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New Approach to PVT Correlation Selection


R. Khabibullin, M. Khasanov, A. Brusilovsky, A. Odegov, and D. Serebryakova, Gazpromneft NTC; V. Krasnov,
Rosneft

Copyright 2014, Society of Petroleum Engineers


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Abstract
This paper attempts to provide engineer with GOR PVT correlation selection rules. Rules based on
comparison of standard PVT correlations with calculations based on Equation of State, which believed to
have wider applicability range and be more general from physical point of view.
To make that comparison synthetic oils data bank where generated. Ranges for synthetic oils properties
were chosen to cover all the real oils of interest (mainly from Western Siberia). All synthetic oils where
analyzed using Peng Robinson equation of state with shift parameter and widely spread PVT correlations.
Results provided as GOR PVT correlation Applicably Maps and New Procedure calculation GOR by
selected PVT correlation. Result was checked during PVT study of few Western Siberia oil fields.

Introduction
Correct PVT properties have critical importance for engineering calculations and decision-making on all
stages of oil field life. However, often comprehensive PVT data unavailable or inconsistent for specific
conditions.
Common practice in a lack or unavailability of PVT measurements for the entire range of pressure and
temperature has been the use of PVT correlations. Correlations provide qualitatively correct description
of the basic properties of oil, but require adjustment to specific fields.
There are a number of PVT correlations. They build for different oil fields and regions. Nevertheless,
often ranges of initial parameters for different correlation intersecting and correlations shows similar
results for similar input data. This lead to situation for ordinary oil fields then PVT correlation selection
do not influence on calculation results much. As a result, engineers often do not pay attention to
correlation selection and use default software options. This approach, applied to more complex fields, for
example with high GOR, can lead to sufficiently incorrect results. At the same time, there is no wide
spread rules for PVT correlation selection for wide range of conditions.
This paper attempts to provide engineer with GOR PVT correlation selection rules.
The paper is organized as follows. The section 2 describes the basic methods for PVT-properties
estimation by using Black oil (correlations) and composition model (Equations of State). The section
3 focuses upon solution gas-oil ratio at the pressure below bubble-point. There is review of correlation for

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Figure 1Relations: Pressure - Gas-Oil Ratio and Pressure - Oil Formation Volume Factor

Figure 2Bubble-point pressure (a) and oil formation volume factor at the bubble-point pressure (b), calculated by by EoS without adaption,
compare favorably with measured data (69 data points).

GOR and real oil tends in 3 section. In the section 4 GOR PVT correlation Applicable Maps are derived.
The section 5 gives New Procedure calculation GOR by selected PVT correlation using Applicable Maps.
There are examples of calculating GOR by given New Approach in the 5 section.

Oil PVT properties


Oil PVT properties are:

Pb bubble-point pressure
Rsb, Rs (P) solution gas-oil ratio at the bubble-point pressure and below
Bob, Bo (P) oil formation volume factor at the bubble-point pressure and below

There are two widely spread approache for PVT simulation:


1. Black oil (two pseudocomponents: gas, liquid; calculation by PVT correlations)
2. Composition model (the oil composition is specified; calculation by Equations of State, EoS)

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Figure 3Relations Pressure - Gas-Oil Ratio from different correlations in in the coordinates: Pressure, MPa - Gas-Oil Ratio, Sm3/m3 (fig. a) and
Pressure/Bubble-Point Pressure - Gas-Oil Ratio/Gas-Oil Ratio at the bubble-point pressure (fig. b).

Figure 4 Different characters of Solution Gas-Oil Ratio of different reservoir oils

The PVT correlations advantages:


1. PVT correlations are required minimum data
2. The calculation by correlations takes less time then the calculation by EoS
For bubble-point pressure Pb and oil formation volume factor Bob correlations initial data usually is
following:

T - temperature
g - gas specific gravity (air1)
o - oil specific gravity
Rsb solution gas-oil ratio at the bubble-point pressure

Rearranged bubble-point pressure correlation Pb f(o,g, T, Rsb) usually is used for calculation
Gas-Oil Ratio below bubble-point pressure Rs(P)i.e.:
And oil formation volume factor at the pressure below bubble-point:

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For 389 data from the oil fields bubble-point


pressure and oil formation volume factor at the
bubble-point pressure were calculated with the varT r, K
300-390
ious correlations. Ranges of data and calculation
0
0.76-0.91
g
0.55-1.13
results are in Appendix A.
Pb, MPa
1 60
Creating adequate PVT-model of natural hydroRsb, Sm3/m3
8-400
carbon system is requied adaptation to the laboratory results, among which bubble-point pressure
and oil formation volume factor (Brusilovsky,
2004). The equation of state (EoS) has a lot of configurable parameters (critical pressure and critical
temperature, acentric factor of fractions C7, binary interaction coefficients, etc.). Without adaption
deviations of bubble-point pressure and oil formation volume factor may be recieved. For example see
figures 2 and Apendix A as results calculation bubble-point pressure and oil formation volume factor (for
69 real data set) without adaption by EoS Three-parameter Peng-Robinson at the following parameters:
Kesler-Lee correlations for critical pressure, critical temperature and acentric factor of fractions C7,
binary interaction coefficients by Katz-Firoozabadi.
Thus calculation bubble-point pressure and oil formation volume factor by EoS for synthetic oils data
bank have no practical value. However trend of solution gas-oil ratio at the pressure below bubble-point
may be analyzed by using EoS. Solution gas-oil ratio is required for calculation by correlation oil
formation volume factor at the pressure below bubble-point. The gas-oil ratio at the pressure below
bubble-point is very important parameter in oil production. For example, it is limiting factor for oil
extraction by ESP. For these reasons Solution gas-oil ratio is considered in the following.
Table 1Ranges PVT-properties of oils from Synthetic oils data bank
Parameter

Solution Gas-Oil Ratio


A review PVT correlation for GOR
Widely spread approache for calculation Gas-Oil Ratio Rs(P) is derived from rearranging a bubble-point
pressure correlation Pb f(o,g, T, Rsb).
A lot of correlations for bubble-point pressure have the following form:

where

, and a1 a8 constants distinguished for different authors correlations.

For the first time this form was proposed by Standing (1947).
But other bubble-point pressure correlation forms exist. For example correlation of Lasater (1958),
Glaso (1980), Al-Marhoun (1992) and other.
Cardinally other approache for calculation Gas-Oil Ratio Rs(P) was proposed Velarde, Blasingame &
McCain (1997):

where

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Figure 5Applicable Maps for GOR PVT-correlation. Various cases of oil type: a paraffinic oils, b-d naphtenic, e aromatic (division by criterion
Kw). Tr360 K, C2<C3

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Figure 6 Applicable Maps for GOR PVT-correlation. Various cases of reservoir temperature and relationship C2-C3. Kw11.75

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Table 2Examples data


Parameter

Ex. 1

Ex. 2

Ex. 3

Ex. 4

Ex. 5

Ex. 6

Ex. 7

Tr , K
0
g
Pb, MPa
Rsb, Sm3/m3
Selected correlation(s)

312
0.87
0.58
8.1
30
Gl, V, St

323
0.88
0.57
12.4
41
Gl, V, St

329
0.88
0.71
10.5
42
Gl

371
0.80
0.98
14.7
165
V

357
0.83
0.91
21.5
238
V

363
0.84
0.81
30
244
V, Gl, St

366
0.82
0.79
30.5
356
Gl, St, V

Table 3Results calcu lation for example 4


Rs at the P13.5 MPa. From EoS: Rs 152.0 Sm3/m3
Before

Standing
Glaso
Velarde, Blasingame & McCain

After

Rs, Sm3/m3

Eror, %

Rs, Sm3/m3

Error, %

137.2
116.3
145.0

-10
-23
-5

149.0
149.1
152.6

-2
-2
0

So for one given composition o, g, T, Rsb may be received difference GOR-curved using different
correlations (see fig. 3a).
Types of Solution Gas-Oil Ratio curves for real oils
Different reservoir oils below the bubble-point differ character of relative gas evolution. This fact was
observed by Cronquist (1972), Namiot (1976). Types of Solution Gas-Oil Ratio curves for real oils are on
the figure 4.
Comparison of Solution Gas-Oil Ratio curves
Analize of Solution Gas-Oil Ratio curves is not clearly because real bubble point of reservoir oil and
calculated by any correlation often differ (fig. 3a). For this reason conversion curves to relative
coordinates (P/Pb,Rs/Rsb) is possible way for further omparison of curves. Examples see fig. 3b.
Comparison of curves in relative coordinates led to the conclusion to review only corelations of
Standing, Glaso and Velarde, Blasingame & McCain in this work.
Area of the figures W between curves is calculated for accurate comparison of curves in relative
coordinates. Area of the figures W is calculated by trapezium method. Thus the different correlations may
be compared with other data, for example real data from the labs. In this work, correlations were compared
with calculations based on Equation of State.

Applicable Maps for GOR PVT-correlations


Creating Maps
For creating Applicable Maps for GOR PVT-correlation the following work was done:
1. Synthetic oils data bank was created by generation different molar compositions Zi, C7 properties
and reservoir temperature. Ranges for synthetic oils properties were chosen to cover all the real
oils of interest (mainly oil fields from Western Siberia).
2. All synthetic oils were analyzed using Peng Robinson equation of state (EoS) with shift parameter.
As a result o, g, Rsb, Rs(P) were received. Ranges of received PVT-properties see table 1.
3. Then for all synthetic oils solution GOR curves Rs(P) were formed using widely spread PVT
correlations: Standing(1947), Glaso(1980), Velarde, Blasingame & McCain (1997)
4. Solution GOR curves Rs(P) from EoS (Constant Composition Expansion at reservoir temperature

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Figure 7Estimate solution gas-oil ratios by correlations before and after using New Approach.

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Figure 8 Estimate solution gas-oil ratios by correlations before and after using New Approach.

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Figure 9 Estimate solution gas-oil ratios by correlations before and after using New Approach.

were calculated) and from correlations were transformerd to relative coordinates (P/Pb, Rs/Rsb).
Area of the figures W was calculated for each pair EoS-correlation curves.
5. In different ranges of g and Rsb best correlations were choosen by relying W calculation results
(correlation is considerd as the best then its W is the lowest among others. Correlation is
considered as applicable in case its W less then 0.045. If all correlations have W more then 0.045
select correlation with the lowest among others. In case of other correlation doesnt exceed 20%
W of the best correlation it is considerd as applicable too). Examples of calculation results W see
figure 11.
Results
Results calculation for synthetic oils data bank can be provided as Applicable Maps for GOR PVTcorrelation. See fig. 5-6.

New Approach for GOR estimation by using Applicable Maps for PVT
correlation
Procedure calculation
We recommend next algorithm for estimate solution gas-oil ratio Rs(P) of reservoir oil at the pressure P
below bubble point pressure Pb:
Step 1. In accordance with T, g and Rsb (Kw and C2-C3-ratio in some case) select PVT correlation
using Applicably Maps (fig. 5-6).
Step 2. By selected correlation calculate Pbcorrf(o,g,T,Rsb)
Step 3. Calculate
Step 4. By selected correlation calculate Rs(P)f(o,g,T,P=)
Examples of Use
New Approach were cheked during 77 data set from real data bank (Western Siberia oil fields) and brief
information are in Appendix B. Results confirmed adequacy of New Approach.
See examples.
Consider Example 4 in detail.
Calculate Rs at the P 13.5 MPa
1. At The Applicably Maps for T 360 K find point Rsb 165 Sm3/m3 and g 0.98. Select

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Velarde, Blasingame & McCain (1997) correlation.


2. For this selected GOR correlation calculate Pbcorr using Valko and McCain(2003) correlation:
Pbcorr 15.5 MPa
3. Calculate
4. By Velarde, Blasingame & McCain (1997) correlation at the P= 14.3 MPa: Rs 152.6 Sm3/m3
Results calculation for this example 4 with using introduced New Approach see table 3 and figure 8b.
Results calculation for other examples see figures 7-9.

Conclusion
The paper proposes the New Approach for GOR estimation by using widely spread PVT correlations.
Applicable Maps for GOR PVT-correlations were provided. The applicability of correlation depends on
gas specific gravity, solution gas-oil ratio at bubble-point pressure, temperature, oil type (paraffinic,
naphtenic, aromatic), C2-C3-ratio.
New Approach was checked during PVT study of 77 Western Siberia oil fields. 7 examples of usage
the New Approach are described.
Nomenclature
Bob, Bo(P) oil formation volume factor at bubble-point pressure and below
GOR
gas-oil ratio
P
pressure
bubble-point pressure
Pb
Rsb, Rs(P) solution gas-oil ratio at bubble-point pressure and below
T
temperature
g
gas specific gravity (air1)
o
oil specific gravity
Whatson factor
Kw
C2
molar fraction of C2H6 in reservoir oil composition
C3
molar fraction of C3H8 in reservoir oil composition
EoS
Equation of State

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Appendix A

Results calculation of Bubble-Point Pressure and Oil Formation Volume Factor for real oils data bank

Table 4 Ranges data

Pb, Mba
T, K
0
Rsb, Sm3/m3
g
Bob

Min

Avr

Max

3,0
289
0,772
16
0,56
1,03

15,8
354
0,841
127
0,78
1,41

34,2
393
0,945
401
1,10
2,64

Figure 10 Oil formation volume factor at the bubble-point pressure (a) and bubble-point pressure (b), calculated by correlations, compare favorably
with measured data (389 data points).

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Table 5Results calculation of Bubble-Point Pressure

PVT-correlations for 389 lab


data set

EoS for 69 lab data set

ARE, %

STD, %

AARE, %

3,56
-6,56
11,71
18,70
-5,39
-2,70
13,34
20,45
13,82
6,35
12,29
17,10
19,25
10,59
15,28
1,89
25,91
5,42
11,05
16,43
8,39
4,07
8,41
5,15

17,61
17,32
20,32
25,73
16,25
20,45
25,04
31,88
36,35
16,19
22,58
24,22
27,30
22,65
25,74
17,50
33,33
22,30
21,95
25,55
20,34
22,06
22,24
19,62

11,82
13,24
15,35
20,31
13,29
15,25
17,43
25,69
26,20
12,39
17,38
20,23
21,01
14,98
19,15
12,94
27,17
17,78
17,43
21,47
13,95
16,87
16,60
13,46

ARE, %

STD, %

AARE, %

1,27
-0,98
0,34
0,13
0,38
0,06
-2,69
0,91
0,61
10,62
1,06
3,28
0,44
0,46
-2,56

3,60
3,27
3,36
3,48
3,16
4,49
7,52
3,20
3,26
11,81
4,02
6,44
4,17
3,80
5,59

2,14
2,22
2,32
2,44
2,14
3,28
5,46
2,10
2,28
10,62
2,97
4,56
2,35
2,49
3,91

Standing (1947)
De Ghetto & Villa (1994) -1
De Ghetto & Villa (1994) -2
GlasO (1980) -1
GlasO (1980) -2
Kartoatmojo and Schmidt (1991) -1
Kartoatmojo and Schmidt (1991) -2
Al-Marhoun (1992)
De Ghetto & Villa (1994) -3
Valko and McCain (2003)
Velarde, Blasingame & McCain (1997)
Lasater (1958)
Vasquez & Beggs (1980) -1
Vasquez & Beggs (1980) -2
Petrosky & Farshad (1993)
Al-Shammasi (1999)
Labedi (1990) (mod. Standing)
Labedi (1990)
Dindoruk and Christman (2001)
Hanafy and Macary (1997)
Levitan and Murtha (1999)
Khairy, El-Tayeb and Hamdallah (1998)
Dokla and Osman (1990)
Three-parameter Peng-Robinson, Kesler-Lee correlations for
critical pressure, critical temperature and acentric factor
of fractions C7, binary interaction coefficients by
Katz-Firoozabadi

Table 6 Results calculation of Oil Formation Volume Factor

PVT-correlations for 389 lab


data set

EoS for 69 lab data set

Standing (1947)
GlasO (1980)
Kartoatmojo and Schmidt (1991)
Al-Marhoun (1988)
Al-Marhoun (1992)
Vasquez & Beggs (1980) -1
Vasquez & Beggs (1980) -2
Petrosky & Farshad (1993)
Al-Shammasi (1999)
Hanafy and Macary (1997)
Levitan and Murtha (1999)
Khairy, El-Tayeb and Hamdallah (1998)
Dindoruk and Christman (2001)
Dokla and Osman(1990)
Three-parameter Peng-Robinson, Kesler-Lee correlations for
critical pressure, critical temperature and acentric factor
of fractions C7, binary interaction coefficients by
Katz-Firoozabadi

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Appendix B

Some results received during creating Applicable Maps for GOR PVT-correlation

Figure 11Example calculation results W for case 360 K, C2 < C3, Kw 11.75 (fig.6 c).

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Figure 12Results of check-up calculation for 77 oils from real data bank by New Approach