
terfacial tension in pairs of immicsible unconﬁned ﬂuids.
• When the surface tension is positive, σ > 0, conﬁned molecules, have a preference for
keeping their own company. The surface against the second type of molecules is min
imised and in the case of small droplets, spherical interfaces are formed.
• In the cases when σ ≈ 0, liquids are classiﬁed as "truely" miscible. In these cases no
preference with respect to mixing of the two ﬂuids is observed. (However, diffusion will
lead to mixing of the two ﬂuids.)
• When the surface tension is negative, σ < 0, molecules of one type will prefer (have
afﬁnity for) the company of the second type of molecules. We may observe a chemical
reaction where the ﬁnal state is stable in time. An example of such a process is the
hydrophilic ability of pure ethanol to mix with air more or less instantaneously.
6.5.3 Capillary Pressure in a Cylindrical Tube
When a nonwetting ﬂuid is displacing a wetting ﬂuid, as is the case when oil is displacing
water in a waterwet porous rock, a curved interface is formed in the capillary tube. To reveal
the relation between the capillary pressure, the interfacial tension and the radius in a cylindrical
tube, two immiscible ﬂuids (oil + water) are conﬁned in a cylindrical capillary of radiusr
c
, as
shown in Fig. 6.7.
Using the Eq. (6.5) for the pressure difference between the two sides of the interface,
6.5 Capillary Pressure 91
θ
c
θ
c
r
c
R Water
Oil
Figure 6.7: Idealised model of a pore channel ﬁlled with two immis
cible ﬂuids forming a curved interface between them.
p
o
−p
w
= σ
ow
1
R
1
+
1
R
2
,
where R
1
and R
2
are main radii of the curvature, expressing the radius of the interfacial surface
R by means of the contact angle θ
c
and the capillary radius r
c
in the cylindrical tube. When
R
1
= R
2
= R and
R =
r
c
cosθ
c
,
the capillary pressure is written,
P
c
= p
o
−p
w
= σ
ow
1
R
1
+
1
R
2
=
2σ
ow
cos θ
c
r
c
, (6.6)
where Eq. (6.6) is the capillary pressure in a cylindrical tube of radiusr.
Example: Oil  water displacement in a capillary tube
Displacement processes in porous media are very often a competition between
viscous and capillary forces. In this example, the process by which oil displaces
water in a cylindrical tube is considered in analogy with the production of oil from
a waterwet reservoir where oil is forced through capillary pores which initially
contained water.
Consider a dynamical situation, as sketch in Fig. 6.8 where the oil front has
reached a position x in to the cylinder (pore). The pressure drop along the cylin
drical tube is partly the viscous pressure drop ∆p
o
+ ∆p
w
, in the oil and water
zone and partly the capillary pressure drop, P
c
across the oilwater interface:
∆p
V
= ∆p
o
+∆p
w
=
q
Ak
[µ
o
x +µ
w
(L−x)] ,
P
c
=
2σ
ow
cosθ
r
.
92 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
Water Oil
0
x
L
∆p
o
∆p
c
∆p
w
Figure 6.8: Crosssection view of a cylindrical "pore channel".
The ﬂow rate is q = Av, where A and v is respectively the crosssection area
and the pore velocity. The permeability of the tube is known as,k = r
2
/8, and r is
the tube radius.
The strength between the two forces is considered by simply comparing their
pressure drops,
∆p
V
P
c
= 4
¸
vµ
o
σ
ow
cosθ
x
r
+
vµ
w
σ
ow
cosθ
L−x
r
.
In the equation above, the relation vµ/(σ cosθ) is the only term contain
ing dynamical parameters. In analogy with the deﬁnition of Reynolds number, a
dimensionless number could be deﬁned,
N
c
=
vµ
σ cosθ
.
The Capillary number N
c
, describes the competition between the viscous and
the capillary force.
In a situation where the two forces are assumed to be equally important, i.e.
∆p
v
/P
c
∼1, a set of "typical values" could be chosen and the average pore velocity
is found,
∆p
V
/P
c
= 1
θ = 60
o
L/r = 5
µ
o
≈µ
w
= 1mPa s
σ
ow
= 50mN/m
v
pore
≈1.3m/s.
Reservoir ﬂow is commonly considered to be of the order of 1 foot pr. day,
which is equal to 3.5 µm/s. From this comparison , it is obvious (even when the
appropriate bulk velocity u = v
pore
/(φ(1−S
r
)cos
2
α) is taken into account) that
under reservoir ﬂow conditions, capillary forces are totally predominant and that
viscous forces play a minor role when microscopic ﬂowpattern is considered. This
means that the capillary forces alone decide which pore channels are going to be
swept and which are not, in the reservoir.
The Capillary number for reservoir ﬂow becomes N
c
= 1.5 10
−5
(using the
numbers above), while the Capillary number at the "breaking point" when the
viscous force becomes equally important to the capillary force is 8 10
−3
.
6.6 Capillary Pressure and Fluid Saturation 93
The capillary number for ﬁeld waterﬂoods ranges from 10
−6
to 10
−4
. Labo
ratory studies have shown that the value of the Capillary number is directly related
to the ultimate recovery of oil, where an increase in the Capillary number im
plies an increase in the oil recovery. The Capillary number is generally varied by
increasing the ﬂow rate (pore velocity) and/or lowering the interfacial tension.
.
6.6 Capillary Pressure and Fluid Saturation
Results from drainage and imbibiation laboratory experiments have shown that the capillary
pressure P
c
= p
o
−p
w
is dependent on the following parameters (see Fig. 6.9):
• surface tensions; σ
os
, σ
ws
and σ
ow
,
• contact angle measured through the water phase; θ
c
,
• rock porosity; φ,
• rock permeability; k,
• ﬂuid saturations; S
w
and S
w
σ
ow σ
ow
θ
c
θ
c
σ
ws
σ
ws
σ
os
σ
os
Oil
Oil
Water
Water
Oilwet Waterwet
Figure 6.9: Wettability of oilwatersolid system.
The task is to deﬁne (if possible) a correlation between capillary pressureP
c
and the param
eters, mentioned above, being responsible for the numeric variation of the capillary pressure in
the experiments.
Relying upon the data obtained, the following dependency can be expressed,
P
c
= f (φ, k, σ
os
, σ
ws
, σ
ow
, θ
c
, S
o
, S
w
) (6.7)
Since some of the parameters are dependent on others,
S
o
= 1−S
w
,
σ
os
−σ
ws
= σ
ow
cosθ
c
,
the list of independent parameters is shortened and Eq. (6.7) is written;
P
c
= f (φ, k, σ
ow
cosθ
c
, S
w
) (6.8)
A dimensional analysis of Eq. (6.8) can be carried out using the following notation for
dimensions,
94 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
M – mass, L – length, and T – time,
which gives the following dimensions for all the parameters in Eq. (6.8):
[P
c
] = M L
−1
T
−2
, [k] = L
2
, [σ
ow
cosθ
c
] = M T
−2
,
[φ] = 1, [S
w
] = 1
(6.9)
Comparing all the parameters of the righthand side of Eq. (6.8), it appears that both di
mension parameters k and σ
ow
have independent dimensions. This means that dimension of
the capillary pressure can be deﬁned through dimensions of those parameters, i.e.,
[P
c
] = [k]
α
[σ
ow
cosθ
c
]
β
.
Using notation (6.9), the last relation is written in the form,
M L
−1
T
−2
= L
2α
M
β
T
−2β
,
which is followed by,
M : 1 = β,
L : −1 = 2α, ⇒ α =−1/2 and β = 1.
T : −2 = −2β,
Thus, a dimensionless parameter F can be composed,
F =
P
c
σ
ow
cosθ
c
√
k,
and by making use of this result, Eq. (6.8) can be rewritten in dimensionless form,
F = F(φ, S
w
),
or using the initial notation,
P
c
=
σ
ow
cosθ
c
√
k
F(φ, S
w
).
It can be shown that parameters φ and S
w
and their functions, can only appear in correla
tions where they form a product,
P
c
=
σ
ow
cosθ
c
√
k
F
1
(φ) F
2
(S
w
) (6.10)
Thus by using the dimension analysis (the πtheorem) [11], the number of independent
variable parameters is reduced and an almost exact formof the correlation between the capillary
pressure P
c
, ﬂuids and rock parameters is obtained.
The following correlation is widely used for reservoir simulation tasks [13, 15],
P
c
=
σ
ow
cosθ
c
(k/φ)
J(S
w
), (6.11)
where J(S
w
) is known as the Jfunction (after Leverett).
6.7 Pore Size Distribution 95
6.7 Pore Size Distribution
It is obvious that the capillary pressure is strongly affected by the distribution of pore chan
nel sizes, represented by the 1/r relationship. The capillary pressure does also represent the
response of interfacial tensions and rock wettability. Generally, is the capillary pressure char
acteristic of the reservoir heterogeneity.
To reveal the relation between the capillary pressure and the microscopic heterogeneity of
the reservoir, the following example is considered: An idealised model of the porous medium
consisting of cylindrical capillaries with different radii r
i
, where all pore channels have the
same type of wettability and, as a consequence, a ﬁxed contact angleθ
c
. It is also assumed, that
a certain invariant distributionfunction χ(r) deﬁnes a fraction of pore channels with capillary
radii belonging to the interval (r, r +dr) as,
χ(r) =
n(r, r +dr)
N
,
where N is the total number of pore channels.
Let V
i
be the pore volume of a single capillary with radiusr
i
and V be the total pore volume
of the porous medium considered, i.e.,
V =
N
∑
i=1
V
i
.
Now let us consider a process of imbibition for a strongly waterwet rock initially saturated
with oil, as shown in Fig. 6.10.
Water Oil
Rock
Figure 6.10: Illustration of imbibition process in an idealised model
of porous medium.
Assume that at the starting point, the pressure in the oil phase p
o
, is high enough to protect
the water invading the pore channels. Then gradually decreasing the outlet pressure (pressure
in the oil phase), the water will invade the pores. It is quite obvious that the water enters only
those capillary channels with capillary pressureP
c
, exceeding the difference between the outlet
and inlet pressure ∆p
o
(t). Hence, at a certain time only those channels will be ﬁlled with water,
which satisfy the condition,
P
c
≥∆p
o
(t),
96 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
or, substituting Eq. (6.6) into the last inequality,
r
c
≤
2σ
ow
cos θ
c
∆p
o
(t)
.
Then the volume of water which has invaded the porous medium can be deﬁned as,
V
c
= N
r
c
0
χ(r)πr
2
ldr,
where l is the length of a single pore channel.
Deﬁning the total pore volume as,
V = N
∞
0
χ(r)πr
2
ldr,
the relations between the water saturation S
w
, and the capillary pressure P
c
, is
S
w
=
V
c
V
=
r
c
0
χ(r)r
2
dr
∞
0
χ(r)r
2
dr
, and
P
c
=
2σ
ow
cos θ
c
r
c
, (6.12)
which explicitly indicates that microscopic reservoir heterogeneity strongly affects the capillary
pressure.
Since the pore size distribution varies between the different layers in a reservoir, it is ex
pected that the capillary pressure curve shape will also vary from layer to layer. This phe
nomenon is frequently observed in laboratory tests, by using a mercury injection technique, on
core samples taken from different elevations in the same well.
Example: Pore size distribution and capillary pressure curve
In this example, it will be shown how data from a mercury drainage experiment
could be used to produce a capillary pressure curve and how these data could be
used further, to deﬁne the pore size distribution for the core sample tested.
First, the core sample is properly cleaned, dried and placed in vacuum for some
time, before it is sealed in a mercury pycnometer. A series ofN+1, representative
pressure measurements p
i
, is recorded inside the pycnometer and the injection
volume V
i
is read as the pore sample is invaded by more and more mercury. The
experimental data is as follows:
p
Hg
p
0
p
1
p
2
p
3
p
N
V
Hg
V
0
V
1
V
2
V
3
V
N
The capillary pressure P
c
, is here the pressure difference between the mercury
pressure p
Hg
, and the gas pressure in the core sample p
g
,
P
c
= p
Hg
−p
g
=
2σ cosθ
r
.
6.7 Pore Size Distribution 97
The gas is the wetting phase since mercury deﬁnitely does not wet any core
sample. The wetting saturation is therefore written,
S
g
= 1−S
Hg
=
V
N
−V
i
V
N
−V
0
.
Based on the data in the table above, the following parameters are calculated,
S
g
1 S
1
S
2
S
3
0
r r
0
r
1
r
2
r
3
r
N
P
c
P
c,0
P
c,1
P
c,2
P
c,3
P
c,N
The pore size distribution D(r) is representing the relative increase in pore
volume as function of the pore throat radius,
D(r)
de f
= −
1
∆V
dV
dr
,
where ∆V =V
N
−V
0
and dV =V
i
−V
i−1
, taken from the above tabulated data. The
minus sign "" is added due to convenience.
The pore size distribution is then rewritten,
D(r) =−
1
∆V
1
dr
∂V
∂S
∂S
∂P
c
dP
c
.
Remembering the deﬁnition of the wetting phase saturation
S
g
= (V
N
−V)/(V
N
−V
0
), one may write,
∂S
∂V
=−
1
∆V
⇒
∂V
∂S
=−∆V,
and by substituting in the pore size distribution equation, one gets,
D(r) =
1
dr
dP
c
(∂P
c
/∂S)
.
Using the deﬁnition of the capillary pressure P
c
= 2σ cosθ/r, gives
dP
c
=
∂P
c
∂r
dr =−
P
c
r
dr.
Substituting this last expression into the pore size distribution, one gets,
D(r) =−
P
c
r
1
(∂P
c
/∂S)
.
Fig. 6.11 shows the two curves for the capillary pressure and the pore size
distribution, respectively. When P
c
(S
g
) is known, then D(r) can be calculated,
using the following steps.
1. For a certain gas saturation S
g
, the corresponding capillary pressureP
c
(S
g
) is
calculated.
98 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
Pore radius, r
P
o
r
e
r
a
d
i
u
s
d
i
s
t
r
i
b
u
t
i
o
n
,
D
(
r
)
C
a
p
i
l
l
a
r
y
P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e
,
P
c
Water saturation, S
w
Incremental
Mercury
Injection
D(r)
P
c
r
dS
w
dP
c
=
Figure 6.11: Capillary pressure curve and corresponding pore size
distribution [8].
2. The pore radius related to this pressure is r = 2σ cosθ/P
c
.
3. The tangent to the curve P
c
(S
g
) through the coordinate (S
g
, P
c
(S
g
)) gives the
slope deﬁned by ∂P
c
/∂S.
In Fig. 6.11 the pore size distribution is drawn in accordance with the enumer
ated list.
.
6.8 Saturation Distribution in Reservoirs
The equilibrium ﬂuid saturation distribution in a petroleum reservoir, prior to production is
governed by the pore space characteristics. This is as a result of the nonwetting phase, nor
mally hydrocarbons, entering pore space initially occupied by the wetting ﬂuid, normally water,
during migration of hydrocarbons from a source rock region into a reservoir trap. A pressure
differential is required for the nonwetting phase to displace wetting phase and this is equivalent
to a minimum threshold capillary pressure and is dependent on pore size.
The physical signiﬁcance of threshold pressure in an oil reservoir may be appreciated by
the analogy with a capillary rise of water in different vertical glass tubes suspended in an open
tray of water, as seen in Fig. 6.12. Since P
c
∝ 1/r it is observed that entry of the nonwetting
phase should be most difﬁcult in the smallest tube (highest threshold pressure). For a waterair
system, the following relation exist,
P
c
= gρ
w
h, ⇒ P
c(3)
> P
c(2)
> P
c(1)
where r
3
< r
2
< r
1
.
The threshold capillary pressure, found in reservoir is proportional to the height above the
free water level (FWL), where a 100% water saturation is found.
The FWL is a property of the reservoir system, while an oilwater contact observed in a
particular well will depend on the threshold pressure of the rock type present in the vicinity of
the well.
6.8 Saturation Distribution in Reservoirs 99
h
1
h
3
h
2
Figure 6.12: Capillary water elevation in cylindrical tubes as func
tion of tube radii.
The relation between height above the free water level and the capillary pressure is derived
from consideration of the gravitycapillary pressure force equilibrium. Using a free water level
as the datum plane and deﬁning its position in the reservoir as the place where the oil phase
pressure p
o
equals the water phase pressure p
w
, one obtains,
P
c(FWL)
= p
o
−p
w
= 0.
At some height h, above FWL, the pressures are,
p
o
= p
FWL
−ρ
o
gh
p
w
= p
FWL
−ρ
w
gh
Therefore, the capillary pressure at a depth equivalent toh above the FWL is,
P
c
= p
o
−p
w
= (p
FWL
−ρ
o
gh) −(p
FWL
−ρ
w
gh) = gh(ρ
w
−ρ
o
)
Since P
c
= P
c
(S
w
, r) there exist a dependence,
h = h(S
w
, r),
which indicated that saturation at height h, will depend on both the water saturation and the
pore radius (see example: "Equilibrium in a capillary channel"),
h
S
w
=
2σ
ow
cosθ
c
rg(ρ
w
−ρ
o
)
.
Similarly, the threshold height h
t
is equivalent to the height of an observed wateroil contact
above FWL. In a particular rock type, this height is given,
h
t
=
P
ct
g(ρ
w
−ρ
o
)
.
In real reservoir systems it is expected that a number of rock type units or layers will
be encountered. Each unit can have its own capillary pressure characteristic and the static
saturation distribution in the reservoir will be a superposition of all units, as seen in Fig. 6.13.
100 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
FWL
OWC
OWC
OWC
OWC
Well
k
1
k > k > k > k
1 4 3 2
k
2
k
3
k
4
Figure 6.13: Observed wateroil contacts and their relationship with
free water level (FWL) in a layered reservoir with a
common aquifer [8].
Example: Equilibrium in a capillary tube
In this example, the relation between elevation of water above FWL in reservoirs
is coupled to the pore dimension (pore radius).
Equilibrium in a vertical water wet capillary tube, as shown in Fig. 6.14, is
related to the saturation of water in a reservoir, where oil is the nonwetting ﬂuid.
For a small perturbation ∆h, a small part of the tube surface will experience
a change in ﬂuid coverage, when oil is replacing water as being the contact ﬂuid.
The change in surface energy, caused by oil displacing water in a small fraction of
the capillary tube (see close up in Fig. 6.14), is given by the difference in surface
tension (or surface energy),
∆E
s
= 2πr(σ
os
−σ
ws
)∆h.
Water
w
Oil
o
∆h
h
r
Figure 6.14: Perturbation around equilibrium in a waterwet capil
lary tube.
6.9 Laboratory Measurements of Capillary Pressure 101
The corresponding potential energy change, due to change in elevation is writ
ten,
∆E
p
= πr
2
∆h(ρ
w
−ρ
o
)gh.
If small perturbations close to equilibrium are considered, the surface and
the potential energy changes is expected to be equal, i.e. ∆E
s
= ∆E
p
. Using the
Young Dupre equation, the following relation is given,
σ
ow
cosθ =
g
2
(ρ
w
−ρ
o
)rh.
In a oil reservoir where the ﬂuids are well deﬁned , i.e. where the densities
and the oil water interfacial tension are known parameters, the pore radiusr and
the height above FWLh are reciprocal variables. This means that the saturation of
initial water present in the reservoir above a certain height h is localised in those
pores having a radii less than r.
From the above consideration, the capillary pressure has a "dual" characteris
tic,
P
c
= g(ρ
w
−ρ
o
)h =
2σ
ow
cosθ
r
,
where the capillary pressure is the pressure difference between oil and water
phase at a certain elevation h in the reservoir, and at the same time, the pressure
difference across a curved surface in inside a pore channel of radiusr. This dual
characteristic of the capillary pressure gives the condition for the coexistence of
oil and water in porous rock.
.
6.9 Laboratory Measurements of Capillary Pressure
Laboratory measurements of capillary pressure are based on the fact thatP
c
∝σ cos θ/r, where
r characterizes the porous medium with respect to the pore throats and the pore size distribu
tion . This implies that for any given porous medium and any pairs of ﬂuids, the following
relationship is valid,
P
c1
(σ cos θ
c
)
1
=
P
c2
(σ cosθ
c
)
2
.
Practical use is made of this relationship in conducting laboratory tests with ﬂuids other
than reservoir condition ﬂuids. For example, air and brine with a (σ cos θ
c
)
lab
value of 72
dynes/cm may be used to measure capillary pressure for air brine in the laboratory. The
relationship for the reservoir oilbrine pair capillary pressure is obtained using the appropriate
value of (σ cos θ
c
)
res
=26 dynes/cm, where,
P
c,res
= P
c,lab
(σ cosθ
c
)
res
(σ cosθ
c
)
lab
.
102 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
The migration of hydrocarbons into an initially water ﬁlled reservoir rock and subsequent
equilibrium vertical saturation distribution is modelled in the laboratory by a nonwetting phase
displacing a wetting phase (drainage capillary pressure test). Air and brine are frequently used
as the pseudo reservoir ﬂuids, and the displacement is affected by increasing air pressure in
a series of discrete steps in water saturated core plugs sitting on a semipermeable porous
diaphragm. As a result of an increase in pressure (equivalent to P
c
since P
c
= p
air
− p
brine
)
the water saturation decreases and its value is established by weighting the core plugs. The
apparatus layout is shown in Fig. 6.15.
Core plug
Capillary
contact
powder
Neoprene
diaphragm
Screen
Porous
plate
Air
pressure
Figure 6.15: Gasliquid drainage capillary pressure measurement.
Portion of liquid in saturated core is displaced at a par
ticular pressure level by either gas or liquid. Liquid sat
uration measured after equilibrium saturation has been
reached. Repetition for several successive pressure lev
els [8].
In laboratory tests the ﬁnal irreducible wetting phase saturation value is often beyond the
breakdown pressure of the porous plate and is sometimes obtained by centrifuge spinning at
a rotational force equivalent to about 150 psi (10.34 bar), and measuring the quantity of any
produced wetting phase.
The pore size distribution in a given rock type is usually determined by a mercury injection
test. Although this test is destructive, in the sense that the sample cannot be used again, it has
the advantage that high pressures can be attained, where mercury, the nonwetting phase with
respect to air, can be forced into very small pores.
Example: Height of water  oil transition zone.
A laboratory airbrine capillary pressure of 1.25 bar has been measured in a reser
voir core sample at residual water saturation. The airbrine interfacial tension is
0.070 N/m and the brineoil interfacial tension for the reservoir ﬂuids is 0.022
N/m.
The height of the wateroil transition zone is the height from FWL and up to
the point in the reservoir where connate water saturation is reached,
6.10 Drainage and Imbibition Processes. 103
h
res
=
P
c,res
g(ρ
brine
−ρ
oil
)
,
where P
c,res
is the capillary pressure in the reservoir at this water saturation. ρ
brine
and ρ
oil
is respectively 1074 kg/m
3
and 752 kg/m
3
.
In the case of identical wetting preferences for the core sample and the reser
voir, one may assume proportionality between capillary pressure and the interfa
cial tension in the two situations,
P
c,res
= P
c,lab
σ
res
σ
lab
.
Combining these two equation, the height of the transition zone is found,
h
res
=
σ
res
σ
lab
P
c,lab
g(ρ
brine
−ρ
oil
)
,
which gives, h
res
= 12.5 m.
.
6.10 Drainage and Imbibition Processes.
When two or more ﬂuids ﬂow through a porous medium simultaneously, the phase pressures
p
i
, generally speaking, are not identical. The difference between the phase pressures of two
coexisting phases is deﬁned as the capillary pressure. The capillary pressure is inversely pro
portional to a generalised interfacial curvature, which is usually dominated by the smallest
local curvature (radius) of the interface, as illustrated in Fig. 6.16.
r
R
oil
water
rock
Figure 6.16: Local curvature of the interface of two coexisting liq
uids.
An idealised permeable medium is considered by the arrangements of decreasing pore sizes
(a single pore bounded by the decreasing sizes sphere assemblage) and initially saturated with
a wetting phase (w) into which a nonwetting phase (nw) is alternatively injected and then
104 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
withdrawn. The forcing of a nonwetting phase into a pore (nonwetting saturation increasing)
is a drainage process. The reverse (wetting saturation increasing) is animbibition process. We
imagine the pores have an exit for the wetting ﬂuid somewhere on the right.
Beginning at zero nonwetting saturation, injection up to the saturation shown incondition
1 in Fig. 6.17, is ﬁrst considered. At static conditions, the pressure difference between the exit
and entrance of the assemblage is the capillary pressure at that saturation. When the wetting
ﬂuid is introduced into the pore from the right, the nonwetting ﬂuid disconnects leaving a
trapped or nonﬂowing glob in the largest pore (condition 2).
The capillary pressure curve from condition 1 to condition 2 is an imbibition curve that is
different from the drainage curve because it terminates (P
c
= 0) at a different saturation. At the
static condition 2, the entrance  exit pressure difference is zero since both pressures are being
measured in the same wetting phase.
1
3 4
5
6
Oil
Water
Rock
5
1
2 4 6
3
C
a
p
i
l
l
a
r
y
p
r
e
s
s
u
r
e
Nonwetting phase saturation
2
Figure 6.17: The distribution of a nonwetting phase at various satu
rations.
Going from condition 2 to condition 3 is a second drainage process, that results in even
higher nonwetting saturation, a higher capillary pressure, and a higher trapped nonwetting
phase saturation after imbibition (condition). At the highest capillary pressure (condition 5), all
pores of the subtracted volume contain the non wetting phase, and a post  imbibition trapped
saturation is maximum. The capillary pressure curve going from the largest nonwetting phase
saturation to the largest trapped nonwetting phase saturation is the imbibition curve (condition
6). Note, that the termination of any imbibition curve is at zero capillary pressure.
This representation, being quite simple, explains many features of actual capillary pres
sure curves. Imbibition curves are generally different from drainage curves, but the difference
shrinks at high nonwetting phase saturations where more of the originally disconnected globs
6.10 Drainage and Imbibition Processes. 105
are connected. This phenomenon is called trapping hysteresis or drag hysteresis and is caused
by differences in advancing and receding contact angles.
6.10.1 Hysterisis in Contact Angle
When oil is moving to cover a rock surface which previously has been wetted by water, it
has been experimental proven that the contact angle is smaller than in the case when water is
replacing oil, over the same surface.
This effect is called the hysterisis in contact angle and has to do with the inherent memory
of a physical system, which relates prehistoric events to present experience. In practical terms
this means that the back and forth movement is energy dependent, typical for nonreversible
systems.
The hysterisis is detected by measuring the advancingθ
a
, and residing θ
r
contact angles of
an oil drop suspended between two horizontal plates (made of polished rock material; quartz
or calcite) submerged in water, as shown in Fig. 6.18. One plate is ﬁxed and the other can
move smoothly to either side. The oil drop is left to age between the plates for some time, until
the two contact angles are equal. When the mobile plate is moved, the two contact angles are
measured. The test is repeated after some time, when the two angles have stabilised.
s
oil
water
θ
r
θ
a
Figure 6.18: Measurement of hysterics in contact angle.
The hysterics observed, where the receding angle is smaller than the advancing angle, is
an expression of the fact that energy is lost in cyclic systems. In relation to multiphase ﬂow in
porous media, the hysterics has two important effects:
• One is to stabilise the capillary surfaces (interfaces) between the ﬂuids in the pore system,
such as to preserve the ﬂuid distribution in the reservoir, unless a ﬁnite capillary pressure
difference is imposed.
• The second effect is related to the dissipation of energy towards the capillary walls, when
the interface is advancing through the pore. The effect of this dissipation of energy is
experienced as a resistance towards ﬂow and is often materialised through "rip off" of
small droplets, which then becomes practically immobile.
6.10.2 Capillary Hysterisis
It is seen that capillary pressure depends both on wetting phase saturation and the direction of
its variation. A typical curve of the capillary pressure in case of twophase ﬂow, is shown in
the Fig. 6.19.
106 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
P
cb
P
(
S
)
c
w
S
nc
S
w
S
wc
1.0 0.0
1
2
3
Figure 6.19: Typical type of capillary pressure curve for a twophase
ﬂow problem: 1 drainage, 2 imbibition and 3 secondary
drainage.
Two ways in which one phase can be substituted by the other in a porous medium are usu
ally considered. The ﬁrst is the process of displacement where the wetting phase is displaced
by the nonwetting one, and the second is the process of imbibition, where the nonwetting
phase is displaced by the wetting one. The value P
cb
is deﬁned as threshold capillary pressure
which should be exceeded to provide displacement. If displacement is preceded by imbibition
the capillary pressure curve is as the curve 3 in the Fig. 6.19, which is different from the curve
1. The presence of two different curves of imbibition and displacement is called capillary hys
teresis. The presence of the negative capillary pressure near the saturation pointS
w
= S
nc
was
ﬁrst discovered by Welge (1949). The hysteresis effect i demonstrated by the two curves 2 and
3 in Fig. 6.19.
6.11 Exercises 107
6.11 Exercises
1. Calculate the energy needed to transform 1 cm
3
of water into droplets with an average
radius of 1 µm. In analogy with displacement processes in porous media, assume an
interfacial tension σ
o,w
= 0.025 N/m.
2. Show that the general expression for capillary pressure
P
c
= σ
1
R
1
+
1
R
2
,
could be written
P
c
=
2σ cos θ
r
,
for a cylindrical tube. Deﬁne the parameters; r, R
1,2
, θ and σ.
3. A capillary glasscylinder is positioned vertically in a cup of water. Calculate the height
of water inside the cylinder when the inner diameter is 0.1 cm. The surface tension
between water and air is 72 dyn/cm, and the water is assumed to wet the glass 100 %.
4. In order to displace water by air form a porous plate, a pressure of 25 psig is needed.
Find the diameter, given in µm, of the largest pore channel disconnecting the porous
plate, when the surface tension σ
air,w
is 72 dyn/cm.
5. A horizontal cylinder, ﬁlled with oil, is 0.1m long and has a inner diameter of 0.01 mm.
The oil has a viscosity similar to water, 1 mPa s. What is the pressure drop along the
cylinder, when the average ﬂow velocity is found to be 0.01mm/s ?
An equal amount of water and oil is pumped through the cylinder and the water and oil
is assumed to move through the tube as droplets, with an average length of 0.03mm pr.
droplet. The advancing contact angle is 40
o
and the receding angle is 20
o
. Calculate the
pressure drop through the tube, assuming the same ﬂowvelocity as above. The interfacial
tension between water and oil is 25 mN/m.
6. A core sample is placed in a core holder in a centrifuge. The radial distance to the
core sample is given by the two position vectors r
1
and r
2
. The length of the sample is
therefore; r
2
−r
1
. At a rotation frequency ω, air will displace some of the water in the
sample. The radial distance r
d
, corresponds to the threshold pressureP
d
at that particular
rotation frequency. See the ﬁgure below.
a) Show that the pressure difference for one phase is given by:
P
2
−P
1
=
1
2
ρω
2
(r
2
2
−r
2
1
), when P
2
= P(r
2
), P
1
= P(r
1
)
b) Show that
P
c
(r) =
1
2
∆ρω
2
(r
2
2
−r
2
)
108 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
ω
r
S
w
r
1
r
2
r
d
1.0
0.0
when its known that
P
c1
= P
c
(r
1
) =
1
2
∆ρω
2
(r
2
2
−r
2
1
)
and when
P
d
=
1
2
∆ρω
2
(r
2
2
−r
2
d
)
It is assumed that P
c2
= P
c
(r
2
) = 0.
c) The water saturation can be written,
S
w1
= S
w
(r
1
) =
d(
¯
S
w
P
c1
)
dP
c1
when r
1
∼r
2
, assuming the length of core sample to be short compared to the radius
of rotation. (This is an approximation, only partly true.)
Use the equations above to derive the a formula giving the capillary pressure as
function of the water saturation (P
c
–curve), when the capillary pressure is given in
kPa.
The following data is given for a core sample, saturated with seawater and rotated
in air.
r
1
= 4.46 cm
r
2
= 9.38 cm
∆ρ = 1.09 g/cm
3
V
p
= 8.23 cm
3
RPM
∗
415 765 850 915 1005 1110 1305
∆V[cm
3
] 0.00 0.00 0.10 0.15 0.30 0.50 1.10
RPM 1550 1835 2200 2655 3135 3920 4850
∆V[cm
3
] 2.20 2.90 3.61 4.21 4.72 5.24 5.75
RPM
∗
: Rotation pr. Minute and ∆V: produced volume.
6.11 Exercises 109
7. In the laboratory, a capillary pressure difference of 5 psi has been measured between
water and air in a core sample. Calculate the corresponding height above the OWC in
the reservoir from where the core originates, when the following information is given
(assume capillary pressure at the OWC to be zero).
Laboratory Reservoir
σ = 75dyn/cm σ = 25dyn/cm
∆ρ
w/air
= 1.0g/cm
3
∆ρ
o/w
= 0.2g/cm
3
8. In a laboratory experiment, capillary data from two water saturated core samples was
obtained by using air as the displacing ﬂuid.
1000 mD core sample 200 mD core sample
P
c
[psi] S
w
P
c
[psi] S
w
1.0 1.00 3.0 1.00
1.5 0.80 3.6 0.90
1.8 0.40 4.0 0.60
2.2 0.20 4.5 0.30
3.0 0.13 5.5 0.20
4.0 0.12 7.0 0.18
5.0 0.12 10.0 0.18
Calculate the distribution of vertical water saturation in the stratiﬁed reservoir given by
the ﬁgure below, i.e. determine S
w
as function hight in the reservoir.
12 ft
4 ft
6 ft
3 ft
4 ft
5 ft
FWL
Additional data:
Laboratory: σ
w/air
= 50dyn/cm
Reservoir: σ
o/w
= 23dyn/cm
ρ
o
= 0.81g/cm
3
ρ
w
= 1.01g/cm
3
9. Use the air  water capillary pressure curve for laboratory conditions, below, to calculate
the saturations; S
o
, S
g
and S
w
at the reservoir level (hight) 120 f t above the oilwater
contact (assume P
c
= 0 at this level). The distance between the contacts (OWC and
GOC) is 70 f t.
Additional data:
110 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure
Laboratory: σ
w/air
= 72dyn/cm
Reservoir: σ
o/g
= 50dyn/cm
σ
w/o
= 25dyn/cm
ρ
o
= 53lb/ f t
3
ρ
w
= 68lb/ f t
3
ρ
g
= 7lb/ f t
3
20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Water saturation [%]
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
C
a
p
i
l
l
a
r
y
p
r
e
s
s
u
r
e
[
p
s
i
]
10. An oil water capillary pressure experiment on a core sample gives the following results:
P
c,o/w
[psi] 0 4.4 5.3 5.6 10.5 15.7 35.0
S
w
[%] 100 100 90.1 82.4 43.7 32.2 29.8
Given that the sample was taken from a point 100 ft above the oilwater contact, what
is the expected water saturation at that elevation? If the hydrocarbon bearing thickness
from the crest (top) of the structure to the oilwater contact in 175 ft, what is the average
water saturation over this interval? (ρ
w
= 64lbs/ f t
3
and ρ
o
= 45lbs/ f t
3
)
11. If we assume an interfacial tension; σ cosθ = 25 dyn/cm and a permeability and porosity
respectively 100 mD and 18 %, in the exercise above, we may construct the capillary
curve for a laboratory experiment using mercury as nonwetting phase. In the laboratory
experiments one assume the lithology to be unchanged, but the permeability and porosity
to be respectively 25 mD and 13 %. Find laboratory capillary curve when the interfacial
tension to mercury is 370 dyne/cm.
Answers to questions:
1. ∆E = 0.075J, 3. h = 3cm, 4. d = 0.5µm, 5. ∆p = 3.2mbar, ∆p = 29bar, 7. h = 5.8m, 9.
S
o
= 0.2, S
g
= 0.62 , S
w
= 0.36, 11. S
w
= 0.41.
Chapter 7
Relative Permeability
7.1 Deﬁnitions
Relative permeability is a concept used to relate the absolute permeability (100% saturation
with a single ﬂuid) of a porous system, to the effective permeability of a particular ﬂuid in the
system, when that ﬂuid occupies only a fraction of the total pore volume.
When measuring a ﬂowrate of a ﬂuid versus the pressure difference in a core sample, we
can obtain (single phase ﬂow),
q =
k
e
A
µ
´p
´x
,
and
k
e
=
q
A
µ´x
´p
.
Here k
e
is called effective permeability. For 100% saturation, the effective permeability is
identical to the absolute permeability; i.e. k
e
= k.
In multiphase ﬂow a generalisation of Darcy law has been accepted [12],
q
j
= k
je
A
µ
j
´p
j
´x
,
where j denotes a ﬂuid phase j, and k
je
is called the effective (phase) permeability.
According to the last equation we can obtain,
k
je
=
q
j
A
µ
j
´x
´p
j
.
In a vast number of laboratory experiments it has been observed that a sum of effective
permeability’s is less than the total or absolute permeability, i.e.,
n
∑
j=1
k
je
< k.
Moreover, effective (phase) permeability was noticed to be a function of quite a number of
parameters, such as: ﬂuid saturation, rock property, absolute permeability, ﬂuid property, and
reservoir conditions (pressure, temperature),
k
je
= f (k, p, T, S
1
, S
2
, . . . , S
n
, . . .) j ∈ [1, n].
111
112 Chapter 7. Relative Permeability
In two phase systems the latter relationship is expressed as functions of a single (by con
vention, wetting) saturation.
The effective permeability can be decomposed into the absolute permeability and the rela
tive permeability, as shown below,
k
e j
= k
r j
k.
The relative permeability is a strong function of the saturation of phaseS
j
. Being a rock
ﬂuid property, the functionality between k
r j
and S
j
is also a function of rock properties (e.g.
pore size distribution) and wettability. It is not, in general, a strong correlation between relative
permeability and ﬂuid properties, though when certain properties (e.g. interfacial tension)
change drastically, relative permeability can be affected [40].
It is important to note that the phase permeability is a tensorial function (as the absolute
permeability) and that the relative permeability is not.
Though there have been attempts to calculate relative permeability on theoretical grounds,
by far the most common source of them, has been experimental measurements. This implicates
that it is important to keep deﬁnitions of mobility, phase permeability and relative permeability
separate and clear.
Functions k
j
(S
j
) depend both on the structure of the porous medium and on the saturation
distribution of the phases. However in mathematical modelling of twophase and multiphase
ﬂowit is conventional to assume that relative permeabilities are the functions of saturation only.
This assumption considerably simpliﬁes the task of laboratory experiments carried out in order
to determine relative permeabilities.
In the presence of two coexisting phases, the typical curves of relative permeability are as
shown in Fig. 7.1.
S
wc
S
w
S
nc
k
c k
w
1.0
1.0
0.0
0.0
Figure 7.1: Typical type of relative permeability characteristics for a
twophase ﬂow, where S
w
is the wetting phase and S
n
is
the nonwetting phase.
One important feature in the behaviour of the rel.perm.curves should be emphasised. If
saturation of one of the phases becomes less than some deﬁnite value: S
w
< S
wc
or S
n
< S
nc
,
then the corresponding relative permeability for that phase becomes zero and the phase be
comes immobile. This means that continuity of the phase is broken or disturbed and the phase
7.2 Rock Wettability and Relative Permeabilities 113
remains in a passive or loose state. The values S
jc
, j = w, where n
1
are deﬁned as residual
saturation of the ith phase. Let us note that those values depend on thermodynamic condition
of the reservoir (reservoir pressure, temperature, number of phases, type of rock, etc.).
7.2 Rock Wettability and Relative Permeabilities
It should be noted that evaluations of phase and relative permeabilities can be done through
measurements of capillary pressure, which shows the evidence of strong correlation between
them. Because of certain links between them, we would expect microheterogeneity and rock
wettability to have a certain inﬂuence on relative (phase) permeability. Typical wateroil rela
tive permeabilities are presented for strongly waterwet and oilwet formations in Fig. 7.2 (left)
and 7.2 (right), respectively.
0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0
1.0
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2
0.0
Oil
Water
S
w
k
r
0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0
1.0
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2
0.0
Oil
Water
S
w
k
r
Figure 7.2: Characteristics of typical relative permeability for a two
phase ﬂow, where S
w
is the wetting phase and S
n
is the
nonwetting phase (left: a waterwet formation and right:
an oilwet formations).
The difference in the ﬂow properties that indicates different wettability preferences can be
illustrated by the following rule of thumb [29]:
1
Here w and n denote wetting and nonwetting phase, respectively.
114 Chapter 7. Relative Permeability
Waterwet Oilwet
Connate water satura
tion
Usually greater than
20 to 25 percent PV
Generally less than 15
percent PV, frequently
less than 10 percent
Saturation at which
oil and water per
meabilities are equal
(crossover saturation)
Greater than 50 per
cent water saturation
Less than 50 percent
water saturation
Relative permeabili
ties to water at maxi
mum water saturation;
i.e. ﬂoodout
Generally less than 30
percent
Greater than 50 per
cent and approaching
100 percent
Let us note that the endpoint values of the relative permeabilities are usually (if not always)
less than 1 and which are measures of wettability. The nonwetting phase occurs in isolated
globules, several pore diameters in length, that occupy the center of the pores. Trapped wetting
phase, on the other hand, occupies the cavities between rock the grains and coats the rock
surfaces. Thus we would expect the trapped nonwetting phase to be a bigger obstacle to the
wetting phase, then the trapped wetting phase is to the nonwetting phase. The wetting phase
endpoint relative permeability will, therefore, be smaller than the nonwetting phase endpoint.
The ratio of wetting to nonwetting endpoints proves to be a good qualitative measure of the
wettability of the medium. For extreme cases of preferential wetting, the endpoint relative
permeability to the wetting phase can be 0.05 or less. Others view the crossover saturation
(k
r2
= k
r1
), of the relative permeabilities is a more appropriate indicator of wettability, perhaps
because it is less sensitive to the value of the residual saturations (see the rule of thumb, above).
7.3 Drainage/Imbibition Relative Permeability Curves
In a gasoil systems, the direction of displacement is particularly important, as the process can
represent a drainage process, such as gas drive (gas displacing oil immiscibily) or an imbibition
process, such as:
1. Movement of an oil zone into receding depleting gas cap.
2. Movement of an aquifer into receding depleting gas cap.
In gasoil systems the third phase, water, which is always present in the reservoir, is consid
ered to stay at irreducible saturation and play no part in the displacement processes. It is there
fore argued that experiments in the laboratory can be conducted with or without irreducible
water present and that effective permeabilities could be correlated to total liquid saturation
(S
L
), rather than gas saturation. The relation is based on a deﬁnition of liquid saturation,
S
L
= S
o
+S
w
= 1−S
g
.
7.4 Residual Phase Saturations 115
1.0
1.0
0.0
S
gc
S
g
S
gmax
k
ro
k
rg
k
=
k
/
k
r
o
1.0
1.0
0.0
S
gr
S
g
S
gmax
k
ro
k
rg
k
=
k
/
k
r
o
Figure 7.3: Gasoil relative permeabilities [8].
In a system where gas saturation increases from zero, as in a liquid drainage process, it
is observed that gas does not ﬂow until some critical gas saturation (S
gc
) has been attained.
This is attributed to the physical process of the gas phase becoming continuous through the
system, as a condition for gas ﬂow. In liquid imbibition processes (gas saturation decreasing
from a maximum initial value) the gas permeability goes to zero when the residual or trapped
gas saturation (S
gr
) is reached. See Fig. 7.3.
7.4 Residual Phase Saturations
As we know from the previous discussion, increasing pressure gradients force the nonwetting
phase into the pore channels, causing the wetting phase to retreat into the concave contacts
between the rock grains and other cavities in the pore body. At very high pressure differences,
the wetting phase approaches monolayer coverage and a low saturation.
The residual nonwetting phase is trapped in the large pores in globules several pore di
ameters in length. Repeated experimental evidence has shown that under most conditions, the
S
nwr
could be as large as S
wr
.
According to experimental observations there is a strict evidence of a relationship between
residual nonwetting or wetting phase saturations and the socalled local capillary number. This
relationship is called the capillary desaturation curve (CDC). Typically, these curves are plots
of percent residual (nonﬂowing) saturation for the nonwetting (S
nwr
) or wetting (S
wr
) phases
on the y axis versus a capillary number on a logarithmic x axis. The capillary number N
c
is a
dimensionless ratio of viscous forces to local capillary forces, and can be variously deﬁned.
One of the examples is shown below (after Dombrovsky and Brownell):
N
c
=
k [ ∇
Φ[
σ
ow
cosθ
c
116 Chapter 7. Relative Permeability
where
Φ is the potential of ﬂow.
10 10 10 10 10 10
7 6 5 4 3 2
Wetting phase
Normal range
waterfloods
Nonwetting
critical N
c
30
20
10
0
Nonwetting
phase
Wetting
critical N
c
Capillary number N
c
R
e
s
i
d
u
a
l
n
o
n

w
e
t
t
i
n
g
o
r
w
e
t
t
i
n
g
s
a
t
u
r
a
t
i
o
n
,
%
Figure 7.4: Schematic capillary desaturation curve [40].
It is important to mention that chemical additives reduce capillary forces at the interface
of the oil/water system, resulting in increased capillary number N
c
and reduced residual oil
saturation, being either wetting or nonwetting phase. The reduction of interfacial tension at
the interface allows the trapped oil to become mobile and be displaced by the water.
7.5 Laboratory Determination of Relative Permeability Data
Laboratory determination of effective permeability is generally conducted as a special core
analysis test on representative and carefully preserved core plug samples. A reservoir condition
test is conducted at reservoir pore pressure conditions and reservoir temperatures with real
or simulated reservoir ﬂuids. Such reservoir condition tests may model displacement under
unsteady state, or steady state conditions. Different equipment arrangements for those test are
shown in Figs. 7.5 and 7.6.
Unsteady state rel.perm. test simulate the ﬂooding of a reservoir with an immiscible ﬂuid
(gas or water). The determination of rel. perm. is based on observation of the fractional ﬂow
of displacing phase ﬂuid from the outlet end of the core plug and its relationship with satu
ration. The displacement theory of Buckley and Leverett is combined with that of Weldge in
a technique described by Johnson, Bossler and Naumann [38]. The detection of the break
through time of the displacing phase at the outlet core face is critical in the representation of
relative permeability, and severe errors can occur with heterogeneous samples. Flow rates are
determined according to the method of Rappoport and Leas in order to minimize the effect
of capillary pressure forces in retaining wetting phase ﬂuid at the outlet end face discontinu
ity. The unsteady state or dynamic displacement test is most frequently applied in reservoir
analysis of strong wetting preference, and with homogeneous samples.
For reservoirs with more corescale heterogeneity and with mixed wettability, the steady
state laboratory test is preferred. The steady state process provides simultaneous ﬂow of dis
placing and displaced ﬂuids through the core sample at a number of equilibrium ratios. At each
7.5 Laboratory Determination of Relative Permeability Data 117
Hg
res.
Ruska
pump
Hg
Brine Oil
Chart
recorder
Oil
colector
Sample
3 way
valve
Brine
colector
Hg
Hg
B
r
i
n
e
Oil
Chart
recorder
0  50 psig
Transducer
Oil
colector
Sample
3 way
valve
Brine
colector
Soltrol
O
i
l
S
o
l
t
r
o
l
300
cc
300
cc
1000
cc
Figure 7.5: Unsteady state relative permeability measurement at
constant rate (above) and at constant pressure (below).
ratio from 100% displaced phase to 100% displacing phase an equilibrium condition must be
reached at which the inﬂow ratio of ﬂuids equals to the outﬂow ratio, and at which the pressure
difference between inlet and outlet is constant. At such a condition the Darcy law equation is
applied to each phase to calculate effective permeability at the given steady state saturation.
Capillary pressure tends to be ignored and a major difﬁculty is the determination of saturation
at each stage. Between ﬁve and ten stages are usually needed to establish rel.perm. curves.
118 Chapter 7. Relative Permeability
Hg
res.
Hg
Oil
res.
Brine
Oil
Oil
Chart
recorder
Sample
Constant displacement
Ruska pumps
Pressure
transducer
Figure 7.6: Steady state relative permeability measurement [8].
7.6 Exercises
1. Use Darcy’s law for radial ﬂow and show that the fractional ﬂow for water, f
w
, can be
written:
f
w
=
q
w
q
w
+q
o
=
1
1+k
ro
µ
w
/k
rw
µ
o
Assume the capillary forces to be negligible anddP
o
/dr = dP
w
/dr.
The following laboratory data is given:
S
w
k
ro
k
rw
P
lab
c
[psi]
1.00 0.00 1.00 1.0
0.90 0.04 0.78 3.4 ρ
o
= 0.85g/cm
3
0.80 0.14 0.58 3.9 ρ
w
= 1.00g/cm
3
0.70 0.29 0.39 4.5 σ
res.
= 22dyn/cm
0.60 0.49 0.23 5.7 σ
lab
= 75dyn/cm
0.50 0.73 0.09 8.4 µ
o
= 15.0cp
0.40 1.00 0.00 18.0 µ
w
= 1.0cp
0.30 1.00 0.00 ∞
Use critical oil saturation, S
oc
= 0.05 and the data above to construct a graph showing
the water fraction as function of height above the WOC.
What is the water fraction at 15 m above the WOC ?
7.6 Exercises 119
2. The laboratory data below is recorded at stationary conditions, measuring the relative
permeability for a oilwater injection experiment.
q
o
[cm
3
/time] q
w
[cm
3
/time] ∆P [psi] V
w
[cm
3
]
90 0 49.25 2.17
75 5 91.29 2.87
60 9 109.52 3.63
45 20 123.30 4.65
30 34 137.05 5.93
15 85 164.30 7.95
0 122 147.00 9.86
V
w
is the volume of water in the core sample, determined by weighing. q
o
and q
w
is the
oil and water rate through the sample, respectively. ∆P is the pressure drop.
Additional data is given:
Absolute permeability 16.7 mD length of core sample 9 cm
Diameter of core sample 3.2 cm Oil viscosity 2.0 cp
Water viscosity 1.1 cp Porosity 0.20
1 atm. equals 14.65 psi
Draw the rel.perm. curves for k
ro
and k
rw
using the data above.
Answers to questions:
1. 25%
120 Chapter 7. Relative Permeability
Chapter 8
Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and
Fluids
8.1 Introduction
Compressibility is a universal phenomenon, of signiﬁcant importance where all substances are
compressible, some more compressible than others. Compressibility is therefore an important
"drive mechanism" in underground petroleum production.
Oil and gas are naturally existing hydrocarbon (HC) mixtures, quite complex in chemical
composition which exist at elevated temperatures and pressures in the reservoir. When pro
duced to the surface, the temperature and pressure of the mixture are reduced, where the state
of the HC mixture at the surface depends upon the composition of the HC ﬂuid found in the
reservoir. The ﬂuid remaining in the reservoir at any stage of depletion undergoes physical
changes as the pressure is reduced due to removal of quantities of oil, gas and initial water
from the reservoir.
It is necessary to study the physical properties of these naturally existing HC and in partic
ular, their variation with pressure and temperature, in order to fully understand and control the
production process. This information is important in estimating the performance of the ﬂuids
in the reservoir.
Compressibility, as physical phenomenon, plays a key role in general underground petroleum
production. Nearly all production of oil, gas and formation water is related to volume expan
sion when the reservoir pressure decreases due to removeal of reservoir ﬂuids.
8.2 Compressibility of Solids, Liquids and Gases
For a mixture of HC it is quite obvious that pressure and temperature are essential parameters.
The state of equilibrium is deﬁned by these two parameters and consequently also the phase
behaviour of the ﬂuid, i.e. the fractional volume of oil and gas.
In the case of formation rock and the saturation of ﬂuids contained therein, pore volume
and ﬂuid changes due to the pressure decline is the dominating phenomenon, responsabile for
reservoir ﬂuid production, since the reservoir temperature changes slightly or remain constant
in most cases. Volumes of reservoir ﬂuid brought to the surface will experience change in both
121
122 Chapter 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids
pressure and temperature, i.e. the ﬁnal state of oil and gas is characterised by volume changes
due to both drop in pressure and in temperature.
The general behaviour of materials can be described by the compressibility and expansion
terms;
c = −
1
V
∂V
∂ p
T
, (8.1)
β =
1
V
∂V
∂T
p
, (8.2)
where c is the isothermal compressibility, c ≥0 and β is the isobaric thermal expansion, β ≥0.
In practice, it is normal to use an average compressibility factor of the different HC com
ponents. In relation to reservoir production, it is common practise to distinguish between the
following deﬁnitions of compressibility:
• Rock matrix compressibility; c
r
.
• Rock bulk compressibility; c
b
.
• Liquid compressibility (oil or initial water); c
o
and c
w
.
• Gas compressibility; c
g
.
8.2.1 Rock Stresses and Compressibility
When rocks are subjected to external load or force, internal stresses are developed and if the
stresses are sufﬁciently strong, deformation such as volume and shape changes of the rock will
be the result. The stresses on any plane surface through a rock sample under in situ. conditions
are composed of a normal stress vector (perpendicular to the plane) and two shear stresses,
parallel to the plane surface. The general stress condition may be characterised by a stress
tensor, with nine components as shown in Fig. 8.1. The stress tensor is often written in matrix
form;
¸
σ
x
τ
xy
τ
xz
τ
yx
σ
y
τ
yz
τ
zx
τ
zy
σ
z
¸
Due to the general conditions of equilibrium, the stress tensor will be symmetric around
the diagonal, which means that τ
xy
= τ
yx
and so on. There are thus only six independent stress
components in the stress tensor:
3 normal stresses: σ
x
, σ
y
and σ
z
and
3 tangential (shear stresses): τ
xy
, τ
yz
, τ
zx
.
Underground gas and oil reservoirs experience stresses due to the overload of rock material
and water and the lateral conﬁnement stresses exerted on the reservoir from the surrounding
rock masses, see Fig. 8.2. It is possible to show that there exist one set of ortogonal axis with
8.2 Compressibility of Solids, Liquids and Gases 123
σ
z
σ
y
σ
x
τ
zy
τ
zy
τ
zx
τ
zx
τ
xy
τ
xy
z
x
y
Figure 8.1: Stress conditions of formation rock media.
σ
z
σ
y
σ
x
Figure 8.2: Principal stresses on reservoir rock..
respect to which all shear stresses are zero and the normal stresses have their extreme values.
These stresses are called the principal stresses
For most reservoirs, the principal normal stresses are orientated as shown in Fig. 8.2, where
the major principle stress σ
z
is acting parallel to the force of gravity, while the two lateral
stresses σ
x
and σ
y
are acting in the horizontal plane, e.g. σ
z
> σ
x
, σ
y
.
The average normal stress is generally deﬁned by,
σ =
1
3
(σ
x
+σ
y
+σ
z
). (8.3)
The collective action of the principal stresses will cause the rock material to deform. The
relative longitudinal deformation is given by theprincipal strain,
ε
i
=
∆l
i
l
i
=
l
i
−l
/
i
l
i
, where i = x, y, z, (8.4)
where l
i
is the initial length of the rock in the i’th direction, l
/
is the length after deformation.
The sum of principal strains will give the relative volume change∆ε = (ε
x
+ε
y
+ε
z
), where
ε
V
=∆V/V. (In case of nonzero shear stresses, a displacement or rotation of the rock may be
experienced.)
The stress  strain relationship is dependent on several parameters of which the following
are the most important; the composition and lithology of the rocks, the degree of cementation
of the rock material, the type of cementing material, the compressibility of the rock matrix, the
porosity of the rock material and the pressure and temperature in the reservoir.
124 Chapter 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids
In the following, the rock will be assumed to be isotropic, which means equal properties
in all directions. For simplicity, it is also assumed that the stresses are refered to the principal
stress directions.
Within the elastic limit of volume deformation of any rock material, Hooke’s law states
that there exist a proportionality between stress, σ and strain, ε, where σ
1
, σ
2
and σ
3
are the
principar stress directions.
σ
1
= Eε
1
, (8.5)
where E is the Young’s modulus of elasticity and the subscript indicate change in stress and
strain in the same direction and where the stresses normal to this direction are constant.
If a cylindrical rock sample is subjected to a compressive stress, σ
1
, parallel to its long
axis, it will shorten, ε
1
and the diameter will increase. The ratio of transverse strain to the axial
strain is expressed by the Poisson ratio ν. If the transverse strain is deﬁned by ε
2
and ε
3
, then
the transverse deformation is given,
ν =
ε
2
ε
1
=
ε
3
ε
1
, (8.6)
where ε
1
is the principal strain direction.
The signiﬁcance of Poisson’s ratio, coupling axial and transverse strain, indicates that de
formation along one principal axis is caused by a combination of all three principal stresses.
This observation is presented in Hooke’s law in three dimensions:
Eε
x
= σ
x
−ν(σ
y
+σ
z
), (8.7)
Eε
y
= σ
y
−ν(σ
x
+σ
z
), (8.8)
Eε
z
= σ
z
−ν(σ
x
+σ
y
). (8.9)
In writing Hooke’s law this way, the strains are reddered to the condition of zero stresses.
It is often convenient to write Hooke’s law in changes of stresses, ∆σ
x
etc. In that case srain
are refered to the initial conditions.
The total deformation due to all three principal stresses acting on the rock material is given
by ∆V = (ε
x
+ε
y
+ε
z
)V. Using Hooke’s law, Eqs. (8.7) to (8.9), the relative volume change is
given,
∆V
V
=
3σ(1−2ν)
E
(8.10)
Relative volume deformation of the rock is also described by the compressibility Eq. (8.1)
on differential from,
∆V
V
= c
r
∆σ. (8.11)
In introducing c
r
, one assumes that the rock is completely solid with no pores or cracks
within it.
Combining equation Eq. (8.10) and Eq. (8.11) proves that the compressibility and the elas
ticity are "two sides of the same case",
8.2 Compressibility of Solids, Liquids and Gases 125
c
r
=
3(1−2ν)
E
, (8.12)
where also the elastic constants E and ν, refer to the solid rock material.
In Eq.(8.12) the important relation between the compressibility and the elastic properties
of the rock material is established. Under the assumption that the deformation of the rock is
within the range of the elasticity (see Fig. 8.3), compressibility is constant, i.e.
dV
V
=−c
r
dσ, (8.13)
according to Eq.(8.1) the deformed volumeV is equal to,
V =V
0
e
−c
r
(σ−σ
0
)
·V
0
[1−c
r
(σ −σ
0
)]. (8.14)
The approximation is valid when c
r
∆σ is small, i.e. c
r
(σ −σ
0
) <1.
V
p p
0
V
0
0
Within the range
of elasticity
Figure 8.3: Deformation of rock bulk volume under conditions of
elastic behaviour (constant compressibility factor).
The dimension of compressibility c
r
is reciprocal pressure, as follows from Eq.(8.1) or
(8.14), i.e.
[c
r
] = [σ]
−1
For normal reservoir rock like quarts, the compressibility is;c
quarts
∼2.5 10
−6
bar
−1
.
8.2.2 Compressibility of Liquids
Deformation of liquids can be explained, following the same chain of arguments as seen for
solid (rock) material. Within the elastic limit of the liquid, one can expect the compressibility
to be constant and in accordance to Eq.(8.1) and in analogy with Eq.(8.14),
V
l
=V
l
0
e
−c
l
(p−p
0
)
·V
l
0
[1−c
l
(p−p
0
)], (8.15)
126 Chapter 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids
where the last approximation is valid whenc
l
(p−p
o
) <1.
Various liquids may behave quite differently depending on the composition of that liquid.
Water is not particularly compressible and has a compressibility factorc
w
∼ 4.6 10
−5
bar
−1
.
Oil, on the other hand, may have a varying compressibility factor, depending on the compo
sition of oil, i.e. the mixture of light and heavy HC and the amount of gas contained in the
oil.
Black oils may have a compressibility ∼25 10
−5
bar
−1
, while light oils can have substan
tially higher compressibility, depending on the content of the solution gas.
8.2.3 Compressibility of Gases
Experience tells us that gases are very compressible. Gas compressibility can be deﬁned
equally to solids and liquids, using the deﬁnition in Eq.(8.1), in an attempt to consistently
describe the nature of compressibility as a universal characteristic, also valid for gases.
In the case of a perfect gas,
pV = nRT, (8.16)
where
p: absolute pressure of the gas phase,
V: volume which it occupies,
T: absolute temperature of gas,
n: number of moles of gas equal to its mass divided
by its gaseous molecular weight and
R: the gas constant.
Combining Eqs.(8.1) and (8.16) one obtain,
c
g
=−
1
V
∂V
∂ p
=
1
p
. (8.17)
Form this deduction it must be conclude that compressibility of gases is notconstant, but
varies as the reciprocal pressure (under the assumption of constant temperature).
Example: Compressibility of real gas
The real gas law is,
pV = znRT,
where z is the deviation factor, expressing the nonideal deviation from perfect gas
behaviour.
Since compressibility describes the volume deformation, we may assume the
volume to be a function of pressure, temperature and a nonideal factor, i.e. V =
V(p, T, z).
Differentiation of the volum function,
dV =
∂V
∂ p
dp+
∂V
∂T
dT +
∂V
∂z
dz,
= −
V
p
dp+
V
T
dT +
V
z
dz.
8.2 Compressibility of Solids, Liquids and Gases 127
At reservoir condition, T is constant and consequently,
−
1
V
dV
dp
=
1
p
−
1
z
dz
dp
.
Compressibility for real gases in the reservoir is then given by,
c
g
=
1
p
−
1
z
dz
dp
.
The deviaton factor z, is a nontrivial function of pressure and temperature.
The zfactor is usually expressed as a function of the socalled pseudo reduced
pressure p
pr
and pseudo reduced temperature T
pr
, as seen in Fig. 8.4, i.e.
z = z(p
pr
, T
pr
),
where pseudo reduced pressure and temperature are deﬁned as,
p
pr
=
p
p
pc
, T
pr
=
T
T
pc
,
where p
pc
and T
pc
are pseudo critical pressure and pseudo critical temperature,
respectively.
Z
p
pr
1.0
0
T
pr
n
T
pr
T
pr
1
Figure 8.4: zfactor as a function of pseudo reduced pressurep
pr
and
temperature T
pr
.
Critical pressure and temperature for a mixture of m numbers of HC compo
nents are deﬁned,
p
pc
=
m
∑
i
n
i
p
ci
, T
pc
=
m
∑
i
n
i
T
ci
,
where p
ci
and T
ci
are critical pressure and temperature of the different HC compo
nents and n
i
is the volume fraction or the mole fraction of each component given
by Avogadro’s law.
.
128 Chapter 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids
8.3 Deformation of Porous Rock
The elastic deformation or compressibility of porous rock is complicated by the fact that it is
subjected to an external conﬁning stressσ, and in addition to an internal pore pressure p, acting
on the surface of the pore walls. The total external stress acting on the porous rock is partly
counterbalanced by the pore presssure and the forces acting through the rock matrix. This is
depicted in Fig. 8.5, where the total stress will be the pressure acting on the outer surface, while
the pore pressure and the forces acting through the rock matrix are the counteracting pressures
[62].
p
p
σ
σ
σ
Figure 8.5: Stresses working on a porous rock.
Experience in rock and soil mechanics has shown that the deformation of porous and pre
meable materials depend on the effective stress which is the difference between the applied
total stress and the pore pressure. Effective stress was originally introduced by Terzaghi and is
deﬁned as,
σ
/
= σ −p, (8.18)
later the deﬁneition of effective stress has been generalized to,
σ
/
= σ −αp,
where the constant α, often called the Biot constant is a number equal or less than one,α ≤1.
For most reservoir rocks α will become close to one and may be neglected. It should be
noted however that the consept of effective stress does not follow from strictly theoretical
considerations, but must be regarded as a close approximation. For porous rocks, the stresses
in Hooke’s law should be replaced by effective stresses.
When a reservoir is produced the reservoir pressure will in most cases be reduced. The
overburden load will however remain more or less constant and thus the vertical effective
stress will increase, causing compaction of the reservoir rock. The horizontal stresses may
also change with pore pressure and the development of complete stress conditions may be
difﬁcult to determine.
For reservoir engineering, it is ﬁrst of all the volumetric behaviour that is important. The
volumetric changes are given by the average applied stress and one will therefore for simplicity
in the following assume a hydrostatic applied stress ﬁeld on the porous rock.
8.3 Deformation of Porous Rock 129
Variation of the effective stress on the rock due to withdrawal of reservoir ﬂuid (oil, gas or
initial water) will cause deformation in the bulk volumeV
b
, as well as deformation in the pore
volume V
p
. Generally, both the external stress σ and the pore pressure p may provoke changes
in the bulk or/and pore volume. The bulk and pore volume are therefore deﬁned as function of
both external stress and pore pressure, i.e.
V
b
= V
b
(σ, p),
V
p
= V
p
(σ, p). (8.19)
Differentiation of Eqs. (8.19) gives the relative volume change,
dV
b
V
b
=
1
V
b
∂V
b
∂σ
dσ +
1
V
b
∂V
b
∂ p
dp,
dV
p
V
p
=
1
V
p
∂V
p
∂σ
dσ +
1
V
p
∂V
p
∂ p
dp. (8.20)
Using Eq. (8.1) the deﬁnition of isothermal compressibility, a set of four compressibilities
may be deﬁned and Eq. (8.20) is written,
dV
b
V
b
= −c
bσ
dσ +c
bp
dp,
dV
p
V
p
= −c
pσ
dσ +c
pp
dp, (8.21)
where the "minus" sign demonstrates the fact that when σ increases, both the bulk and pore
volume will decrease, while when p increases, then the bulk and pore volume will increase.
The four compressibilites deﬁned in Eqs. (8.21) are all not independent and through elastic
theory it is possible to resolve the relation between them. The purpose of this process is to
express the pore compressibility as function of the compressibilities of bulk volume and rock
material, c
p
= c
p
(c
b
, c
r
).
8.3.1 Compressibility Measurements.
If a porous rock sample is brought to the laboratory and the external stressσ, on the sample
is increase while the pore pressure is kept constant dp = 0, as seen in Fig. 8.6, left, Eqs. (8.21)
gives,
dV
b
V
b
=−c
bσ
dσ, (8.22)
Since c
bσ
depends on the elastic moduli of the matrix rock material and the geometry of
the pore space, it must in general be considered to be an independent parameter, characterised
as the bulk compressibility, i.e. c
bσ
= c
b
.
If, on the other hand, the rock sample is exposed to an external stress equal to the internal
pressure, such that dσ = dp, see Fig. 8.6, right, then Eqs. (8.21) is written,
130 Chapter 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids
σ σ = p
dp = 0
Figure 8.6: Stresses working on a porous rock.
dV
b
V
b
= (−c
b
+c
bp
)dσ,
dV
p
V
p
= (−c
pσ
+c
pp
)dσ, (8.23)
where dσ = dp and where c
bσ
= c
b
.
When the pore pressure increases/decreases equally to the conﬁning stress, then the effect
of the pores with respect to the deformation of the porous rock, is only related to the rock matrix
material itself. Seen from the outside the material would behave as a completly solid rock.
Under these condition, the compressibility of the rock sample is equal to the compressibility
of the rock material c
r
. From Eqs. (8.23), the following relation between compressibilities are
deduced;
−c
b
+c
bp
= −c
r
,
−c
pσ
+c
pp
= −c
r
, (8.24)
where the minus sign for c
r
reﬂects the fact that the rock will compress under these conditions.
8.3.2 Betti’s Reciprocal Theorem of Elasticity.
If both the external stress and the pore pressure are changing, then the bulk and pore volume
are deformed accordingly,
dV
b
= dV
b
(σ) +dV
b
(p),
dV
p
= dV
p
(σ) +dV
p
(p), (8.25)
where dV(σ) is the volume change relative to the external stress and dV(p) is the volume
change relative to the pore pressure.
Betti’s theorem states that the hypothetical work given by the volume expansion of the bulk
volume due to the pore pressure dV
b
(p) times the change in the external stress dσ, is equal to
the work given by the volume expansion of the pore volume due to the external stressdV
p
(σ)
times the change in the pore pressure dp, i.e.
8.4 Compressibility for Reservoir Rock Saturated with Fluids 131
dV
b
(p) dσ = dV
p
(σ) dp. (8.26)
Using Eqs. (8.21) in Eq. (8.26), one gets,
−V
b
c
bp
dp dσ =−V
p
c
pσ
dσ dp, (8.27)
where c
bp
= c
b
. The minus sign for the ﬁrst term reﬂects that the force and displacement are in
opposite directions. Since porosity is deﬁnedφ =V
p
/V
b
, the bulk compressibility is given,
c
bp
= φc
pσ
(8.28)
Combining Eqs. (8.24 and Eq. (8.28) on gets,
c
p
=
c
b
−(1+φ)c
r
φ
, (8.29)
where c
pp
= c
p
is the pore volume compressibility. This formula, developed by Geertsma [31],
relates the pore compressibility to the bulk and rock compressibilities which are the parameters
normally measured, like in experiments sketched in Fig. 8.6.
8.4 Compressibility for Reservoir Rock Saturated with Fluids
Compressibility of homogenous matter like the rock material c
r
and the contained saturations
of ﬂuids, e.g. oil, water and/or gas, are all deﬁned by Eq. (8.1). A discrete version of this
deﬁnition, where the pressure drop ∆p is sufﬁciently small, gives
c =
1
V
∆V
∆p
⇒ ∆V = cV∆p. (8.30)
The compressibility of the ﬂuids c
f
contained in the pore volume is deﬁned by the com
pressibility of the different phases; c
w
, c
o
and c
g
. Since the pore volume is expanded by the
ﬂuid phase volumes: V
f
= V
w
+V
o
+V
g
, a change in the pore pressure will cause the ﬂuid
volume to change. The ﬂuid compressibility is written,
∆V
f
= ∆V
w
+∆V
o
+∆V
g
,
c
f
= c
w
V
w
V
p
+c
o
V
o
V
p
+c
g
V
g
V
p
,
= c
w
S
w
+c
o
S
o
+c
g
S
g
, (8.31)
where S is the ﬂuid phase saturation (S
w
+S
o
+S
g
= 1).
Of interest in relation to the production of oil and gas, is the total compressibility of the
rock  ﬂuid system. This compressibility accounts for the expansion of ﬂuid, given by the ﬂuid
compressibility c
f
and the reduction of the pore volume when the pore pressure is reduced,
given by c
p
in Eq. (8.29),
132 Chapter 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids
c
t
= c
p
+c
f
,
=
c
b
−(1+φ)c
r
φ
+c
w
S
w
+c
o
S
o
+c
g
S
g
,
=
1
φ
[c
b
−(1+φ)c
r
+φ(c
w
S
w
+c
o
S
o
+c
g
S
g
)]. (8.32)
The effective HC compressibility is a useful term, related to the pore space occupied by the
hydrocarbons,
c
HC
= c
o
S
o
+c
g
S
g
.
An equally important term is the effective compressibility responsible for the expansion
of initial water and reduction of the pore volume, when pressure is released as a result of HC
production. This term, a nonHC compressibility is deﬁned,
c
non−HC
=
c
b
−(1+φ)c
r
+φc
w
S
w
φ
.
Example: Porosity variation in the reservoir
When the reservoir pore pressure is reduced, due to oil or gas production, the
equilibrium of stresses in the reservoir is changed. This change in the effective
stress on the rock material will cause the porosityφ =V
p
/V
b
to change.
By differentiation the porosity one gets,
dφ
φ
=
dV
p
V
p
−
dV
b
V
b
. (8.33)
Substituting Eqs. (8.21) in Eq. (8.33) and remembering that c
pp
is the pore
compressibility c
p
and c
bσ
is the bulk compressibility c
b
,
dφ
φ
= (c
p
dp−c
pσ
dσ) −(c
bp
dp−c
b
dσ). (8.34)
Combining Eqs. (8.24) and Eq. (8.29) with Eq. (8.34) gives,
dφ =−c
b
(1−φ) −c
r
d(σ −p), (8.35)
where the porosity change dφ is proportional to the change in the effective stress.
It should be noted that in this case, the dependence on the effective stress is an
exact theoretical result.
Under reservoir conditions, the conﬁnement stress is constant, i.e. dσ = 0 and
thus the change in porosity is,
∆φ = c
r
c
b
c
r
(1−φ) −1
∆p, (8.36)
where the pressure drop ∆p, due to ﬂuid production from the reservoir is small
enough to keep the material within the elastic limit.
8.4 Compressibility for Reservoir Rock Saturated with Fluids 133
In a nonporous rock, i.e. when φ →0, the bulk compressibility will be equal
to the rock matrix compressibility, c
b
= c
r
, which then deﬁne the lower bound,
where by c
b
/c
r
≥ 1. In typical sandstone porous rocks, the ratio c
b
/c
r
is often
found to be between 4 to 100. For sandstone reservoirs with a typical porosity
larger than 510 %, the terms in the bracket in Eq. (8.36) will always be positive.
When the pore pressure is reduced, p
1
> p
2
(Fig. 8.7), a porosity deforma
tion is observed, φ
1
> φ
2
, i.e. the porosity is reduced in the reservoir when the
pressure is reduced, which is an important drive mechanism for undersaturated oil
reservoirs.
p
1
p
2
V :
p
φ
1
φ
2
Figure 8.7: Constant conﬁnement pressure and reduced pore pres
sure leads to a reduction in the pore volume.
.
Example: Porosity variation in formation core samples
Reservoir porosity is seen to decrease with the pore pressure, under the assumption
of constant conﬁnement stress. What about the porosity change in rock samples
which are brought to the surface for further experimental investigations? This
question is quite important since laboratory measurements on core material from
wells, is one of the very few direct sources of information available regarding
reservoir characteristics.
Eq. (8.35) gives the porosity change relative to the change in the pressure dif
ference (σ − p). At initial conditions in the reservoir, the pressure difference is
normally such that the conﬁnement pressure is larger than the pore pressure, i.e.
(σ −p)
R
> 0. In the laboratory or at normal atmospheric condition, the conﬁne
ment pressure and the pore pressure will be close to equal, i.e. (σ −p)
L
= 0.
For a porous rock sample, where the bulk and rock matrix compressibilities
are such that (c
b
(1 −φ) −c
r
) > o, which is the case for practically all porous
rock materials, the porosity will increase when the rock sample is brought to the
surface, i.e. φ
R
< φ
L
.
.
134 Chapter 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids
p
R
p
L
φ
R
φ
L
Figure 8.8: Variation of bulk volume during surfacing of core mate
rial.
8.5 Exercises
1. The reservoir pressure is 1923 psi, connate water saturation is 0.24 and gas saturation is
0.31.
Find the total compressibility and the effective hydrocarbon compressibility when the
following ﬂuid and formation compressibility are known; c
o
= 10 10
−6
psi
−1
, c
w
= 3
10
−6
psi
−1
, c
g
= 1/p psi
−1
and c
r
= c
b
= 5 10
−6
psi
−1
.
2. A reservoir with an initial pressure of 6500 psia has an average porosity of 19 %. Bulk
compressibility is 3.810
−6
psi
−1
, and estimated abandonment pressure is 500 psia.
Find the formation porosity when the ﬁeld is abandoned?
3. A gas reservoir has a gas deviation factor (at 150
o
F),
p [psia] 0 500 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000
z 1.00 0.92 0.86 0.80 0.82 0.89 1.00
Plot z versus p and graphically determine the slope at 1000 psia, 2200 psia and 4000
psia. Then, ﬁnd the gas compressibility at these pressures.
Answers to questions:
1. 171.4 10
−6
psi
−1
, 224.6 10
−6
psi
−1
, 2. 18.6 %,
3. 1.11 10
−3
psi
−1
, 0.45 10
−3
psi
−1
, 0.14 10
−3
psi
−1
Chapter 9
Properties of Reservoir Fluids
9.1 Introduction
Production of oil and gas can be compared to a process where volumes of the reservoir ﬂuids
are transformed to the stock tank volumes of oil and gas, see Fig. 9.1. During this process both
pressure and temperature are signiﬁcantly changed. The reservoir production rates of oil and
gas will in the event of continuously decreasing pressure and temperature transform, where the
phase ratio of oil and gas is changed as well as the gasoil ratio and the composition of both
phases.
Q = V / t
gn gn
∆ ∆
Q = V / t
g g
∆ ∆
Q = V / t
on on
∆ ∆
Q = V/ t
o o
∆ ∆
Reservoir
Sea
Figure 9.1: Volume transformation of oil and gas.
Primary reservoir production takes place without any temperature change, while the reser
voir pressure drops substantially near the well. The composition of oil and/or gas will therefore
changed slightly during production. In an oil reservoir we may experience the shrinkage of oil
due to the solution gas liberation near the well and in a rich gas reservoir we expect condensa
135
136 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
tion of liquid hydrocarbons (oil) when the pressure is reduced.
When the reservoir ﬂuid is produced and brought to the surface, pressure is further reduced
through different stages of separation. In these processes, temperature is also reduced and
consequently the composition of oil and gas undergoes signiﬁcant change.
In this chapter focus is put on some characteristic aspects of hydrocarbon mixtures and the
separation of oil and gas as function of pressure and temperature. We will look at how oil and
gas behave in the reservoir and their expansion to stock tank condition.
9.2 Deﬁnitions
The process by which the different hydrocarbon (HC) components form phases through various
chemical reactions is governed by a natural (entropy driven) development towards equilibrium
or the lowest energy level. This could be expressed more precisely referring to the Gibbs phase
rule.
The Gibbs phase rule shows a relationship among the number of componentsN
C
,
number of phases N
P
, number of chemical reactions N
R
, and degrees of freedom
N
F
, where;
N
F
= N
C
−N
P
+2−N
R
.
The number 2 accounts for the intensive properties p, T, and N
C
−N
R
deﬁnes the
number of independent components.
For a pure component (like H
2
O), then N
C
−N
R
= 1 and
N
F
= 3−N
P
.
For pure components the phase rule says that no more than three phases can form at any tem
perature and pressure, i.e.
When N
P
= 1 N
F
= 2 Both intensive properties can be changed
arbitrarily
When N
P
= 2 N
F
= 1 Only one intensive property can be
independent – there are three lines
on a (p, T)plot reﬂecting this occurrence
(sublimation line, melting point line, and
vapour pressure line)
When N
P
= 3 N
F
= 0 No degrees of freedom – a single triple
point in the phase diagram
We know that water may appear in different phases like ice, liquid and vapour, all depend
ing on temperature and pressure. The coexistence of different phases, is shown in Fig. 9.2.
The different regions are separated by phase boundaries. The phase boundary between water
and vapour ends in a critical point where the two phases cease to coexist. Beyond this point,
for temperatures T > T
C
and pressures p > p
C
, there is no distinct difference between water
and vapour, hence we call this state the ﬂuid state. (For pure water, i.e. H
2
O, the critical
temperature is 374.1
o
C and the critical pressure is 218.3 atm.)
9.3 Representation of hydrocarbons 137
p
c
T
c
Critical
point
Ice
Water
Vapour
1 atm.
100 °C
Figure 9.2: PTdiagram for H
2
O.
9.3 Representation of hydrocarbons
Naturally occurring HC are complex in composition and contain a great many members of
parafﬁns (alkanes), naphthenes (cycloalkanes) and aromatic series and often some nonhydrocarbon
impurities.
Some of the components in the parafﬁn series are listed below:
Methane CH
4
C
1
Heptane C
7
H
16
Ethane C
2
H
6
C
2
Octane C
8
H
18
Propane C
3
H
8
C
3
Nonane C
9
H
20
Butane C
4
H
10
C
4
Decane C
10
H
22
Pentane C
5
H
12
C
5
Hexane C
6
H
14
C
6
Some typical nonhydrocarbon impurities are represented by,
Nitrogen N
2
Carbon Dioxide CO
2
Hydrogen Sulphide H
2
S
For mixtures of HC components, C
7
H
16
and higher, it is quite common to writeC
+
7
, mean
ing all component in the series. The C
+
7
characteristic is then the average for all components
higher then C
6
.
In gases, typically light components likeC
1
, C
2
and C
3
dominate the composition. For light
oils, C
4
, C
5
and C
6
are the important components and for heavier oils the presence of various
decanes and asfaltenes are quit common. However, intermediate components likeC
4
−C
5
can be in both gaseous and liquid state depending on prevailing pressure and temperature.
Components C
+
7
are heavy and in most interesting cases of petroleum engineering, can not be
evaporized.
For pure components of oil, say, Ethane (C
2
H
6
) and Heptane (C
7
H
16
), and their mix
ture (50% of C
2
H
6
and 50% of C
7
H
16
) the phase PTdiagram is shown in Fig. 9.3. The PT
characteristics of the pure components are somewhat similar to theH
2
O case, shown in Fig. 9.2.
When two or more HC components are mixed, the phase boundaries form a closed boundary
138 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
area in the PTdiagram, where the two phases of oil and gas coexists. This area is called the
twophase region and has a characteristic shape for that particular composition.
p
T
Liquid
Gas
p
T
Liquid
Gas
p
T
Liquid
Gas
Liquid +
Gas
a) 100% Ethane b) 100% Heptane c) 50% Ethane 50% Heptane
C
C
C
Figure 9.3: PTdiargam for Ethane, Heptane and their mixture.
The equilibrium state is deﬁned as function of p and T and consequently also the volume
ratio of oil and gas is PTdependent. Volume is therefore a dependent function of p and T,
as shown by the law of real gases. These relations between pressure, volume and temperature
are often referred to as PVTrelations. For a mixture of hydrocarbons, a PVTdiagram can be
drawn, as shown in Fig. 9.4.
G
a
s
G
a
s
L
iq
u
id
L
i
q
u
i
d
T
e
m
p
e
r
a
t
u
r
e
V
a
p
o
r

P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e
C
u
r
v
e
C
r
i
t
i
c
a
l
p
o
i
n
t
P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e
P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e
B
u
b
b
l
e
p
o
i
n
t
c
u
r
v
e
D
e
w
p
o
i
n
t
c
u
r
v
e
V
o
l
u
m
e
Figure 9.4: PVT diagram for a mixed component system.
The existence of a super critical ﬂuid region to the right of the critical point where phases
can not be distinguished, is seen in the PTdiagram in Fig. 9.4 (lower right).
The PVdiagram (upper left) shows how the oil volume is increasing when pressure is
9.3 Representation of hydrocarbons 139
decreasing. For a given temperature, we observe a monotonously volume increase or swelling
of the oil phase down to a certain pressure level. At this pressure the volume continues to
increase by separation into coexisting oil  and gas phases. Continued volume increase means
gradually increased gasoil ratio at constant pressure. The twophase region is left when the
pressure starts to decrease again and further volume increase is due to gas expansion only.
Another way of representing the PVT discontinuity, represented by the twophase region,
is to present the intensive property of speciﬁc  or molar volume, see Fig. 9.5.
Gas
Gas
Liquid
Liquid
Temperature
P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e
T
1
T
1
T
2
T
2
T
3
T
3
T
4
T
4
Specific volume
Twophase
region
Critical
point
Figure 9.5: Pressurespeciﬁc volume diagram for mixed component
system.
Speciﬁc volume is volume occupied by a unit of mass of a substance, i.e. [V
s
] = m
3
/kg
(ft
3
/lb). Molar volume is equal to volume occupied by one mole of a substance, i.e. [V
m
] =
m
3
/kgmole or cm
3
/gmole (ft
3
/lbmole).
For temperatures higher than T
3
, in Fig. 9.5, there is no phase change when pressure is
decreased. For lower temperatures, however, a phase transformation will pass through a two
phase region conﬁned by a bubble point locus and a dew point locus where the oil and gas are
in equilibrium.
The PTdiagram for a more complex mixtures is presented in Fig. 9.6. It is important to
notice that the shape of an envelope ACPCTB depends on the composition of HC mixture,
with the following deﬁnitions:
CP: Cricondenbar – a pressure point, above which a liquid can not be vaporised.
CT: Cricondentherm – a temperature point, above which a gas can not be condensed.
C: Critical Point – a pressure and temperature point, at which two phases become identical.
All the quality lines merge at this point, lines which deﬁnes the fractional oilgas ratio.
A reservoir with initial conditions as indicated by position1 in Fig. 9.6 is what we would
call a gas reservoir. When this reservoir is produced at constant temperature, from1 to 2, no
phase boundary is crossed, i.e. only gas is produced. If, on the other hand, the production
follows the dotted line from 1 to x, then oil will gradually drop out of the gas both in the
reservoir and on the way to location x. The composition of the gas will have changed, where
the heavier components are condensed.
140 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
A reservoir located at point 3 in Fig. 9.6, should be called a gas condensate reservoir. When
this reservoir is produced at constant temperature, from 1 to 5, condensation of gas in the
reservoir starts as soon as the twophase region is entered, at point 4. When the pressure
continues to decrease, and the dew point line is approached, vaporisation of residual oil can
happen and the gas composition may become richer until the dew point line is crossed. Form
that point onwards, no change in the composition will occur.
As we have mentioned before, the twophase region is characterising the reservoir ﬂuid,
such that an oil reservoir would have a different shaped twophase region than seen in Fig. 9.6.
Having said this, we can imagine that an oil reservoir is located somewhere in the upper left
corner in Fig. 9.6. When this reservoir is produced at constant temperature, no gas will exist in
the reservoir until the bubbel point line is crossed. At this time, solution gas will slowly build
up to a continuous phase and ﬂow towards the well with a considerably higher mobility than
the oil itself.
p
T
Liquid
Gas
CP
A
B
C
CT
80%
60%
40%
20%
1
2
3
4
x
5
Figure 9.6: PT diagram for a complex HC mixture.
9.3.1 Ternary diagrams
Binary diagrams are often used for representing an overall behaviour of hydrocarbons and
for detailed analysis of phase behaviour when the number of components or groups of pure
components, do not exceed three . Natural hydrocarbons are complex mixtures of different
components and are usually represented by pseudocomponents (normally 2 or 3). In order to
predict phase behaviour for such compositions ternary diagrams are often used, see Figs. 9.7
and 9.8.
One of the advantages of ternary diagrams is that they enable us to represent both the
phase compositions and the overall composition of mixture. Let us assume that the overall
composition is represented by point M. Then the overall compositions C
i
can be expressed
through the phase compositions C
i j
,
C
i
=C
i1
S
1
+C
i2
S
2
, i = 1, 2, 3
9.3 Representation of hydrocarbons 141
Plait point
Binodal
curve
Tie line
2phase region
C
2
C
1
C
3
1phase
region
Figure 9.7: Twophase ternary diagram.
Plait
point
Tie line
C
2
C
1
C
3
2phase
region
3phase region
1phase
region
a
b
c
d
e
f
 invariant point
Figure 9.8: Threephase ternary diagram.
Note that the fraction of each component is 1 at their apex and 0 at the opposite edge. Any unit
can be used (mole, weight or volume fraction).
Using the fact that S
1
+S
2
= 1, we can obtain the following expression for the relative
amounts of phases S
i j
in the overall composition,
S
1
=
C
i
−C
i2
C
i1
−C
i2
, S
2
=
C
i
−C
i1
C
i2
−C
i1
,
which is called "the lever rule".
It follows from the Gibbs phase rule that in case of 3 (pseudo) components and 2 phases,
where (p and T are expected to be known), the system has only one degree of freedom. This
means that if one of the parameters is speciﬁed all the other can be easily evaluated.
Fig. 9.8 shows the case when the composition has a 3phase region which is indicated by the
embedded smaller triangle. All sides of this triangle are surrounded by 2 phase regions. There
is no degrees of freedom in the three phase region. It means that the compositions of the three
phases are given by the apexes of the 3 phase triangle (invariant points). Any total composition
M within this triangle gives three phases with the same overall composition. Moving inside the
triangle we can only change the fraction of phases and not the overall composition. The lever
rule enables us to calculate the relative amounts of these phases,
142 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
S
1
=
a
a+b
, S
2
=
c
c +d
, S
3
=
e
e + f
.
In Figs. 9.7 and 9.8 both triangles have a common baseline, which is usually the case for
surfactant+oil+brine systems.
9.4 Natural gas and gas condensate ﬁelds
In a dry gas ﬁeld, the reservoir temperature is always larger than the critical temperature of the
same gas, i.e. the following initial condition is important,
T
r
> T
CT
.
If initial conditions in the reservoir coincide with point 1 in Fig. 9.6 and gas recovery is
performed in such a way that the pressure will decline from1 to 2, than the dew point line will
never be crossed and only dry gas will exist in the reservoir at any pressure.
When producing the gas to the surface, however, both p and T will decrease and the ﬁnal
state will be at some point x within the twophase envelope, the position of the point being
dependent on surface separation.
Let us imagine initial pressure and temperature at point 3 in Fig. 9.6. During isothermal
depletion liquid will start to condense in the reservoir when the pressure has fallen below the
dew point at 4.
The maximum liquid saturation deposited in the reservoir is when the pressure is between
points 4 and 5 in the twophase region. The condensation is generally rather small and fre
quently below the critical saturation which must be exceeded before the liquid becomes mobile.
The process of condensation is called retrograde liquid condensation, where the retrograde liq
uid condensate is not recovered and, since the heavier components tend to condense ﬁrst, this
represents a loss of a valuable part of the hydrocarbon mixture.
Continued pressure depletion below the point of maximum condensation would lead to re
vaporisation of the liquid condensate. However, this does not occur because once the pressure
falls below point 4 the overall composition and hence, the molecular weight of the HC remain
ing in the reservoir increases and is left behind in the reservoir as retrograde condensate while
the light components are mobile and will be produce.
The composite phase envelope for the reservoir ﬂuids tends to move downwards and to the
right, thus inhibiting revaporisation. Sometimes it is economically advantageous to produce
a gas condensate ﬁeld by the process of gas recycling. Starting at point 3 in Fig. 9.9 and
separating the liquid condensate from the dry gas at the surface and reinjecting the latter into
the reservoir in such a way that the dry gas displaces the wet gas towards the producing wells.
However, in practical ﬁeld developments this is not easily accomplished.
The reservoir pressure is kept almost at the initial level but the composition of the reservoir
gas is gradually changed in such a way, that the phase envelope moves to the left and upwards.
After breakthrough of the dry gas occurs, the injection is terminated and the remaining dry gas
produced. The objective of the gas recycling process is to keep reservoir conditions above/or
to the right from the dew point curve, as seen in Fig. 9.9.
9.5 Oil ﬁelds 143
p
T
Initial
composition
Intermediate
composition
Final
composition
3
Figure 9.9: Development of the gas ﬁeld by the gas recycling pro
cess.
9.5 Oil ﬁelds
Since the oil contains more of the heavier HC components, a phase diagram for oil will be
more elongated in horizontal direction, as compared with gas ﬁelds and as shown in Fig. 9.10.
Initial
composition
Intermediate
composition
Final
composition
p
T
A
B
X
Unfavourable conditions
of production
Figure 9.10: Development of the oil ﬁeld.
If initial conditions in the reservoir coincide with pointA in Fig. 9.10, there will be only one
phase present, namely liquid oil containing dissolved gas. Reducing the pressure isothermally
will eventually bring the oil to the bubble point B. Further reduction in pressure will lead to
solution gas production and the presence of two phases in the reservoir;
• liquid oil, containing an amount of dissolved gas which commensurate with the pressure
and
• liberated gas, originally dissolved in the oil.
144 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
Keeping production at point X below the bubble point, in Fig. 9.10, the overall reservoir
HC composition will change due to the fact that the gas, being more mobile, will ﬂow with a
much greater velocity than the oil towards the well.
The composition will change to such an extent, that the liquid phase is ﬁnally becoming
less and less mobile. The relative content of heavier components in oil will increase, and the
shape of the phase diagram will change towards more and more unfavourable conditions for oil
production. It is therefore preferable to maintain oil production close to, or above the bubble
point by using water ﬂooding, gas injection or other enhanced oil recovery methods.
The phase diagram for an oil reservoir with a gas cap must necessarily have a phase enve
lope which is characterised by both the gas and oil contained in the reservoir. The twophase
area of the reservoir ﬂuid is overlapping the appropriate oil and gas reservoir, as shown in Fig.
9.11.
p
T
A
Reservoir
gas
Reservoir
oil
Reservoir
fluid
Initial
reservoir
conditions
Figure 9.11: Phase diagram for the oil reservoir with a gas cap.
9.6 Relation between reservoir and surface volumes
The amount of oil and gas produced form the reservoir, measured in standard volume quantities
(at normal pressure and temperature) are converted to reservoir volumes by the use of volume
factors; B
o
, B
g
, R
s
and R. These factors are deﬁned in accordance to Fig. 9.12.
Volumes deﬁned at reservoir conditions (or at the surface) are transformed to surface vol
umes (or reservoir volumes) by use of volume factors. The volume factors are deﬁned by lab
oratory experiments performed on samples taken from the reservoir oil or gas. The deﬁnition
of these factors are [21]:
R
s
: The solution gasoil ratio, which is the number of standard cubic meters (feet) of gas
which will dissolve in one stock tank cubic meter (barrel) of oil when both are measured
at surface conditions.
R
s
=
V
ogn
V
on
¸
Sm
3
Sm
3
.
9.6 Relation between reservoir and surface volumes 145
V
p
V
g
V
ogn
V
on
V
gn
V
o
V
on
V
ggn
Reservoir: , p T Surface: , p T
n n
Figure 9.12: Stock tank production through expansion of reservoir
oil and gas from an oil reservoir.
B
o
: The oil formation volume factor is deﬁned as the volume of oil in cubic meters (or bar
rels) occupied in the reservoir at the prevailing p and T divided by the volume of oil in
stock tank cubic meter (barrel),
B
o
=
V
o
V
on
¸
Rm
3
Sm
3
.
B
g
: The gas formation volume factor is deﬁned as the volume of gas in cubic meters (or
barrels) in the reservoir divided by the volume of the same gas at standard cubic meter
(foot),
B
g
=
V
g
V
ggn
¸
Rm
3
Sm
3
.
R: The gasoil ratio (GOR), is the volume of gas in standard cubic meters (feet) produced
divided by volume of stock tank cubic meter (barrel) of oil at surface conditions,
R =
V
gn
V
on
¸
Sm
3
Sm
3
.
The following useful relationships between the volume factors can be deduced, simply
using Fig. 9.12:
V
gn
= RV
on
(9.1)
V
g
= B
g
(R−R
s
)V
on
(9.2)
V
o
+V
g
= [B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
]V
on
(9.3)
146 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
V
g
= B
g
(1−
R
s
R
)V
gn
(9.4)
The volume factors B
o
, R
s
, B
g
and R are all pressure dependent functions, as seen from
Fig. 9.13.
p
p
p
p
B
o
B
g
p
b
p
b
p
b
p
b
R
s
R
Figure 9.13: Dependency of PVT volum parameters on pressure.
In order to explain the characteristic behaviour of the different volume factors it is natural
to follow a decreasing pressure development, i.e. from right to left in Fig. 9.13.
The oil volume factor B
o
is seen to increase linearly when pressure is decreasing towards
the bubble point pressure p
b
. This increase in B
o
is directly linked to the oil compressibility,
i.e. when pressure is released, then volume is increased. For pressure lower then the bubble
point, solution gas is gradually leaving the oil phase which leads to a shrinking volume of oil.
Finally all gas will evaporate and the oil is said to bedead and B
o
≈1. This process continues
until standard condition is reached.
The solution gasoil ratio R
s
is constant for pressures higher than the bubble point pressure,
since no gas is produced in the reservoir. A unit sample of oil at different pressures (p > p
b
)
will therefore contain the same amount of gas and oil at standard condition. For pressures
lower than the bubble point pressure, we will ﬁnd a decreasing amount of gas in the reservoir
oil sample because some gas has already evaporated and been produced as gas.
In the case of the volum factor for gas, gas in equilibrium with oil can only exist up to its
bubble point pressure. For pressure higher than p
b
, all free gas will be dissolve in the oil. For
decreasing pressure lower than the bubble point pressure, the volume of gas will expand as the
reciprocal pressure.
9.6 Relation between reservoir and surface volumes 147
The gasoil ratio R, shown in Fig. 9.13, is given as a function of decreasing reservoir pres
sure. When the pressure is above the bubble point pressure, no change is observed in the gasoil
ratio at surface condition. Shortly after the reservoir pressure has dropped below the bubble
point pressure, the process of solution gas vaporisation will take place, ﬁrst near the wellbore.
For a short while, the gas is not mobile due to gas saturation below critical gas saturation. The
presence of discontinuous gas will block some of the path ways for the oil and consequently oil
with less gas are being produced. The minimum gasoil ratio is reached as the gas saturation
becomes continuous and starts to ﬂow. When pressure is further decreased, more gas than oil
is produced than initially, since gas liberated in the reservoir is more mobile and therefore is
produced faster than the oil it originally evaporated from.
Example: Importance of the GOR
The GOR is an important parameter, not only because it gives the gasoil ratio as
function of pressure and time, but also because it carries important information
about the mobility ratio of gas and oil in the reservoir.
With reference to Figs. 9.1 and 9.12 we may deﬁne the gasoil ratio for a satu
rated oil reservoir, i.e. with a reservoir pressure lower than bubble point pressure,
R =
V
gn
V
on
=
Q
gn
Q
on
,
where Q
on
= Q
o
/B
o
and where Q
o
is the oil rate in the reservoir. Using the rela
tions Eqs.(9.1)  (9.4) we ﬁnd,
Q
gn
= RQ
on
,
Q
on
= Q
g
/[B
g
(R−R
s
)],
where Q
g
is the gas rate in the reservoir.
Using the GOR, deﬁned above, and the two relations giving the gas and oil
rate, we may write the following expression for the GOR factor,
R =
Q
g
B
g
B
o
Q
o
+R
s
.
For reservoir ﬂow, we assume Darcy’s law to be valid, both for oil and gas
ﬂow, i.e.
Q
i
=
k
i
µ
i
A
dp
i
dr
, i = o, g.
where Q
i
are the reservoir ﬂow rates.
For reservoir ﬂowin the vicinity of the well, we may safely neglect all capillary
effects, and the reservoir gasoil ﬂow ratio is written,
Q
g
Q
o
=
k
g
µ
g
µ
o
k
o
.
Substituting this ratio in the GOR equation, we may express the GOR in terms
of reservoir parameters,
148 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
R =
k
g
µ
g
µ
o
k
o
B
o
B
g
+R
s
, (9.5)
where the mobility of oil and gas is deﬁned, λ
i
= k
i
/µ
i
, and i = o, g.
Eq.(9.5) gives the relation between gas  and oil mobility in the reservoir and
the observed gasoil ration, where the volume factors B
o
, B
g
and R
s
are known
from laboratory measurements. The GOR as presented in Eq.(9.5) gives a ideal
ized approximation of reservoir dependence and should therefore be interpretated
with care.
Example: Initial reservoir ﬂuids
The deﬁnition of initial in place volumes are somewhat different for oil and gas
reservoirs.
For a general reservoir we may deﬁne the following parameters,
V
R
Reservoir bulk volume.
φ Porosity.
B
o
, B
g
Formation factor.
R
s
Solution gasoil ratio.
The hydrocarbon pore volume, HCPV = V
R
φ, is important in deﬁning the
reserves in an oil reservoir,
Oil reserves: OIIP = HCPV/B
o
,
Gas reserves: GIIP = OIIP R
s
.
The reserves coming from a gas reservoir is deﬁned,
Gas reserves: GIIP = HCPV/B
g
,
Oil reserves: OIIP = GIIP/R
s
.
9.7 Determination of the basic PVT parameters
Conventional analysis of basic PVT parameters follow well established procedures by which
the different volume factors are measured:
• Flash expansion of the ﬂuid sample is used to determine the bubble point pressurep
b
.
• Differential expansion of the ﬂuid sample is used to determine the basic parametersB
o
,
R
s
and B
g
.
• Flash expansion of ﬂuid samples through various separator combinations is used to en
able the modiﬁcation of laboratory derived PVT data to match ﬁeld separator conditions.
The process differential  and ﬂash expansion, shown in Fig. 9.14, illustrates the difference
between ﬂash and differential expansion of the ﬂuid sample.
9.7 Determination of the basic PVT parameters 149
Initial
composition
Final
composition
p
T
p
T
Flash expansion Differential expansion
1
1
1 1
2 2
2 2
3
3
3 3
p > p
i b
p < p
b
p
b
p
b
p
b new
Hg
Gas
Gas
Oil
Oil
Oil
Oil
Oil Oil
Figure 9.14: Flash and differential expansion of ﬂuid samples.
Note that the ﬂash expansion experiment does not change the overall hydrocarbon compo
sition in the cell while in the differential liberation experiment, at each stage, depletion gas is
liberated physically and removed from the cell. Therefore, there is a continous compositional
change in the PVTcell. The remaining hydrocarbones are becoming progressively richer in
heavier components and the average molecular weight is increasing. Consequently ﬂash ex
pansion leaves smaller oil volumes then differential expansion.
Reservoir production is most likely reproduced by a nonisothermal differential expansion,
where multistage separation at the surface is commonly used because differential liberation
will normally yield a larger ﬁnal volume of equilibrium oil than the corresponding ﬂash expan
sion.
150 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
9.8 Exercises
1. Calculate the density expressed in SIunits,
– for a crude oil API gravity of 57.2 and
– for a natural gas API gravity of 70.7,
when water density is 1000 kg/m
3
at standard condition (1 atm. and 20
0
C).
2. A gas consists of 50% – 50% mixture by weight of two hydrocarbons. The pressure
is increased isothermally until two phases appear. The liquid phase consists of 40%
by weight of the more volatile component and the vapour phase 65% by weight of this
component. What are the weight functions of the liquid and the vapour phase?
3. The following data are obtained in a PVT analysis at 90
0
C.
Pressure [bar] 276 207 172 138 103
Celle (system) volume [cm
3
] 404 408 410 430 450
a) Estimate the bubble point pressure.
The system is recompressed, expanded to 138 bar and the free gas is removed at constant
pressure and then measured by further expansion to standard condition. The contained
liquid volume is 388 cm
3
and the measured gas volume (at 1 atm. and 15.6
0
C) is 5.275
litres.
The pressure is reduced to normal condition, as above, and residual liquid volume is
found to be 295 cm
3
and the liberated gas volume is 21 litres.
Estimate the following PVT parameters,
b) c
o
, liquid compressibility at 207 bar,
c) B
o
factor at 207 bar,
d) B
o
and R
s
at 172 bar and 138 bar and
e) B
g
and z at 138 bar.
4. Calculate the gasoil capillary pressure for the following reservoir:
Gas saturation [%] Elevation [ft]
75 5420
50 5424
25 5426
0 5428
Additional data:
Oil API gravity; 45.1
Gas speciﬁc gravity; 0.65
Oil formation volume factor; 1.18 RB/STB
Gas formation volume factor; 0.0025 RB/SCF
Solution gasoil ratio; 480 SCF/STB
9.8 Exercises 151
Answers to questions:
1. 749.5 kg/m
3
, 699.8 kg/m
3
, 2. 2/3, 3. a) 172 bar, b) 14.1 10
−5
bar
−1
,
c) 1.383 Rm
3
/Sm
3
, d)1.3898 Rm
3
/Sm
3
, 1.315 Rm
3
/Sm
3
,
89.07 Sm
3
/Sm
3
, 71.2 Sm
3
/Sm
3
, e) 0.0079 Rm
3
/Sm
3
, 0.887 4. ρ
o
= 735.5 kg/Rm
3
, ρ
g
= 55.7
kg/Rm
3
.
152 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids
Part II
Reservoir Parameter Estimation
Methods
153
Chapter 10
Material Balance Equation
10.1 Introduction
The basic principle behind the Material Balance Equation is very fundamental:
The mass of hydrocarbons (HC) initially in place is equal to sum of the mass
produced and the mass still remaining in the reservoir,
M
i
=∆M+M.
In material balance calculations we implicitly consider the reservoir as being a tank of
constant volume. The pressure in this tank is deﬁned by the volumetric average pressure,
p =
1
V
i
V
i
pdV,
where V
i
is the initial hydrocarbone volume, i.e. the hydrocarbon pore volume (HCPV).
If we assume the ﬂuid density in the reservoir to be constant during the depletion process,
i.e. ρ ∼constant, we may write the mass conservation law in terms of volume conservation,
V
i
−V =∆V when p
i
→p. (10.1)
Eq.(10.1) is often referred to as the golden principle, where
Expansion = Production.
Even though material balance techniques use crude approximations of the reservoir, with
limited reference to local information, their application and use have proven to be of great
importance in various situations. Being simple in principle, methods based on the material
balance equation are commonly used in the following cases:
• Extrapolation of production curves for oil, water and gas (production decline curve anal
ysis).
• Identiﬁcation of the drive mechanism.
• History matching.
In this chapter we will develop the Material Balance Equation for a general oil and gas
reservoir and illustrate the use of the equation by various examples.
155
156 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
10.2 Dry gas expansion
Let us consider a dry gas reservoir where the production is modelled using material balance
calculations. The HCPVis constant in absence of water inﬂux. The production of gas at surface
conditions is G
p
.
The material balance equation given by Eq.(10.1) is slightly redeﬁned where the volumeof
gas in the reservoir initially in place is obviously equal to the volumeof gas in the reservoir at
a given pressure p,
G B
gi
= (G−G
p
)B
g
, (10.2)
where the following deﬁnitions are used,
G: resources of gas initially in place, [Sm
3
],
G
p
: cumulative volume of gas produced, [Sm
3
],
B
gi
: initial gas formation volume factor, [Sm
3
/Rm
3
] and
B
g
: gas formation volume factor at current reservoir pressure, [Sm
3
/Rm
3
].
The relation presented in Eq.(10.2) is illustrated in Fig. 10.1, where the purpose is to visu
alise the transformation of gas volume under reservoir condition to surface conditions. When
a surface volume of G
p
has been produced, the volume of gas left in the reservoir isG−G
p
,
in standard units. At a reservoir pressure p, the volume occupied by the gas in the reservoir, is
equal to (G−G
p
)B
gp
, i.e Eq.(10.2).
G B
gi G [Sm ]
3
p p
n
(GG )B
p g
GG
p
G
p
Figure 10.1: Volume transformation using volume formation factors.
It follows from Eq.(10.2) that,
B
gi
B
g
= 1−
G
p
G
. (10.3)
Using the equation of state for a real gas pV = znRT, and assuming isothermal conditions
of production one can obtain the relations,
B
gi
=
V
i
V
n
=
p
zT
n
zT
p
i
and
10.3 A general oil reservoir 157
B
g
=
V
p
V
n
=
p
zT
n
zT
p
p
,
where the indices i and p refer to the initial and current pressures respectively .
Eq.(10.3) can now be written,
p
z
=
p
z
i
1−
G
p
G
. (10.4)
Using Eq.(10.4), p/z vs. cumulative gas production exhibits a straight line trend, allowing
us to estimate the resources of gas, as shown in Fig. 10.2. Two important characteristics are
displayed by plotting the data as shown in the ﬁgure. When the data follows a linear trend, this
serves as a proof for the assumption of no or negligible water inﬂux during gas production and
that the main driving force behind the production is gas expansion. Secondly, when a straight
line is ﬁtted through the data, the intersection point with the xaxis gives us an estimate for
initial gas in place, G.
G
G
p
0
p
z
( )
i
Figure 10.2: Gas reservoir exhibiting a straight line trend in p/z vs.
cumulative gas production.
10.3 A general oil reservoir
In a general oil reservoir, hydrocarbons will be represented as oil and/or gas. Dependent on
the composition of the ﬂuid, reservoir temperature and initial pressure, there may exist a gas
cap above the oil zone, as schematically indicated in Fig. 10.3. The gas in the gas cap is in
equilibrium with the oil in the oil zone and the volume part of the reservoir occupied by gas
relative to oil is constant.
The following nomenclature is used in the derivation of the material balance equation:
HCPV: Part of pore volume occupied by hydrocarbons.
N: Resources of oil (initial oil in place) inSm
3
.
m: Ratio between the resources of gas in the gas cap and resources of oil in the oil zone
measured at reservoir conditions.
158 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
Gas cap
Oil zone
Oil zone
mNB
oi
(Rm )
3
NB
oi
(Rm )
3
Gas cap
C
B
A
Initial reservoir
conditions
Current reservoir
conditions
A, B, C  produced volumes
Figure 10.3: Oil reservoir with a gas cap: Illustration of material bal
ance.
mNB
oi
: Resources of gas (initial gas in place) inRm
3
.
N
p
: Volume of oil produced in Sm
3
.
Production from the oil reservoir (with a gas cap, see Fig. 10.3) is explained as expansion
of the oil zone, volume  A, expansion of the gas cap, volume  B and as expansion of initial
water present plus reduction of pore volume due to expansion of reservoir formation matrix and
possible reduction of bulk volume, volume  C. In dealing with the development of the material
balance equation, it is therefore convenient to break up the expansion term into its components.
Note that we are here considering underground withdrawal of hydrocarbon ﬂuids, measured in
Rm
3
.
A1: Expansion of oil.
A2: Expansion of originally dissolved gas.
B: Expansion of gas cap gas.
C: Reduction in HCPV due to expansion of connate water and reduction of pore volume.
Reservoir expansion is equal to production, hence: ∆V
prod
= A1 + A2 + B + C.
10.3.1 A1: Expansion of oil
The oil (liquid phase) expansion at reservoir condition can be deﬁned as,
V
o
(p) −V
o
(p
i
) =∆V
o
(p).
Here V
o
(p
i
) is the oil volume at initial conditions andV
o
(p) is the volume of the oil initial in
place at pressure p, see Fig. 10.4. ∆V
o
is the volume oil produced at reservoir pressure p.
10.3 A general oil reservoir 159
p p
i
∆V
o
V
o
Figure 10.4: Expansion of oil at reservoir pressure.
Oil expansion is written,
∆V
o
= N B
o
−N B
oi
= N(B
o
−B
oi
), (10.5)
where ∆V
o
is measured in Rm
3
. N is the initial oil in place [Sm
3
] and is deﬁned; N =V
p
(1−
S
w
)/B
oi
, where S
w
is the average water saturation andV
p
the pore volume.
10.3.2 A2: Expansion of originally dissolved gas
At initial conditions oil and gas in the gas cap are in mutual equilibrium . Reducing the pressure
below the bubble point pressure, p
b
will cause the liberation of solution gas.
The total amount of solution gas in the oil is NR
si
, measured in surface volumes. The
amount of gas still dissolved in the oil at current reservoir pressure and temperature isNR
s
,
also in surface volumes. Therefore, the gas volume liberated during the pressure drop, fromp
i
to p, is,
NR
si
−NR
s
= N(R
si
−R
s
).
This gas volume is measured at surface condition, but since we want to express all expanded
volumes at reservoir condition, we have to multiply the surface volume by the volume factor
for gas at reservoir pressure, i.e. B
g
,
∆V
og
= N(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
. (10.6)
10.3.3 B: Expansion of gas cap gas
The expansion of gas cap gas follows the same principle as observed for the expansion/production
of dry gas given by Eq.(10.2),
GB
gi
= (G−G
p
)B
g
.
The total volume of the gas cap as part of the oil volume in the reservoir, measured at
reservoir condition,
GB
gi
= mNB
oi
.
The gas production at current reservoir pressure is then,
160 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
G
p
B
g
=
mNB
oi
B
gi
(B
g
−B
gi
).
The expansion of the gas cap (in reservoir volumes) is therefore written,
∆V
gg
= mNB
oi
B
g
B
gi
−1
. (10.7)
10.3.4 C: Reduction in HCPV due to expansion of connate water and reduction
of pore volume
Reduction in HCPV due to expansion of connate water and reduction of pore volume is in
practice equal to the increased production by the same volume. Expansion of connate water
and reduction of pore volume are controlled by the compressibility of water and pore volumes,
i.e. c
w
and c
p
.
The HCPV compressibility as the compressibility for connate water and formation matrix
are deﬁned in accordance with the general law of thermal compressibility,
c =
1
V
∆V
∆p
⇒ ∆V = cV∆p,
where the absolute volume change in the HC pore space due to expansion of connate water and
reduction of pore volume is,
∆V
HCPV
=∆V
w
+∆V
p
.
∆V
w
and ∆V
p
are the volume changes due to expansion of connate water and that due to
reduction in pore volume, respectively.
Using the deﬁnition of compressibility, we get,
∆V
HCPV
= c
w
V
w
∆p+c
p
V
p
∆p.
From previous considerations, we found that: V
w
= S
w
V
p
and V
p
=V
HCPV
/(1−S
w
) and we
get,
∆V
HCPV
=V
HCPV
c
w
S
w
+c
p
1−S
w
∆p,
where the pore volume compressibility is; c
p
= (c
b
−(1+φ)c
r
)/φ and V
HCPV
=V
o
+V
g
=
NB
oi
+mNB
oi
= (1+m)NB
oi
.
The volume expansion due to initial water and reduction in the pore volume, gives the
expansion of the HCPV or volume C,
∆V
HCPV
= (1+m)NB
oi
c
w
S
w
+c
p
1−S
w
∆p. (10.8)
10.4 The material balance equation 161
10.3.5 Production terms
The production of oil and gas at surface conditions is, N
p
+G
p
. The expansion volumes,
A1, A2, B and C, are measured at reservoir conditions. In order to compare the two types of
volumes, we have to transform the production volumes to reservoir volumes, i.e. N
p
B
o
+G
p
B
g
.
Using the relation between gas and oil produced at standard condition, Eqs.(9.1) to (9.4),
G
p
= (R−R
s
)N
p
,
where R is the gasoil ratio (GOR) and R
s
is the solution gasoil ratio.
We can now write the overall production term as,
∆V
prod
= N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
]. (10.9)
10.4 The material balance equation
Combining Eqs.(10.5) to (10.9) we can write the material balance equation for a general oil
reservoir,
N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
] = NB
oi
¸
(B
o
−B
oi
) +(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
B
oi
+
m(
B
g
B
gi
−1) +(1+m)(
c
w
S
w
+c
p
1−S
w
)∆p
+(W
e
−W
p
)B
w
. (10.10)
(W
e
−W
p
)B
w
on the righthand side of Eq.(10.10) accounts for water inﬂux into the reservoir
and production of water, respectively.
It is important to notice under which circumstances the material balance equation is devel
oped. The equation gives a static representation of the reservoir and does not include any terms
describing the energy loss in the reservoir due to ﬂuid ﬂow behaviour. The following features
of the MBE should be noted:
• MBE generally exhibits a lack of time dependence although the water inﬂux has a time
dependence.
• Although the pressure only appears explicitly in the water and pore volume compress
ibility terms, it is implicit in all the other terms of Eq.(10.10) since the PVT parameters
B
o
, R
s
and B
g
are functions of pressure. The water inﬂux is also pressure dependent.
• Eq.(10.10) is evaluated, in the way it was derived, by comparing the current volumes at
pressure p to the original volumes at p
i
. Note that the material balance equation is not
evaluated in a stepwise or differential fashion.
10.5 Linearized material balance equation
The linearized material balance equation is particular interesting in connection with reservoir
parameter estimation. Results published in 196364 by Havlena and Odeh opened a wide range
162 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
of applications of the MBE to reservoir engineering [33, 34]. The linear form of equation
(10.10) is,
F = N(E
o
+mE
g
+E
c
) +W
e
B
w
, (10.11)
where the following deﬁnitions are used:
The underground withdrawal:
F = N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
] +W
p
B
w
Expansion of oil and its originally dissolved gas:
E
o
= (B
o
−B
oi
) +(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
Expansion of the gas cap gas:
E
g
= B
oi
B
g
B
gi
−1
Expansion of the connate water and reduction of pore volume:
E
c
= (1+m)
c
w
S
w
+c
p
1−S
w
B
oi
∆p
Eq.(10.11) is especially important for revealing the drive mechanism of the reservoir and
for estimation of initial oil and gas.
10.6 Dissolved gas expansion drive
Fluid samples taken from an oil reservoir, indicate a reservoir pressure larger than the bubble
point pressure, i.e. p > p
b
. From this information alone, important deductions are made:
1. The reservoir ﬂuid exists in only one phase, as undersaturated oil.
2. Production is driven by expansion of undersaturated oil.
3. No gas cap can exist.
4. All produced gas comes from the oil, i.e. R
si
= R
s
= R.
5. Production of oil is controlled by compressibility of oil, water and formation.
With these restrictions in mind, a simpliﬁed material balance equation is written,
N
p
B
o
= NB
oi
¸
B
o
−B
oi
B
oi
+
c
w
S
w
+c
p
1−S
w
∆p
.
We have seen earlier that the slow decline of the volume factorB
o
, for increasing pressures
higher than the bubble point pressure, is described by the law of compressibility,
10.6 Dissolved gas expansion drive 163
c
o
=
1
V
o
∆V
o
∆p
,
where we may use the deﬁnitions; ∆p = p
i
−p, V
o
=V
on
B
oi
and ∆V
o
=V
on
(B
o
−B
oi
). Note the
notation: N =V
on
, in accordance with Fig. 9.12.
Oil compressibility is therefore written,
c
o
=
1
V
on
B
oi
V
on
(B
o
−B
oi
)
∆p
=
B
o
−B
oi
B
oi
1
∆p
, (10.12)
and the simpliﬁed material balance equation above is therefore,
N
p
B
o
= NB
oi
¸
c
o
S
o
+c
w
S
w
+c
p
1−S
w
∆p
.
By introducing a total compressibility; c
t
= c
o
S
o
+c
w
S
w
+c
p
, we may write the equation
above,
N
p
B
o
= N B
oi
c
t
1−S
w
∆p, (10.13)
and by introducing the reservoir pore volume using the expression,V
p
S
o
=N B
oi
, we may ﬁnd
a simple relation between produced oil, N
p
and observed pressure drop, ∆p given by,
N
p
=
V
p
c
t
B
o
∆p.
The linear relationship between oil production N
p
and pressure drop ∆p can be used to
estimate unknown reservoir parameters such as pore volume V
p
or total compressibility c
t
.
Fig. 10.5 shows a linear representation of the data, used to determineV
p
and c
t
.
N
p
∆p
Figure 10.5: Reservoir parameter estimation for dissolved gas ex
pansion data.
164 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
c
w
= 3 10
−6
psi
−1
p
i
= 4000 psi B
oi
= 1.2417 RB/STB
c
p
= 8.6 10
−6
psi
−1
p
b
= 3330 psi B
ob
= 1.2511 RB/STB
S
w
= 0.2
Example: Oil recovery factor at bubble point pressure
An undersaturated oil reservoir has been produced down to its bubble point pres
sure. What is the oil recovery at this time when the following parameters are
given?
From Eq.(10.13) we may write,
N
p
N
=
B
oi
B
ob
c
t
∆p
1−S
w
,
where c
t
= c
o
S
o
+c
w
S
w
+c
p
. Using Eq.(10.12) we have the total compressibility,
c
t
=
B
ob
−B
oi
B
oi
∆p
(1−S
w
) +c
w
S
w
+c
p
.
Inserting for the numbers from the table above, we ﬁnd the total compressibil
ity; c
t
= 18.24 10
−6
psi
−1
, and the relative production becomes,
N
p
N
3330psi
= 0.01516,
which gives an oil recovery at the bubble point pressure equal to 1.5%.
.
After some time with continuous production, the reservoir pressure will ﬁnally decrease
below bubble point pressure. When this happens, gas is produced in the reservoir and the
expansion of this gas will become increasingly important for the process of oil production. The
material balance equation Eq.(10.10) can now be expressed as,
N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
] = N
¸
(B
o
−B
oi
) +(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
+
c
w
S
w
+c
p
1−S
w
∆p
.
When we consider the signiﬁcance of the different expansion factors, we may assume the
gas expansion to be gradually more important than the expansion due to compressibility of
initial water and the formation. Consequently, we may neglect the compressibility term and
write the simpliﬁed material balance equation as,
N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
] ≈N[(B
o
−B
oi
) +(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
]. (10.14)
The use of this approximate equation is justiﬁed through a comparison of the different
volumes A and C in Fig. 10.3. For reservoir pressures p < p
b
, we will ﬁnd that A C in all
practical cases.
10.7 Gas cap expansion drive 165
R
si
(4000psi) = 510 SCF/STB B
g
(900psi) = 0.00339 RB/SCF
R
s
(900psi) = 122 SCF/STB B
o
(900psi) = 1.0940 RB/STB
Example: Oil recovery below the bubble point pressure
Using the same example as above, we can now calculate the oil recovery down to
a pressure p = 900psi,where the volume factors are given:
The solution gas produced in the reservoir will change the compressibility in
the reservoir drastically. The formula for gas compressibility can be given by
c
g
= 1/V(∆V/∆p), indicating a gas compressibility of c
g
·300 10
−6
psi
−1
. This
is about 15 times larger than the total compressibility at pressures above the bubble
point pressure.
From this simple consideration we may assume all compressibility terms in the
material balance equation, Eq.(10.10), to be negligible compared to the solution
gas compressibility. We may therefore use the approximation Eq.(10.14),
N
p
N
=
(B
o
−B
oi
) +(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
,
where R is the gasoil ratio (GOR).
Using the numbers from the tables above, we ﬁnd the oil recovery equal to,
N
p
N
900psi
=
344.4
R+200.7
. (10.15)
In order to numerically deﬁne the oil recovery, information about the GOR is
necessary. On the other hand it is quite obvious that oil recovery is maximised
when R is kept as small as possible, i.e. gas should remain in the reservoir if oil
production is to be optimized.
.
From the example above we may state an improtant production strategy for oil reservoirs,
namely that:
All production should come from the oil zone.
Since the gas is considered as the driving force in the reservoir production, it should, if
possible be produced after the oil is produced. If the gas is produced ﬁrst, we will not only
loose some of the driving force, but the oil will also be smeared out due to the withdrawal of
the gas zone. This oil, due to capillary effects, is most probably lost.
10.7 Gas cap expansion drive
The presence of a gas cap at initial conditions indicates a saturated oil in equilibrium with
the gas. As learned from the example above, production of gas should be minimised since
gas acts as the driving force behind oil production. The wells should therefore be drilled and
166 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
completed with the purposed of optimising oil production, keeping as much gas in the reservoir
as possible.
When a gas cap is discovered in connection with an oil reservoir, we can safely neglect
all terms in the material balance equation, Eq.(10.10), containing expansion of connate water
or formation matrix. In the case of gas cap expansion drive we therefore get the somewhat
simpliﬁed material balance equation,
N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
] =
NB
oi
¸
(B
o
−B
oi
) +(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
B
oi
+m(
B
g
B
gi
−1)
+(W
e
−W
p
)B
w
,
where the linearized material balance equation is,
F = N(E
o
+mE
g
) +W
e
B
w
.
If we could assume no water inﬂux during oil production, i.e. W
e
= 0, the linearized mate
rial balance equation could then be written,
F
E
o
= N +mN
E
g
E
o
, (10.16)
which clearly indicates the advantage with linearization, wheremN is the slope and N is the
constant term (N is the intersection point with the yaxis). The assumption of negligible water
inﬂux is rather plausible for reservoirs with a gas cap since the expansion of initial water and
formation matrix is small compared to the expansion of gas cap gas, unless the aquifer size is
large compared to the oil reservoir.
Example: Linearization of material balance equation
The pressure decline in a saturated oil reservoir with a gas cap is driven by ex
pansion of liberated solution gas E
o
, and gas cap expansion E
g
, as presented in
Eq.(10.16).
In order to estimate initial oil in place N, and the size of the gas cap mN, we
need to know the production data, like produced oil volume at surface condition
N
p
, in addition to the gasoil ratio R. Further information is also acquired with
respect to the different volume factors B
o
, B
g
and R
s
.
The linearized terms used in Eq.(10.16) are deﬁned as below,
F = N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
],
E
o
= (B
o
−B
oi
) +(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
,
E
g
= B
oi
(
B
g
B
gi
−1),
where we assume no water production or water inﬂux.
For an oil reservoir with a gas cap, we have the following data,
The data in the table above is plotted in Fig. 10.6 which shows a linearization ﬁt
taking into account all data points. From the ﬁgure we ﬁnd the initial oil volume
10.8 Water inﬂux 167
p [psia] F/E
o
10
6
[STB] E
g
/E
o
3150 398.8 4.94
3000 371.8 4.51
2850 368.5 4.29
2700 355.7 4.25
2550 340.6 3.99
2400 340.7 3.93
0 1 2 3 4 5
E
g
/E
o
0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
F/E
o
[STB]
Measurements
Linear fit
Figure 10.6: Extrapolation of lineraized gas cap expansion data.
Note that the units on the y axis (F/E
o
) is given in
10
6
STB.
to be N = 109.5 10
6
STB and the slope or gas cap size mN = 58.7 10
6
STB,
indicating a fractional gas cap size of m = 0.54.
.
10.8 Water inﬂux
Water inﬂux is more the rule, than the exception for normal oil and gas production, i.e. we
expect some inﬂux of water to be present in all situations where reservoir production takes
place over some period of time.
Generally we may expect the inﬂux of water to be both time and pressure dependent and
we write,
W
e
= f (p, t),
where f is some function which will depend on the reservoir and the extent and volume of the
aquifer itself.
168 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
This picture could be clariﬁed by considering a reservoir model, as shown in Fig. 10.7,
where the periphery pressure (pressure near the boundary) in the aquifer zone is equal top
e
.
The pressure difference induced, will then cause water to ﬂow into the reservoir volume. This
ﬂow will obey Darcy’s law,
q
w
=C(p
e
−p),
where C is a constant depending on the various reservoir parameters.
r
e
p
p
e
q
w
q
w
q
w
q
w
q
w
Figure 10.7: Water inﬂux from external aquifer.
The cumulative water inﬂux can be found by integrating over the time this process takes
place,
W
e
=
t
0
q
w
dt ·
∑
i
q
i
∆t
i
=C
∑
i
∆p
i
∆t
i
.
In the equation above we move from a continuous case to a discrete case by summing over
all pressure drops ∆p for all time periods ∆t.
The use of this equation is important when real data is supposed to be ﬁtted in accordance
with a material balance model. The constant C is adjusted in such a way as to secure the match
between the model and the real data.
Example: Pressure maintenance through water injection
In an attempt to maintain the reservoir pressure we may inject water into the reser
voir. Injection water rate will be proportional to the oil production rate and the
following simpliﬁed material balance equation is applied,
N
p
[B
o
+(R−R
s
)B
g
] =W
p
B
w
.
Key data for a typical oil reservoir is,
N
p
= 10000 STB B
o
= 1.2002 RB/STB R = 3000 SCF/STB
B
g
= 0.00107 RB/SCF R
s
= 401 SCF/STB
10.8 Water inﬂux 169
If pressure is maintained, we can conclude from the data above that the relation
between produced oil and injected water has to be,
W
p
= 4.0N
p
,
measured in [STB].
.
170 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
10.9 Exercises
1. The following PVTdata is used in material balance calculations.
p [psia] B
o
R
s
B
g
4000 1.2417 510 –
3500 1.2480 510 –
3330 1.2511 510 0.00087
3000 1.2222 450 0.00096
2700 1.2022 401 0.00107
2400 1.1822 352 0.00119
2100 1.1633 304 0.00137
1800 1.1450 257 0.00161
1500 1.1115 214 0.00196
1200 1.0940 167 0.00249
900 1.0940 122 0.00339
600 1.0763 78 0.00519
300 1.0583 35 0.01066
a) Find the recovery N
p
/N, when the pressure decreases from p
i
= 4000 psia to the
bubble point, p = p
b
.
Compressibility is given; c
w
= 3.0 10
−6
psi
−1
, c
p
= 8.6 10
−6
psi
−1
and connate
water saturation is S
wc
= 0.2.
b) Calculate the recovery N
p
/N for declining pressure, from p
i
= 4000 psia to p =
600 psia.
What is the gas saturation at 600psia, when R = 1000 SCF/STB ?
c) The oil rate is 10000 STB/d at pressure p = 2700 psia and the gasoil ratio is R =
3000SCF/STB.
What is the injection water rate necessary to maintain the production at p=2700
psia ? Use B
w
= 1.0RB/STB.
2. For an oil reservoir with gas cap, the water injection rate is not known. The material
balance equation with no water production is,
N =
N
p
[B
t
+B
g
(R−R
si
)] −W
i
B
w
(B
t
−B
oi
) +(B
g
−B
gi
)mB
oi
/B
gi
,
where B
t
= B
o
+(R
si
−R
s
)B
g
and W
i
is the water volume injected given in STB.
a) Calculate the initial oil in place and the size of the gas cap when the following PVT
and production data is given.
The boiling point pressure is 1850 psia.
10.9 Exercises 171
p [psia] 1850 1600 1300 1000
R
s
[SCF/STB] 690 621 535 494
B
o
[RB/STB] 1.363 1.333 1.300 1.258
B
g
[RB/SCF] 0.00124 0.00150 0.00190 0.00250
B
t
[RB/STB] 1.363 1.437 1.594 1.748
ρ
o
[psi/ft] 0.3014 0.3049 0.3090 0.3132
N
p
[STB] – 3.1 10
8
5.5 10
8
5.9 10
8
R [SCF/STB] – 1100 1350 1800
W
i
[STB] – 1.594 10
8
2.614 10
8
3.12 10
8
Water saturation is 0.24, porosity is 0.17 and the water volume factor is approxi
mately 1.0 RB/STB.
b) Geological information indicates that the reservoir could be approximated to a right
circular cone. Calculate the height of the cone when the pressure at the bottom
level of the oil zone (cone) is 1919 psia ( –the wateroil contact). [Volume of a
right circular cone is πr
2
h/3].
3. Deﬁne an expression giving the gasoil ratio, GOR [SCF/STB] in a reservoir with super
critical gas saturation.
Find the GOR using the following data;
µ
o
=0.8 cp B
o
=1.363 RB/STB
µ
g
=0.018 cp B
g
=0.001162 RB/SCF
k
o
=1000 mD R
s
= 500 SCF/STB
k
g
=96 mD
4. The data in the table below is taken form an oil reservoir.
p N
p
R B
o
R
s
B
g
[psia] [10
6
STB] [SCF/STB] [RB/STB] [SCF/STB] [RB/SCF]
3330 – – 1.2511 510 0.00087
3150 1.024 1050 1.2353 477 0.00092
3000 1.947 1060 1.2222 450 0.00096
2850 2.928 1160 1.2122 425 0.00101
2700 – – 1.2022 401 0.00107
a) First, assume there is no gas cap present and the production mechanism is dissolved
gas drive. Estimate the initial oil volume in the reservoir.
b) Estimate oil production at p = 2700 psia, by a method of comparing R, calculated
from the material balance equation and secondly calculated from the GOR– equa
tion (as done in Exercise 1),
R = R
s
+
k
g
k
o
B
o
µ
o
B
g
µ
g
.
A relation k
g
/k
o
exists experimentaly and the gas saturation dependency has been
established:
172 Chapter 10. Material Balance Equation
log(k
g
/k
o
) = 34.5 S
g
−2.54,
where S
wc
=0.30, µ
o
=1.0 cp and µ
g
=0.1 cp.
c) Data from an other well indicates the existence of a small gas cap. Calculate the
initial oil volume, in view of this new information.
Answer to questions:
1. a) 1.52%, b) 46%, 0.43, c) 39830 STB/d 2. a) 2.22 10
9
STB, 0.49, b) 738 ft, 3. 5505
SCF/STB,
4. a) 122.8 10
6
STB, b) by iteration c) 108.6 10
6
STB
Chapter 11
Well Test Analysis
11.1 Introduction
In order to optimise a development strategy for an oil or gas ﬁeld, we have to consider a reser
voir model capable of realistically predicting the dynamic behaviour of the ﬁeld in terms of
production rate and ﬂuid recovery. Such a model is constructed using geological, geophysical
and well data. The necessary parameters are obtained from direct measurements (cores, cut
tings, formation ﬂuid samples, etc.) and from interpreted data (surface seismic, well logs, well
tests, PVT analysis, etc.). While seismic data and well logs provide a static description of the
reservoir, only well testing data provide information on dynamic reservoir response. The well
test data is therefore a key element in the reservoir model construction, see Fig.11.1.
Geophysics
Interpretation
Reservoir
Engineering
Electric Log PVT, Core Well Test
Geophysical
Model
Log
Model
Well Test
Model
Reservoir Model
Measurement
Figure 11.1: Stages of reservoir modelling.
Interpretation of these data leads to individual "models" (what the geophysicist, the petro
physicist and well analyst think the reservoir looks like). A brief understanding of the fun
damental aspects of well testing is necessary in order to incorporate dynamic well test data
into the reservoir model and it is the function of the reservoir engineer to incorporate these
173
174 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
individual models into a cohesive reservoir model [50].
In the initial phase of well tests, pressure measurements are dominated by wellbore storage
effects. During this time, ﬂuid contained in the wellbore and its direct connected volumes are
produced. Then, as the production of the reservoir ﬂuid starts, the ﬂuid near the well expands
and moves towards the area of lower pressure. This movement will be retarded by friction
against the pore walls and the ﬂuid’s own inertia and viscosity. However, as the ﬂuid moves
it will, in turn, create a pressure imbalance and this will induce neighbouring ﬂuid to move
towards the well. This process continues until the drop in pressure, created by the startup
of production, is dissipated throughout the reservoir. The tail portion of the well test data for
the test of sufﬁcient duration, is affected by the interference from other wells or by boundary
effects such as those that occur when the pressure disturbance reaches the edge of a reservoir.
From this time and onwards, the average pressure in the reservoir will decrease in a way similar
to emptying a conﬁned volume, like a tank of gas.
In this chapter we will develop simple models that can explain the measured well test data.
The models give a rather simpliﬁed and idealistic view of the reservoir, characterised by:
• isotropic and homogenous reservoir volume,
• constant porosity,  absolute permeability,  viscosity and  reservoir height (reservoir
thickness),
• test production with relative small pressure gradients, i.e. c∇p ∇p is small (compress
ibility times pressure gradient squared) ,
• horizontal radial ﬂow paths (no cross ﬂow) and
• constant ﬂow rate.
Even though these items place tight restrictions on the reservoir itself, some important
information can be extracted from the models, explaining reservoir behaviour on basis of the
well test data.
The wellbore pressure data is subdivided into three different production periods, each de
scribing characteristic well and reservoir pressure response proﬁle:
1. Wellbore storage period. Production from the wellbore and nearby cavities.
2. Semi logarithmic period. Production from an inﬁnite acting reservoir where no bound
ary effects are observed.
3. Semi steady state period. Production from a conﬁned reservoir (closed volume) where
the interference from the boundary dominates pressure decline.
11.1.1 Systems of Uunits Used in Well Test Analysis
The following systems of units are traditionally used in well test analysis: SIUnits and Field
Units, as presented in Table 11.1.
Some conversion factors mostly used in well test analysis are listed below:
11.2 Wellbore Storage Period 175
Table 11.1: System of units used in well test analysis
Parameter Nomenclature SIunits Field units
Flow rate q Sm
3
/d STB/d
Volume factor B Rm
3
/Sm
3
RB/STB
Thickness h m ft
Permeability k µm
2
mD
Viscosity µ mPas cp
Pressure p kPa psia
Radial distance r m ft
Compressibility c (kPa)
−1
psi
−1
Time t hrs hrs
1 STB/d = 0.159 Sm
3
/d
1 ft = 0.3048 m
1 mD = 0.98710
−3
µm
2
1 cp = 1 mPas
1 psi = 6.895 kPa
11.2 Wellbore Storage Period
Let us consider the initiation of well production at a constant rate at timet
0
=0. First, the ﬂuids
contained in the wellbore itself and its continuous cavities will be produced. This production is
characterised by the expansion of oil and gas in the well, deﬁned by the ﬂuid compressibility,
c
f
and the well storage volume, V
w
.
The deﬁnition of the wellbore ﬂuid compressibility is c
f
= ∆V
w
/(V
w
∆p) and the well
ﬂowrate is qB = ∆V
w
/∆t, where the pressure drop in the well is, ∆p. (B is the wellbore ﬂuid
volume factor, measured in reservoir volume pr. standard volume.)
∆p =
qB
c
f
V
w
t, (11.1)
where ∆p = p
i
−p
w
(t) is the difference between initial and wellbore pressure.
The compressibility is often redeﬁned, where the wellbore storage, c
ws
= c
f
V
w
is used to
characterise particular wells.
Example: Wellbore storage effect
A well has a certain volume capacity for ﬂuids. A real well, with an average well
radius of r
w
= 0.1m, at a well depth of H = 2000m has a volume V
w
, accessible to
ﬂuids close to 17 m
3
.
176 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
t, hrs
10 10 10 10
3 2 1 0
Slope = 1
l
o
g
(

)
p
p
i
w
f
Figure 11.2: Logarithmic analysis of the pressure drawdown data at
early times of well testing, i.e. in the wellbore storage
period
If well production is measured in standard cubic meter pr. day [Sm
3
/d] and
time in hours [hr], the well pressure is then given by,
p
i
−p
w
=
qB
24c
ws
t,
and the logarithmic pressure difference can be given by,
log(p
i
−p
w
(t)) = log(t) +log
qB
24c
ws
,
where p
w
is the wellbore pressure.
The latter equation, in a logarithmic scale, exhibits the linear relation between
time and pressure drop. This straight line behaviour seen in Fig. 11.2, has a slope
equal to unity.
The technique of using loglog plots is commonly used in well test analysis for
model recognition, but also as here, for estimation of the wellbore storage constant
c
ws
:
c
ws
=
qB
24(p
i
−p
w
(1hr))
, (11.2)
with p
w
(1 hr) picked from the unit slope line.
.
When the well is opened (shutin) to ﬂow, it is opened at the surface. Due to the wellbore
storage, where the well itself contains a certain volume of compressible ﬂuid, there is a delay
in a ﬂowrate response at the sandface (bottom of the well), as seen in Fig. 11.3. This effect
must be incorporated into the interpretation model of the pressure test data.
11.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 177
q
t
t ∆
Sandface
flow rate
Surface flow rate
∆t
q
t
Sandface
flow rate
t
p
Surface flow rate
∆t
Figure 11.3: The wellbore storage effect on ﬂowrate during the
drawdown (left) and build up tests (right).
11.3 Semi Logarithmic Period
In this section we will focus our attention on what happens in the reservoir when the ﬂuid is
drawn towards the well due to the pressure drop in the wellbore. We shall develop a theory for
ﬂuid ﬂow in a cylindrical and somewhat idealistic reservoir (see introductory remarks). The
production proﬁle in this period is characterised by a semi logarithmic pressure dependence,
hence the title of this section.
11.3.1 Diffusivity Equation
Transport of oil in porous media is generally described by the law of continuity and Darcy’s
law. If we consider a volume element, as shown in Fig.11.4, we may deﬁne the ﬂow of oil in
the xdirection by the equations,
d(ρv
x
)
dx
= −
∂(φρ)
∂t
,
v
x
= −
k
µ
dp
dx
.
where ρ is density, φ is porosity, µ is viscosity, k is permeability and v
x
is ﬂow velocity in
xdirection.
Using an independent coordinate system, we may write the same equations as,
∇ (ρv) = −
∂(φρ)
dt
,
v = −
k
µ
∇p,
Substituting these two equations gives us,
∇
ρ
k
µ
∇p
=
∂(φρ)
∂t
. (11.3)
178 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
v
x
v
x+ x ∆
x x
x+ x ∆
p
x
p
x+ x ∆
Figure 11.4: Flow of oil in the xdirection through a volume element.
In accordance with an idealistic view of the reservoir, as mentioned above, we will consider
both permeability and viscosity to be constant, while oil density and reservoir porosity may
vary with pressure, i.e. ρ = ρ(p) and φ = φ(p). From these relations we can deﬁne the liquid
compressibility as well as the matrix compressibility as,
c
l
=
1
ρ
∂ρ
∂ p
and c
m
=
1
φ
∂φ
∂ p
.
Eq.(11.3) is further developed using the newly deﬁned compressibilities, c
l
and c
m
, and we
write,
c
l
∇p∇p+∇
2
p =
1
η
∂ p
∂t
, (11.4)
where η = k/(φcµ) and c = c
l
+c
m
, where c is the total compressibility.
Further simpliﬁcation of Eq.(11.4) rests on the assumption that c
l
∇p∇p <[∇
2
p[, which
is the case in almost all real cases. With this last simpliﬁcation in mind, we can write the
Diffusitivity equation (independent of coordinate systems),
∇
2
p =
1
η
∂ p
∂t
. (11.5)
The diffusitivity equation in cylindrical coordinates gives,
1
r
∂
∂r
r
∂ p
∂r
+
∂
2
∂z
2
=
1
η
∂ p
∂t
. (11.6)
With no crossﬂow in the reservoir, the linearized diffusitivity equation is written,
1
r
∂
∂r
r
∂ p
∂r
=
1
η
∂ p
∂t
. (11.7)
11.3.2 Solution of the Diffusitivity Equation
The solution of the diffusivity equation can be simpliﬁed by usingthe linear source approxi
mation implicating a zero wellbore radius. In case of a constant ﬂow rate the following Initial
and Boundary condition are deﬁned. Initial conditions are described by the pressure startup
conditions in the reservoir, while the boundary condition is deduced from Darcy’s law.
11.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 179
Initial condition:
i) p(r, 0) = p
i
, ∀r,
ii) lim
r→∞
= p
i
, ∀t.
Boundary condition:
r
∂ p
∂r
r=r
w
=
qBµ
2πhk
, ∀t > 0,
Linesource solution: lim
r→∞
r
∂ p
∂r
=
qBµ
2πhk
, ∀t. > 0
In solving the linear diffusitivity Eq.(11.7) we may use the well known Boltzmann trans
formation,
y =
r
2
4t
,
which gives the following partial derivatives:
∂r = (r/2y)∂y and ∂t =−(t/y)∂y.
When the Boltzmann transformation is applied to Eq.(11.7), the variable of time is made
implicit and the diffusivity equation is reduced to only one variable,
∂
∂y
y
∂ p
∂y
=
y
η
∂ p
∂y
. (11.8)
We may solve Eq.(11.8), by direct integration and we get,
y
∂ p
∂y
= K
3
e
−r
2
/(4ηt)
,
where K
3
is a constant that could be deﬁned, using the boundary condition for the linesource
solution, i.e. K
3
= (qBµ)/(4πhk).
Second integration of Eq.(11.8), gives the following expression,
p
i
−p(r, t) =
qBµ
4πhk
∞
r
2
/(4ηt)
e
−s
s
ds. (11.9)
The integral in Eq.(11.9) is known as the Exponential integral and is originally deﬁned as,
Ei(ξ) ≡
ξ
−∞
e
s
s
ds,
−Ei(−ξ) =
∞
ξ
e
−s
s
ds.
The general solution of the linear diffusitivity equation, Eq.(11.7), can then be presented
as,
p
i
−p(r, t) =
qBµ
4πhk
¸
−Ei
−
r
2
4ηt
, (11.10)
where η = k/(φµc).
Values of the function −Ei(−ξ) is tabulated in Table 11.2.
180 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
Table 11.2: Table of the function Ei(ξ) for 0.01 ≤ξ ≤ 10.
ξ [−Ei(−ξ)] ξ [−Ei(−ξ)] ξ [−Ei(−ξ)] ξ [−Ei(−ξ)]
0.01 4.0379 0.12 1.6595 0.35 0.7942 0.90 0.2602
0.02 3.3547 0.14 1.5241 0.40 0.7024 1.00 0.2194
0.03 2.9591 0.16 1.4092 0.45 0.6253 1.50 0.1000
0.04 2.6813 0.18 1.3098 0.50 0.5598 2.00 0.0489
0.05 2.4679 0.20 1.2227 0.55 0.5034 2.50 0.0249
0.06 2.2953 0.22 1.1454 0.60 0.4544 3.00 0.0130
0.07 2.1508 0.24 1.0762 0.65 0.4115 4.00 0.0038
0.08 2.0269 0.26 1.0139 0.70 0.3738 5.00 0.0011
0.09 1.9187 0.28 0.9573 0.75 0.3403 7.00 0.0001
0.10 1.8229 0.30 0.9057 0.80 0.3106 10.00 0.0000
11.3.3 Gas Reservoir
The general form of the basic (material balance) equation, given by Eq. (11.7), is valid for both
liquid and gas ﬂow. In the case of more compressible ﬂuids, like gases, some modiﬁcations are
necessary in order to use the diffusivity equation.
Attempting to obtain a linear type of the diffusivity equation for a highly compressible gas
ﬂow, AlHussainy, Ramey and Crawford (1966), replaced the dependent variable p by the real
gas pseudo pressure m(p) in the following manner,
m(p) = 2
p
p
b
p
µz
dp, (11.11)
where p
b
is an arbitrary (datum) pressure.
Using the equation of state for a real gas,
ρ =
Mp
zRT
,
and a pseudo pressure function m(p) from Eq.(11.11) they derived a simpliﬁed linear equation
for a real gas ﬂow:
1
r
∂
∂r
(r
∂m(p)
∂r
) =
1
η
∂m(p)
∂t
, (11.12)
which is precisely the same as Eq.(11.7) where the term p is replaced by a pseudo pressure
function m(p).
It follows from Eq.(11.12) that the behaviour of m(p) vs. time in gas well testing should
have identical trends as pressure vs. time in oil well testing. This fact is commonly used in a
gas well test analysis.
11.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 181
11.3.4 The Solution of the Diffusitivity Equation in Dimensionless Form
In connection with model recognition and practical application of the well test data it is quite
often advantageous to plot the measured data in such a way as to initially compare it with
a standard and well known function. It is therefore convenient to introduce dimensionless
variables, such as,
r
D
=
r
r
w
,
t
D
=
kt
φµcr
2
w
,
p
D
=
2πhk
qBµ
[p
i
−p(r, t)].
Depending on the units preferred; standard or ﬁeld units, the above normalisation can be
written,
SI units:
r
D
=
r
r
w
, t
D
=
0.0036kt
φµcr
2
w
and p
D
=
πhk
1.842qBµ
[p
i
−p(r, t)],
Field units:
r
D
=
r
r
w
, t
D
=
0.000264kt
φµcr
2
w
and p
D
=
πhk
141.2qBµ
[p
i
−p(r, t)],
Using dimensionless variables for the solution of the linear diffusivity equation, as pre
sented in Eq.(11.10), we get,
p
D
(r
D
, t
D
) =−
1
2
Ei
−
r
2
D
4t
D
, (11.13)
where the factor 1/2 in front of the exponential function is of purely historical reasons, related
to the presentation of semi logarithmic data.
11.3.5 Wellbore Pressure for Semi Logarithmic Data
The wellbore pressure (r
D
= 1) is given by,
p
wD
(t
D
) =−
1
2
Ei
−1
4t
D
.
From mathematical tables we have the following approximation,
−Ei(−ξ) =
∞
ξ
e
−s
s
ds ≈(−lnξ −γ) +ξ −
ξ
2
2 2!
+
ξ
3
3 3!
− ,
where γ ·0.5772157 is Euler’s constant.
The interesting question now is related to the validity of the approximation: −Ei(−ξ) ≈
−lnξ −γ, i.e.
p
wD
(t
D
) =−
1
2
Ei
−
1
4t
D
≈−
1
2
ln
1
4t
D
+γ
. (11.14)
182 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
We may write the dimensionless wellbore pressure as,
p
wD
(t
D
) ≈ −
1
2
(ln1−ln4−lnt
D
+γ),
≈
1
2
(lnt
D
+0.80907),
where the next term in the series expansion of Eq. (11.14), is 1/(4t
D
), is thought to be insignif
icant.
In order to check the accuracy of this approximation we may look at the relative importance
of the next term not included in the approximation Eq.(11.14), i.e.
Error =
1/(4t
D
)
lnt
D
+0.80907
. (11.15)
If we assume the dimensionless time; t
D
≥25, then we would expect the Error always to
be less then 0.25 %.
In order to illustrate the implication of the restrictiont
D
≥25, we can consider the constraint
on time (in hours), for a "typical" oil reservoir with the following parameters (in ﬁeld units),
k = 100 mD φ = 25 % µ = 1.0 cP
c = 5 10
−6
psi
−1
r
w
= 1 ft
Using the deﬁnition of the dimensionless time in ﬁeld units from above, we ﬁnd that the
real time that passes before the approximation, Eq.(11.14) is valid, is not more than 0.0012 hrs,
or 4.3 seconds. We therefore conclude that the error done in applying the approximation in
Eq.(11.14), is insigniﬁcant for all practical purposes.
In cases where the pressure drop observed in one well is induced by an other well a certain
lateral distance apart from the observation well, we have to consider the restriction imposed
above very carefully. In these cases the approximation may usually not hold.
Generally we may therefore use the following approximation,
p
wD
(r
D
, t
D
) =
1
2
ln
t
D
r
2
D
+0.80907
, (11.16)
with the restriction of t
D
/r
2
D
≥25.
Example: Semi logarithmic analysis of pressure drawdown data
The wellbore pressure is given by the approximation (in dimensionless form),
p
wD
(t
D
) =
1
2
(lnt
D
+0.80907)
Using the deﬁnition of dimensionless variables, given above, we may write,
p
i
−p
w
(t) =
qBµ
2πhk
1
2
ln
kt
φµcr
2
w
+0.80907
.
Rewriting this equation using log term instead of ln and standard units,
11.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 183
p
i
−p
w
(t) =
2.1208qBµ
hk
logt +log
k
φµcr
2
w
−2.0923
,
and in ﬁeld units,
p
i
−p
w
(t) =
162.6qBµ
hk
logt +log
k
φµcr
2
w
−3.2275
.
When the well test data is presented in a semi logarithmic plot as shown in
Figure 11.5, we may use one of the two equations above in order to extract vital
information about the reservoir. In the ﬁgure, some early data originates from
the wellbore storage period and some late data originates from the period when
boundary effects starts to mask the pressure data. These data does not comply with
the straight line and should therefore be disregarded when the semi logarithmic
data is matched.
p
,
k
P
a
t, hrs
10 10 10 10 10 10
3 2 1 0 1 2
Wellbore storage
effect
Outer boundary
effect
Slope m
Figure 11.5: Pressure drawdown data.
The straight line through the semi logarithmic data points in Figure 11.5, is
deﬁned by the equation,
p(t) ∼−mlogt,
where m is the slope of the straight line. This line is compared with the model
above, and from this comparison we get the following equality (using SI  units),
m = 2.1208
qBµ
hk
.
The reservoir permeability, k could be estimated when information about reser
voir height, oil viscosity, oil volume factor and oil rate are known.
.
184 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
11.4 Semi Steady State Period
After a period of reservoir production from an inﬁnite reservoir, there comes a period of pro
duction where the inﬂuence from neighbouring wells or reservoir boundaries, such as lateral
extension, faults or sands thinning out, are going to play an increasingly important role. This
period is called the semi steady state period and a steadily decreasing reservoir pressure is
observed (decreased average pressure in a conﬁned reservoir volume). Simultaneously, the
pressure proﬁle in the reservoir is maintained unchanged.
It should be emphasised that this is an idealised model of how we think the reservoir re
sponds to boundaries effects, and as such, prudent interpretation of steady state data is highly
recommendable.
In Figure 11.6, several pressure proﬁles are plotted. At constant well production, the draw
down pressure proﬁle is assumed to be constant, i.e. ∂ p(r)/∂t = constant, in the reservoir.
p
e
p
r
w
r
e
Figure 11.6: Steady state pressure proﬁles.
Since the pressure proﬁle is assumed to be constant, we expect the diffusitivity equation to
be time independent, i.e. a constant K
1
balances the diffusitivity equation,
1
r
∂
∂r
r
∂ p
∂r
= K
1
.
Integration of the time independent diffusivity equation gives,
r
∂ p
∂r
=
1
2
K
1
r
2
+K
2
, (11.17)
where K
2
is also a constant.
The boundary conditions in the semi steady state are partly deﬁned as for the case of the
logarithmic period, but in addition we have assumed that the pressure proﬁle does not signiﬁ
cantly vary after the reservoir boundary limit is reached. At this limit, the reservoir pressure is
steadily decreasing while the pressure proﬁle is conserved.
11.4 Semi Steady State Period 185
Boundary condition in the well:
r
∂ p
∂r
r=r
w
=
qBµ
2πhk
.
Boundary condition at inﬁnite reservoir radius:
r
∂ p
∂r
r=r
e
= 0.
Using the boundary conditions to deﬁne the constantsK
1
and K
2
, and integrating Eq.(11.17)
from the well (r = r
w
), gives,
p(r) = p(r
w
) +
qBµ
2πhk
ln
r
r
w
−
1
2
r
2
r
2
e
, (11.18)
where r
e
is the radial distance to the boundary of the conﬁned reservoir, i.e. r
e
r
w
and so
r
w
/r
e
→0.
11.4.1 Average Reservoir Pressure
The average reservoir pressure is not an observable quantity. The average pressure is a weighted
function of the pressure in the whole reservoir and could be deﬁned as,
p =
r
e
r
w
pdV
r
e
r
w
dV
.
Substituting for p given by Eq.(11.18) and integrating, we ﬁnd the average reservoir pres
sure,
p = p(r
w
) +
qBµ
2πhk
ln
r
e
r
w
−
3
4
, (11.19)
Eq.(11.19) gives the average pressure in a cylindrical reservoir with an outer radius equal
to r
e
and where the well is located in the centre. In real cases, however, the reservoir shape is
seldom cylindrical and more so, the well position is most frequently off centred. In these real
cases we may not use Eq.(11.19) directly. Instead a slight modiﬁed version given by Eq.(11.20)
is used, where A is the top area of the reservoir andC
A
is a parameter characterising the shape
and relative position of the well.
The average pressure for a general reservoir is then written,
p = p(r
w
) +
qBµ
2πhk
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
, (11.20)
where γ is Euler’s constant.
In the case of a cylindrical reservoir, with a centred well location, i.e. A = π(r
2
e
−r
2
w
), we
ﬁnd the shapefactor C
A
·4πe
(3/2−γ)
= 31.6206 (Dietz,1965).
186 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
11.4.2 Well Skin Factor
When a well is drilled it is always necessary to have a positive differential pressure acting from
the wellbore to the formation to prevent inﬂowof the reservoir ﬂuids (blowout). Consequently,
some of the drilling ﬂuid penetrates the formation and particles suspended in the mud can
partially penetrate the pore spaces, reducing permeability, and creating a socalleddamaged
zone next to the wellbore.
Assuming modiﬁcation of the permeability in the damaged zone (r
w
< r < r
s
) is k
s
, and
within the rest of the reservoir (r
s
< r < r
e
) is k, as shown in Fig. 11.7.
p
e
p
s
p
wf
r
e
r
s
r
w
Figure 11.7: Skin effect caused by formation damage.
For the steady state inﬂow we can write the following equations for a cylindrical reservoir
with a centred well, as stated for formation beds in series,
p
s
−p
w
≈
qBµ
2πk
s
h
ln
r
s
r
w
,
p
e
−p
s
≈
qBµ
2πkh
ln
r
e
r
s
.
Note the approximation made due to the fact that r
e
r
w
and r
e
r
s
.
The total pressure drop from the wellbore through the reservoir is given by,
p
e
−p
w
= p
e
−p
s
+ p
s
−p
w
=
qBµ
2πkh
¸
ln
r
e
r
w
+(
k
k
s
−1)ln
r
s
r
w
, (11.21)
where the last term is called the mechanical skin factor S,
S = (
k
k
s
−1)ln
r
s
r
w
. (11.22)
Hence,
p
e
−p
w
=
qBµ
2πkh
(ln
r
e
r
w
+S), (11.23)
11.4 Semi Steady State Period 187
where the skin is a number characterising the cylindrical volume next to the wellbore.
As seen from Eq.(11.23), the skin may be associated with a characteristic pressure drop
∆p
skin
caused by the reduction in permeability in the skin zone,
∆p
skin
=
qBµ
2πkh
S. (11.24)
From this equation it is evident that when the skin S is positive, an increased pressure drop
towards the well is observed, while when S is negative the pressure drop is less than expected.
Skin is associated with the condition of reservoir permeability in the closed volume next to
the well. If the permeability in the skin zone is reduced, due to drilling or well treatments, then
the well will experience an increased pressure drop in this region while the skin is positive. If
the well, on the other hand, has a permeability higher than expected, then the skin is negative,
i.e.
• Skin factor is positive, S > 0 when k
s
< k and
• Skin factor is negative, S < 0 when k
s
> k.
11.4.3 Wellbore Pressure at Semi Steady State
The reservoir pressure development in a closed reservoir could be compared to the production
from a pressurised closed tank of oil. Production is maintained through volume expansion
where the combined compressibility of oil and reservoir rock ,c, is the important parameter.
The total compressibility of oil and reservoir rock is deﬁned by, c = −dV/(Vdp), which
can be rewritten as,
dp
dt
=−
qB
cV
,
where qB is the oil ﬂow in the reservoir andV = φAh is the reservoir pore volume.
At constant reservoir ﬂow rate, we may integrate from initial pressure, p
i
to the average
pressure p and we get the following simple relation between reservoir pressure and time,
p
i
−p(t) =
qB
cV
t. (11.25)
Combining Eq.(11.19) which describes the semi steady state analysis, with Eq.(11.25), we
get,
p
i
−p(r
w
) =
qBµ
2πhk
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
+S
+
qB
cV
t (11.26)
Note that we in Eq.(11.26) have introduced the skinS as an extra term in the equation, account
ing for a partly damaged zone around the well.
Dimensionless variables are introduced, following the same deﬁnitions as for the case of
semi steady state, with the exception of the dimensionless timet
DA
, which is deﬁned,
t
DA
=
kt
φAcµ
. (11.27)
In t
DA
dimensionless time is referenced to the reservoir drainage areaA.
188 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
Hence, Eq.(11.26) can be rewritten using dimensionless variables and we get,
p
wD
=
2πt
DA
+
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
+S
. (11.28)
11.5 Wellbore Pressure Solutions
To this time we have developed the pressure function for the three periods of reservoir produc
tion, referring to the wellbore storage period, the semi logarithmic period and the semi steady
state period, as if they were independent sequences reservoir production. In reality, well test
data, originating from the different periods are not easily distinguishable and quite a lot of
effort is spent identifying which data belongs to which period of production.
Summing up what we already know, we may write the following three pressure equations,
Well storage period:
p
i
−p
w
=
qB
c
ws
t.
Semi logarithmic period:
p
i
−p
w
=
qBµ
2πhk
1
2
ln
kt
φµcr
2
w
+0.80907+2S
.
Semi steady state period:
p
i
−p
w
=
qBµ
2πhk
2πk
φAcµ
t +
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
+S
.
Using the following set of dimensionless variables,
SI units:
r
D
=
r
r
w
, t
DA
=
0.0036kt
φAcµ
, p
D
=
hk
1.842qBµ
(p
i
−p(r, t)),
Field units:
r
D
=
r
r
w
, t
DA
=
0.000264kt
φAcµ
, p
D
=
hk
141.2qBµ
(p
i
−p(r, t),
we get the three wellbore pressure equations in dimensionless form,
Well storage period:
p
WS
wD
=
A
c
D
t
DA
, where c
D
=
c
st
2πhφc
.
Semi logarithmic period:
p
SL
wD
=
1
2
ln
4A
r
2
w
e
γ
t
DA
+2S
.
Semi steady state period:
p
SS
wD
=
2πt
DA
+
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
+S
.
11.5 Wellbore Pressure Solutions 189
11.5.1 Transition Time Between Semi Logarithmic Period and Semi Steady State
Period
The difﬁculties in recognising the semi logarithmic data is primarily related to identiﬁcation
of the time when the wellbore pressure, changes from being semi logarithmic to being semi
steady state dominated.
p
wD
p
wD
SL
p
wD
SS
t
DA
semi
logaritmic state
semi
steady state
Figure 11.8: Transition between semi logarithmic period and semi
steady state period.
Since the wellbore pressure development in the two periods are principally different, as
seen in the Fig.11.8, we may deﬁne the transient time when one period is followed by the
other, by the minimum pressure difference min¦p
SS
wD
−p
SL
wD
¦, such that
d(p
SS
wD
(t
DA
) −p
SL
wD
(t
DA
))
dt
DA
= 0.
Carrying out the derivation we ﬁnd the transition time, t
DA
= 1/(4π), which can be transferred
to real time by using the deﬁnition of dimenisonless time.
11.5.2 Recognition of Semi Logarithmic Data
Appropriate plotting of the well test data is an important tool in the process of differentiating
the different reservoir production periods.
In a linearlinear plot as shown in Fig. 11.9, we can identify the semi logarithmic data,
following a non linear time development. For real data, such identiﬁcation could be rather
difﬁcult to perform and therefore of less practical importance.
The purpose of plotting data is partly to be able to identify the different production periods,
but equally important, to facilitate quantitative data analysis. This analysis is mainly performed
by plotting the interesting data linearly, i.e. data plotted as a straight line. This technique is
shown in Fig. 11.10 where we have plotted the semi logarithmic data as shown in Fig. 11.9, in
a linearlog plot. The semi logarithmic data is plotted as a straight line and from the slope of
this line, we can get important reservoir information.
190 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
p
wD
p
wD
SL
p
wD
SS
p
wD
WS
t
DA
1/4π
Figure 11.9: Linearlinear plot of well test data..
p
wD
p
wD
SL
p
wD
SS
p
wD
WS
log(t )
DA
1/4π
Figure 11.10: Linearlog plot of well test data.
11.6 Exercises
1. Claculate the dimensionless time t
D
for the following cases,
a) with data:
φ = 0.15 r = 10cm
µ = 0.3cp t = 10s
c = 15 10
−5
atm
−1
k = 0.1D
b) with data: φ, µ and c as above and
r = 10cm t = 1000s k = 0.01D
2. Find the exponential intergrals and pressure drops for the following cases,
a) with data:
φ = 0.12 r = 10cm
µ = 0.7cp t = 1s
c = 10 10
−5
atm
−1
k = 0.05D
h = 2400cm q = 10000cm
3
/s
11.6 Exercises 191
b) with data: φ, µ, c and h as above and
r = 30000cm t = 24h
3. In a reservoir at initial pressure, a well with a ﬂow rate of 400 STB/D is shutin. The
reservoir is characterised by the following parameters:
k= 50 mD φ = 0.3 c= 10 10
−6
psi
−1
h= 30 ft µ = 3.0 cp B
o
= 1.25 RB/STB
r
w
= 0.5 ft
a) At what time, after the shutin, will the approximationEi(−x) =−ln(xe
γ
) be valid
? (Eulers constant γ=0.5772.
b) What is the pressure drawdown in the well after 3 hours of production?
c) For how long must the well produce, at constant ﬂow rate, until a pressure drop of
1 psi is observed in a neighbouring well 2000 f t away?
4. Use the diffusivity equation,
3
∑
i=1
d
dx
i
ρ
dp
dx
i
=
φµ
k
dρ
dt
,
and the expression for the compressibility at constant temperature,
c =
1
ρ
dρ
dp
,
to derive the diffusivity equation for one phase liquid ﬂow. (Assume the liquid com
pressibility to be small and constant for the pressures in mind.) Show that:
3
∑
i=1
d
2
p
dx
2
i
=
φµc
k
dp
dt
.
5. For a reservoir at initial pressure with 3 wells (W1, W2 and W3) where W1 is an obser
vation well, the following data is given:
P
i
= 4483 psia B
o
= 1.15 RB/STB h=30 ft
k
o
= 7.5 mD S
o
= 0.80 c
o
= 8.0 10
−6
psi
−1
µ
o
= 1.15 cp S
w
= 0.20 c
w
= 3.0 10
−6
psi
−1
c
f
= 4.0 10
−6
psi
−1
r
w
= 0.276 ft
Use the total compressibility c
t
= S
o
c
o
+S
w
c
w
+c
f
in the calculations.
A pressure drop of 4439 psi is observed in well W1 after 1600 hours of production at a
constant ﬂow rate of 190 STB/D from well W2 and after 1550 hours of production of 80
STB/D from W3. Well W2 is located 2000 f t north of W1 and W3 is 1900 f t west of
W1.
Estimate the average reservoir porosity between the wells.
192 Chapter 11. Well Test Analysis
Answers to questions:
1. a) 1481, b) 14815, 2. a) 4.895, b) 0.62, 3. a) 15.4 s, b) 51.3 bar, c) 227 hr, 5. 0.175
Chapter 12
Methods of Well Testing
12.1 Pressure Tests
Well testing has become a widely used tool for reservoir characterisation and parameter identi
ﬁcation. The development of well testing has accelerated from rudimentary productivity tests
into a powerful technique which is strengthening the understanding of complex reservoir char
acteristics. Analysis of pressure trends enables us to evaluate several important reservoir pa
rameters and to appraise the drainage zone.
Pressure tests are classiﬁed in accordance with their operation.
• Pressure drawdown test (Fig. 12.1,upper left): The well is opened to ﬂow at a constant
rate causing pressure drawdown.
• Pressure buildup test (Fig. 12.1,upper right): Production of constant ﬂow rate well is
shutin, causing pressure buildup.
• Falloff test (Fig. 12.1,lower left): Injecting at constant rate and injection well shutin,
causing pressure falloff.
• Multiple rate (Fig. 12.1,lower right): Well tested at different ﬂow rates, each lasting until
the ﬂowing pressure stabilises. This is followed by a shutin period, which again lasts
until the pressure stabilises.
Drawdown and buildup tests are the two most common types of well tests and the selection
of which one to use depends on the practical ﬁeld requirements.
A drawdown test simply involves ﬂow rate measurements and pressure decline in a ﬂowing
well. In a conventional drawdown test, the well is ﬁrst shutin until wellbore pressures stabilise,
and then opened and produced at a steady rate while the pressure decrease within the well bore
is monitored.
Unfortunately, ﬂowrates are still measured at the surface in most well tests. Such ﬂowrates
do not reﬂect the true downhole conditions as they are considerably affected by wellbore stor
age, ﬂuid segregation and gas liberation. This poses a problem as well testing theory requires
downhole ﬂow rates.
Buildup tests are basically the opposite of drawdown tests. Instead of measuring pressures
in a ﬂowing well, as in drawdown testing, the well is shutin and the increase or buildup in
193
194 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
q
t
t
0
0
p
q
t
t
0
0
p
q
t
t
0
0
p
q
t
t
0
0
p
Figure 12.1: Methods of well testing.
pressure is monitored. Nevertheless, as with drawdown tests, buildup tests are still affected
by wellbore storage effects during the initial stages or "early time"part of the test. Therefore
pressure readings taken from the beginning of the test has to be ignored and all analysis is done
on the later part of the pressure response, even though it has been realised that this discarded
early time data contains a considerable amount of information.
In practice, it is not so easy to carry out a "pure" drawdown or buildup test as the produc
tion schedule prior to the test, is usually complex. For example, a DrillStem Test (DST) is per
formed by carrying out a series of buildup and drawdown tests in relatively quick succession.
The observed pressure buildup/drawdown response, within a given time, incorporates all the
pressure transient effects caused by every previous stepchange in production rate. However,
multiple rate tests are not as simple as it might appear, while it relies on additional reservoir in
formation as well as complex interpretation of pressure data using analysis based on theoretical
models.
12.2 Pressure Drawdown Test
Drawdown test analysis are done by direct application of the wellbore pressure solutions, pre
sented in the previous chapter.
12.2 Pressure Drawdown Test 195
A plot of pressure versus the log of time (p, log(t)), will show the radial ﬂow solution as a
straight line, see Fig. 12.2. This fact provides us with an easy and seemingly precise graphical
procedure for interpretation of the pressure data. The slope and intercept of the portion of the
curve forming a straight line is used for permeability and skin factor calculations.
The early portion of the data is unfortunately, distorted by wellbore storage and skin effects
as indicated in Fig. 12.2. Well tests have therefore to be made long enough to overcome both
effects and to produce a straight line in a semi logaritmic plot.
But even this approach presents drawbacks. Sometimes more than one "apparent" straight
line appears and analysis ﬁnds it difﬁcult to decide which one to use. An alternative straight
line could be the signature of a fault located near the well.
The latter portion of the pressure transient is affected by the interference from other wells
or by boundary effects such as those that occur when the pressure response reaches the edge of
the reservoir.
12.2.1 Pressure Drawdown Test Under Semi Logarithmic Conditions
From the previous chapter in section "Wellbore pressure solutions", we may formulate the semi
logarithmic pressure solutions inSIunits and Fieldunits as:
SIunits:
p
w
= p
i
−2.1208
qBµ
kh
(logt +log
k
φµcr
2
w
−2.0923+
S
1.151
). (12.1)
Fieldunits:
p
w
= p
i
−162.6
qBµ
kh
(logt +log
k
φµcr
2
w
−3.2275+
S
1.151
). (12.2)
p
,
k
P
a
t, hrs
10 10 10 10 10 10
3 2 1 0 1 2
Wellbore storage
effect
Outer boundary
effect
Slope m
Figure 12.2: Semilogarithmic plot of pressure drawdown test data.
196 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
In Fig. 12.2 we recognise the semi logarithmic data, as the data points being plotted on
a straight line, where m is the slope of the straight line. If we deﬁne the slope as a positive
number,
m =
(p
i
−p
w
(t
1
)) −(p
i
−p
w
(t
2
))
log(t
1
) −log(t
2
)
> 0,
we may use Eqs. (12.1) or (12.2), to deﬁne the reservoir permeability, k. The known mvalue
yields a permeability value.
SIunits: Fieldunits:
k =
2.1208qBµ
mh
[µm
2
], k =
162.6qBµ
mh
[mD].
The skin factor S is conventionally identiﬁed from the same plot, see Fig. 12.2. The linear
pressure at time t = 1 hr is used in Eqs. (12.1) or (12.2) and the skin is directly calculated.
(Note that p
w
(1hr) in the equations below, is a data point on the straight line which needs not
necessarily correspond to an observed pressure.)
SIunits:
S = 1.151
¸
p
i
−p
w
(1hr)
m
−log
k
φµcr
2
w
+2.0923
.
Fieldunits:
S = 1.151
¸
p
i
−p
w
(1hr)
m
−log
k
φµcr
2
w
+3.2275
.
12.2.2 Pressure Drawdown Test Under Semi Steady State Conditions
When the pressure transient is affected by the interference from boundary effects or other
wells, the pressure curve deviates downwards from the straight line behaviour. Sometimes
such disturbances overlap with other kinds of "early time" effects like large scale reservoir
inhomogeneity, neighbouring sealing faults or other pressure disturbing zones. These effects
can completely mask the allimportant pressure response such that proper pressure analysis
becomes impossible.
Under semi steady state test conditions we are investigating a sealedoff reservoir, where
the well is producing from its own drained area. At these late times in the development of
the well test procedure we may likely observe complicated pressure data which is masked
by several effects. Semi steady state tests are therefore normally not preferred when typical
reservoir parameters like permeability, productivity and skin are estimated. The analysis of
semi steady state data is more rigorous than might possible be interpreted by the wellbore
pressure equation.
The semi steady state equation is written,
p
w
(t) = p
i
−
qBµ
2πkh
2πkt
φcµA
+
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
+S
, (12.3)
12.3 Pressure BuildUp Test 197
where the pressure is a linear function of time.
Semi steady state data is plotted as a straight line in a lineline plot, as seen in Fig. 12.3.
The asymptotic pressure value p
0
= p
w
(t = 0), in the ﬁgure, enables us to deﬁne the Dietz
shape factor C
A
. In Field Units, Eq. (12.3) can rewritten,
p
0
= p
i
−
162.6qBµ
kh
log
4A
e
γ
r
2
w
−logC
A
+
S
1.151
. (12.4)
t, hrs
0
p
w
f
,
p
s
i
p
o
Figure 12.3: Semi steady state analysis of pressure drawdown data.
12.3 Pressure BuildUp Test
In analysing drawdown data, we could directly apply the "Wellbore pressure solutions" from
the previous chapter, since pressure is decreasing with time, at constant wellbore rate. In the
case of pressure buildup, when the well is closed, the "Wellbore pressure solutions" may not be
used directly. Fortunately, the same equations can be applied since the process, the bottomhole
pressure drawdown is, in principle, similar too the process of pressure buildup.
Normally, the buildup pressure data is considered to be more reliable than the pressure
drawdown data, since the inﬂuence fromdynamical effects near the well is of lesser importance.
If a well is shutin at a certain time t, the noﬂow conditions, as shown in Fig. 12.4, can be
described by a superposition technique.
As a theoretical assumption we may consider the wellbore rate to be both positive,
+q and negative, −q, as indicated in Fig. 12.4. The noﬂow condition is obtained
when the positive and negative well rate are summed, i.e. (+q) +(−q) = 0. Con
sequently, the noﬂow condition can be described by adding the pressure solutions
for the positive ﬂow rate and the pressure solution for the negative ﬂow rate, using
the "Wellbore pressure solutions" (drawdown pressure analysis).
The technique of superposition is depicted in Fig. 12.5. At timet when the well is shutin,
the wellbore pressure is inﬂuenced by the continuos production at positive rate+q causing
the pressure to decrease. The inﬂuence by the negative rate −q is to increase the wellbore
pressure. For times greater than t, we will observe a combined pressure development caused
198 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
q
q = 0
+q
q
time
∆t t
0
Figure 12.4: Pressure buildup test. Representation of a nonﬂowing
well performance by a superposition technique.
by a decreasing pressure due to the positive well rate (−q) and a increasing pressure due to the
negative well rate (−q).
p
i
p ( t)
w
∆
p (t+ t)
w
∆
0
0
t t+∆t
∆t ∆t
∆t
∆t
t
A
A"
B
B"
Figure 12.5: Pressure formation by superposition in buildup tests.
Using wellbore pressure, we deﬁne,
p
w
(∆t): Pressure in the well after shutin.
p
w
(t +∆t): Pressure in the well given by continuos production at
positive well rate.
p
i
−p
w
(∆t): Pressure in the well given by startup of continuos
production at negative well rate (increasing pressure contribution).
12.4 Pressure Test Analysis 199
The superposition principle gives,
p
w
(∆t) = p
w
(t +∆t) + p
i
−p
w
(∆t),
where p
w
on the left side of the equallity is the well shutin pressure, whilep
w
on the right side
is the well ﬂow pressure. Using dimensionless pressures, the well shutin pressure is given,
p
i
−p
w
(∆t) =
qBµ
2πhk
[p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) −p
wD
(∆t
D
)].
If skin is included and the wellbore pressure at shutin is p
w
(∆t
D
= 0) = p
ws
, we have
p
i
−p
ws
=
qBµ
2πhk
[p
wD
(t
D
) +S].
From the above equations, we may derive the following expressions for the wellbore pres
sure.
p
w
(∆t) = p
i
−
qBµ
2πhk
[p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) −p
wD
(∆t
D
)], (12.5)
p
w
(∆t) = p
ws
+
qBµ
2πhk
[p
wD
(t
D
) −p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) + p
wD
(∆t
D
) +S], (12.6)
p
w
(∆t) = p−
qBµ
2πhk
[p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) −p
wD
(∆t
D
) −2πt
DA
]. (12.7)
Pressure buildup data is analysed using the three equations above, where Eq. (12.6) is
applied to estimate the reservoir permeability and skin, while Eq. (12.7) is used to determine
the average pressure p. Eq. (12.7) is derived on the basis of average pressure development,
where
p
i
−p =
qB
c
t
V
t =
qBµ
2πhk
2πt
DA
, t
DA
=
k
φAcµ
t.
It is important to notice that the dimensionless pressures p
D
in Eqs. (12.5) to (12.7) could
represent the equations describing both semi logarithmic period as well as semi steady state
period, i.e. depending on the analysis to be performed, we may chose which set of equations
we think will ﬁt the data best.
12.4 Pressure Test Analysis
Based on Eqs. (12.5) to (12.7), we may perform different analysis, where certain assumptions
are made about the nature of pressure test data. In the following, two examples are give on how
pressure buildup data might be analysed.
12.4.1 Miller  Dyes  Hutchinson (MDH) Analysis
In this analysis [43] we will assume that the semi logarithmic period is long enough to recognise
a straight line behaviour in a semi logarithmic plot, i.e. we need to be able to differentiate
between the three different periods, described in the previous chapter.
200 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
p
i
p(t+ t)~ p(t) ∆
t t+∆t
Figure 12.6: Pressure approximation in MDHanalysis.
Shortly after the well is shutin, at timet, we start to monitor the wellbore pressure p
w
(∆t).
For some period of time we may assumet ∆t and during this period the dimensional pressure
approximation p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) · p
wD
(t
D
) is valid, as depicted in Fig. 12.6.
Combining Eq. (12.6) and the above assumption, gives the wellbore pressure
p
w
(∆t) = p
ws
+
qBµ
2πhk
[p
wD
(∆t
D
) +S]. (12.8)
If the pressure development is assumed to have reached the semi logarithmic state, after
shutin of the well, we may write: p
wD
(∆t) = p
SL
wD
(∆t
D
), with reference to the deﬁnitions of
semi logarithmic solutions in the previous chapter.
Using the deﬁnitions of dimensionless time and pressure for semi logarithmic data, we get
the following pressure expression,
p
w
(∆t) = p
ws
+m
¸
log∆t +log
k
φµcr
2
w
−2.0923+
S
1.151
,
where m is the slope of the linearized semi logarithmic data (see Fig. 12.7) and the number
2.0923 is a conversion factor to SIunits.
SIunits or Field units depends on preference and the following deﬁnitions.
SIunits: m =
2.1208qBµ
hk
and −2.0923
Field units: m =
162.6qBµ
hk
and −3.2275
From Eq. (12.8), we ﬁnd the skin factor by direct substitution, see also Fig. 12.7,
S = 1.151
¸
p
w
(∆t = 1hr) −p
ws
m
−log
k
φµcr
2
w
+2.0923
.
The average reservoir pressure p, could be evaluated on the basis of Eq. (12.7), using the
same approximation as above, namely; p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) · p
wD
(t
D
).
p
w
(∆t) = p−
m
1.151
[p
wD
(t
D
) −p
wD
(∆t
D
) −2πt
DA
].
12.4 Pressure Test Analysis 201
p
w
p
w
( =1hr) ∆t
0.1 1 10 100
∆t
∆t =
φ µ c A
k C 0.0036
A
p
Figure 12.7: MDH analysis of semi logarithmic pressure data.
We shall now assume that the reservoir had reached its semi steady state period before or
shortly after the well was shutin. The interpretation of the different dimensionless pressures
are accordingly,
p
wD
(t
D
) = p
SS
wD
(t
D
) and p
wD
(∆t
D
) = p
SL
wD
(∆t
D
),
and the wellbore pressure is the written,
p
w
(∆t) = p−
m
1.151
[p
SS
wD
(t
D
) −p
SL
wD
(∆t
D
) −2πt
DA
],
= p−
m
1.151
¸
2πt
DA
+
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
−
1
2
ln
4∆t
D
e
γ
−2πt
DA
,
= p−
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
A
C
A
r
2
w
∆t
D
.
Using SIunits we get,
p
w
(∆t) = p−
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
φµcA
0.0036kC
A
∆t
.
If the reservoir has reached its semi steady state period before (or shortly after) the well
was shutin, the average reservoir pressure p is found by following the semi logarithmic line to
the time ∆t = φµcA/(0.0036kC
A
), as shown in Fig. 12.7, where the average pressure is,
p = p
w
∆t =
φµcA
0.0036kC
A
.
12.4.2 Matthews  Brons  Hazebroek (MBH) Analysis (Horner plot)
Following the same approach as in the above section, we have assumed the pressure difference
p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) −p
wD
(t
D
) to be small but ﬁnite, i.e.,
202 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) −p
wD
(t
D
) =
1
2
ln
t +∆t
t
. (12.9)
In practical terms, compared to MDH  analysis, this means that the well could be closed
somewhat earlier in the MBH  analysis [36]. The pressure difference is depicted in Fig. 12.8,
which points out that the time of shutin t
D
, may come earlier and further up on the pressure
decline curve. In Fig. 12.8 we have p
w
(t) ≥ p
w
(t +∆t), while for dimension less pressures
p
wD
(t
D
+∆t
D
) ≥ p
wD
(t
D
), since p
wD
∝ (p
i
−p
w
).
p
i
p(t+ t) ∆
p(t)
t t+∆t
Figure 12.8: Wellbore pressure difference at the shutin time, in
MBH  analysis.
Combining the approximation given by Eq. (12.9) and the wellbore pressure solution Eq. (12.6),
we get
p
w
(∆t) = p
ws
+
m
1.151
¸
−
1
2
ln
t +∆t
t
+ p
wD
(∆t
D
) +S
, (12.10)
where p
wD
(∆t
D
) = p
SL
wD
(∆t
D
), is considered to be in the semi logarithmic period.
Using SIunits this gives,
p
w
(∆t) = p
ws
+m
¸
−log
t +∆t
t
+log∆t +log
k
φµcr
2
w
−2.0923+
S
1.151
,
= p
ws
+m
¸
log
∆t
t +∆t
+logt +log
k
φµcr
2
w
−2.0923+
S
1.151
. (12.11)
Permeability and skin are estimated by plotting the buildup pressures p
w
(∆t) against the
time function ∆t/(t +∆t) on a semi logarithmic plot, as indicated by Eq. (12.11). The slope of
the linear data is m and hence k or kh are found by substitution. The skin is calculated at the
time ∆t = 1, where t +1 ·t is assumed, i.e.,
S = 1.151
¸
p
w
(∆t = 1hr) −p
ws
m
−log
k
φµcr
2
w
+2.0923
.
The pressure p
w
(∆t = 1) is read directly from the plot, as shown in Fig. 12.9.
12.4 Pressure Test Analysis 203
p
w
p
w
( =1) ∆t
1
10
2
10
3
10
4
10
1
p
∆
∆
t
t+ t
∆
∆
t
t+ t
1
C t
A DA
=
p
i
Figure 12.9: Horner plot. Wellbore pressure data plotted for MBH 
analysis.
The pressure approximation Eq. (12.9) may be applied in a similar way as done above, for
deﬁning the average reservoir pressure p. Substituting Eq. (12.9) in Eq. (12.7), we get
p
w
(∆t) = p−
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
t +∆t
t
+−p
wD
(∆t
D
) −2πt
DA
,
= p−
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
t +∆t
t
+ p
wD
(t
D
) −
1
2
(ln∆t
D
+0.80907) −2πt
DA
,
= p−
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
t +∆t
∆t
+ p
wD
(t
D
) −
1
2
(lnt
D
+0.80907) −2πt
DA
,
= p−
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
t +∆t
∆t
+ p
wD
(t
D
) −p
SL
wD
(t
D
) −2πt
DA
. (12.12)
If we then assume that the well is in its semi steady state at the time of shutin, i.e.
p
wD
(t
D
) = p
SS
wD
(t
D
), the we get
p
w
(∆t) = p−
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
t +∆t
∆t
−
1
2
ln
4t
D
e
γ
+2πt
DA
+
1
2
ln
4A
e
γ
C
A
r
2
w
−2πt
DA
,
= p−m
¸
log
t +∆t
∆t
A
C
A
r
2
w
1
t
D
. (12.13)
Since t
D
in Eq. (12.13) is a well deﬁned time (time of shutin), we may estimate the average
reservoir pressure as the pressure on the straight line (see Fig. 12.9) at the time,
∆t
t +∆t
=
A
C
A
r
2
w
t
D
=
1
C
A
t
DA
.
If we now assume that the well is in its semi logarithmic state at the time of shutin, i.e.
p
wD
(t
D
) = p
SL
wD
(t
D
), we then get by substitution into Eq. (12.12),
204 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
p
w
(∆t) = p
m
1.151
¸
1
2
ln
t +∆t
∆t
−2πt
DA
At the time ∆t/(t +∆t) = 1, we get
p
w
∆t
t +∆t
= 1
= p+
m
1.151
[2πt
DA
],
= p
qBµ
2πhk
¸
2π
kt
φAcµ
,
= p+
qBt
Vc
, where V = φAh (12.14)
Under semi steady state conditions we have seen that,
p
i
−p =
qBt
Vc
,
and consequently we may write,
p
w
∆t
t +∆t
= 1
= p+(p
i
−p) = p
i
.
The initial reservoir pressure is deﬁned in Fig. 12.9 on the straight line at time∆t/(t +∆t) =
1.
12.5 Exercises 205
12.5 Exercises
1. A well is tested by exploiting it at a constant rate of 1500 STB/d for a period of 100
hours. It is suspected, from seismic and geological evidence, that the well is draining
an isolated reservoir block which has approximately a 2:1 rectangular geometrical shape
and the extended drawdown test is intended to conﬁrm this. The reservoir data and the
ﬂowing bottom hole pressures recorded during the test are detailed below.
h = 20 f t c = 15 10
−6
psi
−1
r
w
= 0.33 f t µ
o
= 1cp
φ = 0.18 B
o
= 1.20RB/STB
Time p
w
Time p
w
Time p
w
(hours) (psi) (hours) (psi) (hours) (psi)
0 3500 (p
i
) 7.5 2848 50 2597
1 2917 10 2830 60 2545
2 2900 15 2794 70 2495
3 2888 20 2762 80 2443
4 2879 30 2703 90 2392
5 2869 40 2650 100 2341
a) Calculate the effective permeability and skin factor of the well.
b) Make an estimate of the area being drained by the well and the Dietz shape factor.
(after L.P.Dake)
2. A discovery well is produced for a period of approximately 100 hours proir to closure
for an initial pressure buildup survey. The production data and estimated reservoir and
ﬂuid properties are listed below.
q = 123STB/d φ = 0.2
N
p
= 500STB µ = 1cp
h = 20 f t B
oi
= 1.22RB/STB
r
w
= 0.3 f t c = 20 10
−6
psi
−1
(c
o
S
o
+c
w
S
w
+c
f
)
A = 300acers
Time p
w
Time p
w
Time p
w
(hours) (psi) (hours) (psi) (hours) (psi)
0.0 4506 1.5 4750 4.0 4766
0.5 4675 2.0 4757 6.0 4770
0.66 4705 2.5 4761 8.0 4773
1.0 4733 3.0 4763 10.0 4775
a) What is the initial reservoir pressure?
b) If the well is completed across the entire formation thickness, calculated the effec
tive permeability.
206 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
c) Calculate the value of the mechanical skin factor.
d) What is the additional pressure drop in the wellbore due to the skin?
e) If it is initially assumed that the well is draining from the centre of a circle, is it
valid to equate p
i
to the asymptotic value log(t +∆t)/(∆t) = 0?
(after L.P.Dake)
3. A reservoir has 3 wells; W1, W2 and W3. Well W1 has been producing at a constant
ﬂow rate of 120 STB/D for 70 hours and is then converted to an observation well. Well
W2, located 2500 f t straight north of well W1, is producing at a ﬂow rate of 190 STB/D.
Well W3, located 1900 f t west of W1, is producing at a rate of 80 STB/D. At the time
when well W1 was shutdown, well W2 had produced for 100 hours and well W3 for 50
hours.
Pressure data from well W1 is given in the table:
∆t [hours] 0 5 10 20 30 40 50 100 150
P
ws
[psia] 4213 4380 4413 4433 4443 4450 4455 4466 4472
∆t 200 250 300 400 500 800 1200 1500 –
P
ws
4473 4474 4478 4480 4470 4461 4448 4439 –
Additional reservoir data:
µ
o
= 0.8 cp B
o
= 1.15 RB/STB c
f
= 4.0 10
−6
psi
−1
S
o
= 0.80 S
w
= 0.20 c
o
= 8.0 10
−6
psi
−1
h = 30 ft r
w
= 0.276 ft c
w
= 3.0 10
−6
psi
−1
Assume that the pressure development in well W1 can be expressed by the formula
below:
P
ws
= P
i
−162.6
Q
1
µB
kh
log
t
1
+∆t
∆t
−70.6
Q
1
µB
kh
¸
Q
2
Q
1
Ei(x
1
) +
Q
3
Q
1
Ei(x
2
)
where
x
1
=
φµc
t
d
2
12
0.00105kt
2
x
2
=
φµc
t
d
2
13
0.00105kt
3
and where d
12
and d
13
is the distance between W1 and W2 and W1 and W3, respectively.
t
1
is the time of production for well W1.
a) Calculate the average reservoir compressibilityc
t
.
b) Estimate the initial pressure P
i
, assuming the interference between well W2 and
W3 is negligible for early pressure data.
c) Calculate the average reservoir oil permeability ,k
o
.
d) Calculate the mechanical skin, S.
e) Use the pressure observation form∆t = 1500 hours to ﬁnd the average reservoir
porosity between the wells.
12.5 Exercises 207
4. An oil well has been producing 1484 STB at a ﬂow rate of 124 STB/D, when it was shut
down. The pressure buildup data is given in the table below:
∆t [hours] 4 8 12 16 20 24
P
ws
[psia] 2857 3027 3144 3252 3283 3298
∆t 28 32 36 40 44 48
P
ws
3308 3315 3323 3331 3338 3342
Additional reservoir data:
µ = 3.2 cp B
o
= 1.21 RB/STB
h = 8.4 ft c
t
= 12 10
−6
psia
−1
φ = 0.02
a) Find the reservoir pressure at the outer boundary, P
e
.
b) Calculate the average reservoir oil permeability, k
o
.
Answers to questions:
1. a) 240 mD, b) 4.5, 2. a) 4800 psi, b) 50 mD, c) 6.0, d) 128 psi, 3. a) 11 10
−6
psi
−1
, b) 4485
psi, c) 7.6 mD, d) 3.5, e) 0.135, 4. a) 3475 psi, b)58 mD.
208 Chapter 12. Methods of Well Testing
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A short description of reservoir pressure distribution is also presented. Part III Fluid Flow in Porous Media and part IV Enhanced Oil Recovery are a collection of subjects extending the fundamental knowledge into areas of more advanced theoretical description. This chapter contains some basic concepts and deﬁnitions related to the origin. Chapter 4 introduces porosity and some examples of experimental techniques used to estimate porosity. 1 . constitutes the main content of the book. In Chapter 1 some basic deﬁnitions of gas and oil reserves are given and the methods of their evaluation. In Chapter 6. 13 and 14). part I Fundamentals and part II Reservoir Parameter Estimation Methods. This textbook. Examples of different viscosity measuring techniques are discusses and some ﬂow characteristics are mentioned. with some illustrative examples relevant to the Norwegian Continental Shelf. some additional factors affecting permeability are discussed. Chapter 2 is a brief introduction to the basics of petroleum geology. namely Material Balance (Chapter 11) and Well Testing (Chapter 12. The book contains a short introduction to important deﬁnitions for oil and gas reservoirs (Chapter 1). describing laminar ﬂuid ﬂow are derived. Measurements of gas permeability is exempliﬁed and together with laminar and turbulent gas ﬂow. habitat and trapping of petroleum In Chapter 3 some basic concepts and deﬁnitions used in Reservoir Engineering are presented.Preface The topics covered in this book represent a review of modern approaches and practical methods for analysing various problems related to reservoir engineering. The last part VProjects Exercises presents quite a few exercises of the type students are asked to solve at their examination test. and related to two important methods in Reservoir Engineering. viscosity is introduced and some basic equations. Some laboratory techniques are explained and examples of equipment are shown. are based on the course of lectures in Reservoir Engineering 1 held by the authors at the Rogaland University Centre in the period from 1989 to 1995. The two main parts of the book is related to petrophysics (Chapter 2 to 10). Modelling of ﬂuid ﬂow in porous media is presented through different examples using various mathematical techniques (Chapter 15 to 20). The subjects presented. A short deduction of Darcy’s law is given and some examples of its use is described. Classiﬁcation and description of several methods used in enhanced oil recovery are associated with examples for oil and gas ﬁelds in the North Sea (Chapter 21 to 27) The Preface contains a list of some of the most commonly used parameters and systems of units used in petroleum engineering. Permeability is introduced in Chapter 5. Some examples describing the method of error propagation are also given.
while all exercises in part III and IV are added at the end. In part III and IV. Volumefactors and other important relations are explained and examples of their use are given. Examples are related to the behaviour of porous reservoir rocks and core samples under laboratory conditions. This book does not contain complicated mathematical equations or calculus. The chapter is meant as an introduction to basic concepts of relative permeability and possibly an inspiration for further reading.2 Wettability and capillary pressure are discussed in Chapter 7. nor is the reference list intended to be a complete bibliography. Part III Fluid Flow in Porous Media gives an introduction to mathematical modelling of oil displacement by waterﬂooding. In this chapter we introduce the term surface energy to replace interfacial tension and an important relation between surface energies are derived. The Material Balance Equation is deduced in Chapter 11. Examples of two "classical" well test analysis is also included. as well as various analytical solution techniques. buildup test and combinations of the two.. like transient testing techniques. The equation is applied in several examples. Most chapters in part I and II contain several exercises. A somewhat simpliﬁed derivation of the pressure solution for three important production periods are presented. The student should know the elements of matrix and linear algebra. In Chapter 9. however some slightly more advanced mathematical formalism is used.Leverett theory and their application are presented. such as gasreservoir and oil. some basic aspects of compressibility related to reservoir rock and ﬂuids are introduced. like drawdown test. There has been no attempt made. are presented. . The book does not cover all the relevant literature. is presented in Chapter 14. Basic principles behind equations of Buckley. Use of type curves and matching techniques are shortly presented. i. probability theory and statistics. Various techniques using WAG. illustrating the concepts and methods presented. This part presents a broad classiﬁcation of models describing ﬂuid ﬂow in porous media.e. Relative permeability is introduced brieﬂy in Chapter 8. Some few exercises are included at the end of this part.reservoirs with and without a gas cap. to give a broad and consistent description of relative permeability in this book. A reference list is given at the end of the book. Examples of the effect of capillary forces are given and different experimental techniques are discussed. and also be acquainted with single and partialdifferential equations and methods of their solution. Chapter 10 lists some basic deﬁnitions and properties related to reservoir ﬂuids. Only some necessary references and key publications are included in the reference list. foams and Microbial methods are also brieﬂy described. the semilogaritmic period and the semisteady state period. describing different types of reservoirs. Dimensionless parameters are used and the set of pressure solutions are presented. Enhanced Oil Recovery is presented in part IV. Well test analysis is introduced in Chapter 12. Chapter 13 introduces some basic methods of well testing. A basic mathematical description of EOR methods are given and various methods are classiﬁed. the wellbore storage period. Examples of polymer ﬂooding is presented as well as EOR related to surfactants and different solvents. The mathematical prerequisite required are minimal. Modern well test analysis. though necessary.
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. but there is a tendency to turn to SIunits or practical SIunits. English and American units are most commonly used in the petroleum industry. the knowledge of conversion factors is practical necessary. simply due to practical reasons. although the choice of industrial units depend on company.e. metric unit is found by multiplying a given industry unit by an appropriate conversion factor. especially in the practice of the Norwegian and the other European oil companies. it is important to be conﬁdent with both systems. Metric unit = Conversion factor × Industry unit. A selection of some of the most frequently used parameters are listed in the table below. Since both set of units are widely used in the oil industry.4 Units and conversion factors The basic knowledge of units and conversion factors is absolutely necessary in reservoir engineering. Since the choice of units has been largely a question of preference. The Metric unit is seen as a practical SIunit. country or simply tradition. In this book we will use both SIunits and industrial units in explaining the theory as well as in examples and in exercises. often used in displaying data or calculations. i.
Pa Mass. atm bar lbf/in.1589873 3.54 101.09290304 6.609344 30.0 Metric unit km2 m2 m2 cm2 kPa−1 kg/m3 kg/m3 (γsg )∗ m3 /d m3 /d N mN mN km cm cm kPa kPa kPa kPa Pa kg kg K oC Compressibility. kg Temperature.589988 4046. m2 Industry unit sq mile acre sq ft sq in. Pa·s Volume.1450377 1000.489 0.856 0. psi−1 g/cm3 lbm/ft3 o API bbl/d ft3 /d lbf pdl dyne mile ft in.0 0.001 1233.894757 1.2550 0.48 2.5 Parameter (SI unit) Area.325 100.8 5/9 1.0 6.15 (o F32)/1. N Length.S.2 (psi) mm Hg (0o C) dyne/cm2 ton lbm oC oF Conversion factor 2.02831685 4.01 1.333224 0.4516 0.4535924 + 273.01846 141. kg/m3 Flow rate. m3 /s Force. K R Surface tension.5 + o API) 0. gal liter K mN/m Pa·s m3 m3 m3 dm3 dm3 ∗ Spesiﬁc gravity of oil.1589873 0.5/(131.0 16. Pa−1 Density.785412 1.02831685 0. m Pressure. m3 dyne/cm cp (poise) acreft cu ft bbl U. N/m Viscosity. .1 1000 0.448222 138.
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S. by established operating practices.1 Terminology and Deﬁnitions In the period from 1936 to 1964. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a newer set of deﬁnitions.1 shows a conceptual scheme of the oil and gas resources and reserves. In 1964. 1. They may be estimated assuming future economic conditions different from those prevailing at the time of the estimate. They were presented in a joint publication of API and the American Gas Association (AGA). Current economic conditions include prices and costs prevailing at the time of the estimate. the World Petroleum Congress issued a set of petroleum reserve deﬁnitions. the American Petroleum Institute (API) set some guiding standards for the deﬁnition of proved reserves. the U. condensate. in 1946. contractual. "Proved reserves of crude oil. natural gas. where the following deﬁnitions are used [2]: Reserves are estimated volumes of crude oil. the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recommended reserve deﬁnitions following the revised API deﬁnitions. economic or regulatory uncertainties preclude such reserves being classiﬁed as proved. natural gas liquids. and under current government regulations. 7 . under existing economic conditions. but when technical. In 1979. which included categories ranging from proved to speculative reserves [2].Chapter 1 Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves 1. Fig. and associated substances anticipated to be commercially recoverable from known accumulations from a given date forward. whereby also the SPE deﬁnitions were updated in 1981. Reserves are considered proved is commercial producibility of the reservoir is supported by actual engineering tests. Unproved Reserves are based on geological and/or engineering data similar to those used in the estimates of proved reserves. In 1983. natural gas liquids and natural gas". Reserve estimates are based on geologic and/or engineering data available at the time of estimate. The relative degree of an estimated uncertainty is reﬂected by the categorisation of reserves as either "proved" or "unproved" Proved Reserves can be estimated with reasonable certainty to be recoverable under current economic conditions.
In general. insufﬁcient to indicate whether they are more likely to be recovered than not. The estimation of reserves will depend upon the actual mode of petroleum recovery.8 Chapter 1. . Probable Reserves are less certain than proved reserves and can be estimated with a degree of certainty sufﬁcient to indicate they are more likely to be recovered than not. Unproved reserves may further be classiﬁedprobable and possible. • Reserves in rock formations that appear to be hydrocarbonbearing based on logs or cores. or some special technique of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). "possible" reserves may include: • Reserves suggested by structural and/or stratigraphic extrapolation beyond areas classiﬁed as probable. • Incremental reserves based on inﬁll drilling are subject to technical uncertainty. based on geological and/or geophysical interpretation.1: Conceptual scheme for oil and gas resources and reserves. but may not be productive at a commercial level. which may involve either a naturaldrive mechanism improved by water or gas injection. see Fig. Possible Reserves are less certain than proved reserves and can be estimated with a low degree of certainty.1. Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves Total Oil and Gas Resource Discovered Undiscoveed Nonrecoverable Resources Recoverable Resources Reserves Cumulative Production Unproved Reserves Possible Reserves Proved Reserves Probable Reserves Figure 1. 1.
1.2. This can be done by determining an average oil or gas recovery per well in the analogue reservoir (e. The main difﬁculty in a volumetric estimate of resources/reserves is in the transfer of data obtained at a small scale (core analysis. into the interwell space by using an interpolation technique. pay thickness and drive mechanism. All possible differences between the analogue reservoir and the reservoir in question need to be considered to make a realistic adjustment of the recovery estimates.2. • The reservoir "net" isopach map. either by a direct welltowell comparison or on a unitrecovery basis. The unitrecovery approach refers to a recovery calculated in barrels per acrefoot or Mcf per acrefoot.) into a much larger scale ( i. 1. which means the bulk thickness of the reservoir rocks (formation). The main parameters used for a volumetric estimate in this approach are: • The reservoir "gross" isopach map. temperature. an analoguebased approach is also the least accurate and little reliable method of petroleum reserve estimation. pressure.. . 100. data "upscaling" for interwell space). The use of an analogue may be the only method available to estimate the reserves in a situation where there are no solid data on well performance or reservoir characteristics.e.g. However. one has to consider similarities of well spacing. but appears to be separated from those areas by faults and the geological interpretation. etc.2 Methods for Resources/Reserve Estimation 9 • Reserves attributable to an improved or enhanced recovery method when a pilot project is planned (but not in operation) and the rock. In an analogue approach.2 Methods for Resources/Reserve Estimation 1. which means the cumulative thickness of the permeable rock units only. Deterministic Methods The principle of a deterministic approach to resources/reserve estimates is to "upscale" the information derived from the wells and supported by seismic survey. reservoir rock lithofacies. • Reserves in a rock formation that has proved to be productive in other areas of the ﬁeld. reservoir depth. rock and ﬂuid properties. simply because perfect analogues can seldom be found.1 AnalogyBased Approach Another producing reservoir with comparable characteristics can be used as a possible analogue for the reservoir under consideration.2 Volumetric Estimates The methods of reserve estimation based on reservoir data are volumetric and can be divided into deterministic and probabilistic (stocastic) estimates. indicates a relatively low structurally position.000 bbl/well) and applying a similar or adjusted recovery factor to the wells in the reservoir considered. 1. ﬂuid and reservoir characteristics are such that a reasonable doubt exists whether the estimated reserves will be commercial. lithofacies data. The NettoGross ratio (N/G) is an important parameter indicating the productive portion of the reservoir. well logs.
isoporosity.) provides the crucial information on their variation and distribution in the reservoir and makes it possible to evaluate the reservoir pore volume and its fractions saturated with oil and gas (hydrocarbon volume). gas and oil. ∑i Ai hi where φ is the local porosity. ect. This numerical technique assumes that the main reservoir properties (porosity. Stochastic Methods An alternative approach is a probabilistic estimation of resources/reserves. Each numerical realisation bears an uncertainty for the reservoir characterisation. G i ∑i hi where ki is the local permeability (other symbols as above). frequency distributions. . Different realisations lead to different volumetric estimates. • Volumebased average saturation of water.2. For example water saturation: Sw = ∑i Swi φi Ai hi . The numerical value of hydrocarbon resources/reserve estimate their represents an outcome of "integrated" map analysis. where the probabilistic rather than deterministic. Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves • The reservoir rock porosity (as a volumebased weighed average): φ= ∑i φi Ai hi . • The permeability and netthickness product (khN ) is important for the estimation of well production capacity: ∑ ki hi N (khN ) = hN i = ∑ ki hi . permeability.10 Chapter 1. ∑i φi Ai hi Plotting these parameters as contoured maps (isopachs. with the range of values included by core and welllog data. Ai is a subarea and hi is a subthickness (of permeable rock). isopermeability. In practice. N/G. etc. See Fig. is an estimate of resources/reserves. In common usage [8] we have: – An estimate with 90 % or higher probability is the level regarded as aproven value. it is necessary to repeat the stochastic simulation for different "seeds" (initial boundary values) in order to asses and quantify the actual variation of a given parameter. which takes more account of the estimate uncertainty. so to speak. 1. – An estimate with 50 % or higher probability is the level regarded as aproven + probable value. and then simulates their actual density distribution in the whole reservoir. with different probabilities attached. The maximum and minimum values are speciﬁed for each of the reservoir parameters and the random number generator then "drowns data". that is used to asses their likelihood will be a very unclear formulation. The cumulative frequency distributions of these estimates.) all have random. possibly normal. Stochastic reservoir description is usually based on the procedure of randomnumber generator.
As more information on the reservoir becomes available. .2: Example of stochastic volumetric estimate based on a series of randomnumber simulations. a fuzzy estimate of the resources/reserves may be best or only option [22. hence.speciﬁed value of a particular parameter for a particular part (zone. 28.0 Frequency of cumulative probability Frequency Probability. The range in the possible values of the reservoir parameters would then be narrower.2. the cumulative frequency graph may change its shape and the uncertainty of our resource/reserve estimates may decrease. as seen in Fig. 1. compared to a fuzzy assessment. that a given value of resources will be at least as great as shown 0. 1. subunit or layer) of the reservoir. see Fig.0 Min Value Max Min Value Max Figure 1. A rectangular distribution means no preference and a triangular distribution means that strong preference distributions are used. aprobabilistic estimate can be made. The lack or scarsity of data in such cases is compensated by a subjective assessment of the reservoir characteristics (i. 56].2 Methods for Resources/Reserve Estimation 11 1. • Reservoir Simulation Models (RSM) [10. A comparison of these estimates may be more revealing that each of them is in isolation. the data are usually too limited for using statistical analysis and.3. the shape of the distribution and the maximum and minimum values of a given reservoir parameter). When more data have been collected and statistical analysis becomes possible. 1. – An estimate with 10 % or higher probability is the level regarded as aproven +probable + possible value.3 Performance Analysis The methods of performance analysis presently used include: • Analysis based on Material Balance Equation (MBE) [33.1. 45]. At the very early stages of ﬁeld appraisal.4. 34]. probabilistic and deterministic estimates based on the data available at a particular time. a deterministic estimate can be made based on a well.e. When the data available are abadundant. the problem of certainty can be considered in terms of "fuzzy" [61]. Based on the knowledge from other reservoirs or simply a theoretical guess. More generally.
0 Predrilling 1.0 Min Value Max Frequency of cumulative probability Frequency of cumulative probability 0. gas or oil with a gas cap (primary or secondary). The MBE method is based on the data obtained from previous reservoir performance and PVT analysis. The RSM method involves a numerical simulation technique.0 Mature production 1. The aim of all of these methods is to obtain the best reservoir performance prediction on the basis of available data. time.0 Min Value Max 0. 1992).0 Frequency of cumulative probability 1. cumulative oil production.0 Appraisal Max 0.).12 Chapter 1. The method is thus adjusted differently to reservoirs containing oil. such a performance analysis allows to estimate both the reserves and the future performance of the reservoir. cumulative oil production. If successful.3: Changes in the uncertainty resources estimate with increasing data acquisition (after Archer and Wall.0 Min Value Max 0. with the matching of the production and the reservoir’s previous performance (history).0 Delineation/ early production 1.0 Discovery 1. – Production rate vs. The discrepancy between the simulation results (prediction) and the available data is minimised by adjusting the reservoir parameters and taking into account the most likely reservoir drive mechanism (history match ).0 Min Value Max Figure 1. The DCA method is to predict future performance of the reservoir by matching the observed trend of the production decline with one or several standard mathematical methods of the production ratetime (hyperbolic. The following "decline curves" from production wells are commonly used in the DCA: – Production rate vs. ect. harmonic. but involves some assumptions for the reservoir driving mechanism in order to minimise the range of possible predictions from the dataset. – Water cut vs. • Decline Curve Analysis (DCA) [53]. exponential. Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves Frequency of cumulative probability Frequency of cumulative probability 0.0 Min Value Frequency of cumulative probability 1.0 Late time depletion Min Value Max 0. .
V Value Figure 1. cumulative production.5.2 Methods for Resources/Reserve Estimation 13 1. . Some of these decline curves are shown in Fig.4: The concept of uncertainty in resources/reserves estimation illustrated by fuzzy. cumulative gas production. 1. – Percentage oil production vs. – Gasoil ratio vs. cumulative oil production.0 V.0 Deterministic Frequency of cumulative probability Probabilistic Fuzzy 0. – The (p/z) ratio vs.P.V V.O.L.1. probabilistic and deterministic approach (data set).V M.
Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves q q Np Np 0 Economic limit Cumulative oil producction 0 Economic limit Time 100 p (z ) Oil production. . % Np Gp 0 Economic limit Cumulative oil producction 0 Economic limit G Cumulative oil producction Figure 1.5: Different ways of data representation for a decline curve analysis.14 Chapter 1.
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2.1 Introduction
Reservoir Engineering is a part of Petroleum Science that provides the technical basis for the recovery of petroleum ﬂuids from subsurface sedimentaryrock reservoirs. The Fig. 2.1 below indicates the place and role of Reservoir Engineering in the broad ﬁeld of Petroleum Science.
Reservoir characterization
Geology and Geophysics
Reserve estimates for well proposal evaluation
Reservoir correlation
Geochemical studies Reserve estimates, material balance calculations, fluid flow equations, reservoir simulation, pressure transient analysis, well test design and evaluation
Reservoir screening for improved recovery projects Improved recovery project design and maintenance
Reservoir Engineering
Production Engineering
Workover reserve analysis, well completion design, production facility design, production log interpretation, prediction of production schedules
Facilities Engineering
Design proposals for separation, treating, metering and pipeline facilities
Final facility design and operation
Figure 2.1: Reservoir engineering and petroleum science. This chapter pertains to the basic concepts of Petroleum Geology and covers the following 17
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main topics: • The source rock of hydrocarbons. • The generation, maturation, migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons.
2.2 The Basic Concepts
Petroleum is a mineral substance composed of hydrocarbons and produced from the natural accumulations of organic matter of a faunal and/or ﬂoral provenance. Petroleum is a gaseous, liquid or semisolid substance, present in the pore space of porous rocks, referred to as reservoir rocks, which are mainly of sedimentary origin.
2.2.1 Clastic Sedimentary Rocks
Sedimentary rocks results from the deposition of sedimentary particles, known as clastic material or detritus (from the Latin "worn down"), consisting of mineral grains and rock fragments. Sedimentary particles are derived from weathered and fragmented older rocks, igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary, usually with some chemical changes. Sediment comprising loose mineral detritus or debris is referred to as clastic sediment (from the Greek word "klastos", meaning broken). Some clastic sediments consist of the accumulations of skeletal parts or shells of dead organisms, commonly fragmented, and are referred to as bioclastic rocks (see next section). The particles of clastic sediment may range widely in size, and the predominant grainsize fraction is the primary basis for classifying clastic sediments and clastic sedimentary rocks. As shown in Table 2.1 clastic sediments can be divided into 4 main classes: gravel, sand, silt, and clay [49], where mud is a mixture of clay and silt, possibly including also some very ﬁne sand. The narrower the grainsize range of a given sediment, the better its "sorting". Both the grain size and sorting have direct implications for the sediment permeability to ﬂuids. Table 2.1: Deﬁnition of grainsize and the terminology for sediments and sedimentary rocks.
Sediment grainsize fraction Boulder Cobble Pebble Granule Sand Silt Clay Clay & slit mixture
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Grainsize limits in mm More than 256 64 to 256 4 to 64 2 to 4 1/16 to 2 1/256 to 1/16 Less than 1/256
Unconsolidated sediment Boulder gravel Cobble gravel Pebble gravel Granule grawel Sand Silt Clay Mud
Consolidated rock Boulder conglomerate ∗ Cobble conglomerate ∗ Pebble conglomerate ∗ Granule coglomerate ∗ Sandstone Siltstone Claystone (clayshale, if ﬁssile) Mudstone (mudshale, if ﬁssile)
The term "gravelstone" is preferred by some authors on semantic basis [51].
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2.2.2 Nonclastic Sedimentary Rocks
Chemical Deposits Some sedimentary rocks contain little or no clastic particles. Such a sediment, formed by the precipitation of minerals from solution in water, is a chemical sediment. It forms by means of either biochemical or purely chemical (inorganic) reactions [51]. The primary porosity of such rocks is practically zero, and their possible porosity is totally dependent on the development of secondary porosity, chieﬂy in the form of microfractures. Biogenic Deposits Sedimentary rocks commonly contain fossils, the remains of plants and animals that died and were buried and preserved in the sediment as it accumulated. A sediment composed mainly or entirely of fossil remains is called a biogenic sediment. If the fossil debris has not been homogenised by chemical processes, the deposit can be regarded as a bioclastic sediment [51]. Main nonclastic rocks are: limestone, dolomite, salt, gypsum, chert, and coal. Chalk is a special type of biogenic limestone, composed of the sheletal parts of pleagic coccolithophorid algea, called coccoliths. The main types of sedimentary rocks and their chemical compositions are shown in list below, containing main sedimentary rock types and their chemical composition of categories [37]. Sandstone a siliciclastic rock formed of sand, commonly quartzose or arhosic, cemented with silica, calcium carbonate, iron oxide or clay. Chemical composition: SiO2 . Density: ∼ 2.65 g/cm3 . Shale a ﬁssile rock, commonly with a laminated structure, formed by consolidation of clay or mud ( mainly siliciclastic) Argillite (mud rock) – any compact sedimentary rock composed mainly of siliciclastic mud. Chemical composition: SiO2 . Dolomite a carbonate rock, consisting largely of the mineral dolomite (calcium magnesium carbonate) Chemical composition: CaMg(CO3 )2 . Density: ∼ 2.87 g/cm3 . Limestone a carbonate rock consisting wholly or mainly of the mineral calcite. Chemical composition: CaCO3 . Density: ∼ 2.71 g/cm3 . Calcarenite a sandstone composed of carbonate grains, typically a clastic variety of limestone. Chemical composition: CaCO3 . Density: ∼ 2.70 g/cm3 . Marl a friable rock consisting of calcium carbonate and siliciclastic mud/clay. Chemical composition: SiO2 +CaCO3 . Density: ∼ 2.68 g/cm3 . Salt (rock salt) – a chemical rock composed of the mineral halite. Chemical composition: NaCl.
which tend to remain solid and form coal. bushes.20 Chapter 2. evaporitic rock composed of the mineral gypsum Chemical composition: CaSO4 2H2 O. When the formation rock temperature exceeds 225 C. and is the organic substance of socalled oil shales. and is commonly called the oil window. 2. Chemical composition: CaSO4 . the most favoured one is that oil and gas are formed from marine phytoplankton (microscopic ﬂoating plants) and to a lesser degree from algae and foraminifera [51].2 2.1 Source Rock and Generation of Petroleum Local large concentrations of organic matter in sedimentary rocks. and grasses that contribute to most of the buried organic matter in mud rocks and shales. deﬁned as gaseous. is called kerogen. rather than petroleum. consisting about 80% of the world’s sedimentary rock volume. A temperature range between about 60oC and 175oC is most favourable for the generation of hydrocarbons. a natural biogenic methane called marsh gas. Petroleum is generated when the kerogen is subjected to a sufﬁcient high temperature in the process of the sediment burial. In the ocean. is generated through the action of microorganisms that live near the ground surface. the alteration process is limited to certain waxlike substances with large molecules.3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum 2.as illustrated by Fig. waxes. which usually require temperatures greater than 60 C. This material. Instead. Many hypotheses concerning the origin of petroleum have been advanced over the last years. evaporitic rock composed of the mineral anhydrite. Usually this is ashale or mudrock which itself is a very common rock type. A rock rich in primary organic matter is called a source rock. liquid or semisolid natural substances that consist mainly of hydrocarbons. most of the kerogen will have lost its petroleumgenerating capacity [49]. During this conversion. Some of the typical reservoir rocks are shown in Fig. Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology Gypsum a chemical. during the early diagenesis. Currently. The alteration of kerogen to petroleum is similar to other o thermalcracking reactions. Most of organic matter is trapped in clay mud that is slowly converted into shale under burial. phytoplankton and bacteria are the principal of organic matter buried in sediment. Anhydrite a chemical.3. See Fig 2.3. In terrestrial sedimentary basins. Kerogen can be converted into oil and gas by further burial by mining the shale and subjecting it to heat it in a retort. oil or natural gas are called the fossil fuels. and lignins.3 . the organic compounds are transformed (mainly by the geothermal heat) into petroleum. because it is capable of releasing large amounts of hydrocarbons in natural burial conditions. in the form of coal. . which indicates a nonoxidised primary organic matter. which remains solid. These large plants are rich in resins. 2. At temperatures much above 175oC. Organic carbonrich shale and mudrock are characteristically black or dark greyish in colour. it is plants such as trees. the generation of liquid petroleum ceases and the foro mation of gas becomes dominant. Many organic carbonrich marine and lake shales never reach the burial temperature level at which the original organic molecules are converted into hydrocarbons forming oil and natural gas. At lower temperatures.
3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum 21 Figure 2. The long and complex chain of chemical reactions involved in the conversion of raw organic matter into crude petroleum is called maturation. despite a common source rock. Likewise. primary differences in the source composition may be reﬂected in the chemistry of the petroleum. This explains.2.2: Typical reservoir rocks. Additional chemical changes may occur in the oil and gas even after these have been generated or accumulated. why the petroleum taken from different oil ﬁelds has different properties. for example. .
The fact is that most of the world’s largest hydrocarbon ﬁelds are found in marine sedimentary rock successions representing ancient continental shelves. Two types of evidence support the hypothesis that petroleum is a product of the decomposition of natural organic matter [51]. Geologists conclude therefore that oil is originated primarily from the organic matter deposited in marine sediments. • oil has the optical properties of hydrocarbons that are known only to derive from organic matter and • oil contains nitrogen and certain other compounds that are known to originate from living organic matter only. some lake sediments may be just as oilprone as marine source rocks. Oil source rocks are chieﬂy marine shales and mudrocks. burial temperature. Many oil ﬁelds in various parts of the world are in ancient lacustrine deposits (formed at the bottom or along the shore of lakes. as geological strata). 2.22 Chapter 2. Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology Generation Intensity Immature Zone 60 Heavy Oil Zone 100 Light Biogenic Methane Oil Wet Gas 175 Temperature. However.4 shows the distribution of the world’s sedimentary basin and petroleum accumulations (from [51]).3: Generation of petroleum vs. . °C Wet Gas Zone Dry Gas 225 Dry Gas Zone 315 Figure 2. Sampling of mud on the continental shelves and along the bases of continental slopes has shown that the shallowly buried mud contains up to 8% organic matter. Fig. Similar or even higher total organiccarbon (TOC) content characterizes many ancient marine shales.
such that these accumulate in separate reservoirs.Areas of ocean deeper than 2000m underlain by thick accumulations of sedimentary rock Figure 2. which means that gas and possibly also some oil may "leak" to yet higher lying traps or up to the ground surface. and is hydrolically connected with the reservoir. 2. The part of the trap that contains hydrocarbons is called a petroleum reservoir.2 Petroleum Migration and Accumulation The accumulation of petroleum occur in only those areas.3. The top may be imperfectly sealed. called atrap. the oil and gas accumulate by displacing pore water from the porous rock.4: World’s main sedimentary basins and petroleum accumulations. or an impervious barrier.2. In a trap. Water generally underlines the hydrocarbons in a trap. Both oil and gas are generated together. in varying proportions. Likewise.Areas where major amounts of oil and gas have been found . Once released from the source rock. The water bearing part of the trap is called an aquifer. where geological conditions have provided the unique combination of both hydrocarbon prone source rocks and hydrocarbon traps. Some "leaky" or limitedcapacity traps may segregate oil and gas that have been generated together. Hydrocarbons are less dense than water. and the depletion of the reservoir will make the aquifer expand into this space. from a source rock which results in a primary gas cap above the oil in the reservoir. This means that any pressure change in the aquifer will also affect the reservoir. .3 The Origin and Habitat of Petroleum 23 Legend: . until they either escape at the ground surface. a secondary gas cap may develop when the reservoir pressure has decreased and the lightest hydrocarbon begin to bubble out from the oil. they thus tend to migrate upwards in the direction of the minimum pressure.
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In summary, several factors are required for the formation of a petroleum reservoir [49]: 1. There must be a source rock, preferably rich in primary organic matter (carbon rich marine or lacustrine shale). This source rock must be deeply buried to reach efﬁcient temperatures to cause the organic matter to mature and turn into petroleum. 2. There has to be a migration pathway that enables the shalereleased petroleum to migrate in a preferential direction. 3. There must be a reservoir rock that is sufﬁciently porous and permeable to accumulate the petroleum in large quantities. 4. There must be a trap that is sealed sufﬁciently to withhold the petroleum. Otherwise, the majority of petroleum will bypass the porous rock and be dispersed or escape to the ground surface. 5. An impermeable seal or caprock, is critical in preventing the petroleum from leaking out from the reservoir or escaping to the surface. If any of these key factors is missing or inadequate, a petroleum reservoir ﬁeld cannot be formed. A large isolated reservoir or group of closely adjacent reservoirs is referred to as an oil ﬁeld.
2.3.3 Classiﬁcation of Petroleum ReservoirForming Traps
In this section, a general classiﬁcation of petroleum reservoirforming traps is discussed (after [1]). In broad terms, one may distinguish between structual traps (related to tectonic structures) and sratigraphic traps (related to the sealing effect of unconformities and rocktype, or lithofacies, changes). Domes and Anticlines Domes and anticlines are structures formed by the tectonic uplift and/or folding of sedimentary rocks. When viewed from above, a dome is circular in shape as in Fig. 2.5, whereas an anticline is an elongate fold as in Fig. 2.6. Salt Domes This type of geological structure is caused by the upward intrusion of a diapiric body of salt, volcanic rock, or serpentine. In pushing up or piercing through the overlaying sedimentary rocks, the diapir may cause the formation of numerous traps on its ﬂanks, in which petroleum may accumulate, as seen in Fig. 2.7. Some salt domes may be highly elongated, rather than cylindrical, and are called salt walls (e.g. southern North Sea region). Salt itself is a perfect sealing rock.
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Fault Structures Many petroleum traps are related to faults, which commonly displace permeable rocks against the impervious one. The fault plane, where lined with a shearproduced gouge or heavily cemented by the percolating groundwater fragments of rock, acts on impermeable barrier that further increases the trapping effect on the migration of oil and gas. See Fig. 2.8.
Structures Unconformity This type of structure is a sealing unconformity, with the permeable rocks tilted, erosionally truncated and covered by younger impermeable deposits. A reservoir may be formed where the petroleum is trapped in the updip part of the bluntly truncated and sealed, porous rock unit, as seen in Fig. 2.9.
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Gas Oil
Water
Oil Oil Salt Mass Water
Figure 2.7: Hydrocarbon accumulation associated with a salt dome.
Fault
Gas Oil Water
Figure 2.8: Hydrocarbon accumulation related to a fault. Lenticular Traps Oil and gas may accumulate in traps formed by the bodies of porous lithofacies (rock types) embedded in impermeable lithofacies, or by the pinchouts of porous lithofacies within impermeable ones, as seen in Fig. 2.10. Examples of such lenticular traps include: ﬂuvial sandstone bodies embedded in ﬂoodbasin mudrocks, deltaic or mouthbar sandstone wedges pinching out within offshore mudrocks, and turbiditic sandstone lobes embedded in deep marine mudrocks. Similar traps occur in various limestones, where their porous lithofacies (e.g. oolithic limestone or other calcarenites) are embedded in impermeable massive lithofacies; or where porous bioclastic reefal limestones pinch out in marls or in mudrocks. The approximate percentages of the world’s petroleum reservoirs associated with those
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Gas Oil Water
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Figure 2.9: Oil and gas trapped below an unconformity.
Tightincreasing Shale Content
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Figure 2.10: Petroleum trap formed by lithofacies change (Sandstone pinchout). major trap types are given in Fig. 2.11. On of the presentday Earth’s surface, over half of the continental areas and adjacent marine shelves have sediment covers either absent or too thin to make prospects for petroleum accumulation. Even in an area where the buried organic matter can mature, not all of it results in petroleum accumulations. The following statistical data may serve as a fairly realistic illustration [49]: • Only 1% by vol. of a source rock is organic matter, • < 30% by vol. of organic matter matured to petroleum, • > 70% by vol. of organic matter remains as residue and • 99% by vol. of petroleum is dispersed or lost at the ground surface in the process of migration, and only 1% by vol. is trapped. These data lead to the following estimate: only 0.003 vol.% of the world’s source rocks actually turn into petroleum that can be trapped and thus generate our petroleum resources.
particularly fault and dome structures. although there are several reservoirs associated with unconformities or porous lithofacies pinchouts (e.28 Chapter 2. are the most common type of trap in the Norwegian Continental Shelf [4]. Reef 0.4 Types of Hydrocarbon Traps on the Norwegian Continental Shelf Structural traps.25 Salt Diapirs Combination Anticlines Faults .50 Unconformity Other Stratigraphic 0 Structural Traps Stratigraphic Combination Traps Traps Figure 2. Stratigraphic traps are far less common for this region. Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology 0. ﬂuvial sandstone in the Snorre ﬁled and turbiditic sandstone in the Frigg and Balder ﬁelds).75 0.g. 2.11: Percentages of world’s petroleum accumulations associated with the major traps types. Table 2.2 summarises the regional information about some of the hydrocarbon ﬁelds belonging to the most common types of traps in the Norwegian continental shelf [4].
2: Types of petroleum trap in the main ﬁelds of the Norwegian Continental Shelf [4].2.4 Types of Hydrocarbon Traps on the Norwegian Continental Shelf 29 Table 2. Field AGAT BALDER DRAUGEN EKOFISK ELDFISK EMBLA FRIGG GULLFAKS HEIDRUN MIDGARD OSEBERG SNORRE ˙ SNIHVIT STATFJORD TROLL VALHALL Type of Trap Stratigraphic Stratigraphic Stratigraphic Dome Dome Structural Stratigraphic Structural Structural Structural Structural Structural Structural Structural Structural Dome Reservoir Rock Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Chalk Chalk Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone Chalk Rock Age Cretaceous Tertiary Jurassic Cretaceous Cretaceous Carboniferous Tertiary Jurassic Jurassic Jurassic Jurassic Jurassic Jurassic Jurassic Jurassic Cretaceous .
Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology .30 Chapter 2.
even if the elementary volume considered is very small and approaches zero. According to these concepts.) are based on this theory. a porous rock formation saturated with ﬂuids forms a continuum. Likewise. with the elementary volumes considered on the order of 10 − 104 m. even if very small. bedding. For the purpose of the ﬁltration theory. because of the great complexity of the phenomenon. The need for this concept assumption can be explained as follows. oil and/or gas) are present in every element. In Fig. ect. 2 At a large scale. can only be described qualitatively. etc.1. the concepts of continuum mechanics can be applied if the reservoir heterogeneity is considered at a macroscale level (lithofaces variation. MORE. UTCHEM. etc. This condition makes the average parameters of the porous medium sufﬁciently representative for a description of the ﬂuid ﬂow processes occurring in the rock. the ﬁltration theory cannot be successfully applied. FRAGOR. as seen in Fig. many physical phenomena (capillary effects.Chapter 3 Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering 3. 3. All of the most important numerical simulation programs (ECLIPSE. which means that all the components involved (rock. The ﬂow of ﬂuids that occurs in the partial volume of a porous rock. If the elementary volumes are too small and comparable to the rock’s pore or grain size. This conceptual approach allows us to develop a useful theory for the ﬂow of liquid and gas through a porous medium. water. the laws of continuum mechanics are considered to be effective only if the elementary volume is sufﬁciently large to render the number of pores and rock grains very large or "innumerable". the effect of the microscale phenomena "average" and can more readily be parameterizied. with the scale of the ﬂow phenomenon varying from very small to large. 3. of the reservoir space.1 Continuum Mechanics The present understanding of the subsurface processes relevant to reservoir engineering is based on the physical concepts of continuum mechanics [12].) occur at a scale comparable to the rock’s grain size or the dimension of a fractured rock’s fragment (10−4 − 100 m). whereas all microheterogeneities on a scale comparable to the grain size are being considered as constants in 31 . However there are some regularities in the behaviour of the "rockﬂuids" systems that can be described by continuum mechanics. or volumetric part.). ﬂuid adhesion effects associated. called the ﬁltration theory. FRANLAB.1. Let us consider the ﬂow of liquids and gas in a natural reservoir.
the rock’s ﬂuid storage capacity) and permeability (i.2) Effective porosity depends on several factors like rock type.32 Chapter 3. Absolute porosity is deﬁned as the ratio of the total void volume Vpa . 3. with the pores ﬁlled with oil. It should be noted that porosity is a static parameter. weathering. the equations of ﬂow (parametrized connatewater saturation. cementation. In volumetric terms. this can be written as follows: . etc. acting as cement between grain particles.e.1: Structure of a fracturedrock reservoir at different scales of observation. Vb (3. the rock’s ﬂuid ﬂow capacity). oil and gas. φa = def Vpa .1) Effective porosity implies the ratio of the total volume of interconnected voidsVp to the bulk volume of rock. whether the voids are interconnected or not.e. the pore volume percent occupied by water. as well as the consideration ofﬂuid saturation (i. leaching. 3.) or described by some empirical relationships (functions). etc. its content and hydration. respectively). gas and water. φ= def Vp . The fundamental deﬁnitions in the ﬁltration theory include the distribution between porosity (i. heterogeneity of grain sizes and their packing.3 Saturation Let us consider a representative elementary volume of the reservoir.2 Porosity The porosity constitute the part of the total porous rock volume which is not occupied by rock grains or ﬁne mud rock. type of clay. residualoil saturation. Absolute and effective porosity are distinguished by their access capabilities to reservoir ﬂuids.e. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering A Fracture B C D B A C Well ~ 10 m 3 ~ 10 m 0 ~ 10 m 2 ~ 10 m 4 Figure 3. to the bulk volume Vb of a rock sample. unlike permeability which makes sense only if liquid or gas is moving in porous medium. Vb (3.
they are distributed unevenly in the pore space due to the wettability preferences.3) which leads to the deﬁnition of saturation. n If two ﬂuids coexist (say. most notably from the wateroil contact to the reservoir top (see ﬁgures in previous chapter). as a fraction of the pore volume occupied by a particular ﬂuid: Si = def Vi . oil and water). Consequently. Simply. S.2. 3.. One has to distinguish between the residual oil and possibly gas saturation reached in a reservoir after the production stage. See Fig.recovery factor may be as low as 510% and is rarely higher than 70%.. Part of the oil will remain as residue. Sg and Sw ) in a reservoir varies in space.3. Importantly. Depending on the production method. and also the saturation in any elementary volume of the reservoir changes progressively during the production. i=1 ∑ Si = 1. or the actual "drive mechanism" of the petroleum displacement. (3.2: Distribution of water and oil phases in a waterwet porous medium. and also in time during the production. Water Oil Rock Figure 3. the oil. the ﬂuid saturation (So . and the residual saturation . i = 1. the pore water is the wetting phase and oil is a nonwetting phase. both siliclastic and carbonate.1 Residual Saturation Not all the oil can be removed from the reservoir during production. 3. this is called the residual oil. In the vast majority of petroleum reservoirs. . In short.3. different parts of the reservoir may have quite different ﬂuid saturations. n Vp where n denotes the total number of ﬂuid phases present in the porous medium.. the adhesive forces of one ﬂuid against the pore walls (rockgrain surface) are always stronger than those of the other ﬂuid.3 Saturation 33 Vp = Vo +Vg +Vw .
etc. If the pore volume Vp of the core sample in known. deep freezing of retrieved cores.) Two laboratory techniques are commonly used for determining the residual oil and water saturation. etc. A fresh.) that are assumed to reﬂect: • The ﬂuid saturation at the reservoir conditions. rubber sleeves containing the core samples and maintaining their reservoir pressure.4) where Voi is the initial volume of trapped oil in the core sample.2 Laboratory Determination of Residual Oil and Water Saturation The cores recovered from wells contain residual ﬂuids (depleted due to the drillingﬂuid invasion. .3: Evaluation of residual oil saturation Sor by a laboratory displacement from a core sample. The laboratory process is illustrated in Fig.34 Chapter 3. 3. where the reservoir saturation and the oilrecovery factor are estimated. Vp (3.3. The modern techniques of coresamples collection prevent dramatic alterations of the rock ﬂuid characteristics. • a high temperature retort distillation method and • the DeanStark method. Water Core sample Oil Sample holder Water Figure 3. then Sor = Voi −Vo .3. • The efﬁciency of possible oil displacement from the reservoir rock represented by the core. (foambased drilling ﬂuid. the changes in pressure and temperature. "peelsealed" core sample is taken to the laboratory. • The possible alterations due to the drillingﬂuid invasion into the core. 3. where water is displacing the initial oil in the core sample. and Vo is the displaced or produced oil. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering of ﬂuid phases in a reservoirrock sample after a well coring operation.
A thermostat controller raises the temperature of the core to a selected level. They are subsequently condensed and measured in a calibrated receiving tube. Termocouple Insulated oven Heating elements Sample cup Screen Condensing tube Water bath Water inlet Receiving tube Oil Water Temperatur controller Figure 3. 3.B. The temperature is then increased to ∼ 650o C (1200o F) to vaporise and then distil oil from the sample. See Fig. N. The following parameter values are derived from the laboratory test: .3. The sample is then placed in a cylindrical metal holder with a screw cup at the top and a hollow stem projecting from the bottom. The top is sealed and the sample holder is placed in a retort oven. The vaporised ﬂuids are ﬁrst collected in the sample holder and then released vertically downwards through the hollow stem ( ownd draft retort). are normally used.! Samples are usually destroyed in this test due to the high temperature and for this reason smalldiameter samples or "plugs" (small cores from the well core).4: The high temperature retort distillation method. The calculation of the oil and water saturation is straightforward.3 Saturation 35 The Retort Distillation Method The core sample is weighed and its bulk volume measured or calculated.4. at which point the water within the core is vaporised and recovered.
There are several requirements for choosing a proper solvent. The difference between the original and ﬁnal weights equals to the weight of the oil and water originally present in the sample. The process continues until the sample’s temperature has risen above the boiling point of water. Frequently. The sample is then placed in the tare apparatus (to be sure that no sand grains are lost from the core sample during its analysis.5) where the saturation are fractional parts of the pore volume. it is dried and weighed again. where its volume can be directly measured. and the pore ﬂuid. Because the water collected in the calibrated tube is distilled. as shown in Fig. which is calculated. This information is subsequently combined with the estimated porosity of the clean. . the volumes of the oil and water can be converted into percent porespace fraction (saturation). the weight of oil in the sample can be calculated. where upon the solvent condensate drips back onto the sample containing the reservoir ﬂuids. the water vaporises. • Vp – the pore volume.36 Chapter 3. • Vo . After all the oil and water have been recovered from the sample. with a density of 1. registered during the test. dry sample. and So = . See Fig. Vp Vp (3. Toluene satisﬁes all of those requirements.5. The condensate collects into the calibrated tube until the ﬂuid there reaches the spill point. The hot solvent vapour rises. • it must be immiscible with water and • it must also be lighter than water. the measurement includes the weight of rock grains. The solvent mixes with the oil in the sample and both are returned to the solvent ﬂask below.5. 3.. which might otherwise lead to an erroneously high oil saturation!) and this unit is suspended above a ﬂask containing a solvent. the water volume is recorded for further calculations. it collects at the bottom of the tube. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering • Vb . • it must have a boiling temperature higher than that of water. determined prior to the experiment. The DeanStark Apparatus for Measuring Initial Fluids When the core to be analysed is weighed. where it is cooled and condensed. saturation are also given in %. When successive readings indicate no additional water recovery. such as toluene. condenses therein and falls back into the calibrated tube. The water and residual oil saturation are calculated as follows: Sw = Vw Vo . At that point. Because it is heavier than the solvent. When heat is applied to the solvent. rises in the condensing tube.0 g/cm3 and a known volume. it vaporises.Vw – the recovered oil and water volumes. 3. surrounds the sample and moves up to the condensing tube. ρr – the sample bulk volume and rock density.
The following parameters are derived from the laboratory test: • Wi – the initial weight of the core sample. i. determined directly after the tests. . • Wd – the weight of the dry. (3. Vb – the rock’s porosity and the core sample’s bulk volume. N. determined prior to the tests. The calculation of the oil and water saturation is straightforward.e. where both the retort distillation method and the DeanStark method are capable of yielding ﬂuid saturation values within ±5% of the true values. which is calculated. registered during the test. • Vo – the recovered volume of oil. Water and oil (residual) saturation is calculated according to Eqs.3.3 Saturation 37 Condensing tube Offset calibrated tube Solvent Water Sample Tare Flask Solvent Figure 3.B. determined after the tests. ect. • Vw – the reservoir volume of water. pore volume pycnometry or perhaps capillary measurements.5). clean core sample. .5: The DeanStark apparatus. The samples in the process are not destroyed and can be further used in other measurements.. • φ .
rendering the whole overlying part of the reservoir economical viable.38 Chapter 3. but is continuously distributed throughout the reservoir as the wetting ﬂuid. which in turn makes it necessary to distinguish the following saturation interfaces: • The FreeOil Level (FOL) – the level above which the oil saturation is sufﬁciently high to allow full oil mobility (100% oil productivity) and the water saturation is low enough to make water immobile. gas can be present only as a dissolved phase in oil. • The Economic OWC – the level above which enough oil will be mobile.6. See Fig. The density difference makes the gas accumulate at the top of the reservoir. unique meaning in reservoir engineering considerations. The continuos distribution of water saturation in the reservoir zone (see Sw in Fig.e. Water underlies the petroleum. oil is generally absent. However. In most reservoirs. In other words. • The FreeWater Level (FWL) – an imaginary surface at which the pressure in the oil zone equals to that in the water zone. Below the GOC. the term "oilwater contact" does not have a single.) The following ﬂuid interfaces in the reservoir are important: • The GasOil Contact (GOC) – a surface separating the gas cap from the underlying oil zone (also referred to as the oil "leg" or oil "column"). their walls are covered with a thin ﬁlm of water). i.6: The distribution of ﬂuid phases in a reservoir. po = pw . and the oil directly below. 3. Gas Gas cap crest GOC Oil zone Depth Oil Water OWC c FWL Water zone Water zone 0.e. as an aquifer. Below the OWC. 3.0 SW 1. even though the rock pores remain "waterwet" (i. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering 3. which means Sw < 30%. The migration and accumulation of petroleum in a reservoir leads to the replacement of the original pore water by gas and oil .0 Figure 3.6) affects strongly the relative mobility of the oil phase.e. in a well. this is the .4 Reservoir Pressure and Distribution of Fluid Phases.(Sw is the water saturation. In most reservoirs. FWL is the oilwater contact in the absence of the capillary forces associated with a porous medium. • The OilWater Contact (OWC) – a surface separating the oil zone from the underlying water zone. 70%. i. this is the level where So exceeds ca.
In strict terms.or matrixcolumn pressure (pm ). is called the overburden pressure. some engineers prefer to refer to this surface as the capillary oil displacement level or threshold pressure level.6. 3. or "imbibed". This is the base of the reservoir.7. . 39 level where So exceeds ca. The FWL would then appear to be the only rockindependent OWC. as our common terminology refers to it. pov = p f + pm . as shown in Fig. the distribution of these surfaces is of crucial importance when it comes to physical (ﬂuid dynamics) and economical (oil recovery) considerations. and thus.column level below which the capillary forces render oil completely arrested. Therefore.7: Overburden pressure as the combined grain. because the oil saturation may still be in the order of some percent. The total pressure at any depth is the sum of the overlaying ﬂuidcolumn pressure (p f ) and the overlaying grain. this is not always the "100% water level".4 Reservoir Pressure and Distribution of Fluid Phases. • The Productive OWC – The level above which oil become mobility. Pressure Overburden pressure (OP) FP GP overpressure Depth underpressure normal hydrostatic pressure Figure 3.3. This may mean Sw as high as 8085% and So of merely 1520%. representing the absolute base of the oil column. pov . Needless to add. • The EdgeWater Level – which is the OWC as deﬁned earlier (level of Sw = 100%). or the oil. 3. The interfaces are usually determined on the basis of analysis and well (drillstem) tests. due to the weight of the overlying ﬂuid saturated rock column. by the rock pores (such that only thermal distribution can possibly remove the oil from the "deadend" pores). although the actual threshold value may vary.and ﬂuid column pressure. depending upon reservoir conditions. as sketched in Fig. located below the productive oilwater contact. The total pressure at any reservoir depth. 50%.
as a result of geological processes. (d p/dD)g = 0. (in psia. all the way up to the sea surface.8) Typical "normal" pressure gradients for the water. dD and if D0 is taken at the sea level. and D0 is an arbitrary depth with a known pressure (for instance. can be calculated as follows: D pw (D) = ( D0 dp )w dz + pw (D0 ).9) . where the pressure in the reservoir is somewhat higher or lower than otherwise expected. If the hydrostatic pressure gradient considered to be constant we can write. at any reservoir depth. or dD dp pw (D) = ( )w D + 1. the equation becomes. The reservoir pressure can then be corrected.7) pw (D) = ( (3.2kPa/m. The water pressure for a general reservoir is then as follows. as it occurs during production.5 Pressure Distribution in Reservoirs The hydrostatic water pressure at any depth D.35 psi/ft = 7.7 (in psia). relative the hydrostatic pressure.8 kPa/m Abnormally high or low reservoir pressure can appear when the reservoir is "sealed" off from the surrounding aquifer.40 Chapter 3. will lead to a corresponding increase in the grain pressure. [21]: d p f = −d pm . dp )w (D − D0 ) + pw (D0 ).0 (in bar) dD (3.e. The hydrostatic pressure is therefore identical to the water pressure. pw (D) = ( dp )w D + 14.) dD (3. This means that any reduction of the ﬂuid pressure. i. as long as there is a continous phase contact in the water. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering Because the overburden pressure pov is constant at any particular depth D. the pressure at the sea bottom or the pressure at the sea surface). then the differential overburden pressure is zero. pw (D) = ( dp )w D + 14. (d p/dD)o = 0. The constant C accounts for the fact that the reservoir pressure is not in hydrostatic equilibrium.9 kPa/m. oil and gas phases are: (d p/dD)w = 0.08 psi/ft = 1.7 +C.6) where (d p/dz)w denotes the pressure gradient of the water phase at depthz. Rock compressibility is therefore an important parameter to be considered when petroleum (preferably oil) production is estimated.45 psi/ft = 10. by using a constant ( ) in the above pressure C equations. dz (3. 3.
08 · 5250 +Cg = 2403.2 psia (pw )OWC = 0.3. as shown in Fig.7psia • Gas phase: (pg )GOC = 0. oil and gas) are derived from a common reference which normally is the FWL pressure.7psia (po )OWC = 0.5 Pressure Distribution in Reservoirs 41 where C is positive when overpressure is observed and negative for a underpressured reservoir. 5000 Gas 5250 GOC Oil Depth.45 · 5510 + 14.7psia (po )GOC = 0.2psia which gives: Cg = 1983.7 = 2403.2psia (po )top = 0.35 · 5500 + 565.8 (see also [21]).2psia (pg )top = 0.7 psia (pw )GOC = 0.45 · 5250 + 14. (pw )FW L .35 · 5510 +Co = 2494.7 = 2490. • Water phase: (pw )FW L = 0. let us consider the reservoir which crosssection.2 psia (pw )top = 0.2psia which gives: Co = 565.35 · 5250 + 565.7 = 2315. Assuming normal pressure condition. At this level there is no pressure difference .8: Crosssection of a reservoir. we can evaluate the ﬂuidphase pressures at the different reservoir "key" levels.08 · 5000 + 1983.2 psia The different phase pressures (water. ft 5500 OWC Water FWL 5510 Figure 3.7psia • Oil phase: (po )FW L = = 0.35 · 5000 + 565. In order to evaluate the pressure distribution in a reservoir.7 = 2489.2 = 2383.45 · 5500 + 14.7 = 2377. 3.7 = 2264.45 · 5000 + 14.7 = 2494.
as seen in Fig 3. Ideally there is no oil present in the zone between the FWL and the OWC. Similar to the FWL.6 bar go (Pc )top = (pg )top − (pw )top = 2383. the distribution of phases within a reservoir is governed by counteracting gravity and capillary forces. is the level in the reservoir where the pressures in the oil and gas phases are identical. show that the phase pressures are different at the same elevation in the reservoir. Accordingly. (3. the deﬁnition of the GOC. the OWC becomes the level in the reservoir where the water saturation becomes less than one and consequently the water saturation is ideally considered to be 100% in this zone.1 bar gw The capillary calculations and the Fig.9. i. (pw )FW L = (po )FW L .2 − 2315. ft 2375 O G 2500 5000 W GOC 5250 5500 Water 5510 OWC FWL 5500 5510 Treshold capillary pressure Figure 3.2 − 2264. can be evaluated as follows. where the subscripts i and j refer to oilwater. since the oil pressure is too low to allow the oil phase to enter the pore space (the largest pore throats).7 = 51.. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering between water and oil and the two pressures are identical. While gravity forces tend to separate . 3. Often this pressure is referred to as thereservoir pressure.5 bar ow (Pc )top = (pg )top − (po )top = 2383. Pressure. shown in Figs.42 Chapter 3. The capillary pressure at the top of the reservoir. The pressure difference between two coexisting phases is calledcapillary pressure and denoted (Pc )i j . Different phase pressures are observed at the same elevation in the reservoir. gasoil or gaswater.9.9. 3. and that the capillary pressure is additive.7 − 2264.5 psi(a) = 8. i. psia 2250 5000 Gas 5250 Oil Depth.7 = 67.0 psi(a) = 3.9: Pressure distribution in a reservoir (hypothetical example).7 = 118. (Pc )top = (po )top − (pw )topt = 2315.8 and 3.10) At static (initial reservoir) conditions. [7]: (Pc )gw = (Pc )ow + (Pc)go .e.e.5 psi(a) = 4.
g is the gravitational constant and D is the water depth.6 Example: Water pressure in a vertical cylindrical tube The water pressure at a depth D is found using Eq. . as shown in Fig. We may therefore write the pressure change as. .3.6. where pw (D0 ) is the atmospheric pressure. dp = d mg =d A ρw gVw A =d ρw gAD A = ρw g dD In the equation above. Substituting the last results into Eq. NB! The pressure variation in a reservoir is determined by the ﬂuid densities alone (when the gravitational coefﬁcient is considered constant). . acting within and between immiscible ﬂuids and their conﬁning solid substance. resist separation. the capillary forces.5 Pressure Distribution in Reservoirs 43 reservoir ﬂuids accordingly to their densities.6 we obtain the following general formula for water pressure at depth D. A where F/A is force due to water weight per crosssection area. p= F A ⇒ dp = d F . ρw is the water density.3. D pw (D) = 0 ρw g dD + patm. 3. 3. . The water pressure at any depth is. The balance of these two forces result in an equilibrium distribution of phases within the reservoir prior to its development. patm.
Estimate numerically the change in carbonaterock porosity caused by a complete dolomitization of calcite. The mass of dolomite is 4714 g. Evaluate the pressure situation in the reservoir and determind whether there is an over. Weight of dried sample: 17. Calculate and characterise the sand’s porosity. 8. 8. Sand grain density: 2. Given that uncertainty in salinity may lead to an uncertainty in water density of ∆ρ = 1. How do you deﬁne the porosity ? 3. accounting to the chemical reaction. 4%. CaCO3 ) is poured into the cup until the level of sand and water coincide./underburden pressure. 4. A glass cylinder has been ﬁlled with dolomite grains up to the 2500cm3 mark.2 kPa/m.3 g.1 bar. 5.4 g Deﬁne the terms absolute and effective porosity and decide which term to use when characterising the core sample. 2. Carbonate sand (limestone. 1.44 Chapter 3. will yield a carbonate rock’s porosity of 13% .2 g Weight of 100% watersaturated core sample: 297 g (the density of water is 1. Calculate the bulk volume and porosity of this saturated porous medium knowing that the total weight of cup and its content (water and limestone) is 2734 g. 34%. 8. 3 bar) .1 cm3 .6 Exercises 1. 28%. 41%. 7. Basic Concepts and Deﬁnitions in Reservoir Engineering 3.11 .67 g/cm3 . 7. determine the pressure change inside a reservoir where the depth from the top down to the FWL is 150 m.65 g/cm3 . 2CaCO3 + Mg2+ = CaMg(CO3 )2 +Ca2+ . 6.4 g/cm3 . 4. A reservoir water pressure of 213 bar is measured at a subsea depth of 2000 m. Formation water salinity will inﬂuence hydrostatic pressure estimation. 3. A laboratory cylindrical cup contains 500 cm3 water and weighs 800 g. when the water pressure gradient is 10. 2. given the following data: Weight of dried core sample: 259. 20%.d p/dz = 10.0 g/cm3 ) Weight of core sample in water: 161. Calculate the porosity of a sandstone core sample given the data from core analysis: Bulk volume of dried sample: 8. sandstone. Calculate the density of formation water when the pressure gradient is measured. effective. absolute. 1. 9. 6. Determine the porosity and lithology of a core sample.1. 2.2 kPa/m.31 g/cm3 . (answ. absolute.
to their shape (volume) after the removal of the overburden pressure.Chapter 4 Porosity 4.2 Models of Porous Media The geometric character of rock’s permeable pore space is in reality quite complicated. to a great extent. Only a volume selected large enough (a representative volume) will result in a representative and correct statistical average (see Fig. Genetically. Rock media having both fracture and intergranular pores are called doubleporous or fractureporous media.1). • Vugular porosity. it is impossible to counter the 45 . An important characteristic of consolidated porous media is the ability to restore elastically. the porosity is the ﬂuidstorage capacity of a porous medium. the calculated porosity can deviate greatly from the "true" statistical average value [35]. deﬁned locally as an average over the representative elementary volume of porous rock media considered. 4. • Microporosity. If the volume selected is too small. From the point of view of pores susceptibility to mechanical changes one should distinguish between consolidated and unconsolidated porous media. 4. A consolidated medium means a rock whose grains have been sufﬁciently compacted and are held together by cementing material. and may vary greatly from one rock type to another. In practice. which means the part of the rock’s total volume that is not occupied by solid particles. already presented. • Fracture porosity. • Intragranular porosity.1 General Aspects According to the deﬁnition. It should also be noted that porosity is astatic parameter. Porosity is a statistical property dependent on the rock volume taken into consideration. the following types of porosity can be distinguished : • Intergranular porosity.
2. see Fig. be used in some situations where ﬂuid ﬂow under simpliﬁed conditions is modelled.2.46 Chapter 4.785. Estimation of porosity accounting to this model. or 78. several idealised models have been developed to approximate porous rock media and their varied characteristics.1: Deﬁnition of a representative elementary volume for porosity measurements [35]. is as follows: φ= Vp π r 2 · n · m π = = = 0.2: Idealised porous medium represented by a system of parallel cylindrical pores (pipes). 4.1 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Parallel Cylindrical Pores Vb Vp Figure 4. poresystem geometry in a detailed and faithful way. This model may though.0 0 Vb Grain Figure 4.0 Domain of porous medium Inhomogeneous medium Bulk volume Homogeneous medium 0. It is rather obvious that rocks do not have pores like this and that this model gives a unrealistically high porosity value. Porosity Domain of microscopic effects 1. Therefore. . 4. Vb 2rn · 2rm 4 where r is the pipe radius and m · n is the number of cylinders contained in the bulk volume.5%.
4. see Fig. The estimation of porosity according to this model. 4.3.4: Idealised porous medium represented by a regular system of orthorhombicpacked spheres.4. The matrix volume is unchanged and thus.6% Vb 8r3 6 where Vm is the "matrix" volume or the volume of bulk space occupied by the rock. is as follows: √ 4 Vb = 2r · 2r · h = 4r2 · 2r sin(60o ) = 4 3 r3 and Vm = π r3 .2.3 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Regular OrthorhombicPacked spheres 60o 2r Figure 4. 4.4.2 Models of Porous Media 47 4. is as follows: 1 4 4 Vb = (2r)3 and Vm = ( π r3 ) · 8 = π r3 .476 or 47. 3 where h is the height of the orthorhombicpacked spheres. . see Fig.2 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Regular CubicPacked Spheres 2r Figure 4. 8 3 3 and π Vb −Vm 8r3 − 4 π r3 3 φ= = = 1 − = 0. The estimation of porosity according to this model.3: Idealised porous medium represented by a regular system of cubicpacked spheres.2.
one can obtain a histogram of distribution of particles (spheres) in sizes.74 = 0. Porosity φ = 1− π Vm 4π r3 = 1− √ = 1 − √ = 0. 4.2. 4. Fig.2. .4 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by Regular RhombohedralPacked spheres 45 o 2r Figure 4.48 Chapter 4.0% 12 2r3 3 2 4.5 Idealised Porous Medium Represented by IrregularPacked Spheres with Different Radii Real reservoir rock exhibits a complex structure and a substantial variation in grain sizes and their packing.5% 3 Vb 12 3 r 3 3 4.5 that. By drawing a graph with radii of the spheres plotted on the horizontal axis and heights equal to the corresponding frequencies of their appearance plotted on the vertical axis. which results in variation of porosity and other important reservoir properties. see Fig.26 or 26.5: Idealised porous medium represented by regular system of rhombohedralpacked spheres.5 and it follows from Fig.6 shows an example of an idealised porous medium represented by four populations of spheres (I . 4. h= 4r2 − 2r2 = √ 2 r.IV) sorted by different radii and the histogram showing the hypothetical grain size distribution.395 or 39. where h is the height in the tetrahedron and √ √ 4 Vb = 2r · 2r · 2 r = 4 2 r3 and Vm = π r3 . often associated with the hetrogeniety of porous medium. The estimation of porosity according to this model. 3 which gives φ = 1− π 4π r3 √ = 1 − √ = 1 − 0.
i. . Vpebble = 0.Vb = Vpebble .6: Idealised porous medium represented by an irregular system of spheres with different radii.38 · 0. the following table is listed: Volume of sand: Volume of ﬁne sand: Vsand = φ pebbleVpebble . sand (φsand = 0.sand = 0.sand = φsand Vsand . described above. Pore volume of ﬁne sand: Vp = φ f . The volume of ﬁne pebble gravel is equal to the bulk volume. The three sediments are mixed in such proportions that the sand ﬁlls the pore volume of the ﬁne pebbles and that the ﬁne sand ﬁlls the pore volume of the sand. in general and in particular in the case of porous media.e. Since rock porosity has so many representations. The porosity of the porous medium is ∼ 4%.38) and ﬁne sand (φ f .2 Models of Porous Media 49 I III IV Frequency II IV III II I r Figure 4. though idealized.4.. Since the sand ﬁlls the pore volume of the pebble and the ﬁne sand the pore volume of the sand. The total porosity is then deﬁned. Example: Porous medium of irregular system of spheres A porous medium is blended with three types of sediment fractions: ﬁne pebble gravel with porosity (φ pebble = 0.3 · 0. may serve as a "mental image" or idealised concretization of a rather complex porous structure of porous rocks.sand V f . it is important to maintain a representative image. Vp Vb φ= = φ f .33 = 0.sand .30).sand φsand φ pebbleVpebble .33). of the rock porosity. The different models. for further analysis and improved undersanding. The advantage of idealised models.037. is the opportunity they offer for simple quantiﬁcation and representation of characteristic parameters. . V f .
This burial effect is illustrated by the two typical examples of sand and clay deposits in Fig. distinguished within the reservoir. Frequency Frequency Min Porosity Max Min Porosity Max Figure 4. as it may include microporosity.) Mechanical diagenesis (compaction) and chemical diagenesis (cementation) have a profound effect on a sedimentary rock’s porosity. 4.7: Unimodal and polymodal porosity distributions. Such histograms may be constructed separately for the individual zones. The porosity measurement in such rocks requires samples that are as large as can be obtained (portions of fulldiameter drilling cores). Numerical simulation of ﬂuid ﬂow in porous media. The grouping of porosity data according to the reservoir zones. intergranular porosity. 4. to reveal the porosity’s frequency distribution. See Fig.). the local porosity may be highly variable. In heterogeneous rocks. lateral correlation. 4. or units.1 FullDiameter Core Analysis A fulldiameter core analysis is used to measure the porosity of rocks that are distinctly heterogeneous.3 Porosity Distribution The multiple sampling of porosity measurements for reservoir rocks at different depths and in different wells gives a data set that can then be plotted as a histogram. may reveal spatial trends in the porosity variation . etc. This picture is not easily obtainable since porosity is measured locally (in the well) and porosity extrapolations introduce large uncertainty in the estimated average values.4 Measurement of Porosity 4. for which a standard coreplug analyse is unsuitable.50 Chapter 4. vugues.7.9. The same coreplug is a nonrepresentative elementary volume for this type of rock. numerical modelling. The distribution may appear to be unimodal (left) or polymodal (right). 4.4. etc. require a realistic picture of the rock porosity and its variation throughout the reservoir. such as some carbonates. related to laboratory tests on core samples as well as full ﬁeld production estimation.8. vugular rocks. depth proﬁle or graphical coordination. Porosity 4. The recognition of such trends is very important for the development of a bulk picture of the reservoir as a porous medium and representation of the reservoir porosity in mathematical simulation models (reservoir characterisation. and ﬁssured. . and thus give a good basis for statistical estimates (mean porosity values. standard deviations. see Fig.
fractures.9: Sediment compaction burial and porosity change.8: Examples of trends of porosity distribution in the depth proﬁles of two reservoir sandstone.4 Porosity sand 0.5 cm) and the length of 10 inches (25 cm). see Fig.10.5 0.2 GrainVolume Measurements Based on Boyle’s Law This gas transfer technique involves the injection and decompression of gas into the pores of a ﬂuidfree (vacuum).3 0. or various combinations of these. A fulldiameter core sample usually has a diameter of 5 inches (12. m Figure 4.4. The fulldiameter core technique does not differentiate between the actual types of porosity involved. Several laboratory techniques used for porosity measurements. 4.0 0 300 600 900 clay 1200 1500 1800 Depth. and the procedure is generally similar for fulldiameter cores and core "plugs". 0. dry core sample. Either the pore volume or the grain volume can be determined.1 0. 4.2 0. depending upon the instrumentation and procedures used.4 Measurement of Porosity 51 Porosity + + + + + + + + + Depth + + + + + Figure 4. but yields a singe porosity value that represents their effective combination. .4.
such as N2 and CO2 . 4. Other gases. Assuming adiabatic conditions.10. Helium gas is often used due to its following properties. where Vre f . To perform the laboratory measurement. simply due to its availability. one obtains p1V1 = p2V2 .1) where p1 denotes initial pressure in the reference cell. Vs and Vg are the reference volume. p1Vre f = p2 (Vre f +Vs −Vg ). T = const. Porosity Sample Chamber Reference volume Pressure gauge Valve To gas pressure source Pressure regulator Valve Figure 4. and in the case of vacuum inside the sample chamber (Fig.10: Porosity measurements based on the Boyle’s law. which increase the effect of dehydrating the core sample.10. • helium is an inert gas that and will not be absorbed on the rock surfaces and thus yield erroneous results. N2 is also used. Successive measurements will increase the accuracy. p2 (4. The advantage of CO2 is it’s hydrophilic ability. 4. might be good alternatives to Helium.52 Chapter 4. respectively. • the very small size of helium molecules makes the gas rapidly penetrate small pores. See Fig. Vg = p2Vre f + p2Vs − p1Vre f . The Calculation of the Grain Volume Using the ideal gas law. the volume of the sample chamber and the grain volume. and p2 the ﬁnal pressure in the system. . due to effects of dehydration of the porous core sample. pV = nRT where the temperature. one obtains.
are very accurate. where uncertainties in the order of ± 0. The bulk volume is the difference between the two weights divided by the density of the ﬂuid.m2 . The core sample is ﬁrst saturated with a wetting ﬂuid and then weighed. Fluids that are normally used are. • mercury which normally not enters the pore space in a core sample due to its nonwetting capability and its large interfacial energy against air. Example: Uncertainty analysis in measuring the bulk volume using Archimedes’ principle. is considered to be independent measurements. − − ρw m2 − m1 m2 − m1 ρw If the density measurement as well as the two massmeasurements above. m1 (assuming 100% water saturation) and then weighing the sample in air as it is removed from the cup. using this technique.2%. • water which can easily be evaporated afterwards.. ρw Differentiating the equation above gives us. The the sample is then submerged in the same ﬂuid and its submerged weight is measured. ﬁrst by weighing the sample in a cup of water. ∆m = ∆m1 = ∆m2 . 2. The laboratory measurements. ∆Vb Vb 2 =2 ∆m (m2 − m1 ) 2 + ∆ ρw ρw 2 .4 Measurement of Porosity 53 4.3 BulkVolume Measurements This technique utilizes the Archimedes’ principle of mass displacement: 1. . where the uncertainty introduced in the process of weighing the two masses is considered to be identical. Vb = m2 − m1 . dVb = ∂ Vb ∂ Vb ∂ Vb dm2 + dm1 + d ρw . ∂ m2 ∂ m1 ∂ ρw dVb = dm2 m2 − m1 dm1 d ρw . The bulk volume is then written. is normally obtained.4.e.4. i. the relative uncertainty in the bulk volume is written. The bulk volume of a porous core sample can be measured in two steps.
or a hydrostatic load cell. If the relative uncertainty in determined the water density is estimated to 0. ∆Vb Vb 2 ∆m =2 ρwVb 2 ∆ ρw + ρw 2 . as seen in Fig. Such a holder is called the Hassler holder. Hydrostatic pressure Core sample Flow into core To flow meter Rubber tubing Figure 4.2) (4.1% and the weighing accuracy is equal to 0.) .54 Chapter 4. 4. is measured. we ﬁnd a relative uncertainty in the bulk volume of approximately 0. Porosity The uncertainty equation above may also be written. in some experimental tests could be larger than the effective uncertainty related to the measuring technique. when the pore volume Vp . where the sample is placed in a rubber sleeve holder that has no voids space around the periphery of the core and on the ends.5%.11. The bulk volume of the core sample is approximately 30 cm3 and water density is assumed equal to 1 g/cm3 .4 PoreVolume Measurement Pore volume measurements can be done by using the Boyle’s law. 4.1 g.10. see Fig. Helium or one of its substitutes is injected into the core plug through the end stem.4. . 4.11: Hydrostatic load cell (Hassler holder) used for a direct measurement of pore volume.3) p2 (Vp +Vre f ) = nRT It is important to notice that the Hassler core holder has to be coupled to a volume of known reference Vre f . (Note that the uncertainty related to the assumption of 100% water saturation prior to the ﬁrst mass measurement. The calculation of the pore volume Vp is as follows: p0Vp + p1Vre f and Vp = (p1 − p2 ) Vre f where (p1 > p2 > p0 ) (p2 − p0 ) = nRT (4.
e. Denoting the apparent bulk density of the ﬂuidsaturated rock sample asρapp . • Second subsample gives the volume of gasVg2 and the rock’s bulk volume Vb2 . One part (ca. . Then the pressure of the mercury.4. because these values are representative for both parts of the sample. The laboratory procedure provides the following information: • First subsample gives the rock’s weightWs1 and the volumes of oil Vo1 and water Vw1 are recorded.4 Measurement of Porosity 55 4. the fraction of the bulk volume occupied by gas (i. which was 100 g (to be retorted). Vo1 Vb1 Vw fw = 1 Vb1 fo = = φ So . Sg . 100 g) is crushed and placed in a ﬂuidextraction retort (see ﬁgure in previous chapter). If the core has been exposed to the open air for some time. The second part of the rock sample (ca. The core sample is divided into two parts. 30 g) with a roughly cylindrical shape. This in turn is used to convert the weight of the ﬁrst part of the sample.5 FluidSummation Method This technique is to measure the volume of gas. = φ Sw . the mercury enters the sample and compresses the gas. The vaporised water and oil originally contained in the pores. At this pressure.4. into an equivalent bulk volume. the volume of the mercury "imbibed" in the rock gives the gas volumeVg . gas and water are added to obtain the pore volume and hence the core porosity. and φ . The oil. move down and are subsequently condensed and collected in a calibrated glassware. water and gas volumes are each calculated as fractions of the bulk volume of the rock sample and the three values are added to yield the porosity value . The bulk volume and weight of the fresh sample allow the computation of the effective bulk density of the rock. where the metalholder unit has a cap to prevent the evaporation of gases at the top. is raised to 70 bar (1000 psi). the fraction of the gasbulk volume) can be calculated. pHg . The volumes of the extracted oil. measuring the volume of the displaced mercury. we can write. is weighed and then placed in a pump chamber ﬁlled with mercury (a pycnometer) in which its bulk volume is determined. With an appropriate calculation.and watervolume factor are calculated as follow. Ws1 = Vb1 · ρapp and Ws2 = Vb2 · ρapp → Vb1 = Vb2 Ws1 Ws2 The formation oil. oil and water present in the pore space of a fresh or preserved (peelsealed) core of known bulk volume.. some of the oil and water can evaporate and the saturation will be measured inaccurately. ﬁlling the pore space originally occupied with the gas. fg = Vg2 = φ Sg Vb2 where the subscript 2 is omitted for fg . From the second subsample. where their volumes are measured.
A pycnometer is in principle a contained volume. due to its high interfacial tension. The sketch below illustrates the working principle of the pycnometer. In order to deﬁne the matrix volume. (Mercury. p1 is measured. where a deﬁned amount of mercury can be injected or withdrawn. has become less popular due to its toxic characteristics and is quite often replaced by other ﬂuids. 4. and the cell volume is sealed. Finally.56 Chapter 4. the matrix volume is found as follows: Vm = p1V1 − p0V0 . New equilibrium is reached and we write. p1 − p0 . The core sample is placed in the cell. where p0 is the atmospheric pressure and Vm is the matrix of the sample (the rock’s grain volume).and pore volumes of core samples. NB: The mercury does not enter the pore system of the core sample. The pycnometer piston is withdrawn and a gas (air) volume of V0 is measured. a cell.12: Sketch of the pycnometer. p0 (V0 −Vm ). 2. . Porosity and the sum of the ﬂuidvolume factor then gives the porosity value: fo + fw + fg = φ (So + Sw + Sg ) = φ Example: Use of pycnometer in matrix volume calculation. the following measuring steps are carried out: 1. Mercury is injected into the cell and a new gas volume. The pycnometer is a labtool occasionally used for measuring bulk. The pycnometer cell is fully saturated with mercury. as laboratory ﬂuid. p1 (V1 −Vm ). 3. Hg V0 Figure 4.) 5.V1 and gas pressure. The equilibrium condition inside the cell is written. Vm of a core sample.
Eq.. If we deﬁne porosity as. (4.5 Uncertainty in Porosity Estimation Experimental data is always contaminated with measuring uncertainty. Vb Vp +Vm We could start to differentiate the porosity with respect toVp and Vm . since the total relative uncertainty is mainly inﬂuenced by the largest relative uncertainty. φ= Vp Vp = .e. leaving the other unchanged. ∆Vp and ∆Vm . The porosity is deﬁned. Example: Error propagation From laboratory measurements one has estimated the relative uncertainty related to the pore volume to be. For characteristic parameter estimation. (4. Porosity will normally be a function of Vp .5) In laboratory experiments we wish to reduce uncertainties to a minimum. . (4.0% and the relative uncertainty related to the matrix is.e. (4. like determination of the porosity. given the equation above. i. the resultsVp and Vb are independent parameters and so are their uncertainties.5) tells us that it is not sufﬁcient to reduce the uncertainty in only one of the measured parameters. (4.4) gives.and bulk volumes are independent measurements. The relative error or uncertainty in the porosity is then given by ∆φ = φ ∆Vp Vp 2 + ∆Vb Vb 2 . Vp /Vp = 5.4) and then substitute the results into Eq. i. Vm and/or Vb . we will expect the uncertainty in the measured parameters to introduce an error in the estimate of the porosity found. but instead we intend to differentiate Eq. Vm /Vm = 7%. φ Vp Vb The pore. Vb we may differentiate the equation and we obtain. Differentiation of Eq.4. Since the three parameters are dependent. Vb Vb 2 = Vp Vp +Vm 2 + Vm Vp +Vm 2 . dVp dVb dφ = − . Vb = Vp +Vm .5 Uncertainty in Porosity Estimation 57 4.4) φ= Vp . only two of them should appear in the uncertainty analysis. (4.5).
F= . φ± φ = (20 ± 1. often called wireline logs.58 Chapter 4. but also from geophysical well logs. Porosity and substitution in Eq.gamma) log. (4. Note that if the equation φ = Vp /(Vp +Vm ) is differentiated directly.57% and the porosity with uncertainty is written.5)%.2 (or 20%). Every extra operation in the error propagation increases the ﬁnal uncertainty.6 Porosity Estimation from Well Logs Porosity of reservoir rock can be estimated not only by using methods. 4. then the relative uncertainty in the porosity is ∼ 7. φ = 0. (4. the result would be slightly different because the differentiation was used only once. [23] Ro . • Neutron . • Acoustic (sonic) log. This method of porosity evaluation is not very accurate. φ = φ (1 + φ 2 ) Vp Vp 2 + (1 − φ )2 Vm Vm 2 . φ = φ or written differently. . compared to the process above where a two step differentiation is performed. i. but has the advantage of providing continous porosity data. The Formation resistivity factor is deﬁned as the ratio of the resistivity of the porous sample saturated with an ionic solution Ro of the bulk resistivity of the same solution Rw . Porosity can be estimated from: • Formation resistivity factor (F). If the porosity is. • Density (gamma .gamma log. • Microresistivity log (from which F can be derived). Once these logs are obtained and converted into a porosity log. There are several relationships which can be used for the porosity evaluation using Fvalues [23]. as has been described above.6) Rw The Formation resistivity factor measures the inﬂuence of pore structure on the resistance of the core sample. they can be calibrated using coresample porisity data and serve as additional reliable source of porosity distribution evaluation.5) gives.e. Vp Vp 2 + Vp Vp +Vm 2 + Vm Vp +Vm 2 .
For more information regarding porosity evaluation using geophysical well logs. 1957). • F = X /φ . . where m is the cementation constant (Archie. where X is the electric tortuosity of the sample (Wyllie. 23. • F = (3 − φ )/2φ (Maxwell. 1942). 37]. 1881).6 Porosity Estimation from Well Logs 59 • F = φ −m . see reference [7.4.
The sample is the placed in aSoxhlet distillation apparatus. weight of mercuryﬁlled pycnometer with the sample at 20 o C. density of water is : 1.6 g. gas and water. A third piece of the .60 Chapter 4. Calculate the bulk volume of a dry core sample immersed in mercury pycnometer. weight of coated sample immersed in water: 10 g (density of water is: 1g/cc) Determine the rock’s porosity. density of mercury: 13. A piece of the same sample. 4. Porosity 4. The sample bulk volume.4 m3 . weight of mercuryﬁlled pycnometer at 20 oC: 350 g. After drying the core sample. A core sample is saturated with an oil (ρo = 35o API). assuming a sandgrain density of 2. oil saturation. weight of dry sample coated with parafﬁn: 20.546 g/cc. Calculate the effective porosity of a sandstone sample using the following data: weight of dry sample in air: 20 g. Another core sample is brought to the laboratory for compositional analysis.14 g.7 Exercises 1. given the following data: volume of chamber containing the core sample: 15 cc.5 g.0 g/cc).90 g. weight of crushed sample plus absorbed water: 16. and 4. given the following data: weight of crushed dry sample in air: 16 g.67 g/cc. gas saturation and lithology of the core sample. respectively.9 g (density of parafﬁn is : 0. Determine the sandstone’s grain density and porosity. water saturation.9 g/cc). where 80 g of the sample is placed in a mercury pycnometer and the volume of gas found is 0. Determine the sandstone’s grain volume and porosity using Boyl’s law.53 cm3 . the weight is increased to 225. 95 cm3 is measured in a mercury pycnometer. when the water density at that particular temperature and pressure is 1g/cm3 ) 7. given the following data: weight of dry sample in air: 20 g. the weight is now 209. After the gas is displaced by water (ρw = 1 g/cm3 ). The initial weight of the sample is 224. Find the porosity. (Notice that the oil density is ρ [g/cm3 ] = 141. weight of waterﬁlled pycnometer: 65 g.9 g. weighing 120 g is placed in a retorte. 6. Calculate the bulk volume of a preserved (parafﬁncoated) core sample immersed in water. where the water and oil volume is measured to 2. weight of saturated sample in air: 22. 2. weight of waterﬁlled pycnometer with the sample: 75 g.4 cm3 water is extracted. given the following data: weight of dry sample in air: 20 g. weight of saturated sample in water: 12.4/(131.1 g. 235. 3.5 + ρ [o API]). bulk volume of core sample: 10 cc 5.75 g.8 cm3 and 4. volume of chamber containing air: 7 cc.
14. 8. 9.95 cm3 .47 hectare large area. 2.2 g. 16%. 24. where the oil content is 1. If a formation is 2. 10.4. 2. Calculate the porosity of the sample described below: mass of dry sample: 104.4 cm3 .6%. weighing 90 g is placed in a pycnometer and the bulk volume is measured to be 37. 9. 9. 1.6%.64 g/cm3 .3%.73 g/cm3 . 53%. 4.7 g. 29%.8%. 19%. 47%.831 cm3 .54 cm long and 2. 6.2 g. 2.5 cm3 .1%. density of water 1. It is saturated with oil and water. mass of water saturated sample: 120. 9. 738235.69 g/cm3 . if the core described in the excercise above is representative of the reservoir? Answer to questions: 1.6 bbl . 8.1%. 2. 25%. mas of saturated sample immersed in water: 64. 5. 2. A core. 2. 20%.7 Exercises 61 sample. 55.001 g/cm3 .67 g/cm3 . 75. Is this effective porosity or the total porosity of the sample? What is the most probable lithology of the matrix material? Explain . a) What is the pore volume of the core? b) What are the oil and water saturations of the core? 10.5 m thick.5%. 3. 35.10%.54 cm in diameter has a porosity of 22%. 2. 7. Assume oil and water densities as in the exercise above and ﬁnd the same characteristic parameters. what is the volume of oilinplace (in m3 and in bbl) of a 40.
62 Chapter 4. Porosity .
depending on the ﬂow direction. If there were no interconnected pores. porosity correlated permeabilities are often used in extrapolating reservoir permeability between wells. Since the gas molecules will penetrate even the smallest porethroats. His results showed that the pressure drop across the ﬁlter is proportional to the water ﬁltration velocity. using waterﬁlters. however. obeys the following relationship: h .1 Introduction Permeability in a reservoir rock is associated with it’s capacity to transport ﬂuids through a system of interconnected pores.e. it is natural to assume that there exists certain correlations between permeability and effective porosity.2 Darcy’s Law The ﬁrst important experiments of ﬂuid ﬂow through porous media. the permeability is a tensor. were reported by Dupuit in 1854. i. i. ∆l q = K ·A 63 (5. When several phases or mixtures of ﬂuids are passing through a rock locally and simultaneously. since the resistance towards ﬂuid ﬂow will vary.. effective permeability. even though this is only correct for isotropic porous media.Chapter 5 Permeability 5. 5. all pore channels are included in the averaging process when permeability is measured. In 1856 Henry Darcy proved that ﬂow of water through sand ﬁlters. In general terms. each ﬂuid phase will counteract the free ﬂow of the other phase’s and a reduced phase permeability (relative to absolute) is measured. i.1) . the rock would be impermeable.e. permeability is often considered to be a scalar. Absolute permeability could be determined in the laboratory by using inert gas (nitrogen is frequently used) that ﬁlls the porous rock sample completely and limits the possibility of chemical interaction with the rock material to a minimum. In practical terms.e. All factors affecting porosity will affect permeability and since rock permeability is difﬁcult to measure in the reservoir. communication of interstices.
a reduced ﬂow velocity is expected and similarly if the water is replaced by a ﬂuid of higher viscosity. The pressure difference across the sand ﬁlter in Fig. θ Datum plane I o θ = 90 II o o 0 < θ < 90 III o θ = 90 Figure 5.1: Orientation of the sand ﬁlter with respect to the direction of gravitation. v ∝ (∆p + ρ g∆z). a reduced ﬂow velocity is expected. the effects of ﬂuid density and viscosity had no real experimental signiﬁcance. the ﬂow velocity is proportional to.) If the sand ﬁlter is made longer. for the 3 cases are given. III : ∆pIII = ρ gh. is thickness of the ﬁlter in the ﬂow direction and is a proportionality coefﬁcient. Since the water velocity is proportional to the manometric level (observation made by Darcy). was not included because only water ﬁlters were investigated and hence. h. viscosity µ .e. have proved that if the manometric level. is crosssectional area of the ﬁlter.64 Chapter 5. hydrostatic height difference. I : ∆pI = ρ g(h − ∆l). Permeability where h A ∆l K is a difference in manometer levels. Experiments repeated after Darcy. irrespective of the orientation of the sand ﬁlter (see Fig. 5.1. (∆z accounts for the inclined ﬂow direction relative to horizontal ﬂow. is kept constant. where ∆l is the thickness or length of the sand ﬁlter in the ﬂow direction. (5. the same ﬂow rate (or ﬂow velocity) is measured. where ∆z is the elevation in the gravitational ﬁeld. as in Eq. In Darcy’s experimental results. 5.1).1). II : ∆pII = ρ g(h − ∆l · sin θ ). i. .
4) where the minus sign "". the pressure potential has been associated with the energy potential (energy pr. mass) and the following deﬁnition has been used. is volume pr. In these cases no ﬂow is expected and static equilibrium is established.3). deﬁnition positive parameters (see the example below). can be replaced by equality. above. unless the pressure p is equal to the static pressure −ρ gh. as observed in any reservoir where the ﬂuid pressure increases with depth. where ∆z = z − z0 and e.g. (5. (5. Velocity and ﬂow rate are pr. one can rewrite the equality equation based on Darcy’s deduction.2). µ ∆l (5. ∆l→0 µ dl µ ∆l (5. by introducing a proportionality coefﬁcient k. µ is the viscosity of the ﬂuid and l is the length of the porous medium in the direction of ﬂow andΦ is the pressure potential. deﬁnition. k. and Dracy’s law is written. i.e. v= k ∆p + ρ g∆z . core sample/plug.e. When .5. In a historical context. in front of the pressure gradient term. z0 = 0 at a level where the reference pressure is 1 atm.). A pressure difference ∆(p + ρ gz) = (p + ρ gz)2 − (p + ρ gz)1 will create a ﬂuid ﬂow between the two points. At this point it is important to notice that the permeability. i. k ∆Φ q=A ρ µ ∆l where k is the permeability of the porous medium (ﬁlter. not carry any characteristic information about the porous medium. the elevation is constant.4) and (5. compensates for a negative pressure gradient in the direction of ﬂow (since ﬂuids move from high to low potential). Fluid ﬂow in a porous rock is therefore given by the pressure potential difference ∆(p + ρ gz). The Darcy’s law in differential form is. µ ∆l The proportionality. time. is introduced in Eqs. as a proportionality constant and not as a physical parameter. etc. the sum of pressure difference and elevation in the gravity ﬁeld. ρ Substituting the pressure potential difference ∆Φ in Eq. q = −A k dp . The ﬂow rate q = dV /dt. µ dx (5. k dΦ k ∆Φ q=A ρ = lim A ρ . Φ= def p + gz. dz/dx = 0. The pressure at any point along the ﬂow path is related to a reference height or datum plane z0 . The permeability does pr.2) where k is the permeability.3) For linear and horizontal ﬂow (parallel to the xaxis) of incompressible ﬂuid.2 Darcy’s Law 65 v∝ 1 ∆p + ρ g∆z .
e.66 Chapter 5. since the ﬂow crosssection area is. (5. deﬁnition negative.4). on average. the pore ﬂow velocity is affected through the reduction of the . v pore and is necessarily higher than the bulk velocity.e. = dx x2 − x1 x2 − x1 where p1 > p2 in positive ﬂow direction.e. the value of d p/dx is pr. a connate water saturation Swc . as often is the case in practical situations.5) The real velocity of ﬂuid ﬂow in the pores is called the interstitial (true) velocity.φ times smaller than the bulk crosssection A. Let’s assume a constant liquid ﬂow rate q. x2 are labelled according to standard numbering and orientation. u= q k dp =− . which is otherwise not described by any of the other parameters in Eq. as shown in Fig. i. is often overlooked. the fact that this information about the porous medium is missing in Eq. the porous medium contains a residual saturation of a nonﬂowing phase. p2 and the positions x1 . describes not only the porous medium transport capability. p1 q x1 x2 x p2 q Figure 5. The directions of pore ﬂow are inclined relative to the general ﬂow direction and a characteristic inclination angle α is assigned to describe this effect. The proportionality constant k. A µ dx (5.4 is justiﬁed by considering linear core ﬂow. The ﬂuid velocity related to the crosssection area A is called the superﬁcial (i. If. called permeability. and the linear ﬂow velocity is written. Example: Linear horizontal core ﬂow The minus sign "" in the horizontal ﬂow equation Eq.2. in addition.3. as illustrated in Fig. Since x2 obviously is larger than x1 . dp p1 − p2 p2 − p1 =− . (5. .. as such. but represents all information about the porous medium etc.2: Horizontal ﬂow in a core sample. the pressure term is written as follows.4).g. ﬁltration) or bulk velocity. 5. through a core sample. 5. This effect will increase the pore velocity even more. Assuming a homogeneous porous medium and integration from position 1 to 2. 5. The pressures p1 . the minus sign "" is needed to balance the equation. Permeability permeability is related to the transport capability of the porous medium.
Experimental tests from different porous rocks have shown that an average inclination angle. α 36o and that this angle may vary between 12o to 45o .5.6) z vpore α α x vq y Figure 5.4: Core ﬂow at a dip angle θ to the horizontal axis Flow at an angle to the horizontal direction is described by Eq. In order to keep a constant ﬂow rate q. p2 p1 l2 q l1 r q l g θ x Figure 5. (5. See Fig.4. 5. then the pore velocity will be about 7 times higher than the bulk velocity. If a typical porosity of 25% and a connate water saturation of 10% are assumed. q = −A k d(p + ρ gz) . since the ﬂuids are moving up or down in the gravitational ﬁeld.3: Pore ﬂow velocity in a porous medium. The sum of these effects will cause the pore ﬂow velocity to become considerably higher than the bulk velocity. µ dl . v pore = 1 q1 1 .3). A φ 1 − Swc cos2 α (5. a pressure difference ∆p is applied. with an angle θ to the horizontal ﬂow direction. through a porous medium of length ∆l.2 Darcy’s Law 67 ﬂow crosssection area. Example: Linear inclined core ﬂow When the direction of ﬂow is inclined. where the minus sign is describing linear ﬂow. the gravitational force has to be considered.
In a updip situation. some important conditions have to be satisﬁed before permeability could be estimated from the measured data. 5. In order to maintain a constant ﬂow rate through the core sample. i.68 Chapter 5. q = −A k dp k − A ρ g sin θ . In these tests. These conditions are the following: • Horizontal ﬂow. µ µ The pressure difference is given. as in Fig. . • Incompressible ﬂuid. Ak where horizontal linear ﬂow is ∆pθ =0 = q(µ ∆l)/(Ak).. the pressure difference has to be larger relative to the horizontal case. Permeability z is the elevation in the gravitational ﬁeld and from Fig. • No chemical exchange or . (5.3 Conditions for Liquid Permeability Measurements. • Stationary ﬂow current.4. 5.4). ∆p = µ ∆l q + ρ g∆l sin θ . since the ﬂuid is pushed upwards in the gravitational ﬁelds. the pressure difference needs to be adjusted relative to the inclination angle (dip angle). µ dl µ Integration from position 1 to 2. constant crosssection in ﬂow direction.e. i.5. • 100% ﬂuid saturation in the porous medium. • Laminar ﬂow current (satisﬁed in most liquid ﬂow cases). gives k k q + A ρ g sin θ ∆l = A ∆p. Eq. Permeability in core samples is measured in the laboratory using Darcy’s law for horizontal ﬂow.reactions between ﬂuid and porous medium. where l is the direction of ﬂow.4 it’s evident that z = l sin θ .e. The ﬂow equation becomes. 0 ≤ θ < 90o ⇒ ∆p ≥ ∆p0 −90o < θ < 0 ⇒ ∆p < ∆p0 .
a = Ak / µ∆ l ∆p Figure 5. creating a pressure difference of 1 atm/cm. 5. By convention the unit for the permeability is called theDarcy. shows that permeability has the dimension of surface area. permeability is found by integrating the linear ﬂow equation where the permeability is experimentally determined using the formula.g. µ ∆l (5. It is not convenient to measure permeability of porous media in cm2 or in m2 . at high or low ﬂow rates.4 Units of Permeability 69 q slope. q= Ak ∆p. L2 . The importance of linear representation of the measured data is the advantage of visual inspection. or uncertainty in laboratory measurements.5: Experimental determination of liquid permeability. Applying Darcyunits to Eq. • Field units. (5. e.g. we get the following equality: 1 cm3 1D 1atm = −1cm2 − . • SI units (international system of units). Permeability is found by plotting the measured data as shown in Fig.5. Having satisﬁed all the above conditions. There are two systems of units which are widely used in petroleum ﬁeld engineering.4 Units of Permeability Dimensional analysis applied to the Darcy’s law. The linear best ﬁt through all experimental datapoints will give a slope.4). from which the permeability can be calculated using Eq.7) where the ﬂow rate q and the pressure difference ∆p are the measured data.7) [54]. large spread in data around the linear ﬁt. The following deﬁnition of the Darcy has been accepted: The permeability is 1 Darcy if a ﬂuid with viscosity of 1cp is ﬂowing at a rate of 1 cm3 /s through a porous medium with a crosssection of 1cm2 . s 1cp 1cm where the Darcyunits are preferably used in connection with laboratory tests. e. . 5. (5.5. which may reveal nonlinear effects in the data.
The core is saturated with water and then ﬂushed horizontally.101 . The permeability might be determined by plotting the data in a "rate/pressure" diagram. as shown in Fig. s kg . The core length is 15 cm.987 · 10−12 m2 = 0. The pressure drop ∆p. Permeability The value 1 Darcy is deﬁned in SIunits by substitution: m3 . ms q = 10−6 µ = 1 cp = 10−3 dp Pa kg atm = 1 = 1.106 3. A cylindrical core sample is properly cleaned and all remains of hydrocarbons are removed from the pore space. k= µ ∆l q .0 7. Vertical permeability (i. 5.01 · 107 2 2 and dl cm cm m s −4 2 A = 10 m qµ k = = 0. is measured for three different ﬂowrates and permeability is calculated using the above formula.70 Chapter 5. Instead of the unit 1 Darcy. normal to the bedding of formations) is usually much lower in comparison than the horizontal permeability (measured along the bedding of formations).093 10.2 0.987µ m2 . qw [cm3 /s] ∆p [atm] k [D] 1.e. Example: Core sample liquid permeability.5 0. it’s diameter is 5 cm and the water viscosity is 1.5.0 24. using the formula.0 76. 1 D = 0. which means that permeability might have different values in different directions. or more directly. which then is called millidarcy (mD).0 cp.01 · 105 = 1. A ∆p where A = π (d/2)2 and d is the core sample diameter. In its turn. It follows from these evaluations that.0 0. These permeability features should be taken into account while measuring permeability. the horizontal permeability can be different in different directions. by calculating the permeability value for each datapair. A · d p/dl Here: µ m2 = (µ m)2 . It is important to remember that permeability is a tensor. the 1/1000 fraction is used.987 µ m2 .
Taking into account the invariant quantity. absolute permeability is routinely measured in the laboratory by ﬂowing gas (usually inert gas) through the core sample. Considering mass ﬂow of gasqρ . It follows from the perfect gas law (pV = nRT ) that. ρ (p) = ρ (p0 ) ρ0 p. 5. qρ = −A kρ d p .8) Here the subscript "0" refers to a certain pressure value. (5. This uncertainty could be examined by plotting the datapairs in an appropriate way. q0 = A (5. e. or simply ρ = p.5.5 Gas Permeability Measurements Due to certain interactions between the liquids and the porous rock. qρ = q0 ρ0 . µ dx where ρ is the density of the gas at certain pressure. q0 = −A or integrated from p1 to p2 . µ po ∆l (5. 2µ p0 ∆l k p ∆p . 5. is the opportunity to verify that the data used in the averaging process are "good" or representative . always contain uncertainty related to the technology used to obtain the labdata. the gas rate is pressure dependent. one ﬁnally obtains.5. as in this example.9) k p2 − p2 1 2 .5 Gas Permeability Measurements 71 The average or representative permeability is k = 0.10) Another useful form in which Eq.1 D or 100 mD. the pressure at normal or standard conditions. µ p0 dx (5. Because gas is a highly compressible substance. the Darcy’s law may not be utilised directly. The advantage of dataplotting. compared to straight forward calculations.11) . Laboratory measurements. q0 = A kp d p . i. µ p0 dx (5. p0 p0 which when substituted into the previous equation equation yields. qρ = −A k ρ0 p d p . for instance. as shown in Fig. .e.10) can be written is.g. one can write.
k ∆p . 5. Horizontal permeability measurements require a sealing of the top surfaces of the core with nonpermeable rubber disks (see Fig. µ ∆l q = −A (5. In this test the ﬂow length is actually a function of the core diameter. It provides measurements of permeability in both vertical and horizontal directions. In most cases the circumference of the core is divided into four equal quadrants.6: Full diameter vertical and horizontal permeability measurement apparatus (from IHRDC. . Permeability where p = (p1 + p2 )/2 is a mean (average) pressure in the core during the measurements. Low pressure air is introduced into the center of the holder and passes through the rubber boot and intersects with the screen.12) where q is the mean or average ﬂow rate. The screen are selected to cover designated outer segments of the full diameter sample. ρ p = ρ p with Eq. The core plug is placed in an impermeable rubber sleeve protecting the gas ﬂow at the outerface of the core plug. In a homogeneous porous rock. The Hassler core holder is commonly used for permeability measurements. The area of cylindrical surface at the inﬂow and outﬂow openings is covered with a screen and the sample is then placed into the core holder. For permeability measurements in the vertical direction gas is injected through the core plug in the axial direction (see Fig. right).11). left). the mean ﬂow rate is equal to the gas rate at the centre of the core sample. It is common to furnish two horizontal permeability measurements on all full diameter samples. (5. and the crosssectional area of ﬂow is a function of the length and diameter of the core sample. 5. Under high air pressure the rubber tubing is collapsed around the core. Metal plug Screen Core sample Low air pressure High air pressure Screen To flow Low air meter pressure Rubber disk To flow meter Flow directions High air pressure Rubber tubing Figure 5. Combining the invariant mass ﬂow.12) has exactly the same form as Darcy’s law for horizontal liquid ﬂow.6. qρ = qρ and the results generated from the perfect gas law. 1991). and then ﬂows vertically through the screen.6. except for the fact that the ﬂow rate is the mean ﬂow rate. one obtains. The air then ﬂows through the full diameter sample along its full height and emerges on the opposite side. Eq. where the screen again allows free ﬂow of the air to exit.72 Chapter 5. (5. The second measurement is made at the right angles to the ﬁrst.
(This asymptotic limit is not reached unless the pressure. is more than 1000 bar.7: Gas permeability plotted as the reciprocal of mean pressure. are calculated from the equation above. q2 is measured at the other end.g.00 ∆p [atm. Note that the gas permeability is pressure dependent.8 p [atm.2 0.] Figure 5. will start to behave as a liquid. p1 measured. written as follows.4 35.8 6.133 0. As the mean pressure in the core sample increases it is expected that the gas permeability will approach the absolute (liquid) permeability. p2 = 1atm..] 0.667 2. The core has been cleaned and dried and mounted in a Hassler core holder.) . in air. 1in in diameter and length. p and the pressure drop across the core. q2 = A k p2 − p2 1 2 .066 1.8 1 Reciprocal pressure: 1/p m [1/atm.] 1.6 132. at atmospheric pressure.5 Gas Permeability Measurements 73 Example: Core sample gas permeability.3 5.33 2.4 0.10).00 k [mD] 6.6. e. A gas permeability test has been carried out on a core sample.6 0. ∆p. while the gas rate. The gas permeability could be estimated using Eq.e. at one end of the core sample. of the type seen in Fig. the mean pressure in the core sample. The gas permeability k is found as a function of the mean core pressure. The following data is given: p1 [mmHg] 861 1276 2280 q2 [cm3 /min] 6. The gas is injected and the pressure.5. i. 2µ p2 ∆l Given the pressure p1 and the gas rate q2 . (5.0 7 6 Permeability: k [mD] 5 4 3 2 0 0. since at such high pressure the gas itself. 5.
as seen in Fig. 2 and 3. 5.1 Turbulent Gas Flow in a Core Sample When gas permeability in core samples are measured. preferably in the larger pores and pore channels. (5.14) is a linear equation where 1/k is the constant term. (5. . Instead the gas rate is measured at the exhaust end. Considering the average gas ﬂow velocity. one of them has to be kept ﬁxed when producing linear plots. v = q/A and rearranging the above equation somewhat. when p → ∞ or more conveniently.e.7. = + ∆x µ q k Aµ In an experimental situation one normally do not know the average core rateq. For each set there are three measurements.0 mD. b and c. one gets. Recall from above the relation. all together nine measurements. (5. roughness. The data. A ∆pp 1 β p0 q0 = + . p Substituting for average gas rate in the horizontal ﬂow equation one gets an equation particularly adapted for experimental application. taken from the table is plotted and the absolute permeability is found kliquid = 3.5. ∆p A 1 1 β q. are both functions of p1 . is used describing turbulent ﬂow in a circular tube [7]. p0 q = q0 . including a turbulent term can be written as. ρ is the gas density and F is the Fanning friction factor characterising the tube (i.14). the horizontal ﬂow equation can be expanded by adding a term particularly describing the turbulent ﬂow situation.74 Chapter 5. special care has to be taken to how data is plotted. Assuming there are three sets of data. when 1/p → 0. For this purpose the Fanning Eq. In order to adjust for the occurance of turbulence. ∆x k where v is the average or mean ﬂow velocity and β is the turbulent constant . (5. set a. (5.14) ∆xµ p0 q0 k Aµ p Eq. According to the Fanning equation one may assume that pressure drop across a pore channel is proportional to the square of the average gas velocity in the pore. ∆p µ = v + β v2 . etc.5.13). 1. In order to use Eq.13) ρ F ∆x where R is the tube radius. R ∆p . q0 . Permeability The absolute gas permeability of the core sample is therefore found as the asymptotic value of permeability. wetting.). . Since p = (p1 + p2 )/2 and ∆p = (p1 − p2 ). v2 = The horizontal ﬂow equation. turbulent ﬂow may be experienced in parts of the pore system.
from where the absolute (liquid) permeability is found.2 ∆pc. Secondly. as shown in the Fig.14).5.2 q0.3 ∆pc.1 ∆pc.c.3 q0.8.c.2 ∆pb.3 q0.5 Gas Permeability Measurements 75 pa pa pa pb pb pb pc pc pc ∆pa.a.2 q0.8.b.3 q0. a. where data having the same average core pressure are plotted together in the ﬁrst step. in accordance with the linear Eq.1 ∆pa.2 ∆pa. ka .1 q0. kb and kc are now plotted.a. A ∆ppm ∆xνp0 q0 pmc pmb pma 1/kc 1/kb 1/ka q0 /pm Figure 5.1 ∆pb. k.9: Absolute permeability as function of inverse average pressure. 5. b and c.c. 5.b. 5. . p = pm When turbulence is considered. The three permeability values found form Fig.9.2 q0. as shown in the Fig.b.1 q0. permeabilities are plotted as functions of the inverse average pressure.a.D ka kc kb kL 1/pm Figure 5. gas permeability is found using a step like plotting process.3 ∆pb.1 q0.8: Plotting linear data where the average pressure p = pm is kept constant. a straight line is plotted through the measured data points and the constant 1/k is evaluated. (5.3 For each data set.
A p ∆p (5. as compared to the nonreactive liquid permeability measurements (absolute permeability). i. i. measurements of gas permeability give erroneously high results.15) where the latter statement means that different average core pressures p. this condition is broken. One of the conditions for the validity of Darcy’s law. Extrapolation of this line to inﬁnite mean pressure. 5.e. Klinkenberg found that the gas permeability of a core sample varied with both the type of gas used in the measurements and the average pressure p. that they slip through the pore channels almost without interactions (no friction loss) and hence.g. At low gas pressure. experiments have shown that the permeability is even more dependent on the overburden pressure than the porosity. the Klinkenberg dominated ﬂow will yield a higher gas rate than laminar ﬂow. when 1/p → 0. Experiments show that when gas permeability is plotted versus the reciprocal average pressure p. Permeability 5. This effect is known as the gas slippage effect or as the Klinkenberg effect. (5.e. used in laboratory tests. investigated by Klinkenberg in 1941. it is evident that other characteristics than the porous medium have important inﬂuence on the numeric value of the permeability. To avoid this effect.6 Factors Affecting Permeability Values General considerations show that permeability is a characteristic parameter describing ﬂow behaviour in porous media. Permeability measurements are also (sometimes strongly) affected by the ﬂuid.76 Chapter 5.1 The Klinkenberg Effect It has been observed that at low average pressures. i. in the core. (5. theKlinkenberg effect.11). k = k(p).e. At low p. a straight line can be ﬁtted through the data points. such as turbulent ﬂow behaviour. is the requirement of laminar ﬂow. Compared to laminar ﬂow. at a constant pressure difference. k= qo µ po ∆l . the gas molecules are closer together and interact more strongly as molecules in a liquid. due to some interaction between the ﬂuid and the porous medium. increased uncertainty in gas rate measurements and at low pressure.7) or (5.11). that the rock permeability to gas is not the same as for liquids. Since the permeability is introduced as a proportional coefﬁcient in Darcy’s law. gives the absolute (liquid) permeability. since gas permeability is pressure dependent. provide different values of the rock permeability to gas. that the ﬂuid behaves "classically" with respect to intermolecular interactions in the gas. as presented in Eqs.6. At higher pressures. The use of gases introduce other problems. These facts should be considered when permeability from laboratory measurements is related to reservoir permeability. e. carbondioxide and air) are often used for permeability measurements. qKlinkenberg > qlaminar . The permeability . gas molecules are often so far apart. yield a increased ﬂow velocity or ﬂow rate. In the case of overburden pressure. nitrogen. in combination with small (diameter) pore channels. It follows from Eq. gases (helium.
as seen for the table below. the pressure will be much higher and consequently the signiﬁcance of the Klinkenberg effect of no importance. mD 6. . Noncorrected permeability.0 Gas Permeability. properties of the rock (Fig. The parameter b depends on the type of gas used and reﬂects. km = kL 1 + b . 5.4 1.10.0 100. [mD] 1.0 Figure 5.16) where km and kL are the measured.0 He N2 CO2 Liquid or absolute permeability. it is shown that the permeability can be written. value at 1/p → 0 is comparable to the permeability obtained if the core were saturated with a nonreactive liquid (see Fig. to some extent.0 In most laboratory measurements of gas permeability. In early core analysis the Klinkenberg permeability was estimated by using a steadystate technique for permeability measurements. it is safe to neglect the Klinkenberg effect if the gas pressure is higher than 10 bar.5. at different mean pressures p.6 Factors Affecting Permeability Values 77 8. Corrections to measured gas permeability due to the Klinkenberg effect are normally moderate to small corrections.8 0.0 4.0 Klinkenberg corrected permeability.7 7. 1/bar 2. In reservoirs. Example: Onset of the Klinkenberg effect The onset of the Klinkenberg effect is considered in a system comprised of a bundle of identical capillary tubes.0 2.and the absolute (liquid) permeability.0 1000. using Poiseuille’s law for tube ﬂow. kL 0.8 88.0 950.0 0. For such a system.10: Klinkenberg permeability determination.10). respectively. [mD] 0.2 Reciprocal Mean Pressure.0 10. 5.6 1. p (5.0 0. or by using the following correlation’s.
the mean free paths of their molecules at standard conditions (room temperature and atmospheric pressure) are in the range: 0. for permeabilities less thankHe = 0.06 µ m. it follows. one can estimate the permeability at which the Klinkenberg effect starts to become a signiﬁcant effect. At higher pressures. below which the Klinkenberg effect becomes active. (5. π (λHe /2)2 . the expected mean free paths are shorter and consequently the permeability limits are lower than in theHe case. λ < λHe . there is a maximum permeability limit. λHe = 0. (5. In an experiment where N2 or CO2 is used. Irrespective of the fact that a bundle of cylindrical tubes is far from being a realistic model of a porous medium. Since the Klinkenberg effect is said to become important when the mean free path of the gas and the size (diameter) of the pore channels are comparable.17).8 mD. whereas the mean free paths of CO2 and N2 are respectively 0.04 µ m and 0. the Klinkenberg effect would be active at standard conditions in a "porous" medium. r = λHe /2. 4 8 (5.01 to 0. Permeability k= π r2 . Substituting the helium mean free path for the diameter of the tube radius in Eq. as above.17) where r is the individual tube radius. kHe = . As an example helium gas might be chosen in the ﬂow experiment.e. i.78 Chapter 5. lower mean free paths are observed.18 · 10−6 m at atmospheric pressure and temperature of 20o C [59].1 µ m.18) 4 8 Using helium gas. . Helium has a mean free path. For many gases.
7 Exercises 1. µ :[cp]. r2 ∆p v= . is given by Poiseuilles equation. where R r.5.[cp]. L:[ft] and p:[psi]. q:[cm3 /s]. µ . Darcy’s law is given. Find an expression for the average permeability and evaluate the consequences of relative increase/decrease in the pore radius. 2. Assuming a tube radius equal to r and that the ﬂuid ﬂow velocity through the tubes. The cylindrical pore model consists of cylindrical tubes stacked on top of each other. r R ∆l ∆l 4.0133×106 . 8µ ∆l a) Calculate the porosity of the cylindrical pore model φ . as shown in the ﬁgure below. Prove that the numeric constant for converting dyn/cm2 to atm. µ ∆L where. c) Consider the average permeability of a serial coupling of two tubes with tube radius R and r. q=A k ∆p .7 Exercises 79 5. 3. k:[mD]. q:[bbl/d]. when we have. k:[Darcy]. A:[cm2 ]. Convert this equation to "Oil Field Units" where. A reservoir has cylindrical geometry where the following parameters are deﬁned. L:[cm] and p:[atm]. a) incompressible ﬂuid and b) ideal gas. . A:[ f t 2 ].. pe [atm] pw [atm] rw [cm] re [cm] h [cm] Pressure at the outer boundary Pressure in the well Well radius Radius at the outer boundary Reservoir height Use Darcy’s law to derive a general equation for a cylindrical reservoir in the cases of horizontal ﬂow. is equal to 1. b) Show that the permeability is written as k = φ r2 /8.
20 psig. respectively. using N2 . Show that the average permeability k for n horizontal layers. without detecting the Klinkenberg effect. 0. pressure µ 55 psig. Permeability 5.0 in. where the following data is given: . Calculate the air permeability. given the following data: rw k pe = = = 6 in. 175 BOPD.65 psia. qb and pb is the ﬂow rate and back pressure. stacked on top of each other (in parallel). 10 ft. Calculate the total ﬂow rate in f t 3 /d at the pressure pb for gas ﬂow through parallel layers. Verify that the two approaches used above give the same answer.5 in. What is the pressure drop from the well to this position. Use the laws of Darcy and Poiseuilles to estimate the lowest measurable permeability of a sandstone core sample. in two ways. 13 psia. An oil well is producing from a cylindrical reservoir with a drainage area of 20 acres. k= n ∑ j=1 h j where k j and h j are the permeability and thickness of the layers. 75 mD. 6. 5000 psia. (NB: p psia = p psig + patm. q k1 k2 k3 h1 h2 h3 q 9. BOPD is short for "Barrel of Oil Produced per Day". in percentage of the total pressure difference in the reservoir? ¯ 8. is given by the formula [8] (see Figure below). Linear ﬂow in horizontal layers. (Use the equation for gas rate at the efﬂuent end qo and the equation for the average gas rate q. 75 cm3 /s.) Length Diameter qb pb 3. p1 p2 Atm. for a cylindrical core sample where the following data is given. Calculate the pressure in the reservoir at a distance 5 ft from the well.pressure ) 7. µ h q = = = 5 cP. n kh ¯ ∑ j=1 j j .80 Chapter 5.0185 cP. 14. Calculate the well pressure. The measurements are done under laboratory conditions. 1.
7 Exercises 81 width h1 h2 h3 200 ft. Radial and horizontal ﬂow through cylindrical layers. 330 ft. 200 mD. Show that the average permeability for n radial layers in a cylindrical reservoir is given by the formula [8] (see Figure below). q k1 k2 k3 q L1 L2 L3 L 11. 14. pw µo h 2000 psia. n L ¯ = ∑ j=1 j . Show that the average permeability of rectangular porous media coupled in series is given by the formula [8] (see Figure below). 4 ft. Are the formulas above valid both for gas. when the following data is given: width L1 L2 L3 100 ft. 6 ft. 200 mD. n ln(r j /r j−1 )/k j ∑ j=1 where re and rw is the radius to the outer boundary of the reservoir and the well radius. 20 ft. Calculate the total oil rate bbl/d through all media. k n ∑ j=1 L j /k j where L j is the length of the media in the direction of ﬂow. 5 cp. Linear and horizontal ﬂow through linear beds in series. 12. 50 mD. 50 psig. 100 ft. 500 psig. k j is permeability to the layer with outer radius r j . k1 k2 50 mD. height k1 k2 k3 50 ft. respectively. 150 mD.0 psia. 10 ft. 400 mD.and liquid ﬂow? 13. 400 psig. (Notice: p psia = p psig + patm.0 psia.65 psia. patm. 2 ft. An oil well has a intermediate zone with reduced reservoir permeability k1 . 200 ft. ) 10. 200 mD. Gas viscosity µg = 0. length k1 k2 k3 400 ft.0185cp. µo pin pout patm. . 200 ft. Calculate the pressure at the outer boundary pe when the oil rate is 100 bbl/d and the following data is given: rw r1 k3 6 in.5. 100 psig. 100 mD. 15. 10 cP. ¯ k= ln(re /rw ) . pin pout pb 15.
1 D. 0.82 Chapter 5. Calculate the absolute permeability of the sample when the air–water surface uses 400 seconds to move 18 cm. π /4. Absolute permeability of a core sample is being measured by water ﬂooding. Density of water Water viscosity Gravitational constant Thickness of core sample Answers to questions: 3.1 mD. 13. 6. as shown in the ﬁgure below. 7. and the airwater surface is monitored as function of time. Water 100 cm Core sample 82 cm 2 cm q Additional data. evenly distributed over the surface. 14. 5. 11. 262 atm.1 D. 288 atm.57 · 106 f t 3 /d. The tube is placed in a vertical position and the water is assumed to ﬂow through the whole core sample. 4710 bbl/d. 1. 9. The core sample is mounted in a transparent cylindrical tube. Permeability What is the pressure at outside the damaged zone (r1 ) ? 14. 2272 psi. 0. 1 g/cm3 1 cp 980 cm/s2 2 cm .
A central property. Some of the most commonly used techniques are reviewed. gas and rock formations. 6.Chapter 6 Wettability and Capillary Pressure 6. it is important to recognise the effect of the surface properties of oil/rock. the molecules attached to the oilwater interface do necessarily have less kinetic energy than the bulk molecules. The equilibrium bulk phases can be: • Liquidvapor (LV). when giving an overall picture of the interfacial conditions. In such complicated systems. denoted by σ . say water and oil is forming an interface. • Liquidsolid (LS).1.) Any surface that is in the state of lateral tension. • Liquidliquid (LL). This property is very sensitive to chemical changes at the interface. The molecules on or close to the interface may not move with the same degree of freedom and speed. 6. no interfacial tension is observed between gases. For curved interfaces. water/rock and. the interface oil/water. • Solidvapor (SV). the deﬁnition is similar but slightly more complex. If two ﬂuids. can be related to the work or energy required to establish the surface area. due to the constraint put on them by the interface.2 Surface and Interfacial Tension An interface is known as the boundary region between two adjacent bulk phases. In this chapter. The surface tension. several experimental methods have been developed in order to measure this physical property.1 Introduction The exploitation of hydrocarbons is a complex process of controlling interactions in systems involving crude oil. in combination. the interaction between wettability and surface tension is revealed. (Gases are basically miscible and thus. on average. Since the total energy of 83 . Due to the great signiﬁcance of the surface/interfacial tension. is the surface or interfacial tension (or more correctly the surface or interfacial energy). leads to the concept ofsurface tension. water. as seen in Fig.
i.. the larger is the interfacial tension σ . a molecule at a surface is in a state of higher potential energy than a bulk molecule.. tensions acting at the ﬂuidﬂuid and rockﬂuid interfaces. The evaluation of reservoir wettability can be made through measurements of interfacial tensions. σ= ∂G ∂A .84 Chapter 6. to increase the surface area of the system. area.e. that what is called surface or interface tension is in fact surface or interface energy and quite often it is more advantageous to use the energy perspective than it is to deal with tension and forces. that has to be measured by using microscale laboratory investigation techniques. This means that energy is required to move a molecule from the interior to the surface of a phase. the greater is the work needed to bring bulk molecules to the surface. Since a proportionality exist between surface area and potential energy of the system of molecules and since equilibrium is reached at minimum potential energy (actually minimum Gibbs energy). 6.3 Rock Wettability Laboratory experiments have proved that rock wettability affects oil displacement. the unit of energy pr. T.1 some typical values for surface . . the potential energy of molecules attached to the interface is greater than the potential energy of the bulk molecules. i. The stronger the intermolecular attractions in the liquid. In Table 6. Note that wettability itself is a microscopic characteristic. i.e. The surface tension between a pure liquid and its vapour phase is usually in the range of 10 to 80 mN/m. The unit of surface tension is therefore. the surface area of a system is always minimised.e. J/m2 or more commonly N/m. i.p. Generally speaking.1) Here G is the Gibbs free energy and A is the surface area. oil water Figure 6. and thecontact angle.and interfacial tensions are listed. Note. pressure and amount of material in the system constant. due to anisotropy and intermolecular interactions..ni (6.e. Wettability and Capillary Pressure the molecules is mainly a function of temperature.1: Molecular motion in bulk and close to the oilwater interface. Keeping the temperature.. The term wettability can be deﬁned as "the tendency of one ﬂuid to spread or to adhere to a solid surface in the presence of other immiscible ﬂuids" [29]. the following expression for surface tension may be written.
particularly chamosite. System Wetting Nonwetting phase phase Brine Brine Brine Brine Oil Gas Oil Oil Gas Gas Gas Mercury Conditions T = temperature P = pressure Reservoir. to spread on the pore wall surface in preference to the other (oil). T. may promote oil wet character.7 25. Liquid Water noctane ndodecane nhexadecane dichoromethane benzene mercury σLV (mN/m) 72. through the ﬂuid whose wettability is studied or through the ﬂuid which is wetting the solid surface. The presence of certain authigenic clays. together with contact angles and interfacial tensions [8].0 The angle θ is inﬂuenced by the tendency of one of the ﬂuids.9 53. P Laboratory. i. and on the nature of the pore wall. The qualitative recognition of preferred spread is called a wettability preference. P Reservoir.8 27. and the ﬂuid which spreads more is said to be the wetting phase ﬂuid. Note: Surface tension σLV . T. T.6.0 σLW (mN/m) – 51.1: Surface tension. P Laboratory.e.2.9 476.3 Rock Wettability 85 Table 6. T.8 21. water. Table 6. is here deﬁned as the interfacial tension between a liquid and its vapor. of the immiscible pair. σLV and interfacial tension to water. particularly the asphaltine content of the oil.0 375.7 35. T. The differences in contact angle somehow indicate different wettability preferences which . T.4 27. Contact angles are measured. depends both on the chemical compositions of the ﬂuid pair.2: Fluid pair wettability under reservoir and laboratory conditions. Pure quartz sandstone or calcite surfaces are likely to be wetted preferentially by water. by convention. T = 293o K. P Laboratory. A table of typical ﬂuid pairs of interest in reservoir engineering is shown in the Table 6. P Reservoir. P θ σ (dynes/cm) 30 48 72 (50) 4 480 30 30 0 0 0 140 The degree of wettability exhibited.9 28. σLW for some liquids at temperature.5 28.7 52.
σos . placed in a contact with a waterwet reservoir rock. Contact angle values 0 – 30 30 – 90 90 90 – 150 150 – 180 Wettability preference Strongly water wet Preferentially water wet Neutral wettability Preferentially oil wet Strongly oil wet o o w s θ=0 w s θ = 90 o w s θ ~ 180 Figure 6. The following deﬁnitions will be used: • surface tension between the oil and solid.2 [19]. 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure can be illustrated by the following rule of thumb presented in Table 6. The three interfacial tension are not independent parameters.4 Contact Angle and Interfacial Tension With two immisible ﬂuids (oil and water) present in the reservoir.2: Example of wetting preference. σws and σwo .3: Wettability preference expressed by contact angle.3 and in Fig. surrounded by oil. 6. as seen in Fig. Table 6.3.86 Chapter 6.3: Geometry of the water droplet in oil. 6. σos . there are three interfacial tension parameters to be assessed. and in order to reveal the relationship between them a "gedanken" experiment is carried out on a droplet of water. . r Oil h R θ Water θ Rock Figure 6. placed in a contact with a waterwet reservoir rock.
A small deformation of the surface area. dVw = which leads to dh = − Using these results. 6.4 Contact Angle and Interfacial Tension 87 • surface tension between the water and solid. • interfacial tension between the oil and water phases. (6. Eq. θ .2).As . (6. the following relationships are valid (see also Fig. ∂r ∂h σws − σos + σow 1 − and taking into account that (see Fig.6. σws dAs + (−σos dAs ) + σow dAd = 0 Elaborating on Eq.3). The water droplet is assumed to be in equilibrium with the surrounding medium.3). Ad . σos − σws = σow cos θ . (6. 6.2) is rewritten.4) . will deform the droplet slightly and force the droplet to expand on the solid surface. • area of the reservoir rock occupied by the water droplet. h2 + r2 ⇒ ⇒ dAs = 2π rdr dAw = 2π (rdr + hdh) (6. The deformation is described by the equilibrium equation. 2h2 h2 + r2 ) = cos θ . • contact angle at the oilwatersolid interface measured through the water.3) R sin θ = r R cos θ = R − h and (1 − a ﬁnal result is obtained. σow . expressing the change in energy due to the change in area. (6. which is known as the YoungDupre equation [15]. 2rh dr. 2h2 h2 + r2 = 0. • surface area of the water droplet.2) ∂ Vw ∂ Vw dr + dh = 0. σws . As = π r 2 Aw = π (r2 + h2 ) Vw = π6h (3r2 + h2 ) Incompressible liquids give.
in the latter equation. Substituting deﬁnition of the capillary pressure pc . 2 4π r r Capillary pressure can be of signiﬁcant magnitude.1 Capillary Pressure Across Curved Surfaces For two immiscible liquids as part of a real physical system. i. By convention. The equilibrium condition is ecpressed as the change in potential and surface energy.88 Chapter 6. one we successively obtain. Pc = po − pw .5 bar m2 ·104 6. the capillary pressure is written. since the surface area is minimised. the droplet takes the form of a perfect sphere. one may assume the interfacial tension to be far more important than the gravitational force acting on the droplet and thus. Wettability and Capillary Pressure 6. If the droplet is small.4: Pressure difference across a curved (spherical) interface. as seen in Fig 6. is described by an equation taking into account the energy change due to the volume and the surface change. as seen in Fig.5.wetting and the wetting phase. Pc = σow dA dA = σow dV dr dV dr −1 = σow 8π r 2 = σow . since this is the energy needed to form a droplet that can pass through a porous channel .025 N ⇒ Pc m N = 0. pw dV + σow dA = po dV. Normally. Using an example with an oil drop ﬂoating in water where the density of oil and water are assumed similar.R1 and R2 . A small perturbation.4. where Pc is deﬁned as the pressure difference between the non. a curved surface is characterised by two radii of curvature. a small reduction of the sphere volume. Taking typical values of a pore radius and an interfacial tension of oil and water.e. the capillary pressure can be obtained by the following evaluation: r ∼ 1µ m and σow = 0. the Pc term is positive for unconﬁned immiscible ﬂuid pairs. . ** Pw Po Water Oil Figure 6.5. 6. a spherical interface is an odd observation.5 Capillary Pressure Capillary pressure may be deﬁned as the pressure difference across a curved interface between two immiscible ﬂuids.
(6. r If the initial water area is considered to be small (or negligible) to the area of the droplets. is the energy needed to increase the initial water surface A. which can be expressed by Eq. the interface will show a net curvature with the larger pressure on the concave side. . Pc = σ 1 1 . Across a planar interface/surface R1 = R2 = ∞ and ∆p = 0. + R1 R2 (6.22J is found. Example: Surface tension and surface energy The process of displacing water through a porous medium is comparable to the formation of droplets of sizes equal to the capillary pore throats. Ad and volume .1).073 mN/m? The energy in question. a potential energy equal to about 0.w 3 V −A .w ∆A = σair. The relationship between the pressure difference ∆p = Pc and the curvature is given by Laplace equation.5) where R1 and R2 are the principal radii of curvature and σ is the interfacial tension.6. of the initial volume V to N number of droplets with area. The area increase is. ∆A = N · Ad − A = V 3 Ad − A = V − A.Vd . What is then the energy needed to transform 1 cm3 of pure water to droplets with an average radius of 1 µ m.5: Curved surface and radii of curvature. For a spherical droplet R1 = R2 = r and ∆p = 2σ /r. Vd r where the droplet area and volume are respectively. With a pressure difference across the interface in the two phases.5 Capillary Pressure 89 R2 R1 Figure 6. when the surface tension of water to vapor is 0. 4π r2 and (4/3)π r3 . ∆E p = σair. Since the increased area ∆A is directly proportional to the increase in potential energy ∆E p .
In these cases no preference with respect to mixing of the two ﬂuids is observed.5.2 Interfacial Tension Assuming pairs of immicsible unconﬁned ﬂuids the following phenomena.6 can be observed. diffusion will lead to mixing of the two ﬂuids. two immiscible ﬂuids (oil + water) are conﬁned in a cylindrical capillary of radiusrc . a curved interface is formed in the capillary tube. liquids are classiﬁed as "truely" miscible. Wettability and Capillary Pressure . 6. (6.5) for the pressure difference between the two sides of the interface. as illustrated in Fig. molecules of one type will prefer (have afﬁnity for) the company of the second type of molecules. We may observe a chemical reaction where the ﬁnal state is stable in time. 6. σ < 0.3 Capillary Pressure in a Cylindrical Tube When a nonwetting ﬂuid is displacing a wetting ﬂuid. An example of such a process is the hydrophilic ability of pure ethanol to mix with air more or less instantaneously. To reveal the relation between the capillary pressure. depending on the sign of interfacial tension: σ>0 σ~0 σ<0 Figure 6.) • When the surface tension is negative. σ > 0. • In the cases when σ ≈ 0. (However.90 Chapter 6. the interfacial tension and the radius in a cylindrical tube. 6.6: Formation of interface as function of the sign of the interfacial tension in pairs of immicsible unconﬁned ﬂuids. have a preference for keeping their own company.7. . as is the case when oil is displacing water in a waterwet porous rock. conﬁned molecules. The surface against the second type of molecules is minimised and in the case of small droplets. 6.5. as shown in Fig. spherical interfaces are formed. Using the Eq. • When the surface tension is positive.
Pc across the oilwater interface: ∆pV = ∆po + ∆pw = 2σow cos θ .7: Idealised model of a pore channel ﬁlled with two immiscible ﬂuids forming a curved interface between them. (6.and capillary forces. 6. the process by which oil displaces water in a cylindrical tube is considered in analogy with the production of oil from a waterwet reservoir where oil is forced through capillary pores which initially contained water. Consider a dynamical situation. expressing the radius of the interfacial surface R by means of the contact angle θc and the capillary radius rc in the cylindrical tube. + R1 R2 where R1 and R2 are main radii of the curvature. in the oil. po − pw = σow 1 1 .5 Capillary Pressure 91 θc rc Water θc R Oil Figure 6.water displacement in a capillary tube Displacement processes in porous media are very often a competition between viscous. cos θc where Eq. In this example.6.and water zone and partly the capillary pressure drop. The pressure drop along the cylindrical tube is partly the viscous pressure drop ∆po + ∆pw . r q [µo x + µw (L − x)] . Ak Pc = .6) is the capillary pressure in a cylindrical tube of radiusr. as sketch in Fig. Example: Oil .8 where the oil front has reached a position x in to the cylinder (pore). rc (6.6) rc . When R1 = R2 = R and R= the capillary pressure is written. Pc = po − pw = σow 1 1 + R1 R2 = 2σow · cos θc .
∆pv /Pc ∼ 1. The Capillary number for reservoir ﬂow becomes Nc = 1. From this comparison . The ﬂow rate is q = Av. The permeability of the tube is known as.5 µ m/s. ∆pV vµo x vµw L − x =4 + . . where A and v is respectively the crosssection area and the pore velocity. it is obvious (even when the appropriate bulk velocity u = v pore /(φ (1 − Sr ) cos2 α ) is taken into account) that under reservoir ﬂow conditions. The strength between the two forces is considered by simply comparing their pressure drops. Wettability and Capillary Pressure ∆po ∆pc ∆pw Oil 0 x Water L Figure 6. a set of "typical values" could be chosen and the average pore velocity is found.5 · 10−5 (using the numbers above). µo ≈ µw = 1 mPa · s σow = 50 mN/m Reservoir ﬂow is commonly considered to be of the order of 1 foot pr. capillary forces are totally predominant and that viscous forces play a minor role when microscopic ﬂow pattern is considered. in the reservoir. day.e. which is equal to 3. the relation vµ /(σ · cos θ ) is the only term containing dynamical parameters. Nc = vµ . i.8: Crosssection view of a cylindrical "pore channel". ∆pV /Pc = 1 θ = 60o L/r = 5 v pore ≈ 1. σ cos θ The Capillary number Nc . and r is the tube radius. In a situation where the two forces are assumed to be equally important.92 Chapter 6. while the Capillary number at the "breaking point" when the viscous force becomes equally important to the capillary force is 8· 10−3 .k = r2 /8. In analogy with the deﬁnition of Reynolds number.and the capillary force. a dimensionless number could be deﬁned. describes the competition between the viscous. This means that the capillary forces alone decide which pore channels are going to be swept and which are not.3 m/s. Pc σow cos θ r σow cos θ r In the equation above.
6.8) can be carried out using the following notation for dimensions. Sw ) Since some of the parameters are dependent on others.6 Capillary Pressure and Fluid Saturation 93 The capillary number for ﬁeld waterﬂoods ranges from 10−6 to 10−4 . σow · cos θc . • contact angle measured through the water phase. mentioned above. φ . Sw and Sw Oil σow Oil θc Water σws Waterwet σow σos σos θc Water σws Oilwet Figure 6. So . σws . Sw ) (6. Pc = f (φ . k. . 6. θc . the list of independent parameters is shortened and Eq. σws and σow . Relying upon the data obtained. σos . k. So = 1 − Sw .7) is written.6. • rock porosity. (6. .6 Capillary Pressure and Fluid Saturation Results from drainage and imbibiation laboratory experiments have shown that the capillary pressure Pc = po − pw is dependent on the following parameters (see Fig. (6. θc .9): • surface tensions. σow . The Capillary number is generally varied by increasing the ﬂow rate (pore velocity) and/or lowering the interfacial tension. k. • rock permeability. (6. The task is to deﬁne (if possible) a correlation between capillary pressurePc and the parameters. being responsible for the numeric variation of the capillary pressure in the experiments. σos .8) A dimensional analysis of Eq. the following dependency can be expressed. where an increase in the Capillary number implies an increase in the oil recovery.7) σos − σws = σow · cos θc . Laboratory studies have shown that the value of the Capillary number is directly related to the ultimate recovery of oil.9: Wettability of oilwatersolid system. Pc = f (φ . • ﬂuid saturations.
Sw ). the number of independent variable parameters is reduced and an almost exact form of the correlation between the capillary pressure Pc . and T – time. (6. Using notation (6. [σow · cos θc ] = M · T −2 . [φ ] = 1.9) Comparing all the parameters of the righthand side of Eq. Eq. Sw ). σow · cos θc √ (6.94 Chapter 6.8): [Pc ] = M · L−1 · T −2 . (6. it appears that both dimension parameters k and σow have independent dimensions. k It can be shown that parameters φ and Sw and their functions. the last relation is written in the form. which gives the following dimensions for all the parameters in Eq. (k/φ ) (6. [Sw ] = 1 (6. The following correlation is widely used for reservoir simulation tasks [13. (6. σow · cos θc and by making use of this result. T : −2 = −2β . M · L−1 · T −2 = L2α · M β · T −2β . Pc = σow · cos θc √ · F(φ .11) where J(Sw ) is known as the Jfunction (after Leverett). L – length. . F= √ Pc · k. F = F(φ .10) · F1 (φ ) · F2 (Sw ) k Thus by using the dimension analysis (the π theorem) [11]. This means that dimension of the capillary pressure can be deﬁned through dimensions of those parameters. [Pc ] = [k]α · [σow · cos θc ]β . 15]. Pc = Pc = σow · cos θc · J(Sw ). or using the initial notation.e.8).9). which is followed by. can only appear in correlations where they form a product.8) can be rewritten in dimensionless form. ⇒ α = −1/2 and β = 1. [k] = L2 . a dimensionless parameter F can be composed. Wettability and Capillary Pressure M – mass. ﬂuids and rock parameters is obtained.. L : −1 = 2α . i. M: 1 = β. Thus.
Hence. exceeding the difference between the outlet and inlet pressure ∆po (t).e. the pressure in the oil phase po . that a certain invariant distributionfunction χ (r) deﬁnes a fraction of pore channels with capillary radii belonging to the interval (r. is the capillary pressure characteristic of the reservoir heterogeneity. V = ∑ Vi . N where N is the total number of pore channels. represented by the 1/r relationship. a ﬁxed contact angle θc . is high enough to protect the water invading the pore channels. Assume that at the starting point.10: Illustration of imbibition process in an idealised model of porous medium. χ (r) = n(r. r + dr) as. . the water will invade the pores. The capillary pressure does also represent the response of interfacial tensions and rock wettability. as shown in Fig. Let Vi be the pore volume of a single capillary with radiusri and V be the total pore volume of the porous medium considered. i. It is quite obvious that the water enters only those capillary channels with capillary pressurePc . Pc ≥ ∆po (t). Rock Water Oil Figure 6. Generally. Then gradually decreasing the outlet pressure (pressure in the oil phase). i=1 N Now let us consider a process of imbibition for a strongly waterwet rock initially saturated with oil.7 Pore Size Distribution 95 6. where all pore channels have the same type of wettability and. 6. It is also assumed. r + dr) .6. which satisfy the condition. as a consequence.7 Pore Size Distribution It is obvious that the capillary pressure is strongly affected by the distribution of pore channel sizes. To reveal the relation between the capillary pressure and the microscopic heterogeneity of the reservoir. at a certain time only those channels will be ﬁlled with water.10. the following example is considered: An idealised model of the porous medium consisting of cylindrical capillaries with different radii ri ..
This phenomenon is frequently observed in laboratory tests. the core sample is properly cleaned. it will be shown how data from a mercury drainage experiment could be used to produce a capillary pressure curve and how these data could be used further. Example: Pore size distribution and capillary pressure curve In this example. The experimental data is as follows: pHg VHg p0 V0 p1 V1 p2 V2 p3 V3 ··· ··· pN VN The capillary pressure Pc . dried and placed in vacuum for some time. rc (6. before it is sealed in a mercury pycnometer. on core samples taken from different elevations in the same well. First.96 Chapter 6. and the capillary pressure Pc . ∆po (t) Then the volume of water which has invaded the porous medium can be deﬁned as. ∞ V =N 0 χ (r)π r2 ldr. to deﬁne the pore size distribution for the core sample tested. it is expected that the capillary pressure curve shape will also vary from layer to layer. A series ofN + 1. by using a mercury injection technique. representative pressure measurements pi . Wettability and Capillary Pressure or. substituting Eq. the relations between the water saturation Sw . Deﬁning the total pore volume as. (6. and the gas pressure in the core sample pg .6) into the last inequality. Since the pore size distribution varies between the different layers in a reservoir. r . ∞ 2 0 χ (r)r dr Sw = Pc = and 2σow · cos θc . rc Vc = N 0 χ (r)π r2 ldr. is recorded inside the pycnometer and the injection volume Vi is read as the pore sample is invaded by more and more mercury. rc ≤ 2σow cos θc . Pc = pHg − pg = 2σ cos θ . is here the pressure difference between the mercury pressure pHg . is Vc = V rc 2 0 χ (r)r dr .12) which explicitly indicates that microscopic reservoir heterogeneity strongly affects the capillary pressure. where l is the length of a single pore channel.
Sg r Pc 1 r0 Pc. the following parameters are calculated. D(r) = − 1 1 ∂V ∂ S dPc . one gets. Sg = 1 − SHg = VN −Vi . ∂S 1 =− ∂V ∆V ⇒ ∂V = −∆V. D(r) = − de f 1 dV . the corresponding capillary pressure Pc (Sg ) is calculated. ∆V dr where ∆V = VN −V0 and dV = Vi −Vi−1 . The minus sign "" is added due to convenience. D(r) = − Pc 1 . 6. one may write.1 S2 r2 Pc. r (∂ Pc /∂ S) Fig. then D(r) can be calculated. D(r) = 1 dPc . ∂r r Substituting this last expression into the pore size distribution.3 ··· ··· ··· 0 rN Pc. 1. For a certain gas saturation Sg . ∆V dr ∂ S ∂ Pc Remembering the deﬁnition of the wetting phase saturation Sg = (VN −V )/(VN −V0 ). using the following steps. gives dPc = ∂ Pc Pc dr = − dr.N The pore size distribution D(r) is representing the relative increase in pore volume as function of the pore throat radius.7 Pore Size Distribution 97 The gas is the wetting phase since mercury deﬁnitely does not wet any core sample. VN −V0 Based on the data in the table above.0 S1 r1 Pc.2 S3 r3 Pc. respectively. When Pc (Sg ) is known.6. dr (∂ Pc /∂ S) Using the deﬁnition of the capillary pressure Pc = 2σ cos θ /r. The pore size distribution is then rewritten. taken from the above tabulated data. one gets.11 shows the two curves for the capillary pressure and the pore size distribution. The wetting saturation is therefore written. . ∂S and by substituting in the pore size distribution equation.
as seen in Fig. Pc (Sg )) gives the slope deﬁned by ∂ Pc /∂ S. 6. The physical signiﬁcance of threshold pressure in an oil reservoir may be appreciated by the analogy with a capillary rise of water in different vertical glass tubes suspended in an open tray of water.98 Chapter 6. found in reservoir is proportional to the height above the free water level (FWL). For a waterair system. Since Pc ∝ 1/r it is observed that entry of the nonwetting phase should be most difﬁcult in the smallest tube (highest threshold pressure). . Sw Figure 6. where a 100% water saturation is found. The FWL is a property of the reservoir system. 3. A pressure differential is required for the nonwetting phase to displace wetting phase and this is equivalent to a minimum threshold capillary pressure and is dependent on pore size.11 the pore size distribution is drawn in accordance with the enumerated list. In Fig.12. 2. Pc = gρw h. 6. entering pore space initially occupied by the wetting ﬂuid. prior to production is governed by the pore space characteristics. normally hydrocarbons. ⇒ Pc(3) > Pc(2) > Pc(1) where r3 < r2 < r1 . normally water. r Water saturation. while an oilwater contact observed in a particular well will depend on the threshold pressure of the rock type present in the vicinity of the well. This is as a result of the nonwetting phase. 6. The pore radius related to this pressure is r = 2σ cos θ /Pc . Wettability and Capillary Pressure Pore radius distribution. The tangent to the curve Pc (Sg ) through the coordinate (Sg .11: Capillary pressure curve and corresponding pore size distribution [8]. D(r) Capillary Pressure.8 Saturation Distribution in Reservoirs The equilibrium ﬂuid saturation distribution in a petroleum reservoir. The threshold capillary pressure. the following relation exist. during migration of hydrocarbons from a source rock region into a reservoir trap. . Pc Incremental Mercury Injection P d Sw D(r) = rc d Pc Pore radius.
Pc = po − pw = (pFW L − ρo gh) − (pFW L − ρw gh) = gh(ρw − ρo ) Since Pc = Pc (Sw . this height is given. po = pFW L − ρo gh pw = pFW L − ρw gh Therefore. one obtains. Each unit can have its own capillary pressure characteristic and the static saturation distribution in the reservoir will be a superposition of all units.12: Capillary water elevation in cylindrical tubes as function of tube radii. r) there exist a dependence. The relation between height above the free water level and the capillary pressure is derived from consideration of the gravitycapillary pressure force equilibrium. hSw = 2σow cos θc . . In a particular rock type.13. At some height h. Using a free water level as the datum plane and deﬁning its position in the reservoir as the place where the oil phase pressure po equals the water phase pressure pw . will depend on both the water saturation and the pore radius (see example: "Equilibrium in a capillary channel"). which indicated that saturation at height h. r). as seen in Fig. the capillary pressure at a depth equivalent toh above the FWL is. the pressures are. ht = Pct . rg(ρw − ρo ) Similarly. above FWL. g(ρw − ρo ) In real reservoir systems it is expected that a number of rock type units or layers will be encountered. Pc(FW L) = po − pw = 0. h = h(Sw .6. 6.8 Saturation Distribution in Reservoirs 99 h3 h2 h1 Figure 6. the threshold height ht is equivalent to the height of an observed wateroil contact above FWL.
when oil is replacing water as being the contact ﬂuid. a small part of the tube surface will experience a change in ﬂuid coverage.13: Observed wateroil contacts and their relationship with free water level (FWL) in a layered reservoir with a common aquifer [8]. r Oil o ∆h h w Water Figure 6. 6. Equilibrium in a vertical water wet capillary tube. ∆Es = 2π r(σos − σws )∆h. Example: Equilibrium in a capillary tube In this example. The change in surface energy. as shown in Fig. .14. is related to the saturation of water in a reservoir. is given by the difference in surface tension (or surface energy).14: Perturbation around equilibrium in a waterwet capillary tube.100 Chapter 6. caused by oil displacing water in a small fraction of the capillary tube (see close up in Fig. 6. the relation between elevation of water above FWL in reservoirs is coupled to the pore dimension (pore radius). Wettability and Capillary Pressure k1 Well k2 k3 OWC OWC OWC k4 OWC FWL k1 > k 4 > k 3 > k 2 Figure 6. where oil is the nonwetting ﬂuid. For a small perturbation ∆h.14).
This implies that for any given porous medium and any pairs of ﬂuids.water interfacial tension are known parameters. the capillary pressure has a "dual" characteristic. The relationship for the reservoir oilbrine pair capillary pressure is obtained using the appropriate value of (σ cos θc )res =26 dynes/cm. the pore radiusr and the height above FWL h are reciprocal variables. This dual characteristic of the capillary pressure gives the condition for the coexistence of oil and water in porous rock. i.and water phase at a certain elevation h in the reservoir. . 2 In a oil reservoir where the ﬂuids are well deﬁned . and at the same time. This means that the saturation of initial water present in the reservoir above a certain height h is localised in those pores having a radii less than r. ∆E p = π r2 ∆h(ρw − ρo )gh.Dupre equation. the surface. where. Using the Young. where r characterizes the porous medium with respect to the pore throats and the pore size distribution . Pc = g(ρw − ρo )h = 2σow cos θ . i. r where the capillary pressure is the pressure difference between oil.e.res = Pc. From the above consideration. If small perturbations close to equilibrium are considered. 6. the following relation is given. Pc1 Pc2 = . (σ cos θc )lab . the pressure difference across a curved surface in inside a pore channel of radiusr.9 Laboratory Measurements of Capillary Pressure 101 The corresponding potential energy change.6. air and brine with a (σ cos θc )lab value of 72 dynes/cm may be used to measure capillary pressure for air. due to change in elevation is written. Pc.e.9 Laboratory Measurements of Capillary Pressure Laboratory measurements of capillary pressure are based on the fact thatPc ∝ σ cos θ /r. For example. where the densities and the oil.and the potential energy changes is expected to be equal.brine in the laboratory. g σow cos θ = (ρw − ρo )rh. the following relationship is valid. ∆Es = ∆E p . (σ cos θc )1 (σ cos θc )2 Practical use is made of this relationship in conducting laboratory tests with ﬂuids other than reservoir condition ﬂuids.lab (σ cos θc )res .
As a result of an increase in pressure (equivalent to Pc since Pc = pair − pbrine ) the water saturation decreases and its value is established by weighting the core plugs. it has the advantage that high pressures can be attained. Wettability and Capillary Pressure The migration of hydrocarbons into an initially water ﬁlled reservoir rock and subsequent equilibrium vertical saturation distribution is modelled in the laboratory by a nonwetting phase displacing a wetting phase (drainage capillary pressure test). Example: Height of water . the nonwetting phase with respect to air.oil transition zone.070 N/m and the brineoil interfacial tension for the reservoir ﬂuids is 0. and the displacement is affected by increasing air pressure in a series of discrete steps in water saturated core plugs sitting on a semipermeable porous diaphragm.102 Chapter 6.25 bar has been measured in a reservoir core sample at residual water saturation. A laboratory airbrine capillary pressure of 1. in the sense that the sample cannot be used again. Although this test is destructive. Air pressure Capillary contact powder Core plug Neoprene diaphragm Screen Porous plate Figure 6. 6.15: Gasliquid drainage capillary pressure measurement. The airbrine interfacial tension is 0. The height of the wateroil transition zone is the height from FWL and up to the point in the reservoir where connate water saturation is reached. The pore size distribution in a given rock type is usually determined by a mercury injection test. Repetition for several successive pressure levels [8].022 N/m. and measuring the quantity of any produced wetting phase. . Liquid saturation measured after equilibrium saturation has been reached. Air and brine are frequently used as the pseudo reservoir ﬂuids.15. where mercury. Portion of liquid in saturated core is displaced at a particular pressure level by either gas or liquid. In laboratory tests the ﬁnal irreducible wetting phase saturation value is often beyond the breakdown pressure of the porous plate and is sometimes obtained by centrifuge spinning at a rotational force equivalent to about 150 psi (10. The apparatus layout is shown in Fig.34 bar). can be forced into very small pores.
The difference between the phase pressures of two coexisting phases is deﬁned as the capillary pressure.res .10 Drainage and Imbibition Processes. the phase pressures pi . σlab Combining these two equation. one may assume proportionality between capillary pressure and the interfacial tension in the two situations.16. the height of the transition zone is found. which is usually dominated by the smallest local curvature (radius) of the interface.lab σres . In the case of identical wetting preferences for the core sample and the reservoir. When two or more ﬂuids ﬂow through a porous medium simultaneously. hres = which gives.16: Local curvature of the interface of two coexisting liquids. . The capillary pressure is inversely proportional to a generalised interfacial curvature. σlab g(ρbrine − ρoil ) 6. g(ρbrine − ρoil ) where Pc. hres = 12. rock water r R oil Figure 6. generally speaking. 103 hres = Pc. 6.10 Drainage and Imbibition Processes.lab σres . Pc. are not identical. as illustrated in Fig.5 m. Pc. An idealised permeable medium is considered by the arrangements of decreasing pore sizes (a single pore bounded by the decreasing sizes sphere assemblage) and initially saturated with a wetting phase (w) into which a nonwetting phase (nw) is alternatively injected and then .res is the capillary pressure in the reservoir at this water saturation.res = Pc. ρbrine and ρoil is respectively 1074 kg/m3 and 752 kg/m3 .6.
that the termination of any imbibition curve is at zero capillary pressure. At the static condition 2. At the highest capillary pressure (condition 5). explains many features of actual capillary pressure curves.wetting phase. The capillary pressure curve from condition 1 to condition 2 is an imbibition curve that is different from the drainage curve because it terminates (Pc = 0) at a different saturation. injection up to the saturation shown incondition 1 in Fig. Going from condition 2 to condition 3 is a second drainage process. all pores of the subtracted volume contain the non. The capillary pressure curve going from the largest nonwetting phase saturation to the largest trapped nonwetting phase saturation is the imbibition curve ( ondition c 6). The reverse (wetting saturation increasing) is animbibition process. The forcing of a nonwetting phase into a pore (nonwetting saturation increasing) is a drainage process. the pressure difference between the exit and entrance of the assemblage is the capillary pressure at that saturation. is ﬁrst considered. 6. and a post . When the wetting ﬂuid is introduced into the pore from the right. a higher capillary pressure.imbibition trapped saturation is maximum. the entrance .17: The distribution of a nonwetting phase at various saturations. but the difference shrinks at high nonwetting phase saturations where more of the originally disconnected globs . This representation. that results in even higher nonwetting saturation.17. At static conditions. 1 2 5 Oil 3 Water Capillary pressure 4 Rock 5 6 3 1 6 4 2 Nonwetting phase saturation Figure 6. Note. the nonwetting ﬂuid disconnects leaving a trapped or nonﬂowing glob in the largest pore (condition 2). Imbibition curves are generally different from drainage curves. and a higher trapped nonwetting phase saturation after imbibition (condition).exit pressure difference is zero since both pressures are being measured in the same wetting phase. Wettability and Capillary Pressure withdrawn. Beginning at zero nonwetting saturation.104 Chapter 6. being quite simple. We imagine the pores have an exit for the wetting ﬂuid somewhere on the right.
where the receding angle is smaller than the advancing angle. as shown in Fig. which then becomes practically immobile.6.10. when the interface is advancing through the pore. the hysterics has two important effects: • One is to stabilise the capillary surfaces (interfaces) between the ﬂuids in the pore system.18: Measurement of hysterics in contact angle. is an expression of the fact that energy is lost in cyclic systems. the two contact angles are measured. 6. it has been experimental proven that the contact angle is smaller than in the case when water is replacing oil. This phenomenon is called trapping hysteresis or drag hysteresis and is caused by differences in advancing and receding contact angles. such as to preserve the ﬂuid distribution in the reservoir.2 Capillary Hysterisis It is seen that capillary pressure depends both on wetting phase saturation and the direction of its variation. One plate is ﬁxed and the other can move smoothly to either side.18. unless a ﬁnite capillary pressure difference is imposed. . The hysterics observed. 105 are connected. In relation to multiphase ﬂow in porous media. 6. over the same surface. The oil drop is left to age between the plates for some time. • The second effect is related to the dissipation of energy towards the capillary walls.1 Hysterisis in Contact Angle When oil is moving to cover a rock surface which previously has been wetted by water. The effect of this dissipation of energy is experienced as a resistance towards ﬂow and is often materialised through "rip off" of small droplets. 6. quartz or calcite) submerged in water.19. This effect is called the hysterisis in contact angle and has to do with the inherent memory of a physical system. In practical terms this means that the back and forth movement is energy dependent. when the two angles have stabilised. The hysterisis is detected by measuring the advancing θa . 6. θr oil water θa s Figure 6. and residing θr contact angles of an oil drop suspended between two horizontal plates (made of polished rock material. is shown in the Fig. until the two contact angles are equal. typical for nonreversible systems.10 Drainage and Imbibition Processes.10. which relates prehistoric events to present experience. The test is repeated after some time. A typical curve of the capillary pressure in case of twophase ﬂow. When the mobile plate is moved.
. The presence of the negative capillary pressure near the saturation pointSw = Snc was ﬁrst discovered by Welge (1949). 2 imbibition and 3 secondary drainage. which is different from the curve 1. 6. If displacement is preceded by imbibition the capillary pressure curve is as the curve 3 in the Fig. where the nonwetting phase is displaced by the wetting one. The value Pcb is deﬁned as threshold capillary pressure which should be exceeded to provide displacement. The presence of two different curves of imbibition and displacement is called capillary hysteresis.19. The ﬁrst is the process of displacement where the wetting phase is displaced by the nonwetting one.19: Typical type of capillary pressure curve for a twophase ﬂow problem: 1 drainage. and the second is the process of imbibition.0 Sw Figure 6. Two ways in which one phase can be substituted by the other in a porous medium are usually considered.19.106 Chapter 6. Wettability and Capillary Pressure P (Sw ) c 1 Swc 2 0. 6. The hysteresis effect i demonstrated by the two curves 2 and 3 in Fig.0 3 Snc Pcb 1.
assuming the same ﬂow velocity as above. given in µ m. ﬁlled with oil. The interfacial tension between water and oil is 25 mN/m. The surface tension between water and air is 72 dyn/cm. r. In order to displace water by air form a porous plate.2 . with an average length of 0.03mm pr. r2 − r1 . A capillary glasscylinder is positioned vertically in a cup of water. droplet.01 mm. 6. Deﬁne the parameters. Show that the general expression for capillary pressure Pc = σ could be written Pc = 2σ cos θ . + R1 R2 for a cylindrical tube.01mm/s ? An equal amount of water and oil is pumped through the cylinder and the water and oil is assumed to move through the tube as droplets.w = 0. when the surface tension σair. when the average ﬂow velocity is found to be 0.025 N/m. 4. a pressure of 25 psig is needed. θ and σ . 1 m Pa · s. Calculate the energy needed to transform 1 cm3 of water into droplets with an average radius of 1 µ m. Calculate the pressure drop through the tube. of the largest pore channel disconnecting the porous plate. is 0. In analogy with displacement processes in porous media. Calculate the height of water inside the cylinder when the inner diameter is 0. assume an interfacial tension σo. The advancing contact angle is 40o and the receding angle is 20o . At a rotation frequency ω . 5. a) Show that the pressure difference for one phase is given by: 1 2 2 P2 − P1 = ρω 2 (r2 − r1 ). Find the diameter. The radial distance to the core sample is given by the two position vectors r1 and r2 . 2. air will displace some of the water in the sample. What is the pressure drop along the cylinder.1 cm. A horizontal cylinder.6. corresponds to the threshold pressure Pd at that particular rotation frequency. R1.11 Exercises 107 6. The oil has a viscosity similar to water.11 Exercises 1. and the water is assumed to wet the glass 100 %. 2 b) Show that 1 2 Pc(r) = ∆ρω 2 (r2 − r2 ) 2 when P2 = P(r2 ). P1 = P(r1 ) . A core sample is placed in a core holder in a centrifuge. The length of the sample is therefore. See the ﬁgure below.1 m long and has a inner diameter of 0. The radial distance rd . r 1 1 . 3.w is 72 dyn/cm.
24 1305 1.72 1110 0. saturated with seawater and rotated in air.0 Sw 0.) Use the equations above to derive the a formula giving the capillary pressure as function of the water saturation (Pc –curve).20 765 0.10 4850 5.00 1835 2. (This is an approximation.46 cm 9. c) The water saturation can be written.61 915 0.09 g/cm3 8.75 RPM∗ : Rotation pr. Wettability and Capillary Pressure r2 r1 ω 1.23 cm3 850 0.50 3920 5.30 3135 4.10 2200 3. Minute and ∆V : produced volume.0 r rd when its known that 1 2 2 Pc1 = Pc(r1 ) = ∆ρω 2 (r2 − r1 ) 2 and when 1 2 2 Pd = ∆ρω 2 (r2 − rd ) 2 It is assumed that Pc2 = Pc (r2 ) = 0. r1 = r2 = ∆ρ = Vp = RPM∗ ∆V [cm3 ] RPM ∆V [cm3 ] 415 0.38 cm 1.90 4.21 1005 0. The following data is given for a core sample.15 2655 4. Sw1 = Sw (r1 ) = d(S¯w Pc1 ) dPc1 when r1 ∼ r2 . .00 1550 2. only partly true. assuming the length of core sample to be short compared to the radius of rotation.108 Chapter 6. when the capillary pressure is given in kPa.
00 1.0 0. Calculate the corresponding height above the OWC in the reservoir from where the core originates.2 g/cm3 8.5 0.12 200 mD core sample Pc [psi] Sw 3.0 0.2 0.water capillary pressure curve for laboratory conditions.0 0.6. i.12 5. 12 ft 4 ft 6 ft 3 ft 4 ft 5 ft FWL Additional data: Laboratory: Reservoir: σw/air = 50 dyn/cm σo/w = 23 dyn/cm ρo = 0.5 0. determine Sw as function hight in the reservoir. Use the air .0 1. In a laboratory experiment. 1000 mD core sample Pc [psi] Sw 1.60 4.80 1.13 4.01 g/cm3 9.40 2. In the laboratory.30 5. capillary data from two water saturated core samples was obtained by using air as the displacing ﬂuid. The distance between the contacts (OWC and GOC) is 70 f t.11 Exercises 109 7.18 Calculate the distribution of vertical water saturation in the stratiﬁed reservoir given by the ﬁgure below. So .0 0. when the following information is given (assume capillary pressure at the OWC to be zero).0 g/cm3 Reservoir σ = 25 dyn/cm ∆ρo/w = 0.90 4. Laboratory σ = 75dyn/cm ∆ρw/air = 1. below.20 3.0 1.5 0.6 0. a capillary pressure difference of 5 psi has been measured between water and air in a core sample.18 10.20 7.81 g/cm3 ρw = 1. Sg and Sw at the reservoir level (hight) 120 f t above the oilwater contact (assume Pc = 0 at this level).e. to calculate the saturations.00 3.0 0.0 0. Additional data: .8 0.
4 10. h = 5. Wettability and Capillary Pressure Laboratory: Reservoir: σw/air = 72 dyn/cm σo/g = 50 dyn/cm σw/o = 25 dyn/cm ρo = 53 lb/ f t 3 ρw = 68 lb/ f t 3 ρg = 7 lb/ f t 3 90 80 70 Capillary pressure [psi] 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Water saturation [%] 10. So = 0. Sw = 0.5 µ m. ∆p = 29bar.110 Chapter 6. but the permeability and porosity to be respectively 25 mD and 13 %.1 5.2.2 35. we may construct the capillary curve for a laboratory experiment using mercury as nonwetting phase. σ cos θ = 25 dyn/cm and a permeability and porosity respectively 100 mD and 18 %.8 m.2 m bar. what is the average water saturation over this interval? (ρw = 64 lbs/ f t 3 and ρo = 45 lbs/ f t 3 ) 11. In the laboratory experiments one assume the lithology to be unchanged. Sw = 0.5 43. in the exercise above.7 32.62 .4 100 5. Find laboratory capillary curve when the interfacial tension to mercury is 370 dyne/cm. Answers to questions: 1.41. what is the expected water saturation at that elevation? If the hydrocarbon bearing thickness from the crest (top) of the structure to the oilwater contact in 175 ft.6 82. An oil water capillary pressure experiment on a core sample gives the following results: Pc. 9. 4.3 90. .o/w [psi] Sw [%] 0 100 4.075J. If we assume an interfacial tension. 3.8 Given that the sample was taken from a point 100 ft above the oilwater contact. Sg = 0. 5. ∆E = 0. 7.0 29. ∆p = 3.36.7 15. h = 3 cm. d = 0. 11.
temperature). In multiphase ﬂow a generalisation of Darcy law has been accepted [12]. S1 . ∑ k je < k. n]. we can obtain (single phase ﬂow). According to the last equation we can obtain.e. A p Here ke is called effective permeability. the effective permeability is identical to the absolute permeability. T.Chapter 7 Relative Permeability 7. ke = k.) j ∈ [1. . . ke A p q= . ﬂuid property. p. 111 . . µ x and qµ x ke = . When measuring a ﬂowrate of a ﬂuid versus the pressure difference in a core sample. S2 . For 100% saturation. i. i. and reservoir conditions (pressure. j=1 n Moreover. q j = k je A µj pj . Sn .. such as: ﬂuid saturation. and k je is called the effective (phase) permeability. . when that ﬂuid occupies only a fraction of the total pore volume. effective (phase) permeability was noticed to be a function of quite a number of parameters. A pj In a vast number of laboratory experiments it has been observed that a sum of effective permeability’s is less than the total or absolute permeability. rock property. to the effective permeability of a particular ﬂuid in the system. k je = f (k.1 Deﬁnitions Relative permeability is a concept used to relate the absolute permeability (100% saturation with a single ﬂuid) of a porous system. . absolute permeability.e. . . k je = qj µj x . x where j denotes a ﬂuid phase j.
This means that continuity of the phase is broken or disturbed and the phase . has been experimental measurements. If saturation of one of the phases becomes less than some deﬁnite value: Sw < Swc or Sn < Snc .g. Though there have been attempts to calculate relative permeability on theoretical grounds. 7.0 Figure 7. by far the most common source of them.perm. 1. in general. ke j = kr j · k. a strong correlation between relative permeability and ﬂuid properties. It is not. Functions k j (S j ) depend both on the structure of the porous medium and on the saturation distribution of the phases. The effective permeability can be decomposed into the absolute permeability and the relative permeability.0 kw Snc Sw 1. One important feature in the behaviour of the rel.0 0. Relative Permeability In two phase systems the latter relationship is expressed as functions of a single (by convention. where Sw is the wetting phase and Sn is the nonwetting phase. as shown below. relative permeability can be affected [40]. pore size distribution) and wettability. Being a rockﬂuid property. However in mathematical modelling of twophase and multiphase ﬂow it is conventional to assume that relative permeabilities are the functions of saturation only. This implicates that it is important to keep deﬁnitions of mobility.0 kc Swc 0.1: Typical type of relative permeability characteristics for a twophase ﬂow. interfacial tension) change drastically. wetting) saturation. the typical curves of relative permeability are as shown in Fig. This assumption considerably simpliﬁes the task of laboratory experiments carried out in order to determine relative permeabilities. It is important to note that the phase permeability is a tensorial function (as the absolute permeability) and that the relative permeability is not.g. the functionality between kr j and S j is also a function of rock properties (e.1. In the presence of two coexisting phases. then the corresponding relative permeability for that phase becomes zero and the phase becomes immobile. phase permeability and relative permeability separate and clear. though when certain properties (e. The relative permeability is a strong function of the saturation of phaseS j .112 Chapter 7.curves should be emphasised.
8 1. 1.0 0. respectively. temperature.). where n1 are deﬁned as residual saturation of the ith phase.0 Water 0.8 Oil 0. . respectively.0 Oil kr 1.0 Figure 7.2 0.2 (left) and 7.0 0. type of rock. 7. Typical wateroil relative permeabilities are presented for strongly waterwet and oilwet formations in Fig.2 Rock Wettability and Relative Permeabilities 113 remains in a passive or loose state.2 Rock Wettability and Relative Permeabilities It should be noted that evaluations of phase. we would expect microheterogeneity and rock wettability to have a certain inﬂuence on relative (phase) permeability. Because of certain links between them.6 0.7.6 kr 0.4 0.4 0.8 1.2 0. The difference in the ﬂow properties that indicates different wettability preferences can be illustrated by the following rule of thumb [29]: 1 Here w and n denote wetting and nonwetting phase.4 Sw 0. 7.4 0. where Sw is the wetting phase and Sn is the nonwetting phase (left: a waterwet formation and right: an oilwet formations). etc.6 0.0 0.2 0.and relative permeabilities can be done through measurements of capillary pressure.8 0.2: Characteristics of typical relative permeability for a twophase ﬂow. The values S jc . which shows the evidence of strong correlation between them. number of phases. j = w.2 0. Let us note that those values depend on thermodynamic condition of the reservoir (reservoir pressure.0 Water 0.0 0.6 Sw 0.2 (right).
frequently less than 10 percent Less than 50 percent water saturation Generally less than 30 percent Greater than 50 percent and approaching 100 percent Let us note that the endpoint values of the relative permeabilities are usually (if not always) less than 1 and which are measures of wettability. The nonwetting phase occurs in isolated globules.05 or less. occupies the cavities between rock the grains and coats the rock surfaces. Relative Permeability Waterwet Connate water saturation Saturation at which oil and water permeabilities are equal (crossover saturation) Relative permeabilities to water at maximum water saturation. SL = So + Sw = 1 − Sg . Others view the crossover saturation (kr2 = kr1 ). ﬂoodout Usually greater than 20 to 25 percent PV Greater than 50 percent water saturation Oilwet Generally less than 15 percent PV. of the relative permeabilities is a more appropriate indicator of wettability.114 Chapter 7. Thus we would expect the trapped nonwetting phase to be a bigger obstacle to the wetting phase. the endpoint relative permeability to the wetting phase can be 0. rather than gas saturation. which is always present in the reservoir. i. Movement of an aquifer into receding depleting gas cap. The ratio of wetting to nonwetting endpoints proves to be a good qualitative measure of the wettability of the medium. the direction of displacement is particularly important. Movement of an oil zone into receding depleting gas cap. The wetting phase endpoint relative permeability will. as the process can represent a drainage process. . several pore diameters in length. water.3 Drainage/Imbibition Relative Permeability Curves In a gasoil systems. then the trapped wetting phase is to the nonwetting phase. therefore. 2. Trapped wetting phase. such as gas drive (gas displacing oil immiscibily) or an imbibition process. The relation is based on a deﬁnition of liquid saturation. above). perhaps because it is less sensitive to the value of the residual saturations (see the rule of thumb.e. It is therefore argued that experiments in the laboratory can be conducted with or without irreducible water present and that effective permeabilities could be correlated to total liquid saturation (SL ). that occupy the center of the pores. on the other hand. is considered to stay at irreducible saturation and play no part in the displacement processes. 7. such as: 1. In gasoil systems the third phase. For extreme cases of preferential wetting. be smaller than the nonwetting phase endpoint.
In a system where gas saturation increases from zero.7. The residual nonwetting phase is trapped in the large pores in globules several pore diameters in length. In liquid imbibition processes (gas saturation decreasing from a maximum initial value) the gas permeability goes to zero when the residual or trapped gas saturation (Sgr ) is reached.0 kr = k o / k kr = k o / k kro krg krg kro 0.3: Gasoil relative permeabilities [8]. as a condition for gas ﬂow.3. This relationship is called the capillary desaturation curve (CDC). 7. At very high pressure differences. as in a liquid drainage process. the wetting phase approaches monolayer coverage and a low saturation.0 0. Typically. increasing pressure gradients force the nonwetting phase into the pore channels.4 Residual Phase Saturations As we know from the previous discussion. One of the examples is shown below (after Dombrovsky and Brownell): Nc = k  ∇Φ  σow · cos θc . See Fig.4 Residual Phase Saturations 115 1. The capillary number Nc is a dimensionless ratio of viscous forces to local capillary forces. Repeated experimental evidence has shown that under most conditions.0 1. and can be variously deﬁned.0 Sgc Sg Sgmax 1. these curves are plots of percent residual (nonﬂowing) saturation for the nonwetting ( nwr ) or wetting (Swr ) phases S on the y axis versus a capillary number on a logarithmic x axis. it is observed that gas does not ﬂow until some critical gas saturation (Sgc ) has been attained. According to experimental observations there is a strict evidence of a relationship between residual nonwetting or wetting phase saturations and the socalled local capillary number. This is attributed to the physical process of the gas phase becoming continuous through the system.0 Figure 7. the Snwr could be as large as Swr . causing the wetting phase to retreat into the concave contacts between the rock grains and other cavities in the pore body. 7.0 Sgr Sg Sgmax 1.
The steady state process provides simultaneous ﬂow of displacing and displaced ﬂuids through the core sample at a number of equilibrium ratios. Flow rates are determined according to the method of Rappoport and Leas in order to minimize the effect of capillary pressure forces in retaining wetting phase ﬂuid at the outlet end face discontinuity. resulting in increased capillary number Nc and reduced residual oil saturation. At each . Such reservoir condition tests may model displacement under unsteady state. 7. The unsteady state or dynamic displacement test is most frequently applied in reservoir analysis of strong wetting preference. being either wetting or nonwetting phase. For reservoirs with more corescale heterogeneity and with mixed wettability.perm. The detection of the breakthrough time of the displacing phase at the outlet core face is critical in the representation of relative permeability. is based on observation of the fractional ﬂow of displacing phase ﬂuid from the outlet end of the core plug and its relationship with saturation. Unsteady state rel.6. and severe errors can occur with heterogeneous samples. The reduction of interfacial tension at the interface allows the trapped oil to become mobile and be displaced by the water.5 and 7.116 Chapter 7.4: Schematic capillary desaturation curve [40]. Relative Permeability where Φ is the potential of ﬂow. the steady state laboratory test is preferred. and with homogeneous samples.5 Laboratory Determination of Relative Permeability Data Laboratory determination of effective permeability is generally conducted as a special core analysis test on representative and carefully preserved core plug samples. It is important to mention that chemical additives reduce capillary forces at the interface of the oil/water system. The displacement theory of Buckley and Leverett is combined with that of Weldge in a technique described by Johnson. The determination of rel. 7. test simulate the ﬂooding of a reservoir with an immiscible ﬂuid (gas or water). Different equipment arrangements for those test are shown in Figs. perm. A reservoir condition test is conducted at reservoir pore pressure conditions and reservoir temperatures with real or simulated reservoir ﬂuids. Normal range waterfloods Residual nonwetting or wetting saturation. % 30 Wetting phase 20 Nonwetting phase 10 Nonwetting critical Nc 6 Wetting critical Nc 10 5 0107 10 10 4 10 3 10 2 Capillary number Nc Figure 7. Bossler and Naumann [38]. or steady state conditions.
5: Unsteady state relative permeability measurement at constant rate (above) and at constant pressure (below).5 Laboratory Determination of Relative Permeability Data 117 Oil colector 3 way valve Sample Brine colector Hg res. Capillary pressure tends to be ignored and a major difﬁculty is the determination of saturation at each stage.perm. curves. . Ruska pump Brine Oil Chart recorder Hg Oil colector Hg Oil Soltrol Hg Soltrol 1000 cc Oil Brine Sample Brine colector 0 . Between ﬁve and ten stages are usually needed to establish rel. and at which the pressure difference between inlet and outlet is constant. ratio from 100% displaced phase to 100% displacing phase an equilibrium condition must be reached at which the inﬂow ratio of ﬂuids equals to the outﬂow ratio.7. At such a condition the Darcy law equation is applied to each phase to calculate effective permeability at the given steady state saturation.50 psig Transducer Chart recorder 3 way valve 300 cc 300 cc Figure 7.
00 0.00 krw 1.00 0.23 0. Relative Permeability Oil Hg Sample Hg res.30 kro 0.49 0.58 0. Use Darcy’s law for radial ﬂow and show that the fractional ﬂow for water.00g/cm3 σres.0 3.50 0. Oil Pressure transducer Chart recorder Oil res.7 8. What is the water fraction at 15 m above the WOC ? .4 3.00 0. can be written: qw 1 fw = = qw + qo 1 + kro µw /krw µo Assume the capillary forces to be negligible and dPo /dr = dPw/dr.29 0.14 0.118 Chapter 7.0cp µw = 1.0cp Use critical oil saturation.90 0.40 0. 7.4 18. Constant displacement Ruska pumps Brine Figure 7.09 0.39 0.60 0.00 lab Pc [psi] 1.0 ∞ ρo = 0. = 22dyn/cm σlab = 75dyn/cm µo = 15.00 1.6: Steady state relative permeability measurement [8]. Soc = 0.78 0. The following laboratory data is given: Sw 1.04 0.70 0.9 4.5 5.73 1.05 and the data above to construct a graph showing the water fraction as function of height above the WOC.6 Exercises 1.85g/cm3 ρw = 1.80 0.00 0. fw .
93 7. The laboratory data below is recorded at stationary conditions.6 Exercises 119 2.05 164.65 psi 16.29 109. determined by weighing.perm.86 Vw is the volume of water in the core sample.17 2. Answers to questions: 1.00 Vw [cm3 ] 2. curves for kro and krw using the data above.95 9.25 91.30 137. Additional data is given: Absolute permeability Diameter of core sample Water viscosity 1 atm. qo [cm3 /time] 90 75 60 45 30 15 0 qw [cm3 /time] 0 5 9 20 34 85 122 ∆P [psi] 49.20 Draw the rel.63 4.52 123. ∆P is the pressure drop.0 cp 0.65 5.1 cp length of core sample Oil viscosity Porosity 9 cm 2. measuring the relative permeability for a oilwater injection experiment. 25% . respectively.87 3.2 cm 1.and water rate through the sample. qo and qw is the oil.30 147.7.7 mD 3. equals 14.
120 Chapter 7. Relative Permeability .
Volumes of reservoir ﬂuid brought to the surface will experience change in both 121 . plays a key role in general underground petroleum production. gas and initial water from the reservoir. some more compressible than others. Compressibility.2 Compressibility of Solids. 8. in order to fully understand and control the production process. i. pore volume and ﬂuid changes due to the pressure decline is the dominating phenomenon. the temperature and pressure of the mixture are reduced.e. their variation with pressure and temperature. In the case of formation rock and the saturation of ﬂuids contained therein. quite complex in chemical composition which exist at elevated temperatures and pressures in the reservoir. Compressibility is therefore an important "drive mechanism" in underground petroleum production. since the reservoir temperature changes slightly or remain constant in most cases. of signiﬁcant importance where all substances are compressible. The ﬂuid remaining in the reservoir at any stage of depletion undergoes physical changes as the pressure is reduced due to removal of quantities of oil. Oil and gas are naturally existing hydrocarbon (HC) mixtures. where the state of the HC mixture at the surface depends upon the composition of the HC ﬂuid found in the reservoir. the fractional volume of oil and gas. responsabile for reservoir ﬂuid production. Liquids and Gases For a mixture of HC it is quite obvious that pressure and temperature are essential parameters. When produced to the surface.1 Introduction Compressibility is a universal phenomenon. It is necessary to study the physical properties of these naturally existing HC and in particular. gas and formation water is related to volume expansion when the reservoir pressure decreases due to removeal of reservoir ﬂuids. This information is important in estimating the performance of the ﬂuids in the reservoir. The state of equilibrium is deﬁned by these two parameters and consequently also the phase behaviour of the ﬂuid. Nearly all production of oil. as physical phenomenon.Chapter 8 Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids 8.
2. The general stress condition may be characterised by a stress tensor. τyz . 8. cg . c ≥ 0 and β is the isobaric thermal expansion. σy and σz and 3 tangential (shear stresses): τxy . conditions are composed of a normal stress vector (perpendicular to the plane) and two shear stresses. cb . which means that τxy = τyx and so on. There are thus only six independent stress components in the stress tensor: 3 normal stresses: σx . It is possible to show that there exist one set of ortogonal axis with . Underground gas and oil reservoirs experience stresses due to the overload of rock material and water and the lateral conﬁnement stresses exerted on the reservoir from the surrounding rock masses. internal stresses are developed and if the stresses are sufﬁciently strong. with nine components as shown in Fig. The general behaviour of materials can be described by the compressibility and expansion terms. cr . it is normal to use an average compressibility factor of the different HC components. co and cw . the stress tensor will be symmetric around the diagonal.2. ∂p T ∂V .1 Rock Stresses and Compressibility When rocks are subjected to external load or force. β ≥ 0. τzx . ∂T p (8.e. The stress tensor is often written in matrix form. 8. 8. • Gas compressibility. In relation to reservoir production. i.122 Chapter 8. The stresses on any plane surface through a rock sample under in situ. • Liquid compressibility (oil or initial water).1. the ﬁnal state of oil and gas is characterised by volume changes due to both drop in pressure and in temperature. • Rock bulk compressibility.1) (8. σx τxy τxz τyx σy τyz τzx τzy σz Due to the general conditions of equilibrium. 1 V c = − β = 1 V ∂V . see Fig. In practice. it is common practise to distinguish between the following deﬁnitions of compressibility: • Rock matrix compressibility.2) where c is the isothermal compressibility. deformation such as volume and shape changes of the rock will be the result. parallel to the plane surface. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids pressure and temperature.
8. a displacement or rotation of the rock may be experienced. The relative longitudinal deformation is given by theprincipal strain. respect to which all shear stresses are zero and the normal stresses have their extreme values. the compressibility of the rock matrix. σy . the principal normal stresses are orientated as shown in Fig.. li li (8. The sum of principal strains will give the relative volume change∆ε = (εx + εy + εz ).2: Principal stresses on reservoir rock.strain relationship is dependent on several parameters of which the following are the most important. l is the length after deformation. where εV = ∆V /V . The average normal stress is generally deﬁned by.2. the degree of cementation of the rock material. Liquids and Gases 123 σz z τzx τzx τxy τzy τzy σy τxy y x σx Figure 8.8. (8. εi = ∆li li − li = . the type of cementing material. z. where i = x. while the two lateral stresses σx and σy are acting in the horizontal plane.3) 3 The collective action of the principal stresses will cause the rock material to deform.1: Stress conditions of formation rock media.4) where li is the initial length of the rock in the i’th direction. y. σz σy σx Figure 8. . (In case of nonzero shear stresses. σz > σx . where the major principle stress σz is acting parallel to the force of gravity. the composition and lithology of the rocks. These stresses are called the principal stresses For most reservoirs. e. the porosity of the rock material and the pressure and temperature in the reservoir.) The stress .g. 1 σ = (σx + σy + σz ).2 Compressibility of Solids.
1) on differential from. The signiﬁcance of Poisson’s ratio. For simplicity. one assumes that the rock is completely solid with no pores or cracks within it. ε . (8. σ 1 = E ε1 . where σ1 . V (8. parallel to its long axis. it will shorten. Combining equation Eq. E εy = σy − ν (σx + σz ).6) where ε1 is the principal strain direction.10) Relative volume deformation of the rock is also described by the compressibility Eq.9). The total deformation due to all three principal stresses acting on the rock material is given by ∆V = (εx + εy + εz )V . Eqs. (8. In that case srain are refered to the initial conditions. ν= ε2 ε3 = .124 Chapter 8. If a cylindrical rock sample is subjected to a compressive stress.7) (8. it is also assumed that the stresses are refered to the principal stress directions. (8. . the relative volume change is given.8) (8. (8. It is often convenient to write Hooke’s law in changes of stresses.11) In introducing cr . If the transverse strain is deﬁned by ε2 and ε3 . Using Hooke’s law.11) proves that the compressibility and the elasticity are "two sides of the same case". σ2 and σ3 are the principar stress directions. coupling axial and transverse strain. Within the elastic limit of volume deformation of any rock material. The ratio of transverse strain to the axial strain is expressed by the Poisson ratio ν . which means equal properties in all directions. ε1 ε1 (8. then the transverse deformation is given. ε1 and the diameter will increase. the strains are reddered to the condition of zero stresses. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids In the following. (8.7) to (8.10) and Eq.9) In writing Hooke’s law this way.5) where E is the Young’s modulus of elasticity and the subscript indicate change in stress and strain in the same direction and where the stresses normal to this direction are constant. the rock will be assumed to be isotropic. ∆V 3σ (1 − 2ν ) = V E (8. ∆σx etc. indicates that deformation along one principal axis is caused by a combination of all three principal stresses. σ1 . (8. This observation is presented in Hooke’s law in three dimensions: E εx = σx − ν (σy + σz ). E εz = σz − ν (σx + σy ). Hooke’s law states that there exist a proportionality between stress. σ and strain. ∆V = cr ∆σ .
e. 8. refer to the solid rock material. i. compressibility is constant.(8. one can expect the compressibility to be constant and in accordance to Eq. dV = −cr d σ .(8.14) The approximation is valid when cr ∆σ is small.(8. V = V0 e−cr (σ −σ0 ) V0 [1 − cr (σ − σ0 )]. following the same chain of arguments as seen for solid (rock) material.2 Compressibility of Liquids Deformation of liquids can be explained. cr (σ − σ0 ) V V0 Within the range of elasticity 0 p0 p Figure 8. The dimension of compressibility cr is reciprocal pressure. (8.13) (8. as follows from Eq.(8.e.2 Compressibility of Solids.3). E where also the elastic constants E and ν . Vl = Vl0 e−cl (p−p0 ) Vl0 [1 − cl (p − p0 )].1) and in analogy with Eq.3: Deformation of rock bulk volume under conditions of elastic behaviour (constant compressibility factor). the compressibility is. 8. Within the elastic limit of the liquid.2. i. i.(8.14).15) . cr = (8.12) the important relation between the compressibility and the elastic properties of the rock material is established. 1. Liquids and Gases 125 3(1 − 2ν ) . (8. [cr ] = [σ ]−1 For normal reservoir rock like quarts.5 · 10−6 bar−1 .1) or (8.e.1) the deformed volumeV is equal to.cquarts ∼ 2.14).12) In Eq. Under the assumption that the deformation of the rock is within the range of the elasticity (see Fig.8. V according to Eq.
cg = − Example: Compressibility of real gas The real gas law is.16) p: V: T: where n: R: Combining Eqs. Gas compressibility can be deﬁned equally to solids and liquids. Oil. temperature and a nonideal factor. may have a varying compressibility factor. pV = nRT. also valid for gases. V = V (p. depending on the content of the solution gas. while light oils can have substantially higher compressibility. the mixture of light and heavy HC and the amount of gas contained in the oil.17) V ∂p p Form this deduction it must be conclude that compressibility of gases is notconstant. expressing the nonideal deviation from perfect gas behaviour. absolute temperature of gas. p T z = .e. ∂p ∂T ∂z V V V = − d p + dT + dz. (8. but varies as the reciprocal pressure (under the assumption of constant temperature). z). on the other hand. In the case of a perfect gas. dV ∂V ∂V ∂V dp+ dT + dz.(8.e.126 Chapter 8. pV = znRT.(8. i. depending on the composition of oil. in an attempt to consistently describe the nature of compressibility as a universal characteristic.16) one obtain. Differentiation of the volum function. 8. we may assume the volume to be a function of pressure.2. Various liquids may behave quite differently depending on the composition of that liquid. (8. Black oils may have a compressibility ∼ 25 · 10−5 bar−1 . 1 ∂V 1 = . Water is not particularly compressible and has a compressibility factorcw ∼ 4.6 · 10−5 bar−1 . T. volume which it occupies. where z is the deviation factor.1) and (8.1). Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids where the last approximation is valid when cl (p − po ) 1. Since compressibility describes the volume deformation.3 Compressibility of Gases Experience tells us that gases are very compressible. using the deﬁnition in Eq. absolute pressure of the gas phase. i. number of moles of gas equal to its mass divided by its gaseous molecular weight and the gas constant.
Tpc where p pc and Tpc are pseudo critical pressure and pseudo critical temperature. V dp p z dp Compressibility for real gases in the reservoir is then given by. i m where pci and Tci are critical pressure and temperature of the different HC components and ni is the volume fraction or the mole fraction of each component given by Avogadro’s law. p pr = p .4: zfactor as a function of pseudo reduced pressure p pr and temperature Tpr . where pseudo reduced pressure and temperature are deﬁned as.0 n 1 Tpr 0 ppr Figure 8. cg = 1 1 dz − . Z Tpr Tpr 1. − 1 dV 1 1 dz = − . i m Tpc = ∑ ni Tci .8. Tpr ). is a nontrivial function of pressure and temperature. . 8. . respectively. Critical pressure and temperature for a mixture of m numbers of HC components are deﬁned. p pc = ∑ ni pci .4.e. p pc Tpr = T . T is constant and consequently. as seen in Fig. i. p z dp The deviaton factor z.2 Compressibility of Solids. z = z(p pr . The zfactor is usually expressed as a function of the socalled pseudo reduced pressure ppr and pseudo reduced temperature Tpr . Liquids and Gases 127 At reservoir condition.
The total external stress acting on the porous rock is partly counterbalanced by the pore presssure and the forces acting through the rock matrix. The overburden load will however remain more or less constant and thus the vertical effective stress will increase. . acting on the surface of the pore walls. and in addition to an internal pore pressure p. When a reservoir is produced the reservoir pressure will in most cases be reduced. σ = σ − p. α ≤ 1.5: Stresses working on a porous rock. the stresses in Hooke’s law should be replaced by effective stresses. For most reservoir rocks α will become close to one and may be neglected. σ p p σ σ Figure 8. It should be noted however that the consept of effective stress does not follow from strictly theoretical considerations. but must be regarded as a close approximation. The volumetric changes are given by the average applied stress and one will therefore for simplicity in the following assume a hydrostatic applied stress ﬁeld on the porous rock. Effective stress was originally introduced by Terzaghi and is deﬁned as.18) σ = σ − α p. For reservoir engineering. Experience in rock and soil mechanics has shown that the deformation of porous and premeable materials depend on the effective stress which is the difference between the applied total stress and the pore pressure. while the pore pressure and the forces acting through the rock matrix are the counteracting pressures [62]. often called the Biot constant is a number equal or less than one.128 Chapter 8. it is ﬁrst of all the volumetric behaviour that is important. 8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids 8.5. later the deﬁneition of effective stress has been generalized to. (8. For porous rocks. where the constant α .3 Deformation of Porous Rock The elastic deformation or compressibility of porous rock is complicated by the fact that it is subjected to an external conﬁning stress σ . where the total stress will be the pressure acting on the outer surface. This is depicted in Fig. causing compaction of the reservoir rock. The horizontal stresses may also change with pore pressure and the development of complete stress conditions may be difﬁcult to determine.
The bulk and pore volume are therefore deﬁned as function of both external stress and pore pressure. dVb Vb dVp Vp 1 Vb 1 = Vp = (8. characterised as the bulk compressibility. Vb = Vb (σ .3.21) are all not independent and through elastic theory it is possible to resolve the relation between them. as seen in Fig.1) the deﬁnition of isothermal compressibility. then Eqs. both the bulk and pore volume will decrease.21) gives. a set of four compressibilities may be deﬁned and Eq. (8. while when p increases. Generally.1 Compressibility Measurements. If a porous rock sample is brought to the laboratory and the external stress σ . 8. (8. (8. 8. cbσ = cb . as well as deformation in the pore volume Vp . see Fig.19) gives the relative volume change.21) is written.21) where the "minus" sign demonstrates the fact that when σ increases. p).e. on the sample is increase while the pore pressure is kept constant d p = 0. 8. cr ).20) is written.e. = −c pσ d σ + c pp d p. dVb = −cbσ d σ . gas or initial water) will cause deformation in the bulk volumeVb . dVb Vb dVp Vp = −cbσ d σ + cbp d p. on the other hand.20) Using Eq. then the bulk and pore volume will increase. the rock sample is exposed to an external stress equal to the internal pressure. Differentiation of Eqs. c p = c p (cb .22) Since cbσ depends on the elastic moduli of the matrix rock material and the geometry of the pore space. left. i.3 Deformation of Porous Rock 129 Variation of the effective stress on the rock due to withdrawal of reservoir ﬂuid (oil. The purpose of this process is to express the pore compressibility as function of the compressibilities of bulk volume and rock material. (8. ∂σ Vb ∂ p ∂ Vp 1 ∂ Vp dσ + d p. Vp = Vp (σ . The four compressibilites deﬁned in Eqs. ∂σ Vp ∂ p (8. it must in general be considered to be an independent parameter. right. Vb (8.8. p).19) ∂ Vb 1 ∂ Vb dσ + d p. If. such that d σ = d p. (8. Eqs.6. (8.6. i. (8. . both the external stress σ and the pore pressure p may provoke changes in the bulk or/and pore volume.
dVp = dVp (σ ) + dVp (p). is equal to the work given by the volume expansion of the pore volume due to the external stressdVp (σ ) times the change in the pore pressure d p. (8. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids σ dp = 0 σ=p Figure 8. .23).25) where dV (σ ) is the volume change relative to the external stress and dV (p) is the volume change relative to the pore pressure. 8.3.24) where the minus sign for cr reﬂects the fact that the rock will compress under these conditions. Under these condition. then the bulk and pore volume are deformed accordingly. −cb + cbp = −cr .130 Chapter 8.6: Stresses working on a porous rock.e. (8. Seen from the outside the material would behave as a completly solid rock. (8. −c pσ + c pp = −cr . is only related to the rock matrix material itself. = (−c pσ + c pp )d σ . If both the external stress and the pore pressure are changing. the following relation between compressibilities are deduced. From Eqs. i. (8. When the pore pressure increases/decreases equally to the conﬁning stress. dVb Vb dVp Vp = (−cb + cbp )d σ . Betti’s theorem states that the hypothetical work given by the volume expansion of the bulk volume due to the pore pressure dVb (p) times the change in the external stress d σ . the compressibility of the rock sample is equal to the compressibility of the rock material cr .23) where d σ = d p and where cbσ = cb . then the effect of the pores with respect to the deformation of the porous rock. dVb = dVb (σ ) + dVb (p).2 Betti’s Reciprocal Theorem of Elasticity.
This formula. (8. The minus sign for the ﬁrst term reﬂects that the force and displacement are in opposite directions. cw . where the pressure drop ∆p is sufﬁciently small. φ (8. Of interest in relation to the production of oil and gas. (8.29) (8. (8.ﬂuid system. (8. . (8.6. Since the pore volume is expanded by the ﬂuid phase volumes: V f = Vw + Vo + Vg . given by c p in Eq. oil. co and cg .24 and Eq. water and/or gas. (8. the bulk compressibility is given. e.28) on gets.26).4 Compressibility for Reservoir Rock Saturated with Fluids Compressibility of homogenous matter like the rock material cr and the contained saturations of ﬂuids. is the total compressibility of the rock . Vp Vp Vp = cw Sw + co So + cg Sg . Since porosity is deﬁned φ = Vp /Vb .8. cp = cb − (1 + φ )cr .29). given by the ﬂuid compressibility c f and the reduction of the pore volume when the pore pressure is reduced.26) (8. developed by Geertsma [31]. a change in the pore pressure will cause the ﬂuid volume to change. gives c= 1 ∆V V ∆p ⇒ ∆V = cV ∆p. Using Eqs. ∆V f cf = ∆Vw + ∆Vo + ∆Vg . (8.1). like in experiments sketched in Fig. This compressibility accounts for the expansion of ﬂuid. The ﬂuid compressibility is written. 8.21) in Eq. (8.28) where c pp = c p is the pore volume compressibility. Vg Vw Vo = cw + co + cg . (8.27) where cbp = cb .30) The compressibility of the ﬂuids c f contained in the pore volume is deﬁned by the compressibility of the different phases. are all deﬁned by Eq.4 Compressibility for Reservoir Rock Saturated with Fluids 131 dVb (p) · d σ = dVp (σ ) · d p. 8.31) where S is the ﬂuid phase saturation (Sw + So + Sg = 1). relates the pore compressibility to the bulk and rock compressibilities which are the parameters normally measured. −Vb cbp d p · d σ = −Vp c pσ d σ · d p. cbp = φ c pσ Combining Eqs. A discrete version of this deﬁnition.g. one gets.
(8. the dependence on the effective stress is an exact theoretical result.34) where the porosity change d φ is proportional to the change in the effective stress. the equilibrium of stresses in the reservoir is changed. φ Combining Eqs.32) The effective HC compressibility is a useful term.29) with Eq. cr (8.35) (8. It should be noted that in this case. φ (8. By differentiation the porosity one gets. (8. An equally important term is the effective compressibility responsible for the expansion of initial water and reduction of the pore volume. φ 1 = [cb − (1 + φ )cr + φ (cw Sw + co So + cg Sg )].e. due to oil or gas production. cb − (1 + φ )cr = + cw Sw + co So + cg Sg . Under reservoir conditions. d σ = 0 and thus the change in porosity is. .33) and remembering that c pp is the pore compressibility c p and cbσ is the bulk compressibility cb .34) gives. dVp dVb dφ = − . Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids ct = cp + c f . related to the pore space occupied by the hydrocarbons. This term. (8. due to ﬂuid production from the reservoir is small enough to keep the material within the elastic limit. dφ = (c p d p − c pσ d σ ) − (cbp d p − cb d σ ).132 Chapter 8. (8. i. when pressure is released as a result of HC production. ∆φ = cr cb (1 − φ ) − 1 ∆p. the conﬁnement stress is constant.33) Substituting Eqs. (8.36) where the pressure drop ∆p. (8. φ Vp Vb (8. cHC = co So + cg Sg . a nonHC compressibility is deﬁned. This change in the effective stress on the rock material will cause the porosity φ = Vp /Vb to change. cnon−HC = cb − (1 + φ )cr + φ cw Sw .24) and Eq.21) in Eq. φ Example: Porosity variation in the reservoir When the reservoir pore pressure is reduced. d φ = −cb (1 − φ ) − cr d(σ − p).
when φ → 0. which is an important drive mechanism for undersaturated oil reservoirs. . Eq. i. 8. (8. where by cb /cr ≥ 1. Example: Porosity variation in formation core samples Reservoir porosity is seen to decrease with the pore pressure. In the laboratory or at normal atmospheric condition. which is the case for practically all porous rock materials.36) will always be positive. the conﬁnement pressure and the pore pressure will be close to equal. which then deﬁne the lower bound.e. At initial conditions in the reservoir.7). φR < φL .e. i. φ1 > φ2 . the porosity is reduced in the reservoir when the pressure is reduced. When the pore pressure is reduced.4 Compressibility for Reservoir Rock Saturated with Fluids 133 In a nonporous rock.e. a porosity deformation is observed. What about the porosity change in rock samples which are brought to the surface for further experimental investigations? This question is quite important since laboratory measurements on core material from wells.8. (8. the ratio cb /cr is often found to be between 4 to 100. the terms in the bracket in Eq. (σ − p)L = 0. under the assumption of constant conﬁnement stress. . is one of the very few direct sources of information available regarding reservoir characteristics. the bulk compressibility will be equal to the rock matrix compressibility.7: Constant conﬁnement pressure and reduced pore pressure leads to a reduction in the pore volume. i. the porosity will increase when the rock sample is brought to the surface.35) gives the porosity change relative to the change in the pressure difference (σ − p). where the bulk and rock matrix compressibilities are such that (cb (1 − φ ) − cr ) > o. (σ − p)R > 0. . the pressure difference is normally such that the conﬁnement pressure is larger than the pore pressure. i. p1 > p2 (Fig. i. For a porous rock sample. For sandstone reservoirs with a typical porosity larger than 510 %.e. In typical sandstone porous rocks. cb = cr . p1 Vp : φ1 p2 φ2 Figure 8.e.
171. 2.24 and gas saturation is 0. co = 10 ×10−6 psi−1 .31. Then. Find the total compressibility and the effective hydrocarbon compressibility when the following ﬂuid and formation compressibility are known.86 2000 0.6 · 10−6 psi−1 .92 1000 0. Answers to questions: 1.6 %. and estimated abandonment pressure is 500 psia. 1.134 Chapter 8.4 · 10−6 psi−1 . 0.11 · 10−3 psi−1 .5 Exercises 1. 0.14 · 10−3 psi−1 . 2200 psia and 4000 psia. 3. The reservoir pressure is 1923 psi. 18.82 4000 0.80 3000 0. A gas reservoir has a gas deviation factor (at 150 o F).8: Variation of bulk volume during surfacing of core material. cw = 3 ×10−6 psi−1 . 224. Bulk compressibility is 3. Compressibility of Reservoir Rock and Fluids pR φR pL φL Figure 8.89 5000 1.8×10−6 psi−1 .00 500 0. 8. connate water saturation is 0.00 Plot z versus p and graphically determine the slope at 1000 psia. cg = 1/p psi−1 and cr = cb = 5 ×10−6 psi−1 . ﬁnd the gas compressibility at these pressures. 2. A reservoir with an initial pressure of 6500 psia has an average porosity of 19 %. Find the formation porosity when the ﬁeld is abandoned? 3.45 · 10−3 psi−1 . p [psia] z 0 1.
while the reservoir pressure drops substantially near the well. see Fig.Chapter 9 Properties of Reservoir Fluids 9.1: Volume transformation of oil and gas. where the phase ratio of oil and gas is changed as well as the gasoil ratio and the composition of both phases. Primary reservoir production takes place without any temperature change.1 Introduction Production of oil and gas can be compared to a process where volumes of the reservoir ﬂuids are transformed to the stock tank volumes of oil and gas. 9. Qgn=∆V /∆t gn Qon=∆Von /∆t Sea Reservoir Qg=∆V /∆t g Qo=∆Vo /∆t Figure 9. The reservoir production rates of oil and gas will in the event of continuously decreasing pressure and temperature transform. In an oil reservoir we may experience the shrinkage of oil due to the solution gas liberation near the well and in a rich gas reservoir we expect condensa135 . During this process both pressure and temperature are signiﬁcantly changed.1. The composition of oil and/or gas will therefore changed slightly during production.
and vapour pressure line) No degrees of freedom – a single triple point in the phase diagram When NP = 3 NF = 0 We know that water may appear in different phases like ice. T)plot reﬂecting this occurrence (sublimation line. hence we call this state the ﬂuid state.e. melting point line. When the reservoir ﬂuid is produced and brought to the surface. 9. The phase boundary between water and vapour ends in a critical point where the two phases cease to coexist. where. Properties of Reservoir Fluids tion of liquid hydrocarbons (oil) when the pressure is reduced. (For pure water.136 Chapter 9. In these processes. For pure components the phase rule says that no more than three phases can form at any temperature and pressure. The coexistence of different phases. then NC − NR = 1 and NF = 3 − NP.2. For a pure component (like H2 O). is shown in Fig. i.2 Deﬁnitions The process by which the different hydrocarbon (HC) components form phases through various chemical reactions is governed by a natural (entropy driven) development towards equilibrium or the lowest energy level. all depending on temperature and pressure.1 oC and the critical pressure is 218.3 atm. for temperatures T > TC and pressures p > pC . NF = NC − NP + 2 − NR. We will look at how oil and gas behave in the reservoir and their expansion to stock tank condition. number of chemical reactions NR . i. and degrees of freedom NF . Beyond this point. H2 O. temperature is also reduced and consequently the composition of oil and gas undergoes signiﬁcant change. The number 2 accounts for the intensive properties p. and NC − NR deﬁnes the number of independent components.) . number of phases NP . liquid and vapour. there is no distinct difference between water and vapour. When NP = 1 When NP = 2 NF = 2 NF = 1 Both intensive properties can be changed arbitrarily Only one intensive property can be independent – there are three lines on a (p. The Gibbs phase rule shows a relationship among the number of componentsNC . T . pressure is further reduced through different stages of separation. 9. The different regions are separated by phase boundaries. This could be expressed more precisely referring to the Gibbs phase rule. In this chapter focus is put on some characteristic aspects of hydrocarbon mixtures and the separation of oil and gas as function of pressure and temperature. the critical temperature is 374.e.
it is quite common to write C7 .2. 9. Nitrogen Carbon Dioxide Hydrogen Sulphide N2 CO2 H2 S + For mixtures of HC components. mean+ ing all component in the series. say. typically light components likeC1 . naphthenes (cycloalkanes) and aromatic series and often some nonhydrocarbon impurities. intermediate components like C4 − C5 can be in both gaseous and liquid state depending on prevailing pressure and temperature. C2 and C3 dominate the composition.3 Representation of hydrocarbons 137 pc Ice 1 atm. 9. + Components C7 are heavy and in most interesting cases of petroleum engineering. shown in Fig. For pure components of oil. 9. When two or more HC components are mixed. However. In gases.9. Water Critical point Vapour 100 °C Tc Figure 9. For light oils. The PTcharacteristics of the pure components are somewhat similar to theH2 O case. C4 .3. the phase boundaries form a closed boundary . C7 H16 and higher. Ethane (C2 H6 ) and Heptane (C7 H16 ). The C7 characteristic is then the average for all components higher then C6 .2: PTdiagram for H2 O. and their mixture (50% of C2 H6 and 50% of C7 H16 ) the phase PTdiagram is shown in Fig. can not be evaporized. C5 and C6 are the important components and for heavier oils the presence of various decanes and asfaltenes are quit common.3 Representation of hydrocarbons Naturally occurring HC are complex in composition and contain a great many members of parafﬁns (alkanes). Some of the components in the parafﬁn series are listed below: Methane Ethane Propane Butane Pentane Hexane CH4 C2 H6 C3 H8 C4 H10 C5 H12 C6 H14 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 Heptane Octane Nonane Decane C7 H16 C8 H18 C9 H20 C10 H22 Some typical nonhydrocarbon impurities are represented by.
a) 100% Ethane p p b) 100% Heptane c) 50% Ethane 50% Heptane p Liquid C Liquid C Gas T Liquid C Liquid + Gas Gas T Gas T Figure 9. volume and temperature are often referred to as PVTrelations. The existence of a super critical ﬂuid region to the right of the critical point where phases can not be distinguished.4: PVT diagram for a mixed component system. The equilibrium state is deﬁned as function of p and T and consequently also the volume ratio of oil and gas is PTdependent. is seen in the PTdiagram in Fig. where the two phases of oil and gas coexists.3: PTdiargam for Ethane. Heptane and their mixture.4. as shown in Fig.138 Chapter 9. as shown by the law of real gases.4 (lower right). Properties of Reservoir Fluids area in the PTdiagram. For a mixture of hydrocarbons. 9. a PVTdiagram can be drawn. This area is called the twophase region and has a characteristic shape for that particular composition. The PVdiagram (upper left) shows how the oil volume is increasing when pressure is . Volume is therefore a dependent function of p and T . 9. Liqu id u tc rv e Pressure poi n t cu Bu bb rve p le oi n Vo lu G as l tica Cri int po uid orVap sure s Pre rve Cu me Pressure Liq Dew s Ga re atu per Tem Figure 9. These relations between pressure.
5. If. For temperatures higher than T3 .5. 9. a phase transformation will pass through a twophase region conﬁned by a bubble point locus and a dew point locus where the oil and gas are in equilibrium.or molar volume. i. . however.e. where the heavier components are condensed. It is important to notice that the shape of an envelope ACPCTB depends on the composition of HC mixture. The twophase region is left when the pressure starts to decrease again and further volume increase is due to gas expansion only.5: Pressurespeciﬁc volume diagram for mixed component system. [Vs ] = m3 /kg (ft3 /lb). All the quality lines merge at this point.e. Continued volume increase means gradually increased gasoil ratio at constant pressure. CT: Cricondentherm – a temperature point. At this pressure the volume continues to increase by separation into coexisting oil . there is no phase change when pressure is decreased. the production follows the dotted line from 1 to x. The PTdiagram for a more complex mixtures is presented in Fig. C: Critical Point – a pressure and temperature point. For a given temperature. Speciﬁc volume is volume occupied by a unit of mass of a substance. on the other hand. from1 to 2. T1 T2 T3 T4 Liquid Liquid Pressure Critical point Gas T4 T3 T2 T1 Gas Twophase region Specific volume Temperature Figure 9. i. represented by the twophase region. Molar volume is equal to volume occupied by one mole of a substance. only gas is produced. we observe a monotonously volume increase or swelling of the oil phase down to a certain pressure level. no phase boundary is crossed.3 Representation of hydrocarbons 139 decreasing. see Fig. The composition of the gas will have changed. then oil will gradually drop out of the gas both in the reservoir and on the way to location x. [Vm ] = m3 /kgmole or cm3 /gmole (ft3 /lbmole). For lower temperatures. 9. above which a liquid can not be vaporised. lines which deﬁnes the fractional oilgas ratio. A reservoir with initial conditions as indicated by position 1 in Fig. at which two phases become identical. 9.6 is what we would call a gas reservoir. When this reservoir is produced at constant temperature. with the following deﬁnitions: CP: Cricondenbar – a pressure point.6. in Fig.and gas phases.9.e. i. Another way of representing the PVT discontinuity. is to present the intensive property of speciﬁc . above which a gas can not be condensed. 9.
Ci = Ci1 S1 +Ci2 S2 .140 Chapter 9. At this time. at point 4.6.6. from 1 to 5. should be called a gas condensate reservoir.6.8. and the dew point line is approached.6: PT. Having said this. the twophase region is characterising the reservoir ﬂuid. do not exceed three . i = 1.3. solution gas will slowly build up to a continuous phase and ﬂow towards the well with a considerably higher mobility than the oil itself. 1 CP p Liquid C 3 4 CT A 80% 60% 40% 20% x 5 B Gas T 2 Figure 9.7 and 9. Form that point onwards. vaporisation of residual oil can happen and the gas composition may become richer until the dew point line is crossed. One of the advantages of ternary diagrams is that they enable us to represent both the phase compositions and the overall composition of mixture. When this reservoir is produced at constant temperature. When this reservoir is produced at constant temperature. 9. 9. Let us assume that the overall composition is represented by point M. In order to predict phase behaviour for such compositions ternary diagrams are often used. Properties of Reservoir Fluids A reservoir located at point 3 in Fig. condensation of gas in the reservoir starts as soon as the twophase region is entered. no gas will exist in the reservoir until the bubbel point line is crossed.1 Ternary diagrams Binary diagrams are often used for representing an overall behaviour of hydrocarbons and for detailed analysis of phase behaviour when the number of components or groups of pure components. Natural hydrocarbons are complex mixtures of different components and are usually represented by pseudocomponents (normally 2 or 3). such that an oil reservoir would have a different shaped twophase region than seen in Fig. 9. 2. no change in the composition will occur. we can imagine that an oil reservoir is located somewhere in the upper left corner in Fig.diagram for a complex HC mixture. 9. As we have mentioned before. Then the overall compositions Ci can be expressed through the phase compositions Ci j . When the pressure continues to decrease. 3 . 9. see Figs.
3 Representation of hydrocarbons 141 C1 1phase region Plait point Tie line C3 Binodal curve 2phase region C2 Figure 9.or volume fraction). . Any total composition M within this triangle gives three phases with the same overall composition. All sides of this triangle are surrounded by 2. Note that the fraction of each component is 1 at their apex and 0 at the opposite edge. Moving inside the triangle we can only change the fraction of phases and not the overall composition. Fig. where (p and T are expected to be known). S1 = Ci −Ci2 .7: Twophase ternary diagram. Using the fact that S1 + S2 = 1.phase regions.8 shows the case when the composition has a 3phase region which is indicated by the embedded smaller triangle. Ci1 −Ci2 S2 = Ci −Ci1 . There is no degrees of freedom in the three phase region. 9. C1 1phase region Plait point Tie line f c . It follows from the Gibbs phase rule that in case of 3 (pseudo) components and 2 phases. weight. This means that if one of the parameters is speciﬁed all the other can be easily evaluated.9. Any unit can be used (mole.invariant point 2phase region a b e C3 d C2 3phase region Figure 9. It means that the compositions of the three phases are given by the apexes of the 3 phase triangle (invariant points). we can obtain the following expression for the relative amounts of phases Si j in the overall composition. the system has only one degree of freedom. The lever rule enables us to calculate the relative amounts of these phases.8: Threephase ternary diagram. Ci2 −Ci1 which is called "the lever rule".
Properties of Reservoir Fluids S1 = a . than the dew point line will never be crossed and only dry gas will exist in the reservoir at any pressure.7 and 9. Tr > TCT . which is usually the case for surfactant+oil+brine systems. Continued pressure depletion below the point of maximum condensation would lead to revaporisation of the liquid condensate. the following initial condition is important. Sometimes it is economically advantageous to produce a gas condensate ﬁeld by the process of gas recycling. The reservoir pressure is kept almost at the initial level but the composition of the reservoir gas is gradually changed in such a way. 9.4 Natural gas and gas condensate ﬁelds In a dry gas ﬁeld. i. The composite phase envelope for the reservoir ﬂuids tends to move downwards and to the right. that the phase envelope moves to the left and upwards.e. However. as seen in Fig. since the heavier components tend to condense ﬁrst.9. a+b S2 = c . the position of the point being dependent on surface separation.6 and gas recovery is performed in such a way that the pressure will decline from1 to 2. . The objective of the gas recycling process is to keep reservoir conditions above/or to the right from the dew point curve. the injection is terminated and the remaining dry gas produced. c+d S3 = e . 9. Let us imagine initial pressure and temperature at point 3 in Fig. When producing the gas to the surface. During isothermal depletion liquid will start to condense in the reservoir when the pressure has fallen below the dew point at 4. 9. However. The maximum liquid saturation deposited in the reservoir is when the pressure is between points 4 and 5 in the twophase region. If initial conditions in the reservoir coincide with point 1 in Fig.6. where the retrograde liquid condensate is not recovered and. the reservoir temperature is always larger than the critical temperature of the same gas. 9.142 Chapter 9.8 both triangles have a common baseline. thus inhibiting revaporisation. Starting at point 3 in Fig. however. The process of condensation is called retrograde liquid condensation.9 and separating the liquid condensate from the dry gas at the surface and reinjecting the latter into the reservoir in such a way that the dry gas displaces the wet gas towards the producing wells. this does not occur because once the pressure falls below point 4 the overall composition and hence. 9. both p and T will decrease and the ﬁnal state will be at some point x within the twophase envelope. The condensation is generally rather small and frequently below the critical saturation which must be exceeded before the liquid becomes mobile. 9. After breakthrough of the dry gas occurs. the molecular weight of the HC remaining in the reservoir increases and is left behind in the reservoir as retrograde condensate while the light components are mobile and will be produce. e+ f In Figs. in practical ﬁeld developments this is not easily accomplished. this represents a loss of a valuable part of the hydrocarbon mixture.
10: Development of the oil ﬁeld. 9. 9. Further reduction in pressure will lead to solution gas production and the presence of two phases in the reservoir. 9. . originally dissolved in the oil. If initial conditions in the reservoir coincide with pointA in Fig. Unfavourable conditions of production p A B X Initial composition Intermediate composition Final composition T Figure 9. Reducing the pressure isothermally will eventually bring the oil to the bubble point B. as compared with gas ﬁelds and as shown in Fig. • liquid oil.5 Oil ﬁelds 143 3 p Initial composition Intermediate composition Final composition T Figure 9.10. a phase diagram for oil will be more elongated in horizontal direction. there will be only one phase present.9: Development of the gas ﬁeld by the gas recycling process.10.5 Oil ﬁelds Since the oil contains more of the heavier HC components. containing an amount of dissolved gas which commensurate with the pressure and • liberated gas. namely liquid oil containing dissolved gas.9.
The relative content of heavier components in oil will increase. The deﬁnition of these factors are [21]: Rs : The solution gasoil ratio. as shown in Fig.11. gas injection or other enhanced oil recovery methods. will ﬂow with a much greater velocity than the oil towards the well. being more mobile. The composition will change to such an extent. 9. Vogn Sm3 Rs = . 9. the overall reservoir HC composition will change due to the fact that the gas. Von Sm3 .6 Relation between reservoir and surface volumes The amount of oil and gas produced form the reservoir. Rs and R. 9. Bg . The phase diagram for an oil reservoir with a gas cap must necessarily have a phase envelope which is characterised by both the gas and oil contained in the reservoir. Reservoir gas p A Reservoir fluid Reservoir oil Initial reservoir conditions T Figure 9.12. or above the bubble point by using water ﬂooding. These factors are deﬁned in accordance to Fig.11: Phase diagram for the oil reservoir with a gas cap. It is therefore preferable to maintain oil production close to.10.144 Chapter 9. and the shape of the phase diagram will change towards more and more unfavourable conditions for oil production. which is the number of standard cubic meters (feet) of gas which will dissolve in one stock tank cubic meter (barrel) of oil when both are measured at surface conditions. Bo . 9. The twophase area of the reservoir ﬂuid is overlapping the appropriate oil and gas reservoir. The volume factors are deﬁned by laboratory experiments performed on samples taken from the reservoir oil or gas. Volumes deﬁned at reservoir conditions (or at the surface) are transformed to surface volumes (or reservoir volumes) by use of volume factors. Properties of Reservoir Fluids Keeping production at point X below the bubble point. in Fig. that the liquid phase is ﬁnally becoming less and less mobile. measured in standard volume quantities (at normal pressure and temperature) are converted to reservoir volumes by the use of volume factors.
Sm3 The following useful relationships between the volume factors can be deduced. Bo : The oil formation volume factor is deﬁned as the volume of oil in cubic meters (or barrels) occupied in the reservoir at the prevailing p and T divided by the volume of oil in stock tank cubic meter (barrel).2) (9.1) (9.6 Relation between reservoir and surface volumes 145 Reservoir: p.T Surface: pn . Sm3 Bg : The gas formation volume factor is deﬁned as the volume of gas in cubic meters (or barrels) in the reservoir divided by the volume of the same gas at standard cubic meter (foot). Tn Vg Vp Vo Vggn Vgn Vogn Von Von Figure 9. R= Vgn Von Sm3 .9. Vggn Sm3 R: The gasoil ratio (GOR).12: Vgn = RVon Vg = Bg (R − Rs)Von Vo +Vg = [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ]Von (9. Bo = Vo Von Rm3 . 9.12: Stock tank production through expansion of reservoir oil and gas from an oil reservoir. is the volume of gas in standard cubic meters (feet) produced divided by volume of stock tank cubic meter (barrel) of oil at surface conditions. Vg Rm3 Bg = .3) . simply using Fig.
This increase in Bo is directly linked to the oil compressibility. as seen from Fig.13: Dependency of PVT volum parameters on pressure.146 Chapter 9. when pressure is released. since no gas is produced in the reservoir.e. . For decreasing pressure lower than the bubble point pressure. Finally all gas will evaporate and the oil is said to be dead and Bo ≈ 1.13. all free gas will be dissolve in the oil. In order to explain the characteristic behaviour of the different volume factors it is natural to follow a decreasing pressure development. Rs . we will ﬁnd a decreasing amount of gas in the reservoir oil sample because some gas has already evaporated and been produced as gas. Properties of Reservoir Fluids Vg = Bg (1 − Rs )Vgn R (9. then volume is increased. In the case of the volum factor for gas.e. i. The oil volume factor Bo is seen to increase linearly when pressure is decreasing towards the bubble point pressure pb . For pressures lower than the bubble point pressure. For pressure lower then the bubble point.13.4) The volume factors Bo . from right to left in Fig. the volume of gas will expand as the reciprocal pressure. gas in equilibrium with oil can only exist up to its bubble point pressure. A unit sample of oil at different pressures (p > pb ) will therefore contain the same amount of gas and oil at standard condition. solution gas is gradually leaving the oil phase which leads to a shrinking volume of oil. The solution gasoil ratio Rs is constant for pressures higher than the bubble point pressure. For pressure higher than pb . 9. 9. i. Bg and R are all pressure dependent functions. Bo Rs pb p R pb p Bg pb p pb p Figure 9. This process continues until standard condition is reached.
(9.9. we assume Darcy’s law to be valid.12 we may deﬁne the gasoil ratio for a saturated oil reservoir.(9. no change is observed in the gasoil ratio at surface condition. Qg kg µo = . 9. is given as a function of decreasing reservoir pressure. Example: Importance of the GOR The GOR is an important parameter. Shortly after the reservoir pressure has dropped below the bubble point pressure. Using the relations Eqs. where Qi are the reservoir ﬂow rates. For a short while. more gas than oil is produced than initially. µi dr i = o. Qon = Qg /[Bg (R − Rs)]. not only because it gives the gasoil ratio as function of pressure and time. Bg Qo For reservoir ﬂow.13.4) we ﬁnd. For reservoir ﬂow in the vicinity of the well. we may express the GOR in terms of reservoir parameters.e. shown in Fig. where Qg is the gas rate in the reservoir.6 Relation between reservoir and surface volumes 147 The gasoil ratio R. and the reservoir gasoil ﬂow ratio is written.1) . With reference to Figs. but also because it carries important information about the mobility ratio of gas and oil in the reservoir. i. we may write the following expression for the GOR factor. Qo µg ko Substituting this ratio in the GOR equation. Using the GOR.1 and 9. both for oil. g.and oil rate. 9. Von Qon where Qon = Qo /Bo and where Qo is the oil rate in the reservoir. Qi = ki d pi A . When the pressure is above the bubble point pressure. The minimum gasoil ratio is reached as the gas saturation becomes continuous and starts to ﬂow. with a reservoir pressure lower than bubble point pressure. R= Vgn Qgn = . since gas liberated in the reservoir is more mobile and therefore is produced faster than the oil it originally evaporated from.e.and gas ﬂow. . Qgn = RQon. When pressure is further decreased. deﬁned above. we may safely neglect all capillary effects. the process of solution gas vaporisation will take place. and the two relations giving the gas. R= Qg Bo + Rs . The presence of discontinuous gas will block some of the path ways for the oil and consequently oil with less gas are being produced. the gas is not mobile due to gas saturation below critical gas saturation. i. ﬁrst near the wellbore.
illustrates the difference between ﬂash and differential expansion of the ﬂuid sample. Porosity. Solution gasoil ratio. GIIP = OIIP · Rs .148 Chapter 9.and ﬂash expansion.(9. .5) gives a idealized approximation of reservoir dependence and should therefore be interpretated with care. shown in Fig. Bg and Rs are known from laboratory measurements. For a general reservoir we may deﬁne the following parameters. 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids R= kg µo Bo + Rs . The process differential . and i = o.5) gives the relation between gas . Gas reserves: Oil reserves: GIIP = HCPV /Bg . OIIP = GIIP/Rs . Example: Initial reservoir ﬂuids The deﬁnition of initial in place volumes are somewhat different for oil. The reserves coming from a gas reservoir is deﬁned. Rs and Bg . The GOR as presented in Eq.7 Determination of the basic PVT parameters Conventional analysis of basic PVT parameters follow well established procedures by which the different volume factors are measured: • Flash expansion of the ﬂuid sample is used to determine the bubble point pressure pb . Formation factor.14. is important in deﬁning the reserves in an oil reservoir.5) where the mobility of oil. HCPV = VR · φ . where the volume factors Bo .and gas reservoirs. • Flash expansion of ﬂuid samples through various separator combinations is used to enable the modiﬁcation of laboratory derived PVT data to match ﬁeld separator conditions. λi = ki /µi .(9.and oil mobility in the reservoir and the observed gasoil ration. Bg Rs Reservoir bulk volume. g. Oil reserves: Gas reserves: OIIP = HCPV /Bo . Eq. • Differential expansion of the ﬂuid sample is used to determine the basic parametersBo . The hydrocarbon pore volume. VR φ Bo . 9.and gas is deﬁned. µg ko Bg (9.
9. . at each stage. Note that the ﬂash expansion experiment does not change the overall hydrocarbon composition in the cell while in the differential liberation experiment. depletion gas is liberated physically and removed from the cell.14: Flash and differential expansion of ﬂuid samples. The remaining hydrocarbones are becoming progressively richer in heavier components and the average molecular weight is increasing. where multistage separation at the surface is commonly used because differential liberation will normally yield a larger ﬁnal volume of equilibrium oil than the corresponding ﬂash expansion. Consequently ﬂash expansion leaves smaller oil volumes then differential expansion. there is a continous compositional change in the PVTcell. Therefore.7 Determination of the basic PVT parameters 149 pi > pb pb p < pb pb pb new Oil Oil Gas Oil Oil Gas Oil Oil Hg 1 p 2 3 p 1 2 3 Flash expansion 1 2 3 Differential expansion 1 2 Initial composition Final composition 3 T T Figure 9. Reservoir production is most likely reproduced by a nonisothermal differential expansion.
What are the weight functions of the liquid and the vapour phase? 3. The following data are obtained in a PVT analysis at 900C.1 Gas speciﬁc gravity. 1.18 RB/STB Gas formation volume factor. liquid compressibility at 207 bar.0025 RB/SCF Solution gasoil ratio. Bo and Rs at 172 bar and 138 bar and Bg and z at 138 bar. Calculate the density expressed in SIunits.150 Chapter 9. The liquid phase consists of 40% by weight of the more volatile component and the vapour phase 65% by weight of this component. as above.7. and 200C).8 Exercises 1. Pressure [bar] Celle (system) volume [cm3 ] 276 404 207 408 172 410 138 430 103 450 a) Estimate the bubble point pressure.275 litres. Properties of Reservoir Fluids 9. Calculate the gasoil capillary pressure for the following reservoir: Gas saturation [%] 75 50 25 0 Additional data: Oil API gravity. The pressure is reduced to normal condition. Bo factor at 207 bar. A gas consists of 50% – 50% mixture by weight of two hydrocarbons. 480 SCF/STB Elevation [ft] 5420 5424 5426 5428 . 45.2 and – for a natural gas API gravity of 70. 0. b) c) d) e) co .65 Oil formation volume factor. The contained liquid volume is 388 cm3 and the measured gas volume (at 1 atm. 4. expanded to 138 bar and the free gas is removed at constant pressure and then measured by further expansion to standard condition. and residual liquid volume is found to be 295 cm3 and the liberated gas volume is 21 litres.60C) is 5. when water density is 1000 kg/m3 at standard condition (1 atm. The pressure is increased isothermally until two phases appear. 0. and 15. – for a crude oil API gravity of 57. 2. Estimate the following PVT parameters. The system is recompressed.
a) 172 bar. 699. .3898 Rm3 /Sm3 .07 Sm3 /Sm3 .5 kg/Rm3 . b) 14.0079 Rm3 /Sm3 .1 · 10−5 bar−1 . d)1.315 Rm3 /Sm3 . 3. 2.8 kg/m3 .887 4. e) 0. ρg = 55. 89. 749.7 kg/Rm3 . 1. 2/3.8 Exercises 151 Answers to questions: 1.9. ρo = 735. 71.2 Sm3 /Sm3 . 0. c) 1.5 kg/m3 .383 Rm3 /Sm3 .
152 Chapter 9. Properties of Reservoir Fluids .
Part II Reservoir Parameter Estimation Methods 153 .
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Eq. ρ ∼ constant. If we assume the ﬂuid density in the reservoir to be constant during the depletion process. their application and use have proven to be of great importance in various situations. The pressure in this tank is deﬁned by the volumetric average pressure. Vi where Vi is the initial hydrocarbone volume.1) is often referred to as the golden principle.1 Introduction The basic principle behind the Material Balance Equation is very fundamental: The mass of hydrocarbons (HC) initially in place is equal to sum of the mass produced and the mass still remaining in the reservoir. • Identiﬁcation of the drive mechanism. Vi −V = ∆V when pi → p. • History matching. Even though material balance techniques use crude approximations of the reservoir. the hydrocarbon pore volume (HCPV). In this chapter we will develop the Material Balance Equation for a general oil and gas reservoir and illustrate the use of the equation by various examples. 155 (10.1) . i.e. we may write the mass conservation law in terms of volume conservation. i. Being simple in principle. with limited reference to local information. methods based on the material balance equation are commonly used in the following cases: • Extrapolation of production curves for oil. where Expansion = Production. In material balance calculations we implicitly consider the reservoir as being a tank of constant volume. Mi = ∆M + M.(10.Chapter 10 Material Balance Equation 10.e. p= 1 Vi pdV. water and gas (production decline curve analysis).
where the following deﬁnitions are used.e Eq. G p : cumulative volume of gas produced.2). p G Bgi pn G [Sm ] 3 (10.1.(10. [Sm3 ]. i.(10. The relation presented in Eq. Bgi Gp = 1− .2 Dry gas expansion Let us consider a dry gas reservoir where the production is modelled using material balance calculations. The HCPV is constant in absence of water inﬂux.2) is illustrated in Fig. G · Bgi = (G − G p )Bg . is equal to (G − G p )Bgp .(10. The production of gas at surface conditions is G p . [Sm3 ]. in standard units. and assuming isothermal conditions of production one can obtain the relations. It follows from Eq.(10. [Sm3 /Rm3 ] and Bg : gas formation volume factor at current reservoir pressure. At a reservoir pressure p.2) that. 10.2) (GGp)Bg GGp Gp Figure 10. [Sm3 /Rm3 ].1: Volume transformation using volume formation factors. The material balance equation given by Eq. When a surface volume of G p has been produced. Bg G (10.1) is slightly redeﬁned where the volumeof gas in the reservoir initially in place is obviously equal to the volumeof gas in the reservoir at a given pressure p. where the purpose is to visualise the transformation of gas volume under reservoir condition to surface conditions. Bgi = Vi = Vn p zT · n zT p and i . the volume occupied by the gas in the reservoir. G: resources of gas initially in place.156 Chapter 10. the volume of gas left in the reservoir is G − G p .3) Using the equation of state for a real gas pV = znRT . Material Balance Equation 10. Bgi : initial gas formation volume factor.
10. p where the indices i and p refer to the initial and current pressures respectively .2: Gas reservoir exhibiting a straight line trend in p/z vs. When the data follows a linear trend. reservoir temperature and initial pressure. as schematically indicated in Fig. G (10. p/z vs. 10.(10. the intersection point with the xaxis gives us an estimate for initial gas in place.3. N: Resources of oil (initial oil in place) in Sm3 .4). allowing us to estimate the resources of gas. Dependent on the composition of the ﬂuid. cumulative gas production. this serves as a proof for the assumption of no or negligible water inﬂux during gas production and that the main driving force behind the production is gas expansion. hydrocarbons will be represented as oil and/or gas. .(10.3 A general oil reservoir In a general oil reservoir. The following nomenclature is used in the derivation of the material balance equation: HCPV : Part of pore volume occupied by hydrocarbons. Secondly.4) Using Eq. as shown in Fig. (p) z i G 0 Gp Figure 10. G. p z = p z 1− i Gp . there may exist a gas cap above the oil zone.2.3) can now be written. m: Ratio between the resources of gas in the gas cap and resources of oil in the oil zone measured at reservoir conditions. cumulative gas production exhibits a straight line trend.3 A general oil reservoir 157 Bg = Vp = Vn p zT · n zT p . Two important characteristics are displayed by plotting the data as shown in the ﬁgure. The gas in the gas cap is in equilibrium with the oil in the oil zone and the volume part of the reservoir occupied by gas relative to oil is constant.10. Eq. when a straight line is ﬁtted through the data. 10.
C: Reduction in HCPV due to expansion of connate water and reduction of pore volume.4. ∆Vo is the volume oil produced at reservoir pressure p. Vo (p) −Vo (pi ) = ∆Vo (p). volume . see Fig.C. Here Vo (pi ) is the oil volume at initial conditions and Vo (p) is the volume of the oil initial in place at pressure p. expansion of the gas cap. 10. 10.A. measured in Rm3 . Note that we are here considering underground withdrawal of hydrocarbon ﬂuids. 10.158 Chapter 10.B and as expansion of initial water present plus reduction of pore volume due to expansion of reservoir formation matrix and possible reduction of bulk volume.produced volumes Figure 10.1 A1: Expansion of oil The oil (liquid phase) expansion at reservoir condition can be deﬁned as.3. volume . hence: ∆Vprod = A1 + A2 + B + C. Material Balance Equation Initial reservoir conditions Current reservoir conditions Gas cap 3 mNBoi (Rm ) Gas cap B Oil zone NBoi (Rm ) 3 C Oil zone A A. B: Expansion of gas cap gas. see Fig. Reservoir expansion is equal to production. volume . C . A1: Expansion of oil. .3) is explained as expansion of the oil zone. A2: Expansion of originally dissolved gas. In dealing with the development of the material balance equation. it is therefore convenient to break up the expansion term into its components. B. N p : Volume of oil produced in Sm3 . mNBoi: Resources of gas (initial gas in place) in Rm3 .3: Oil reservoir with a gas cap: Illustration of material balance. Production from the oil reservoir (with a gas cap.
4: Expansion of oil at reservoir pressure. we have to multiply the surface volume by the volume factor for gas at reservoir pressure. Bg .6) 10. also in surface volumes. N = Vp (1 − Sw )/Boi . the gas volume liberated during the pressure drop. Oil expansion is written. measured in surface volumes.e.3. (10. This gas volume is measured at surface condition. The gas production at current reservoir pressure is then. i. where Sw is the average water saturation andVp the pore volume. but since we want to express all expanded volumes at reservoir condition. N is the initial oil in place [Sm3 ] and is deﬁned. ∆Vo = N · Bo − N · Boi = N(Bo − Boi). 10.3 B: Expansion of gas cap gas The expansion of gas cap gas follows the same principle as observed for the expansion/production of dry gas given by Eq.3 A general oil reservoir 159 pi p ∆Vo Vo Figure 10. GBgi = mNBoi. measured at reservoir condition.10.(10.3.5) where ∆Vo is measured in Rm3 . Therefore.2). frompi to p. The total amount of solution gas in the oil is NRsi. . The total volume of the gas cap as part of the oil volume in the reservoir. NRsi − NRs = N(Rsi − Rs ). pb will cause the liberation of solution gas.2 A2: Expansion of originally dissolved gas At initial conditions oil and gas in the gas cap are in mutual equilibrium . is. The amount of gas still dissolved in the oil at current reservoir pressure and temperature isNRs . ∆Vog = N(Rsi − Rs)Bg . GBgi = (G − G p )Bg . (10. Reducing the pressure below the bubble point pressure.
respectively. 1 − Sw (10. Material Balance Equation G p Bg = mNBoi (Bg − Bgi ). ∆VHCPV = ∆Vw + ∆Vp . From previous considerations.8) .3. Bgi (10. ∆VHCPV = (1 + m)NBoi cw Sw + c p ∆p. i.e. 1 − Sw where the pore volume compressibility is. ∆Vgg = mNBoi Bg −1 . ∆VHCPV = cwVw ∆p + c pVp ∆p. The HCPV compressibility as the compressibility for connate water and formation matrix are deﬁned in accordance with the general law of thermal compressibility. Expansion of connate water and reduction of pore volume are controlled by the compressibility of water and pore volumes. Using the deﬁnition of compressibility. Bgi The expansion of the gas cap (in reservoir volumes) is therefore written. c p = (cb − (1 + φ )cr )/φ and VHCPV = Vo +Vg = NBoi + mNBoi = (1 + m)NBoi. cw and c p .4 C: Reduction in HCPV due to expansion of connate water and reduction of pore volume Reduction in HCPV due to expansion of connate water and reduction of pore volume is in practice equal to the increased production by the same volume. where the absolute volume change in the HC pore space due to expansion of connate water and reduction of pore volume is.7) 10. we get. ∆VHCPV = VHCPV cw Sw + c p ∆p. ∆Vw and ∆Vp are the volume changes due to expansion of connate water and that due to reduction in pore volume.160 Chapter 10. we found that: Vw = SwVp and Vp = VHCPV /(1 − Sw ) and we get. gives the expansion of the HCPV or volume C. The volume expansion due to initial water and reduction in the pore volume. c= 1 ∆V V ∆p ⇒ ∆V = cV ∆p.
A1. in the way it was derived.10) is evaluated. we have to transform the production volumes to reservoir volumes.(10. A2. It is important to notice under which circumstances the material balance equation is developed.9) 10.1) to (9.(10.10) (We −Wp )Bw on the righthand side of Eq. In order to compare the two types of volumes.4 The material balance equation 161 10. Rs and Bg are functions of pressure.5) to (10. where R is the gasoil ratio (GOR) and Rs is the solution gasoil ratio.3. Eqs. The following features of the MBE should be noted: • MBE generally exhibits a lack of time dependence although the water inﬂux has a time dependence. Results published in 196364 by Havlena and Odeh opened a wide range .(9. (10. by comparing the current volumes at pressure p to the original volumes at pi . respectively.10) since the PVT parameters Bo . The expansion volumes. • Although the pressure only appears explicitly in the water and pore volume compressibility terms. it is implicit in all the other terms of Eq. Bgi 1 − Sw N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ] = NBoi (10.(10. Using the relation between gas and oil produced at standard condition.5 Linearized material balance equation The linearized material balance equation is particular interesting in connection with reservoir parameter estimation. are measured at reservoir conditions. G p = (R − Rs)N p .10.(10.10) accounts for water inﬂux into the reservoir and production of water. ∆Vprod = N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ]. N p + G p .N p Bo + G p Bg . • Eq.4).e. We can now write the overall production term as.5 Production terms The production of oil and gas at surface conditions is.9) we can write the material balance equation for a general oil reservoir. (Bo − Boi ) + (Rsi − Rs )Bg + Boi Bg cwSw + c p m( − 1) + (1 + m)( )∆p + (We −Wp )Bw . B and C. Note that the material balance equation is not evaluated in a stepwise or differential fashion. 10. i. The equation gives a static representation of the reservoir and does not include any terms describing the energy loss in the reservoir due to ﬂuid ﬂow behaviour.4 The material balance equation Combining Eqs. The water inﬂux is also pressure dependent.
Production of oil is controlled by compressibility of oil. The reservoir ﬂuid exists in only one phase.6 Dissolved gas expansion drive Fluid samples taken from an oil reservoir.11) is especially important for revealing the drive mechanism of the reservoir and for estimation of initial oil and gas. No gas cap can exist.(10. F = N(Eo + mEg + Ec ) +We Bw . 2. i. indicate a reservoir pressure larger than the bubble point pressure. for increasing pressures higher than the bubble point pressure. From this information alone. Boi 1 − Sw We have seen earlier that the slow decline of the volume factorBo . . All produced gas comes from the oil. The linear form of equation (10. 10. Material Balance Equation of applications of the MBE to reservoir engineering [33.10) is.11) Expansion of the connate water and reduction of pore volume: Ec = (1 + m) cw Sw + c p Boi ∆p 1 − Sw Eq. as undersaturated oil. i. With these restrictions in mind. 3. Rsi = Rs = R. p > pb . 5. water and formation. 34]. a simpliﬁed material balance equation is written. 4. where the following deﬁnitions are used: The underground withdrawal: F = N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ] +Wp Bw Expansion of oil and its originally dissolved gas: Eo = (Bo − Boi) + (Rsi − Rs )Bg Expansion of the gas cap gas: Eg = Boi Bg −1 Bgi (10.e. Production is driven by expansion of undersaturated oil. N p Bo = NBoi Bo − Boi cw Sw + c p + ∆p .e. is described by the law of compressibility.162 Chapter 10. important deductions are made: 1.
Note the notation: N = Von . Vo ∆p where we may use the deﬁnitions. N p Bo = NBoi co So + cw Sw + c p ∆p .13) and by introducing the reservoir pore volume using the expression. 9. 1 − Sw (10. Oil compressibility is therefore written. 1 − Sw By introducing a total compressibility. 10.Vp So = N · Boi . ∆p given by. Np = Vp ct ∆p.10. in accordance with Fig.12. we may ﬁnd a simple relation between produced oil. Bo The linear relationship between oil production N p and pressure drop ∆p can be used to estimate unknown reservoir parameters such as pore volume Vp or total compressibility ct . Np ∆p Figure 10. Von Boi ∆p Boi ∆p (10. co = 1 Von (Bo − Boi) Bo − Boi 1 = .5 shows a linear representation of the data. we may write the equation above. ∆p = pi − p. . Vo = Von Boi and ∆Vo = Von (Bo − Boi). N p · Bo = N · Boi ct ∆p. Fig.6 Dissolved gas expansion drive 163 co = 1 ∆Vo .5: Reservoir parameter estimation for dissolved gas expansion data.12) and the simpliﬁed material balance equation above is therefore. N p and observed pressure drop. ct = co So + cw Sw + c p . used to determineVp and ct .
164 Chapter 10. gas is produced in the reservoir and the expansion of this gas will become increasingly important for the process of oil production. 3330psi which gives an oil recovery at the bubble point pressure equal to 1. Boi ∆p Inserting for the numbers from the table above. the reservoir pressure will ﬁnally decrease below bubble point pressure. Consequently. 1 − Sw When we consider the signiﬁcance of the different expansion factors. N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ] ≈ N[(Bo − Boi ) + (Rsi − Rs )Bg ].(10.14) The use of this approximate equation is justiﬁed through a comparison of the different volumes A and C in Fig.2 pi = 4000 psi pb = 3330 psi Boi = 1. Np Boi ct ∆p . we ﬁnd the total compressibility. The material balance equation Eq.5%.12) we have the total compressibility. For reservoir pressures p < pb .6 · 10−6 psi−1 Sw = 0. .01516. N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ] = N (Bo − Boi) + (Rsi − Rs )Bg + cw Sw + c p ∆p . Material Balance Equation cw = 3 · 10−6 psi−1 c p = 8. ct = 18.24 · 10−6 psi−1 . What is the oil recovery at this time when the following parameters are given? From Eq.13) we may write.2511 RB/STB Example: Oil recovery factor at bubble point pressure An undersaturated oil reservoir has been produced down to its bubble point pressure.3. and the relative production becomes. . After some time with continuous production. we may neglect the compressibility term and write the simpliﬁed material balance equation as. Using Eq. Np N = 0.(10. ct = Bob − Boi (1 − Sw ) + cw Sw + c p .(10. When this happens. we may assume the gas expansion to be gradually more important than the expansion due to compressibility of initial water and the formation.2417 RB/STB Bob = 1. (10. we will ﬁnd that A C in all practical cases. 10.10) can now be expressed as. = N Bob 1 − Sw where ct = co So + cw Sw + c p .
(10. is most probably lost. This oil. it should. N p (Bo − Boi) + (Rsi − Rs )Bg . We may therefore use the approximation Eq. indicating a gas compressibility of cg 300 · 10−6 psi−1 . Since the gas is considered as the driving force in the reservoir production. if possible be produced after the oil is produced. we ﬁnd the oil recovery equal to. The wells should therefore be drilled and .0940 RB/STB Example: Oil recovery below the bubble point pressure Using the same example as above.15) In order to numerically deﬁne the oil recovery.e.14).10). namely that: All production should come from the oil zone.where the volume factors are given: The solution gas produced in the reservoir will change the compressibility in the reservoir drastically.7 Gas cap expansion drive 165 Rsi (4000psi) = 510 SCF/STB Rs (900psi) = 122 SCF/STB Bg (900psi) = 0. we will not only loose some of the driving force. gas should remain in the reservoir if oil production is to be optimized. Eq. From the example above we may state an improtant production strategy for oil reservoirs. production of gas should be minimised since gas acts as the driving force behind oil production. The formula for gas compressibility can be given by cg = 1/V (∆V /∆p). If the gas is produced ﬁrst. = N Bo + (R − Rs)Bg where R is the gasoil ratio (GOR).4 . .10. due to capillary effects. From this simple consideration we may assume all compressibility terms in the material balance equation. i. to be negligible compared to the solution gas compressibility.(10. On the other hand it is quite obvious that oil recovery is maximised when R is kept as small as possible. but the oil will also be smeared out due to the withdrawal of the gas zone. 10. information about the GOR is necessary. As learned from the example above.7 (10. we can now calculate the oil recovery down to a pressure p = 900psi.7 Gas cap expansion drive The presence of a gas cap at initial conditions indicates a saturated oil in equilibrium with the gas. This is about 15 times larger than the total compressibility at pressures above the bubble point pressure. R + 200. Using the numbers from the tables above. Np N = 900psi 344.00339 RB/SCF Bo (900psi) = 1.
keeping as much gas in the reservoir as possible. We = 0. Example: Linearization of material balance equation The pressure decline in a saturated oil reservoir with a gas cap is driven by expansion of liberated solution gas Eo .e. If we could assume no water inﬂux during oil production. For an oil reservoir with a gas cap.166 Chapter 10. Eg F = N + mN . Bgi where we assume no water production or water inﬂux. N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ] = (Bo − Boi ) + (Rsi − Rs )Bg Bg NBoi + m( − 1) + (We −Wp )Bw . 10. Material Balance Equation completed with the purposed of optimising oil production.(10.16) are deﬁned as below. Boi Bgi where the linearized material balance equation is. In the case of gas cap expansion drive we therefore get the somewhat simpliﬁed material balance equation. F = N(Eo + mEg ) +We Bw . like produced oil volume at surface condition N p . i.10).16).(10. in addition to the gasoil ratio R. containing expansion of connate water or formation matrix.6 which shows a linearization ﬁt taking into account all data points.16) Eo Eo which clearly indicates the advantage with linearization. where mN is the slope and N is the constant term (N is the intersection point with the yaxis). Bg Eg = Boi ( − 1). we can safely neglect all terms in the material balance equation. When a gas cap is discovered in connection with an oil reservoir. F = N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ]. and gas cap expansion Eg . we need to know the production data. The data in the table above is plotted in Fig.(10. Bg and Rs . Further information is also acquired with respect to the different volume factors Bo . unless the aquifer size is large compared to the oil reservoir. (10. The linearized terms used in Eq. and the size of the gas cap mN. The assumption of negligible water inﬂux is rather plausible for reservoirs with a gas cap since the expansion of initial water and formation matrix is small compared to the expansion of gas cap gas. the linearized material balance equation could then be written. Eq. we have the following data. Eo = (Bo − Boi ) + (Rsi − Rs )Bg . as presented in Eq. In order to estimate initial oil in place N. From the ﬁgure we ﬁnd the initial oil volume .
29 4.10.e.6: Extrapolation of lineraized gas cap expansion data.7 · 106 STB.51 4. Note that the units on the y.8 368. to be N = 109.99 3. indicating a fractional gas cap size of m = 0.8 Water inﬂux Water inﬂux is more the rule. 10.6 340.t). . than the exception for normal oil and gas production.8 Water inﬂux 167 p [psia] 3150 3000 2850 2700 2550 2400 F/Eo · 106 [ST B] 398.93 F/E o 450 [STB] 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 Measurements Linear fit E g/E o Figure 10. i. Generally we may expect the inﬂux of water to be both time and pressure dependent and we write.94 4.7 340.5 355.5 · 106 STB and the slope or gas cap size mN = 58. where f is some function which will depend on the reservoir and the extent and volume of the aquifer itself.8 371.7 Eg /Eo 4.25 3.axis (F/Eo ) is given in 106 ST B. We = f (p. .54. we expect some inﬂux of water to be present in all situations where reservoir production takes place over some period of time.
7: Water inﬂux from external aquifer. Example: Pressure maintenance through water injection In an attempt to maintain the reservoir pressure we may inject water into the reservoir. The pressure difference induced. i i In the equation above we move from a continuous case to a discrete case by summing over all pressure drops ∆p for all time periods ∆t.168 Chapter 10. where C is a constant depending on the various reservoir parameters. as shown in Fig. N p = 10000 STB Bo = 1. p qw qw qw re pe qw qw Figure 10. The use of this equation is important when real data is supposed to be ﬁtted in accordance with a material balance model. Key data for a typical oil reservoir is.2002 RB/STB Bg = 0. The constant C is adjusted in such a way as to secure the match between the model and the real data.7. This ﬂow will obey Darcy’s law.00107 RB/SCF R = 3000 SCF/STB Rs = 401 SCF/STB . Injection water rate will be proportional to the oil production rate and the following simpliﬁed material balance equation is applied. t We = 0 qw dt ∑ qi ∆ti = C ∑ ∆pi∆ti. where the periphery pressure (pressure near the boundary) in the aquifer zone is equal tope . qw = C(pe − p). N p [Bo + (R − Rs)Bg ] = Wp Bw . Material Balance Equation This picture could be clariﬁed by considering a reservoir model. 10. will then cause water to ﬂow into the reservoir volume. The cumulative water inﬂux can be found by integrating over the time this process takes place.
10.0N p . Wp = 4. . .8 Water inﬂux 169 If pressure is maintained. measured in [STB]. we can conclude from the data above that the relation between produced oil and injected water has to be.
01066 a) Find the recovery N p /N.00249 0. What is the injection water rate necessary to maintain the production at p=2700 psia ? Use Bw = 1.1115 1.1450 1. c p = 8.0 · 10−6 psi−1 .6 · 10−6 psi−1 and connate water saturation is Swc = 0. What is the gas saturation at 600psia.00107 0.2. a) Calculate the initial oil in place and the size of the gas cap when the following PVTand production data is given. For an oil reservoir with gas cap. The boiling point pressure is 1850 psia.0 RB/ST B.0763 1. N p [Bt + Bg (R − Rsi)] −Wi Bw . The material balance equation with no water production is. when R = 1000 SCF/STB ? c) The oil rate is 10000 STB/d at pressure p = 2700 psia and the gasoil ratio is R = 3000SCF /ST B.00119 0.2022 1.2480 1.0583 Rs 510 510 510 450 401 352 304 257 214 167 122 78 35 Bg – – 0. from pi = 4000 psia to p = 600 psia.00087 0. 2. Material Balance Equation 10.1822 1. (Bt − Boi) + (Bg − Bgi )mBoi /Bgi N= where Bt = Bo + (Rsi − Rs )Bg and Wi is the water volume injected given in STB.2222 1.00161 0.00137 0.00196 0.00519 0.0940 1.2511 1. p [psia] 4000 3500 3330 3000 2700 2400 2100 1800 1500 1200 900 600 300 Bo 1. .9 Exercises 1. the water injection rate is not known.0940 1. p = pb .00339 0. The following PVTdata is used in material balance calculations.00096 0. b) Calculate the recovery N p /N for declining pressure.1633 1. when the pressure decreases from pi = 4000 psia to the bubble point. cw = 3.170 Chapter 10. Compressibility is given.2417 1.
614 · 108 1000 494 1.24.5 · 108 1350 2.3090 5. [Volume of a right circular cone is π r2 h/3].0 RB/STB.3014 – – – 1600 621 1.594 · 108 1300 535 1.2122 1.00087 0.00107 a) First.300 0. Estimate the initial oil volume in the reservoir. porosity is 0.2511 1.12 · 108 Water saturation is 0. by a method of comparing R.10.001162 RB/SCF Rs = 500 SCF/STB 4.3049 3.8 cp µg =0. µo =0.018 cp ko =1000 mD kg =96 mD Bo =1.2222 1. ko Bg µg A relation kg /ko exists experimentaly and the gas saturation dependency has been established: . The data in the table below is taken form an oil reservoir. Deﬁne an expression giving the gasoil ratio.437 0.00101 0. p [psia] 3330 3150 3000 2850 2700 Np [106 STB] – 1. Find the GOR using the following data.9 · 108 1800 3. R = Rs + kg Bo µo .748 0.00096 0.2022 Rs [SCF/STB] 510 477 450 425 401 Bg [RB/SCF] 0.594 0.1 · 108 1100 1. b) Estimate oil production at p = 2700 psia.258 0.9 Exercises 171 p [psia] Rs [SCF/STB] Bo [RB/STB] Bg [RB/SCF] Bt [RB/STB] ρo [psi/ft] N p [STB] R [SCF/STB] Wi [STB] 1850 690 1.024 1.00190 1.333 0.00250 1. GOR [SCF/STB] in a reservoir with supercritical gas saturation.00150 1. Calculate the height of the cone when the pressure at the bottom level of the oil zone (cone) is 1919 psia ( –the wateroil contact).363 0.17 and the water volume factor is approximately 1.3132 5.00092 0.363 RB/STB Bg =0. calculated from the material balance equation and secondly calculated from the GOR– equation (as done in Exercise 1). 3.00124 1.947 2.363 0.928 – R [SCF/STB] – 1050 1060 1160 – Bo [RB/STB] 1.2353 1. b) Geological information indicates that the reservoir could be approximated to a right circular cone. assume there is no gas cap present and the production mechanism is dissolved gas drive.
c) Data from an other well indicates the existence of a small gas cap. Calculate the initial oil volume. b) 46%.1 cp.5 · Sg − 2.8 · 106 STB.49. in view of this new information. c) 39830 STB/d 2.54. Material Balance Equation log(kg /ko ) = 34. b) by iteration c) 108. 0. b) 738 ft. where Swc =0.52%. Answer to questions: 1. 0. 5505 SCF/STB. 3.6 · 106 STB . 4. a) 122. a) 1.43.172 Chapter 10. a) 2. µo =1.0 cp and µg =0.30.22 · 109 STB.
The necessary parameters are obtained from direct measurements (cores. well tests.1.). the petrophysicist and well analyst think the reservoir looks like). etc. we have to consider a reservoir model capable of realistically predicting the dynamic behaviour of the ﬁeld in terms of production rate and ﬂuid recovery. The well test data is therefore a key element in the reservoir model construction. etc. Such a model is constructed using geological. Core Interpretation Geophysical Model Log Model Reservoir Engineering Well Test Model Reservoir Model Figure 11. PVT analysis. formation ﬂuid samples. A brief understanding of the fundamental aspects of well testing is necessary in order to incorporate dynamic well test data into the reservoir model and it is the function of the reservoir engineer to incorporate these 173 . see Fig. well logs. While seismic data and well logs provide a static description of the reservoir.1: Stages of reservoir modelling.11.) and from interpreted data (surface seismic. cuttings. geophysical and well data. Interpretation of these data leads to individual "models" (what the geophysicist.Chapter 11 Well Test Analysis 11.1 Introduction In order to optimise a development strategy for an oil or gas ﬁeld. only well testing data provide information on dynamic reservoir response. Measurement Geophysics Electric Log Well Test PVT.
11. • constant porosity.absolute permeability. Production from the wellbore and nearby cavities. created by the startup of production. is dissipated throughout the reservoir.e.1. each describing characteristic well and reservoir pressure response proﬁle: 1. the average pressure in the reservoir will decrease in a way similar to emptying a conﬁned volume. . i. Wellbore storage period. 2. • horizontal radial ﬂow paths (no cross ﬂow) and • constant ﬂow rate. 3. as the ﬂuid moves it will.reservoir height (reservoir thickness). as the production of the reservoir ﬂuid starts. In this chapter we will develop simple models that can explain the measured well test data. In the initial phase of well tests. • test production with relative small pressure gradients. From this time and onwards. The wellbore pressure data is subdivided into three different production periods. Some conversion factors mostly used in well test analysis are listed below: . This movement will be retarded by friction against the pore walls and the ﬂuid’s own inertia and viscosity.1 Systems of Uunits Used in Well Test Analysis The following systems of units are traditionally used in well test analysis: SIUnits and Field Units. During this time. create a pressure imbalance and this will induce neighbouring ﬂuid to move towards the well. Then. some important information can be extracted from the models. Production from an inﬁnite acting reservoir where no boundary effects are observed. Well Test Analysis individual models into a cohesive reservoir model [50]. . Production from a conﬁned reservoir (closed volume) where the interference from the boundary dominates pressure decline.1.174 Chapter 11. explaining reservoir behaviour on basis of the well test data. Semi steady state period. pressure measurements are dominated by wellbore storage effects. Semi logarithmic period. Even though these items place tight restrictions on the reservoir itself. ﬂuid contained in the wellbore and its direct connected volumes are produced. the ﬂuid near the well expands and moves towards the area of lower pressure. This process continues until the drop in pressure. c∇p · ∇p is small (compressibility times pressure gradient squared) . like a tank of gas. However. The tail portion of the well test data for the test of sufﬁcient duration. is affected by the interference from other wells or by boundary effects such as those that occur when the pressure disturbance reaches the edge of a reservoir. The models give a rather simpliﬁed and idealistic view of the reservoir. as presented in Table 11. characterised by: • isotropic and homogenous reservoir volume.viscosity and . in turn.
(B is the wellbore ﬂuid volume factor.3048 m 0. ∆p.2 Wellbore Storage Period Let us consider the initiation of well production at a constant rate at timet0 = 0. Example: Wellbore storage effect A well has a certain volume capacity for ﬂuids. Vw . First. A real well. accessible to ﬂuids close to 17 m3 . . The compressibility is often redeﬁned.1m. at a well depth of H = 2000m has a volume Vw .2 Wellbore Storage Period 175 Table 11. This production is characterised by the expansion of oil and gas in the well.1) where ∆p = pi − pw (t) is the difference between initial and wellbore pressure. c f and the well storage volume. with an average well radius of rw = 0. deﬁned by the ﬂuid compressibility. where the pressure drop in the well is. The deﬁnition of the wellbore ﬂuid compressibility is c f = ∆Vw /(Vw ∆p) and the well ﬂowrate is qB = ∆Vw /∆t. measured in reservoir volume pr. standard volume.895 kPa 11.) ∆p = qB t.159 Sm3 /d 0.987·10−3 µ m2 1 mPa·s 6. cws = c f Vw is used to characterise particular wells. c f Vw (11. the ﬂuids contained in the wellbore itself and its continuous cavities will be produced.11.1: System of units used in well test analysis Parameter Nomenclature SIunits Field units Flow rate Volume factor Thickness Permeability Viscosity Pressure Radial distance Compressibility Time q B h k µ p r c t Sm3 /d Rm3 /Sm3 m µ m2 mPa·s kPa m (kPa)−1 hrs STB/d RB/STB ft mD cp psia ft psi−1 hrs 1 STB/d 1 ft 1 mD 1 cp 1 psi = = = = = 0. where the wellbore storage.
in a logarithmic scale. in the wellbore storage period If well production is measured in standard cubic meter pr. where pw is the wellbore pressure. hrs Figure 11. . (11. there is a delay in a ﬂowrate response at the sandface (bottom of the well).2. This effect must be incorporated into the interpretation model of the pressure test data. has a slope equal to unity. it is opened at the surface.pwf ) Slope = 1 10 3 10 2 10 1 10 0 t. . Well Test Analysis log( pi . exhibits the linear relation between time and pressure drop. as seen in Fig. This straight line behaviour seen in Fig. The technique of using loglog plots is commonly used in well test analysis for model recognition. i. 11.e. 11.3.2) 24(pi − pw (1hr)) with pw (1 hr) picked from the unit slope line.176 Chapter 11. 24cws and the logarithmic pressure difference can be given by. When the well is opened (shutin) to ﬂow. Due to the wellbore storage. pi − pw = qB t. the well pressure is then given by.2: Logarithmic analysis of the pressure drawdown data at early times of well testing. The latter equation. but also as here. for estimation of the wellbore storage constant cws : qB cws = . where the well itself contains a certain volume of compressible ﬂuid. log(pi − pw (t)) = log(t) + log qB 24cws . day [Sm3 /d] and time in hours [hr].
as shown in Fig.3. Using an independent coordinate system.4. hence the title of this section.11.3) .up tests (right). we may deﬁne the ﬂow of oil in the xdirection by the equations. We shall develop a theory for ﬂuid ﬂow in a cylindrical and somewhat idealistic reservoir (see introductory remarks). µ dx where ρ is density. µ ∂t (11.3 Semi Logarithmic Period In this section we will focus our attention on what happens in the reservoir when the ﬂuid is drawn towards the well due to the pressure drop in the wellbore. If we consider a volume element. The production proﬁle in this period is characterised by a semi logarithmic pressure dependence. d(ρ vx ) dx vx = − ∂ (φ ρ ) . ∂t k dp = − .3: The wellbore storage effect on ﬂowrate during the drawdown (left) and build.11. 11. k ∂ (φ ρ ) ∇ · ρ ∇p = . φ is porosity. we may write the same equations as. µ Substituting these two equations gives us. k is permeability and vx is ﬂow velocity in xdirection.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 177 q Surface flow rate q Surface flow rate Sandface flow rate ∆t ∆t t tp Sandface flow rate ∆t t Figure 11.1 Diffusivity Equation Transport of oil in porous media is generally described by the law of continuity and Darcy’s law. 11. dt k v = − ∇p. ∇ · (ρ v) = − ∂ (φ ρ ) . µ is viscosity.
ρ ∂p φ ∂p Eq. In case of a constant ﬂow rate the following Initialand Boundary condition are deﬁned. With this last simpliﬁcation in mind. as mentioned above.(11.5) (11. . η ∂t The diffusitivity equation in cylindrical coordinates gives.4: Flow of oil in the xdirection through a volume element. while oil density and reservoir porosity may vary with pressure.4) where η = k/(φ cµ ) and c = cl + cm . we can write the Diffusitivity equation (independent of coordinate systems).(11. 1 ∂p . which is the case in almost all real cases.7) 11. In accordance with an idealistic view of the reservoir. 1 ∂ ∂p r r ∂r ∂r = 1 ∂p .6) (11. Well Test Analysis px vx px+∆x vx+∆x x x+∆x x Figure 11.3) is further developed using the newly deﬁned compressibilities.e. i. we will consider both permeability and viscosity to be constant.2 Solution of the Diffusitivity Equation The solution of the diffusivity equation can be simpliﬁed by using the linear source approximation implicating a zero wellbore radius. η ∂t (11. ρ = ρ (p) and φ = φ (p). From these relations we can deﬁne the liquid compressibility as well as the matrix compressibility as. Initial conditions are described by the pressure startup conditions in the reservoir.178 Chapter 11.4) rests on the assumption that cl ∇p∇p ∇2 p.3. ∇2 p = 1 ∂ ∂p ∂2 1 ∂p r + 2= . where c is the total compressibility. the linearized diffusitivity equation is written. and we write. η ∂t (11. cl = 1 ∂ρ 1 ∂φ and cm = .cl and cm . Further simpliﬁcation of Eq. r ∂r ∂r ∂z η ∂t With no crossﬂow in the reservoir. while the boundary condition is deduced from Darcy’s law. cl ∇p∇p + ∇2 p = 1 ∂p .
t) = Ei(ξ ) ≡ −Ei(−ξ ) = es ds. ∀r. > 0 2π hk = In solving the linear diffusitivity Eq. using the boundary condition for the linesource solution. ∀t.7).(11. ∂y ∂y η ∂y We may solve Eq. the variable of time is made implicit and the diffusivity equation is reduced to only one variable. When the Boltzmann transformation is applied to Eq.8). limr→∞ = pi . 2π hk qBµ = .7) we may use the well known Boltzmann transformation.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 179 Initial condition: i) ii) Boundary condition: r∂p ∂r r=rw p(r.11.8) ∂p 2 = K3 e−r /(4η t) . s ξ ξ The general solution of the linear diffusitivity equation.(11. (11. pi − p(r. Eq.(11. e−s qBµ ∞ ds. gives the following expression. y (11.8).(11. by direct integration and we get. Second integration of Eq.7). ∀t. ∂y where K3 is a constant that could be deﬁned. r2 y= . (11.(11. ∀t > 0. 0) = pi .9) 4π hk r2 /(4η t) s The integral in Eq.9) is known as the Exponential integral and is originally deﬁned as. ∂ ∂p y ∂p y = .t) = qBµ r2 −Ei − 4π hk 4η t . K3 = (qBµ )/(4π hk). i. can then be presented as. pi − p(r.(11. −∞ s ∞ e−s ds. Values of the function −Ei(−ξ ) is tabulated in Table 11.e.2. 4t which gives the following partial derivatives: ∂ r = (r/2y)∂ y and ∂ t = −(t/y)∂ y.10) where η = k/(φ µ c). . Linesource solution: limr→∞ r ∂ p ∂r qBµ .
5034 0.18 0.28 0.70 0.9573 0.04 0.0489 0.2194 0.4115 0.00 7. This fact is commonly used in a gas well test analysis. zRT and a pseudo pressure function m(p) from Eq.7) where the term p is replaced by a pseudo pressure function m(p). p m(p) = 2 pb p d p.24 0.8229 ξ 0.20 0.00 1. µz (11.12) that the behaviour of m(p) vs.180 Chapter 11.4679 2. r ∂r ∂r η ∂t (11.80 [−Ei(−ξ )] 0.2602 0.7024 0.12 0.50 0.01 0.6595 1.10 [−Ei(−ξ )] 4.0000 11.12) which is precisely the same as Eq.3106 ξ 0. some modiﬁcations are necessary in order to use the diffusivity equation.0249 0. replaced the dependent variable p by the real gas pseudo pressure m(p) in the following manner.0011 0. ξ 0.(11. .7942 0.03 0.6813 2.4092 1. ρ= Mp .00 4.01 ≤ ξ ≤ 10.3098 1. time in gas well testing should have identical trends as pressure vs.4544 0.6253 0.00 2.2: Table of the function Ei(ξ ) for 0.00 5. time in oil well testing.(11.9057 ξ 0.0130 0.9591 2. AlHussainy.11) they derived a simpliﬁed linear equation for a real gas ﬂow: 1 ∂ ∂ m(p) 1 ∂ m(p) (r )= . Using the equation of state for a real gas.0139 0.7).3738 0.1454 1.02 0.08 0.9187 1.16 0.07 0.0762 1.00 [−Ei(−ξ )] 0.75 0.11) where pb is an arbitrary (datum) pressure.3.26 0.(11. Well Test Analysis Table 11. Attempting to obtain a linear type of the diffusivity equation for a highly compressible gas ﬂow.09 0.3 Gas Reservoir The general form of the basic (material balance) equation.90 1.1508 2.00 10. It follows from Eq.50 2.30 [−Ei(−ξ )] 1. is valid for both liquid and gas ﬂow.45 0.06 0.5241 1. like gases.65 0.0001 0. given by Eq.1000 0.22 0.60 0.0038 0.35 0.55 0. In the case of more compressible ﬂuids.0379 3.14 0.05 0. Ramey and Crawford (1966). (11.0269 1.50 3.3547 2.2227 1.2953 2.3403 0.40 0.5598 0.
1 1 1 1 pwD (tD ) = − Ei − ≈− (11.e.or ﬁeld units.tD ) = − Ei − D 2 4tD . It is therefore convenient to introduce dimensionless variables.3. tD = and pD = [pi − p(r. the above normalisation can be written.5772157 is Euler’s constant. 2 rw φ µ crw 141.0036kt . qBµ Depending on the units preferred.4 The Solution of the Diffusitivity Equation in Dimensionless Form In connection with model recognition and practical application of the well test data it is quite often advantageous to plot the measured data in such a way as to initially compare it with a standard and well known function.units: rD = Field units: rD = π hk r 0.t)]. we get. The interesting question now is related to the validity of the approximation: −Ei(−ξ ) ≈ − ln ξ − γ . 11. 2 rw φ µ crw 1. 2 4tD From mathematical tables we have the following approximation.13) where the factor 1/2 in front of the exponential function is of purely historical reasons. 1 r2 pD (rD .11.t)]. (11. SI.842qBµ π hk r 0. i. 2 φ µ crw 2π hk pD = [pi − p(r. 2 · 2! 3 · 3! where γ 0. related to the presentation of semi logarithmic data.(11.3.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 181 11.t)]. rw kt tD = . ln 2 4tD 2 4tD .14) +γ .5 Wellbore Pressure for Semi Logarithmic Data The wellbore pressure (rD = 1) is given by.000264kt . tD = and pD = [pi − p(r. such as.2qBµ Using dimensionless variables for the solution of the linear diffusivity equation. as presented in Eq. −Ei(−ξ ) = ∞ e−s ξ s ds ≈ (− ln ξ − γ ) + ξ − ξ2 ξ3 + −···.10). standard. 1 −1 pwD (tD ) = − Ei . r rD = .
Eq.15) If we assume the dimensionless time.0 cP Using the deﬁnition of the dimensionless time in ﬁeld units from above.14) is valid.80907 . tD ≥ 25. then we would expect the Error always to be less then 0. we may write. In order to check the accuracy of this approximation we may look at the relative importance of the next term not included in the approximation Eq. 2 1 ≈ (lntD + 0. 1 pwD (tD ) ≈ − (ln 1 − ln 4 − lntD + γ ). pwD (rD .80907) 2 Using the deﬁnition of dimensionless variables.80907 (11. k = 100 mD c = 5 ·10−6 psi−1 φ = 25 % rw = 1 ft µ = 1. i. 2 where the next term in the series expansion of Eq.14).(11.14). ln 2 2π hk 2 φ µ crw Rewriting this equation using log term instead of ln and standard units. is 1/(4tD ). Well Test Analysis We may write the dimensionless wellbore pressure as. or 4.tD ) = 2 with the restriction of tD /rD ≥ 25.80907). lntD + 0. is thought to be insignificant. In these cases the approximation may usually not hold. We therefore conclude that the error done in applying the approximation in Eq. pi − pw (t) = qBµ 1 kt + 0. 1 pwD (tD ) = (lntD + 0.(11. . In cases where the pressure drop observed in one well is induced by an other well a certain lateral distance apart from the observation well.80907 .3 seconds.0012 hrs.182 Chapter 11. is insigniﬁcant for all practical purposes. is not more than 0. In order to illustrate the implication of the restrictiontD ≥ 25.(11.14). we have to consider the restriction imposed above very carefully. 2 rD (11.16) Example: Semi logarithmic analysis of pressure drawdown data The wellbore pressure is given by the approximation (in dimensionless form). we ﬁnd that the real time that passes before the approximation. we can consider the constraint on time (in hours).25 %. Error = 1/(4tD ) .e. for a "typical" oil reservoir with the following parameters (in ﬁeld units). (11. 1 tD ln 2 + 0. given above. Generally we may therefore use the following approximation.
hk The reservoir permeability. 2 φ µ crw When the well test data is presented in a semi logarithmic plot as shown in Figure 11.6qBµ hk logt + log k − 3. p(t) ∼ −m logt. hrs Figure 11. some early data originates from the wellbore storage period and some late data originates from the period when boundary effects starts to mask the pressure data. oil volume factor and oil rate are known. This line is compared with the model above. we may use one of the two equations above in order to extract vital information about the reservoir. p. is deﬁned by the equation. m = 2.5.3 Semi Logarithmic Period 183 pi − pw (t) = and in ﬁeld units.2275 . k could be estimated when information about reservoir height.1208qBµ hk logt + log k − 2.5. . and from this comparison we get the following equality (using SI .5: Pressure drawdown data. . where m is the slope of the straight line.1208 qBµ .units). The straight line through the semi logarithmic data points in Figure 11. In the ﬁgure.0923 . These data does not comply with the straight line and should therefore be disregarded when the semi logarithmic data is matched. oil viscosity. pi − pw (t) = 2. 2 φ µ crw 162.11. kPa Wellbore storage effect Slope m Outer boundary effect 10 3 10 2 10 1 10 0 10 1 10 2 t.
∂r 2 (11. i. the pressure proﬁle in the reservoir is maintained unchanged. but in addition we have assumed that the pressure proﬁle does not signiﬁcantly vary after the reservoir boundary limit is reached. we expect the diffusitivity equation to be time independent. 1 ∂ ∂p r r ∂r ∂r = K1 . Well Test Analysis 11.4 Semi Steady State Period After a period of reservoir production from an inﬁnite reservoir.6. r ∂p 1 = K1 r2 + K2 . p pe rw Figure 11. there comes a period of production where the inﬂuence from neighbouring wells or reservoir boundaries. . prudent interpretation of steady state data is highly recommendable. are going to play an increasingly important role. In Figure 11. The boundary conditions in the semi steady state are partly deﬁned as for the case of the logarithmic period.184 Chapter 11.e. several pressure proﬁles are plotted. in the reservoir. At this limit. and as such. At constant well production. re Since the pressure proﬁle is assumed to be constant.17) where K2 is also a constant. the reservoir pressure is steadily decreasing while the pressure proﬁle is conserved. such as lateral extension. i. Simultaneously. ∂ p(r)/∂ t = constant. a constant K1 balances the diffusitivity equation. the drawdown pressure proﬁle is assumed to be constant.6: Steady state pressure proﬁles. It should be emphasised that this is an idealised model of how we think the reservoir responds to boundaries effects. This period is called the semi steady state period and a steadily decreasing reservoir pressure is observed (decreased average pressure in a conﬁned reservoir volume). Integration of the time independent diffusivity equation gives.e. faults or sands thinning out.
19) gives the average pressure in a cylindrical reservoir with an outer radius equal to re and where the well is located in the centre.e. however. the reservoir shape is seldom cylindrical and more so.4. where A is the top area of the reservoir and CA is a parameter characterising the shape and relative position of the well.1 Average Reservoir Pressure The average reservoir pressure is not an observable quantity. p = p(rw ) + qBµ 2π hk 1 4A ln γ 2 2 e CA rw .17) from the well (r = rw ).e. 2 2 In the case of a cylindrical reservoir. gives. The average pressure is a weighted function of the pressure in the whole reservoir and could be deﬁned as. A = π (re − rw ). we (3/2−γ ) = 31. p= re rw pdV re rw dV . p(r) = p(rw ) + qBµ 1 r2 r ln − 2 2π hk rw 2 re . (11.(11.(11.6206 (Dietz. r=re Using the boundary conditions to deﬁne the constantsK1 and K2 . 2π hk Boundary condition at inﬁnite reservoir radius: r ∂p ∂r = 0. 11.20) where γ is Euler’s constant. In these real cases we may not use Eq.20) is used.18) rw and so where re is the radial distance to the boundary of the conﬁned reservoir.(11. (11. p = p(rw ) + qBµ re 3 ln − . we ﬁnd the average reservoir pressure. the well position is most frequently off centred. i. Instead a slight modiﬁed version given by Eq. The average pressure for a general reservoir is then written. i.19) Eq. re rw /re → 0.19) directly. with a centred well location. Substituting for p given by Eq.(11.11. In real cases.1965).18) and integrating. 2π hk rw 4 (11. ﬁnd the shapefactor CA 4π e . and integrating Eq.(11.4 Semi Steady State Period 185 Boundary condition in the well: r ∂p ∂r = r=rw qBµ .
ln + ( − 1) ln 2π kh rw ks rw (11. and within the rest of the reservoir (rs < r < re ) is k. 2π kh rs ps − pw ≈ Note the approximation made due to the fact that re rw and re rs . S=( Hence. pe − pw = k rs − 1) ln . ks rw qBµ re (ln + S). 11. 2π kh rw (11. reducing permeability. as stated for formation beds in series. Assuming modiﬁcation of the permeability in the damaged zone (rw < r < rs ) is ks .186 Chapter 11.22) (11.7: Skin effect caused by formation damage.2 Well Skin Factor When a well is drilled it is always necessary to have a positive differential pressure acting from the wellbore to the formation to prevent inﬂow of the reservoir ﬂuids (blowout). as shown in Fig. qBµ rs ln . and creating a socalleddamaged zone next to the wellbore. The total pressure drop from the wellbore through the reservoir is given by. Well Test Analysis 11. Consequently. pe − pw = pe − ps + ps − pw = qBµ k rs re .7.4. 2π ks h rw qBµ re pe − ps ≈ ln . pwf ps pe rw rs re Figure 11. For the steady state inﬂow we can write the following equations for a cylindrical reservoir with a centred well.23) .21) where the last term is called the mechanical skin factor S. some of the drilling ﬂuid penetrates the formation and particles suspended in the mud can partially penetrate the pore spaces.
(11. while when S is negative the pressure drop is less than expected.26) Note that we in Eq. Dimensionless variables are introduced. Production is maintained through volume expansion where the combined compressibility of oil and reservoir rock . 11. has a permeability higher than expected. we may integrate from initial pressure. on the other hand. ∆pskin = • Skin factor is positive. i.25). . As seen from Eq. pi − p(rw ) = qBµ 2π hk qB 1 4A +S + t ln γ 2 2 e CA rw cV (11. tDA = kt .26) have introduced the skin S as an extra term in the equation. The total compressibility of oil and reservoir rock is deﬁned by. If the permeability in the skin zone is reduced. with Eq. with the exception of the dimensionless timetDA .19) which describes the semi steady state analysis.4.(11.e. pi to the average pressure p and we get the following simple relation between reservoir pressure and time. following the same deﬁnitions as for the case of semi steady state. S > 0 when ks < k and • Skin factor is negative. φ Acµ (11.(11.24) 2π kh From this equation it is evident that when the skin S is positive. Skin is associated with the condition of reservoir permeability in the closed volume next to the well.27) In tDA dimensionless time is referenced to the reservoir drainage areaA. is the important parameter. c = −dV /(V d p).3 Wellbore Pressure at Semi Steady State The reservoir pressure development in a closed reservoir could be compared to the production from a pressurised closed tank of oil. S < 0 when ks > k. dt cV where qB is the oil ﬂow in the reservoir and V = φ Ah is the reservoir pore volume.c. due to drilling or well treatments. If the well.11. we pi − p(t) = get. qBµ S. the skin may be associated with a characteristic pressure drop ∆pskin caused by the reduction in permeability in the skin zone. (11. which can be rewritten as. qB t. then the skin is negative.23).4 Semi Steady State Period 187 where the skin is a number characterising the cylindrical volume next to the wellbore. dp qB =− . which is deﬁned. accounting for a partly damaged zone around the well. an increased pressure drop towards the well is observed.(11.(11.25) cV Combining Eq. At constant reservoir ﬂow rate. then the well will experience an increased pressure drop in this region while the skin is positive.
2qBµ r 0. pD = (pi − p(r. wD 2 2 e CA rw 1 4A ln 2 γ tDA + 2S . SI. as if they were independent sequences reservoir production. originating from the different periods are not easily distinguishable and quite a lot of effort is spent identifying which data belongs to which period of production.t). tDA = . pD = (pi − p(r.5 Wellbore Pressure Solutions To this time we have developed the pressure function for the three periods of reservoir production. Eq. Well Test Analysis Hence.000264kt hk .28) 11.(11. rw φ Acµ 1. 2 rw e A cst tDA .26) can be rewritten using dimensionless variables and we get. where cD = .80907 + 2S . Well storage period: pW S = wD Semi logarithmic period: pSL = wD Semi steady state period: 1 4A pSS = 2π tDA + ln γ +S . 2 2 e CA rw (11. Well storage period: pi − pw = Semi logarithmic period: pi − pw = Semi steady state period: pi − pw = qBµ 2π hk 1 2π k 4A t + ln γ +S .188 Chapter 11. tDA = . 2 φ Acµ 2 e CA rw qBµ 1 kt + 0.0036kt hk . 1 4A pwD = 2π tDA + ln γ +S .units: rD = Field units: rD = r 0. In reality. ln 2 2π hk 2 φ µ crw qB t. Summing up what we already know. rw φ Acµ 141. the semi logarithmic period and the semi steady state period. well test data.t)). we may write the following three pressure equations. cD 2π hφ c . cws Using the following set of dimensionless variables.842qBµ we get the three wellbore pressure equations in dimensionless form. referring to the wellbore storage period.
pwD SS pwD SL pwD semi semi logaritmic state steady state tDA Figure 11. 11.5 Wellbore Pressure Solutions 189 11. For real data. i. changes from being semi logarithmic to being semi steady state dominated. we can get important reservoir information. we may deﬁne the transient time when one period is followed by the other.e. data plotted as a straight line. .10 where we have plotted the semi logarithmic data as shown in Fig. Since the wellbore pressure development in the two periods are principally different.8.11. by the minimum pressure difference min{pSS − pSL }. This analysis is mainly performed by plotting the interesting data linearly. such identiﬁcation could be rather difﬁcult to perform and therefore of less practical importance. following a non linear time development.9. 11. The purpose of plotting data is partly to be able to identify the different production periods. to facilitate quantitative data analysis. in a linearlog plot.11. The semi logarithmic data is plotted as a straight line and from the slope of this line.5.1 Transition Time Between Semi Logarithmic Period and Semi Steady State Period The difﬁculties in recognising the semi logarithmic data is primarily related to identiﬁcation of the time when the wellbore pressure.5. which can be transferred to real time by using the deﬁnition of dimenisonless time. but equally important. 11.8: Transition between semi logarithmic period and semi steady state period.2 Recognition of Semi Logarithmic Data Appropriate plotting of the well test data is an important tool in the process of differentiating the different reservoir production periods. In a linearlinear plot as shown in Fig. we can identify the semi logarithmic data. This technique is shown in Fig. such that wD wD d(pSS (tDA ) − pSL (tDA )) wD wD = 0.tDA = 1/(4π ).9. as seen in the Fig. 11. dtDA Carrying out the derivation we ﬁnd the transition time.
01D 2. a) with data: φ = 0.7 cp c = 10 · 10−5 atm−1 h = 2400cm r = 10cm t = 1s k = 0. µ and c as above and r = 10 cm t = 1000s k = 0.1 D b) with data: φ .10: Linearlog plot of well test data. a) with data: φ = 0. Find the exponential intergrals and pressure drops for the following cases.6 Exercises 1. Well Test Analysis pwD WS pwD SL pwD SS pwD 1/4π Figure 11..9: Linearlinear plot of well test data.12 µ = 0.190 Chapter 11. 11.15 r = 10cm µ = 0. tDA pwD WS pwD SL pwD SS pwD 1/4π log(tDA) Figure 11.3 cp t = 10 s c = 15 · 10−5 atm−1 k = 0.05 D q = 10000cm3 /s . Claculate the dimensionless time tD for the following cases.
In a reservoir at initial pressure.0 ·10−6 psi−1 Use the total compressibility ct = So co + Sw cw + c f in the calculations. i=1 dxi 3 5.0 ·10−6 psi−1 cw = 3.0 ·10−6 psi−1 Bo = 1. Use the diffusivity equation. will the approximation Ei(−x) = − ln(xeγ ) be valid ? (Eulers constant γ =0. (Assume the liquid compressibility to be small and constant for the pressures in mind. For a reservoir at initial pressure with 3 wells (W1.80 Sw = 0. Estimate the average reservoir porosity between the wells.0 cp c= 10 ·10−6 psi−1 Bo = 1.20 rw = 0.5 mD µo = 1.276 ft h=30 ft co = 8.25 RB/STB a) At what time.) Show that: d2 p φ µ c d p ∑ 2 = k dt . a well with a ﬂow rate of 400 STB/D is shutin.11. i=1 ∑ dxi 3 d ρ dp dxi = φ µ dρ . at constant ﬂow rate. c and h as above and r = 30000cm t = 24h 3. .15 RB/STB So = 0.6 Exercises 191 b) with data: φ . µ .15 cp c f = 4. the following data is given: Pi = 4483 psia ko = 7. k dt and the expression for the compressibility at constant temperature.5772. after the shutin. Well W2 is located 2000 f t north of W1 and W3 is 1900 f t west of W1. ρ dp to derive the diffusivity equation for one phase liquid ﬂow. b) What is the pressure drawdown in the well after 3 hours of production? c) For how long must the well produce. c= 1 dρ . The reservoir is characterised by the following parameters: k= 50 mD h= 30 ft rw = 0.3 µ = 3.5 ft φ = 0. until a pressure drop of 1 psi is observed in a neighbouring well 2000 f t away? 4. A pressure drop of 4439 psi is observed in well W1 after 1600 hours of production at a constant ﬂow rate of 190 STB/D from well W2 and after 1550 hours of production of 80 STB/D from W3. W2 and W3) where W1 is an observation well.
a) 4. 0.175 . a) 15. 5. 2.62.192 Chapter 11. b) 0. a) 1481. 3. Well Test Analysis Answers to questions: 1. c) 227 hr. b) 14815.895. b) 51.3 bar.4 s.
1.upper left): The well is opened to ﬂow at a constant rate causing pressure drawdown. the well is shutin and the increase or buildup in 193 . • Falloff test (Fig. • Pressure drawdown test (Fig. each lasting until the ﬂowing pressure stabilises.1. which again lasts until the pressure stabilises.1. as in drawdown testing. ﬂow rates are still measured at the surface in most well tests. Buildup tests are basically the opposite of drawdown tests. Unfortunately. causing pressure falloff. ﬂuid segregation and gas liberation. • Pressure buildup test (Fig. In a conventional drawdown test. Such ﬂow rates do not reﬂect the true downhole conditions as they are considerably affected by wellbore storage.lower right): Well tested at different ﬂow rates. causing pressure buildup. The development of well testing has accelerated from rudimentary productivity tests into a powerful technique which is strengthening the understanding of complex reservoir characteristics. 12. 12. This poses a problem as well testing theory requires downhole ﬂow rates. A drawdown test simply involves ﬂow rate measurements and pressure decline in a ﬂowing well.upper right): Production of constant ﬂow rate well is shutin. 12. Instead of measuring pressures in a ﬂowing well. This is followed by a shutin period. Drawdown and buildup tests are the two most common types of well tests and the selection of which one to use depends on the practical ﬁeld requirements. the well is ﬁrst shutin until wellbore pressures stabilise.Chapter 12 Methods of Well Testing 12. Pressure tests are classiﬁed in accordance with their operation. Analysis of pressure trends enables us to evaluate several important reservoir parameters and to appraise the drainage zone.1 Pressure Tests Well testing has become a widely used tool for reservoir characterisation and parameter identiﬁcation. • Multiple rate (Fig.1. and then opened and produced at a steady rate while the pressure decrease within the well bore is monitored. 12.lower left): Injecting at constant rate and injection well shutin.
as with drawdown tests. while it relies on additional reservoir information as well as complex interpretation of pressure data using analysis based on theoretical models. multiple rate tests are not as simple as it might appear. However. The observed pressure buildup/drawdown response. pressure is monitored. 12. even though it has been realised that this discarded early time data contains a considerable amount of information. Nevertheless. buildup tests are still affected by wellbore storage effects during the initial stages or "early time"part of the test. Methods of Well Testing q q 0 t 0 t p p 0 q t 0 q t 0 t 0 t p p 0 t 0 t Figure 12. incorporates all the pressure transient effects caused by every previous stepchange in production rate. . within a given time. Therefore pressure readings taken from the beginning of the test has to be ignored and all analysis is done on the later part of the pressure response.1: Methods of well testing. it is not so easy to carry out a "pure" drawdown or buildup test as the production schedule prior to the test. is usually complex.194 Chapter 12. presented in the previous chapter. For example. In practice.2 Pressure Drawdown Test Drawdown test analysis are done by direct application of the wellbore pressure solutions. a DrillStem Test (DST) is performed by carrying out a series of buildup and drawdown tests in relatively quick succession.
kPa Wellbore storage effect Slope m Outer boundary effect 10 3 10 2 10 1 10 0 10 1 10 2 t.2) p.2. But even this approach presents drawbacks. The early portion of the data is unfortunately.151 (12.6 qBµ S k − 3.2. 12.2 Pressure Drawdown Test 195 A plot of pressure versus the log of time (p.12. see Fig. . Well tests have therefore to be made long enough to overcome both effects and to produce a straight line in a semi logaritmic plot. will show the radial ﬂow solution as a straight line. 12.2: Semilogarithmic plot of pressure drawdown test data. 12. Sometimes more than one "apparent" straight line appears and analysis ﬁnds it difﬁcult to decide which one to use. An alternative straight line could be the signature of a fault located near the well. This fact provides us with an easy and seemingly precise graphical procedure for interpretation of the pressure data.2275 + (logt + log ).1 Pressure Drawdown Test Under Semi Logarithmic Conditions From the previous chapter in section "Wellbore pressure solutions". log(t)).2. The latter portion of the pressure transient is affected by the interference from other wells or by boundary effects such as those that occur when the pressure response reaches the edge of the reservoir. we may formulate the semi logarithmic pressure solutions in SIunits and Fieldunits as: SIunits: pw = pi − 2.151 (12. distorted by wellbore storage and skin effects as indicated in Fig. 2 kh φ µ crw 1.1) Fieldunits: pw = pi − 162.0923 + (logt + log ). The slope and intercept of the portion of the curve forming a straight line is used for permeability and skin factor calculations. 2 kh φ µ crw 1. hrs Figure 12.1208 qBµ S k − 2.
to deﬁne the reservoir permeability. At these late times in the development of the well test procedure we may likely observe complicated pressure data which is masked by several effects. 12.) SIunits: S = 1.2) and the skin is directly calculated. log(t1 ) − log(t2 ) we may use Eqs. Semi steady state tests are therefore normally not preferred when typical reservoir parameters like permeability.2). productivity and skin are estimated. k= [µ m mh 2.2 Pressure Drawdown Test Under Semi Steady State Conditions When the pressure transient is affected by the interference from boundary effects or other wells.196 Chapter 12. SIunits: Fieldunits: 2 ].0923 .3) . − log 2 m φ µ crw 12. The semi steady state equation is written. Under semi steady state test conditions we are investigating a sealedoff reservoir. k.2 we recognise the semi logarithmic data. m= (pi − pw (t1 )) − (pi − pw (t2 )) > 0. where the well is producing from its own drained area. where m is the slope of the straight line. neighbouring sealing faults or other pressure disturbing zones. The known mvalue yields a permeability value. (Note that pw (1hr) in the equations below. (12.151 pi − pw (1hr) k + 3. − log 2 m φ µ crw pi − pw (1hr) k + 2. the pressure curve deviates downwards from the straight line behaviour.151 Fieldunits: S = 1. 12. pw (t) = pi − qBµ 2π kh 2π kt 1 4A +S . as the data points being plotted on a straight line. (12.1208qB µ mh The skin factor S is conventionally identiﬁed from the same plot.6qB µ [mD]. The linear pressure at time t = 1 hr is used in Eqs. If we deﬁne the slope as a positive number. The analysis of semi steady state data is more rigorous than might possible be interpreted by the wellbore pressure equation.1) or (12.1) or (12.2. see Fig. Sometimes such disturbances overlap with other kinds of "early time" effects like large scale reservoir inhomogeneity. k = 162. Methods of Well Testing In Fig. + ln γ 2 φ cµ A 2 e CA rw (12.2275 .2. is a data point on the straight line which needs not necessarily correspond to an observed pressure. These effects can completely mask the allimportant pressure response such that proper pressure analysis becomes impossible.
If a well is shutin at a certain time t. when the well is closed. +q and negative. similar too the process of pressure buildup.3 Pressure BuildUp Test In analysing drawdown data. i. can be described by a superposition technique.e. the wellbore pressure is inﬂuenced by the continuos production at positive rate +q causing the pressure to decrease. since pressure is decreasing with time. (+q) + (−q) = 0. we could directly apply the "Wellbore pressure solutions" from the previous chapter. 12. γ r2 e w 1.5. Semi steady state data is plotted as a straight line in a lineline plot.4. in the ﬁgure. The inﬂuence by the negative rate −q is to increase the wellbore pressure. the buildup pressure data is considered to be more reliable than the pressure drawdown data.151 (12. the noﬂow condition can be described by adding the pressure solutions for the positive ﬂow rate and the pressure solution for the negative ﬂow rate. The asymptotic pressure value p0 = pw (t = 0). Fortunately. we will observe a combined pressure development caused . using the "Wellbore pressure solutions" (drawdown pressure analysis). (12. 12. 12.12.4. psi po 0 t. since the inﬂuence from dynamical effects near the well is of lesser importance. the same equations can be applied since the process. 12. Consequently. in principle. 12. For times greater than t. In the case of pressure buildup. the bottomhole pressure drawdown is. In Field Units. Eq.4) pwf .3 Pressure BuildUp Test 197 where the pressure is a linear function of time. Normally. The noﬂow condition is obtained when the positive and negative well rate are summed.3: Semi steady state analysis of pressure drawdown data. −q.3. hrs Figure 12. p0 = pi − 162. As a theoretical assumption we may consider the wellbore rate to be both positive.3) can rewritten. enables us to deﬁne the Dietz shape factor CA . the noﬂow conditions. at constant wellbore rate. as indicated in Fig. as shown in Fig. as seen in Fig. The technique of superposition is depicted in Fig.6qBµ kh log S 4A − logCA + . At timet when the well is shutin. the "Wellbore pressure solutions" may not be used directly.
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q +q
q=0
0
t
∆t
time
q
Figure 12.4: Pressure buildup test. Representation of a nonﬂowing well performance by a superposition technique.
by a decreasing pressure due to the positive well rate (−q) and a increasing pressure due to the negative well rate (−q).
pi
pw(∆t)
A B" ∆t B ∆t A"
pw(t+∆t)
0
t 0
t+∆t ∆t
t ∆t
Figure 12.5: Pressure formation by superposition in buildup tests. Using wellbore pressure, we deﬁne, pw (∆t): pw (t + ∆t): pi − pw (∆t): Pressure in the well after shutin. Pressure in the well given by continuos production at positive well rate. Pressure in the well given by startup of continuos production at negative well rate (increasing pressure contribution).
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The superposition principle gives, pw (∆t) = pw (t + ∆t) + pi − pw (∆t), where pw on the left side of the equallity is the well shutin pressure, while pw on the right side is the well ﬂow pressure. Using dimensionless pressures, the well shutin pressure is given, pi − pw (∆t) = qBµ [pwD (tD + ∆tD ) − pwD (∆tD )]. 2π hk
If skin is included and the wellbore pressure at shutin is pw (∆tD = 0) = pws , we have pi − pws = qBµ [pwD (tD ) + S]. 2π hk
From the above equations, we may derive the following expressions for the wellbore pressure. qBµ [pwD (tD + ∆tD ) − pwD (∆tD )], 2π hk qBµ pw (∆t) = pws + [pwD (tD ) − pwD (tD + ∆tD ) + pwD (∆tD ) + S], 2π hk qBµ pw (∆t) = p − [pwD (tD + ∆tD ) − pwD (∆tD ) − 2π tDA ]. 2π hk
pw (∆t) = pi −
(12.5) (12.6) (12.7)
Pressure buildup data is analysed using the three equations above, where Eq. (12.6) is applied to estimate the reservoir permeability and skin, while Eq. (12.7) is used to determine the average pressure p. Eq. (12.7) is derived on the basis of average pressure development, where pi − p = qB k qBµ t. t= 2π tDA , tDA = ct V 2π hk φ Acµ
It is important to notice that the dimensionless pressures pD in Eqs. (12.5) to (12.7) could represent the equations describing both semi logarithmic period as well as semi steady state period, i.e. depending on the analysis to be performed, we may chose which set of equations we think will ﬁt the data best.
12.4 Pressure Test Analysis
Based on Eqs. (12.5) to (12.7), we may perform different analysis, where certain assumptions are made about the nature of pressure test data. In the following, two examples are give on how pressure buildup data might be analysed.
12.4.1 Miller  Dyes  Hutchinson (MDH) Analysis
In this analysis [43] we will assume that the semi logarithmic period is long enough to recognise a straight line behaviour in a semi logarithmic plot, i.e. we need to be able to differentiate between the three different periods, described in the previous chapter.
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pi
p(t+∆t)~ p(t) t t+∆t
Figure 12.6: Pressure approximation in MDHanalysis. Shortly after the well is shutin, at time t, we start to monitor the wellbore pressure pw (∆t). For some period of time we may assume t ∆t and during this period the dimensional pressure approximation pwD (tD + ∆tD ) pwD (tD ) is valid, as depicted in Fig. 12.6. Combining Eq. (12.6) and the above assumption, gives the wellbore pressure qBµ (12.8) [pwD (∆tD ) + S]. 2π hk If the pressure development is assumed to have reached the semi logarithmic state, after shutin of the well, we may write: pwD (∆t) = pSL (∆tD ), with reference to the deﬁnitions of wD semi logarithmic solutions in the previous chapter. Using the deﬁnitions of dimensionless time and pressure for semi logarithmic data, we get the following pressure expression, pw (∆t) = pws + pw (∆t) = pws + m log ∆t + log k S − 2.0923 + , 2 φ µ crw 1.151
where m is the slope of the linearized semi logarithmic data (see Fig. 12.7) and the number 2.0923 is a conversion factor to SIunits. SIunits or Field units depends on preference and the following deﬁnitions. SIunits: m= Field units: m =
2.1208qB µ hk 162.6qB µ hk
and −2.0923 and −3.2275
From Eq. (12.8), we ﬁnd the skin factor by direct substitution, see also Fig. 12.7, S = 1.151 pw (∆t = 1hr) − pws k + 2.0923 . − log 2 m φ µ crw
The average reservoir pressure p, could be evaluated on the basis of Eq. (12.7), using the same approximation as above, namely; pwD (tD + ∆tD ) pwD (tD ). pw (∆t) = p − m [pwD (tD ) − pwD (∆tD ) − 2π tDA ]. 1.151
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pw
p
pw (∆t=1hr)
∆t =
φµcA 0.0036 k CA
0.1
1
10
100
∆t
Figure 12.7: MDH analysis of semi logarithmic pressure data. We shall now assume that the reservoir had reached its semi steady state period before or shortly after the well was shutin. The interpretation of the different dimensionless pressures are accordingly, pwD (tD ) = pSS (tD ) wD and pwD (∆tD ) = pSL (∆tD ), wD
and the wellbore pressure is the written, pw (∆t) = p − m [pSS (tD ) − pSL (∆tD ) − 2π tDA ], wD 1.151 wD m 1 1 4∆tD 4A = p− − ln γ − 2π tDA , 2π tDA + ln γ 2 1.151 2 e CA rw 2 e m 1 A = p− . ln 2 1.151 2 CA rw ∆tD
Using SIunits we get, pw (∆t) = p −
φ µ cA m 1 ln . 1.151 2 0.0036kCA ∆t
If the reservoir has reached its semi steady state period before (or shortly after) the well was shutin, the average reservoir pressure p is found by following the semi logarithmic line to the time ∆t = φ µ cA/(0.0036kCA ), as shown in Fig. 12.7, where the average pressure is, p = pw ∆t =
φ µ cA 0.0036kCA
.
12.4.2 Matthews  Brons  Hazebroek (MBH) Analysis (Horner plot)
Following the same approach as in the above section, we have assumed the pressure difference pwD (tD + ∆tD ) − pwD (tD ) to be small but ﬁnite, i.e.,
analysis [36].8: Wellbore pressure difference at the shutin time.e.9) and the wellbore pressure solution Eq. (12. (12. − log 2 m φ µ crw The pressure pw (∆t = 1) is read directly from the plot.8 we have pw (t) ≥ pw (t + ∆t). while for dimension less pressures pwD (tD + ∆tD ) ≥ pwD (tD ). wD Using SIunits this gives.8. where t + 1 t is assumed. (12. as shown in Fig.9) 2 t In practical terms. In Fig.151 2 t (12. 2 t φ µ crw 1. 12.11).10) where pwD (∆tD ) = pSL (∆tD ). 12. The skin is calculated at the time ∆t = 1.0923 + + logt + log .0923 .151 pw (∆t) = pws + m − log Permeability and skin are estimated by plotting the buildup pressures pw (∆t) against the time function ∆t/(t + ∆t) on a semi logarithmic plot.0923 + + log∆t + log . i.202 Chapter 12. may come earlier and further up on the pressure decline curve.11) 2 t + ∆t φ µ crw 1. since pwD ∝ (pi − pw ).analysis. Methods of Well Testing 1 t + ∆t ln . (12. S = 1.analysis.151 pw (∆t = 1hr) − pws k + 2. as indicated by Eq. pwD (tD + ∆tD ) − pwD (tD ) = pi p(t) p(t+∆t) t t+∆t Figure 12.9. in MBH . t + ∆t S k − 2. (12.6). 12.. Combining the approximation given by Eq. . The pressure difference is depicted in Fig. The slope of the linear data is m and hence k or kh are found by substitution. compared to MDH . we get pw (∆t) = pws + m 1 t + ∆t − ln + pwD (∆tD ) + S . which points out that the time of shutin tD .151 ∆t S k = pws + m log − 2. is considered to be in the semi logarithmic period. 1. this means that the well could be closed somewhat earlier in the MBH .
i.12).13) is a well deﬁned time (time of shutin). (12. The pressure approximation Eq.151 m = p− 1.80907) − 2π tDA . (12.9) in Eq. 2 + pwD (tD ) − pSL (tD ) − 2π tDA . ∆t 1 A = .9: Horner plot.e. 2 1 + pwD (tD ) − (lntD + 0.151 2 ∆t 2 e 2 e CA rw t + ∆t A 1 = p − m log .7).80907) − 2π tDA . wD .4 Pressure Test Analysis 203 pw p pi pw (∆t=1) 1 ∆t = t+∆t CA tDA 10 4 10 3 10 2 10 1 1 ∆t t+∆t Figure 12. pwD (tD ) = pSS (tD ). i.e.9) at the time.151 m = p− 1. 1 + pwD (tD ) − (ln ∆tD + 0. the we get wD pw (∆t) = p − m 1 1 t + ∆t 1 4tD 4A − 2π tDA .151 1 t + ∆t ln 2 t 1 t + ∆t ln 2 t 1 t + ∆t ln 2 ∆t 1 t + ∆t ln 2 ∆t + −pwD (∆tD ) − 2π tDA .12) pw (∆t) = p − If we then assume that the well is in its semi steady state at the time of shutin.13) 2 ∆t CA rw tD Since tD in Eq. wD (12. we get m 1. Substituting Eq. we may estimate the average reservoir pressure as the pressure on the straight line (see Fig. Wellbore pressure data plotted for MBH analysis.9) may be applied in a similar way as done above. ln − ln γ + 2π tDA + ln γ 2 1. 12. (12. (12. pwD (tD ) = pSL (tD ).151 m = p− 1. = 2t t + ∆t CA rw D CAtDA If we now assume that the well is in its semi logarithmic state at the time of shutin. for deﬁning the average reservoir pressure p. (12. (12.12. we then get by substitution into Eq.
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pw (∆t) = p
m 1 t + ∆t ln − 2π tDA 1.151 2 ∆t
At the time ∆t/(t + ∆t) = 1, we get ∆t =1 t + ∆t m [2π tDA ], 1.151 kt qBµ = p , 2π 2π hk φ Acµ qBt = p+ , where V = φ Ah Vc
pw
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Under semi steady state conditions we have seen that, pi − p = and consequently we may write, pw ∆t = 1 = p + (pi − p) = pi . t + ∆t qBt , Vc
The initial reservoir pressure is deﬁned in Fig. 12.9 on the straight line at time∆t/(t +∆t) = 1.
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1. A well is tested by exploiting it at a constant rate of 1500 STB/d for a period of 100 hours. It is suspected, from seismic and geological evidence, that the well is draining an isolated reservoir block which has approximately a 2:1 rectangular geometrical shape and the extended drawdown test is intended to conﬁrm this. The reservoir data and the ﬂowing bottom hole pressures recorded during the test are detailed below. h = 20 f t rw = 0.33 f t φ = 0.18 Time (hours) 0 1 2 3 4 5 pw (psi) 3500 (pi ) 2917 2900 2888 2879 2869 c = 15 · 10−6 psi−1 µo = 1 cp Bo = 1.20 RB/ST B Time (hours) 7.5 10 15 20 30 40 pw (psi) 2848 2830 2794 2762 2703 2650 Time (hours) 50 60 70 80 90 100 pw (psi) 2597 2545 2495 2443 2392 2341
a) Calculate the effective permeability and skin factor of the well. b) Make an estimate of the area being drained by the well and the Dietz shape factor. (after L.P.Dake) 2. A discovery well is produced for a period of approximately 100 hours proir to closure for an initial pressure buildup survey. The production data and estimated reservoir and ﬂuid properties are listed below. q = 123ST B/d N p = 500ST B h = 20 f t rw = 0.3 f t A = 300 acers Time (hours) 0.0 0.5 0.66 1.0 pw (psi) 4506 4675 4705 4733
φ = 0.2 µ = 1 cp Boi = 1.22 RB/ST B c = 20 · 10−6 psi−1 (co So + cw Sw + c f )
Time (hours) 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0
pw (psi) 4750 4757 4761 4763
Time (hours) 4.0 6.0 8.0 10.0
pw (psi) 4766 4770 4773 4775
a) What is the initial reservoir pressure? b) If the well is completed across the entire formation thickness, calculated the effective permeability.
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c) Calculate the value of the mechanical skin factor. d) What is the additional pressure drop in the wellbore due to the skin? e) If it is initially assumed that the well is draining from the centre of a circle, is it valid to equate pi to the asymptotic value log(t + ∆t)/(∆t) = 0? (after L.P.Dake) 3. A reservoir has 3 wells; W1, W2 and W3. Well W1 has been producing at a constant ﬂow rate of 120 STB/D for 70 hours and is then converted to an observation well. Well W2, located 2500 f t straight north of well W1, is producing at a ﬂow rate of 190 STB/D. Well W3, located 1900 f t west of W1, is producing at a rate of 80 STB/D. At the time when well W1 was shutdown, well W2 had produced for 100 hours and well W3 for 50 hours. Pressure data from well W1 is given in the table: ∆t [hours] Pws [psia] ∆t Pws 0 4213 200 4473 5 4380 250 4474 10 4413 300 4478 20 4433 400 4480 30 4443 500 4470 40 4450 800 4461 50 4455 1200 4448 100 4466 1500 4439 150 4472 – –
Additional reservoir data:
µo = 0.8 cp So = 0.80 h = 30 ft
Bo = 1.15 RB/STB Sw = 0.20 rw = 0.276 ft
c f = 4.0 ·10−6 psi−1 co = 8.0 ·10−6 psi−1 cw = 3.0 ·10−6 psi−1
Assume that the pressure development in well W1 can be expressed by the formula below: Pws = Pi − 162.6 where Q1 µ B t1 + ∆t log kh ∆t − 70.6 Q3 Q1 µ B Q2 Ei(x1 ) + Ei(x2 ) kh Q1 Q1
2 2 φ µ ct d13 φ µ ct d12 x2 = 0.00105kt2 0.00105kt3 and where d12 and d13 is the distance between W1 and W2 and W1 and W3, respectively. t1 is the time of production for well W1.
x1 =
a) Calculate the average reservoir compressibility ct . b) Estimate the initial pressure Pi, assuming the interference between well W2 and W3 is negligible for early pressure data. c) Calculate the average reservoir oil permeability ,ko . d) Calculate the mechanical skin, S. e) Use the pressure observation form ∆t = 1500 hours to ﬁnd the average reservoir porosity between the wells.
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4. An oil well has been producing 1484 STB at a ﬂow rate of 124 STB/D, when it was shut down. The pressure buildup data is given in the table below: ∆t [hours] Pws [psia] ∆t Pws Additional reservoir data: 4 2857 28 3308 8 3027 32 3315 12 3144 36 3323 16 3252 40 3331 20 3283 44 3338 24 3298 48 3342
µ = 3.2 cp h = 8.4 ft φ = 0.02
Bo = 1.21 RB/STB ct = 12 ·10−6 psia−1
a) Find the reservoir pressure at the outer boundary, Pe . b) Calculate the average reservoir oil permeability, ko . Answers to questions: 1. a) 240 mD, b) 4.5, 2. a) 4800 psi, b) 50 mD, c) 6.0, d) 128 psi, 3. a) 11· 10−6 psi−1 , b) 4485 psi, c) 7.6 mD, d) 3.5, e) 0.135, 4. a) 3475 psi, b)58 mD.
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