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Reservoir·Fluid Property

Correlations-State of the Art

W.D. McCain .Jr., * SPE, Cawley, Gillespie & Assocs. Inc.

Summary. This paper presents correlations to determine reservoir-fluid properties from field data. The best available correlations
were selected by comparison with a data base of hundreds of reservoir-fluid s~dies of sampl~s representing ~ areas o~ the free world
involved in active petroleum exploitation from 1980 to 1986. Also, correlations of formation-water properties are given.

Values of reservoir liquid and gas properties are often needed when solution GOR results in values that are low by 10% or more. The
laboratory PVT data are not available. This paper shows how to stock-tank GOR can be estimated with 3
use normally available field data to estimate fluid properties.
While at Texas A&M U., I had access to a data base of hundreds log RST=AI +A 2 log 'Yo+A3 log 'YgSp+A 4 log Psp
of reservoir-fluid studies provided by Core Laboratories Inc. The +As log Tsp , .................................... (1)
geographical and geological origins of the reservoir samples had
where Al =0.3818, A2 = -5.506, A3 =2.902, A4 = 1.327, and
been carefully removed from the data but the samples were known
As= -0.7355. Eq. 1 should not be used if the separator tempera-
to represent all areas of the free world in which petroleum exploi-
ture is > 140°F.
tation was active during the first 6 years of the 1980's.
Addition of the estimate of stock-tank GOR from Eq. 1 to the
All reservoir-fluid property correlations available in the petrole-
separator GOR results in an estimate of solution GOR accurate to
um engineering literature were compared with this data base. This
within 3%.
paper gives the best correlations.
Bubblepoint Pressure, Pb' The bubblepoint pressure of the oil at
IdentHlcatlon of Re.ervolr·Fluld Type reservoir conditions can be estimated with 4
Surprisingly accurate "rules of thumb" are available I to identify
Pb=18.2(Cpb -1.4), ............................... (2)
reservoir-fluid type from field data. When the initial producing GOR
is <3,300 scf/STB, the fluid is a liquid at reservoir conditions. where Cpb =(Rs/'Yg)O.83 x IO(O.00091T-O. 012S 'YAPI) •••••••••• (3)
Possible exceptions occur if the stock-tank liquid is colorless or
to an accuracy of 15 %. The specific gravity of the separator gas
has a gravity higher than about 50° API.
can be used for 'Yg; however, Rs should include stock-tank vent
Reservoir liquids are either black oils or volatile oils; the gener-
gas. The equations are valid to 325°F.
al material-balance equations 2 work only for black oils. The be-
A more accurate estimate ofbubblepoint pressure can be obtained
havior of volatile oils does not fit the assumptions inherent in the
if reservoir pressure is measured regularly. Plot reservoir pressure
derivation of the material-balance equations. Black oils are identi-
and producing GOR vs. cumulative production. For a volumetric
fied as having initial producing GOR's below 2,000 scf/STB and solution-gas-drive reservoir, pressure will decline rapidly initial-
deeply colored stock-tank oil with gravities below 45° API.
ly, then flatten when reservoir pressure drops below the oil bub-
Reservoir gases are classified as retrograde gases (often called blepoint pressure (the pressure at which the line changes slope).
condensate gases or gas condensate), wet gases, and dry gases.
The producing GOR will begin to increase shortly after bubblepoint
Retrograde gases have initial producing GOR's > 3,300 scf/STB. pressure is reached.
The few exceptions of oils that have ratios higher than this are iden-
tified as having deeply colored stock-tank liquids with gravities < Solution GOR, Rs. Eqs. 2 and 3 can be used to estimate solution
40° API. Retrograde behavior occurs for gases with initial produc- GOR for pressures below the bubblepoint. Enter any pressure be-
ing GOR's of 150,000 scf/STB or higher; however, as a practical low bubblepoint in place of Pb in Eq. 2 and calculate the corre-
matter, gases with initial producing GOR's ~50,000 scf/STB can sponding value of solution GOR with Eq. 3. The results should
be treated as wet gases. be within 15% of measured values.
The term wet gas is used for a gas that does not release conden- If a field-derived bubblepoint pressure has been obtained from
sate in the reservoir but does form hydrocarbon liquid at the sur- pressure measurements as described above, the accuracy of the es-
face. The term dry gas is used for a gas that does not form any timates of solution GOR can be improved. 5 Start by creating a ta-
hydrocarbon liquid at the surface. In this context, the terms "wet" ble of pressures and solution GOR's. Subtract the field-derived
and "dry" do not refer to water or water vapor, which is always bubblepoint pressure from the bubblepoint pressure calculated with
present to some extent. Eqs. 2 and 3 to obtain a "delta pressure." Subtract this "delta pres-
sure" from all pressures in the Rs vs. P table. This procedure
Propertle. of Re.ervolr Uquld. works very well for pressures near the bubblepoint. It is less ac-
The physical properties discussed next apply only to black oils. En- curate at low pressures.
gineering a volatile-oil reservoir requires a special laboratory study
not discussed here. Oil FVF, Bo. The oil FVF for use at pressures equal to or below
bubblepoint can be estimated with 4
Solution GOR at Bubblepoint, Rsb' The initial producing GOR Bob =0.9759+ 12(IO- S)CBob 1.2, .................... ; (4)
provides a good estimate of solution GOR for use at pressures equal
to and above bubblepoint pressure. This will not be true if free gas where CBob =Rs('Y g1'Yo)O's + 1.25T. .................... (5)
from a gas cap or another formation is produced with the oil. Field The equations can be used for any pressure equal to or below the
data often exhibit a great deal of scatter; however, a trend of con- bubblepoint by inserting the corresponding value of solution GOR
stant GOR usually can be discerned before reservoir pressure drops estimated as discussed above. The resulting FVF value will be within
below the bubblepoint. 5 % of laboratory-measured values if accurate values of solution
Often the reported values of producing GOR do not include stock- GOR are used. If solution GOR's are obtained with Eqs. 2 and 3,
tank vent gas. In this case, the use of initial producing GOR for the accuracy of the resulting FVF values will be some unknown
'Now with S.A. Holdltch & Assocs.
combination of the 15% accuracy ofEqs. 2 and 3 and the 5% ac-
Copyright 1991 Society 01 Petroleum Engineers curacy of Eqs. 4 and 5. Do not use at temperatures above 325°F.
266 SPE Reservoir Engineering, May 1991
At pressures above bubblepoint pressure, the oil FVF is calcu- Then, the effect Qf solution GOR corresponding to the pressure of
lated with interest is taken into account with II
Bo=Bob exp[co(Pb-P»), ........................... (6) 11-0 =AII-oD B , ..................................... (15)

where FVF at the bubblepoint is estimated as discussed above. Es- where A=1O.715(Rs +l00)-0.Sls ..................... (16)
timation of the coefficient of isothennal compressibility of oil, Co' and B=5.44(Rs +150)-0.33S . ........................ (17)
is discussed later.
Eqs. 15 through 17 were derived with data to 295°F and5,250psig.
Oil Density at Reservoir Conditions, PoR' Eq. 7 may be used to Oil viscosity at pressures above the bubblepoint is estimated by
calculates the density of the oil in the reservoir at bubblepoint pres- first calculating viscosity at the bubblepoint with Eqs. 14 through
sure (and below) from estimated values of Bo and Rs' 17 from the solution GOR at the bubblepoint and then adjusting
viscosity to higher pressures with 7
PoR =(PSTO +0.01357Rs'Y g)IBo, ...................... (7)
lI-o=lI-ob(plpb)B, ................................. (18)
where PoR is the density of the reservoir liquid at the pressure and
temperature at which Bo and Rs were estimated. A weighted aver- where B=C I p C2 exp(C3 + C4 P) , ..................... (19)
age of separator and stock-tank-gas specific gravities should be used
and C I =2.6, C2 = 1.187, C3 =-11.513, and C4 =-8.98xlO- S.
for 'Yg; however, the use of separator gas gravity gives adequate
Eqs. 18 and 19 were developed from a data base with pressures
results. The accuracy of this .calculation should be some unknown
to 9,500 psig; the applicable temperatures were not given. S
combination of the accuracy of the estimates of Bo and Rs; how-
It appears that the relationships of oil viscosity to other proper-
ever, in practice, the calculated density is within 5 % of laboratory-
ties of the oil are too complicated to be explained by the limited
measured values.
field data normally available. Thus, the values of oil viscosity cal-
Density of reservoir oil at pressures above the bubblepoint can
culated with Eqs. 14 through 19 should be considered to be "order-
be calculated with
of-magnitude" estimates only.
Po =Pob exp[co(P-Pb»)' ............................ (8)
Prop.rtl•• of R•••rvolr Ga•••
CoetJicient or Isothennal Compressibility or on, co' The coeffi- Properties of dry gases will be considered first. Then, the calcula-
cient of isothennal compressibility of oil, often called oil compress- tions necessary for estimating properties of reservoir wet gases will
ibility, is defmed for pressures above the bubblepoint as be discussed. Retrograde gases will not be considered because a
Co = -(II V)(oVlop) T, ............................. (9a) special laboratory report is required for these gases.
c o = -(IIBo)(oBo)lop)r, ........................... (9b) Compressibility Equation of State. The equation of state most
or Co = (IIP o)(oPolop)r . ............................. (9c) often used by petroleum engineers is
At pressures below the bubblepoint, oil compressibility is defined 6 pV=znRT. . ..................................... (20)
as The Standing-Katz 12 correlation of z factors has stood the test

co=- ;J(O~)T-B )J..................

g ( o;s (10)
of time. Their graphical correlation may be represented by 13.14
z= 1+(A I +A21Tpr +A31Tpr3 +A41Tpr 4 +AsITprS)Ppr
+(A 6 +A7 ITpr+ASITpr2)Ppr2 -A9(A7ITpr+ASITpr2)PprS
At pressures above the bubblepoint,7
+A lo (1 +A llPpr2)(Ppr2ITpr 3)exp( -A llPpr2) ......... (21)
co=(A l +A2Rs+A3T+A4'Yg+AS'YAPI)/A6P, .......... (11)
and Ppr=0.27[Ppr/(zTpr»)' ........................... (22)
where Al =-1,433.0, A2=5.0, A 3 =17.2, A4= -1,180.0, As=
12.61, and A6 = lOS. where A 1=0.3265, A2 = -1.0700, A3 = -0.5339, A4 =0.01569,
Values of oil compressibility calculated with Eq. 11 are general- As = -0.05165, A6 =0.5475, A7 = -0.7361, As =0.1844, A9 =
ly low, by as much as 50 % at high pressures. Accuracy is improved 0.1056, A IO =0.6134, and All =0.7210. Eq. 21 represents the
at pressures near the bubblepoint. The data set used to develop this Standing-Katz correlation to within 1 % for 0.2 <Ppr < 15 and
equation included pressures as high as 9,500 psig; however, the 0.7< Tpr<3.0 and to within 3% for 15<Ppr<30.
author did not give a temperature range. S The pseudoreduced properties are defined as
At pressures below the bubblepoint,9 Tpr=TITpc ..................................... (23a)
In(co)=-7.633-1.497 In(p) + 1.115 In(T)+0.533 In("(API) and Ppr=plppc' ................................... (23b)
+0.184 In(R sb )' .................................. (12) where the pseudocritical properties may be calculated with IS
The results are accurate to within 10% at pressures above 500 psia. Ppc =756.8 -131.0"{g - 3.6"1g 2 ...................... (24)
Below 500 psia, the accuracy is within 20%. If the bubblepoint pres-
sure is known, the accuracy of estimates of oil compressibility at and Tpc= 169.2+349.5"1g -74.0"{ g2 . .................. (25)
pressures below bubblepoint can be improved by using 9 Eqs. 21 through 25 produce z factors that are well within 2% of
In(C o) = -7.573-1.450 In(p)-0.383 In(Pb)+ 1.402 In(T) experimental for temperatures to 360°F, pressures to 12,500 psia,
and gas specific gravities to 1.6.
+0.256 In('YAPI)+0.449 In(R sb )' .................... (13) If the gas composition is known, gas specific gravity for use in
Eqs. 12 and 13 are valid to 330°F and 5,300 psia. Eqs. 24 and 25 should be calculated with
'Y g =MaIMair =MaI29, ............................. (26)
Oil Viscosity, "'0' Estimation of oil viscosity at pressures below
the bubblepoint is a two-step procedure. First, the viscosity of the where Ma= EYjMj . ................................ (27)
oil without dissolved gas (dead oil), "'oD, is estimated at reservoir j
temperature 10 : This will improve accuracy over direct calculation of the pseudocrit-
ical properties with composition. IS
log 10g(p.oD+ 1)= 1.8653-0.025086"( API-0.5644 log T.
When H 2S and CO 2 are present, the pseudocritical properties
................................... (14) are adjusted by 16
Eq. 14 is based on data with rangesof5 to 58° API and 60 to 175°F. T;c=Tpc-e ..................................... (28)

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I PpcT;c Gas Viscosity. Gas viscosity may be estimated with 19
and Ppc = , ...................... (29)
Tpc +YH2s(1-YH2S)E p-g=A exp(Bpg C)(1O- 4), .......................... (38)
where l7 E=120(f~Jd+ f~~1d)+(f'~2s- f~2s) . ......... (30) where A = , .................. (39)
209.2+ 19.26Ma +T
Eqs. 28 through 30 result in z factors within 5 % of experimental 16
for CO 2 concentrations to 55 mol % and H 2S conditions to 74 B=3.448+(986.4IT)+0.01009Ma , .................. (40)
mol % at temperatures to 300°F and pressures to 7,000 psia.
z-factor values are not greatly affected by the presence of nitro- and C=2.447 -0.2224B . ............................ (41)
gen. z-factor increases by about 1 % over the values calculated with The results of Eqs. 38 through 41 agree with the limited pub-
Eqs. 21 and 22 for each 5 mol % of nitrogen in the gas. 5 lished data of gas viscosity to within 2 % at low pressure and to
The z-factor values calculated as described above are about as within 4 % at high pressure when the specific gravity of the gas
accurate as can be measured in the laboratory. This is true even is < 1.0. The equations are less accurate for gases of higher spe-
for wet gases and retrograde gases with specific gravities as high cific gravities, usually giving low estimates by up to 20% for retro-
as 1.6. grade gases with specific gravities over 1.5.

Dry Gases. Dry gases are easy to deal with because no liquid con- Wet Gases. The key to the estimation of the properties of a wet
denses from the gas as it moves from the reservoir to the surface. gas is that the composition of the reservoir gas is not the same as
Thus, the specific gravity of the surface gas can be used in correla- the composition of the surface gas. Hydrocarbon liquid condenses
tions to determine the properties of the gas in the reservoir. from the reservoir gas as it moves from reservoir conditions to sur-
When the gas is associated and produced with a black oil, it may face conditions. The surface gas and surface liquid must be recom-
be assumed to be a dry gas with specific gravity equal to the spe- bined by calculation to determine the specific gravity of the reservoir
cific gravity of the gas from the primary separator. gas. Correlations given above can be used once the specific gravi-
Gas FVF. The FVF of a dry gas is defined as ty .of the reservoir gas is known.
Bg=VR1Vsc . ..................................... (31) Specific Gravity of Wet Gas. Wet gases are processed through
two or more stages of separation at the surface. Unfortunately, the
If standard conditions are taken to be 14.65 psia and 60°F, quantity and specific gravity of the stock-tank gas are rarely known.
Bg =0.0282(zTlp)=0.OO502(zTlp) . ................... (32) The specific gravity of a reservoir wet gas can be estimated when
only the properties of the gas from the primary separator are
The equations are exact, and the calculated values of gas FVF are known. 20
directly related to the accuracy of the values of z factor used.
RSP)'YSPI +4,6O(}yo +Gpa
Coefficient of Isothermal Compressibility of Gas. The coeffi- 'YgR= .................... (42)
cient of isothermal compressibility of gas is defined as R SPI +Veq
c g = -(lIV)(iWloph ..................... ~ ....... (33a) The equivalent volume, Veq , is the volume of stock-tank gas and
or cg =(lIBg )(oBgloph . ............................ (33b) second separator gas, if present, plus the volume in standard cubic
feet that would be occupied by a barrel of stock-tank liquid if it
Eqs. 33 and 20 can be combined and placed on a pseudoreduced were gas. The additional gas produced, Gpa' is related to the mass
basis 5 : of gas produced from the stock tank and the second separator, if
Cp,=Cgppc=_l__ ~( ~)..................... (34) For three stages of separation,
PP' z oPP' Tpr Veq=AO +A I (PSPI)A 2 hSPI)A3 ('Y API)A4(TsPI)As (TSP2 )A 6 ,
Eq. 34 can be combined ls with the definition of pseudoreduced ................................... (43)
gas density,
whereA o=535.916, AI =2.62310, A2 =0.793183, A3 =4.66120,
pp,=0.27[pp,/(ZTp,)] , ............................. (35) A4 = 1.20940, As = -0.849115, and A6 =0.269869, and
where the z factor of the gas at the critical point is assumed to be Gpa =A I (PSPI -14.65)..12 ('YSPI)A 3 ('Y API)A4(TsPI)As (TSP2 )A 6 ,
0.27, to arrive at
................................... (44)
1 0.27 [ (ozlopp,hpr ] where AI =2.99222, A2 =0.970497, A3 =6.80491, A4 = 1.07916,
cp,= PP' - z2T , l+(Pp,Iz)(ozlopp,)T •••••••••••• (36) A5 = -1.19605, and A6 =0.553669.
p pr For two stages of separation,
An expression for (ozlopp,) can be derived s from Eq. 21: Veq =Ao +A I (PSPI)A 2 hSp)A3 ('Y API)A4(Tsp )As , ........ (45)
(ozlopp,h =A I +A 2ITp,+A 3ITp,3 +A 41Tp, 4 whereA o=635.530, AI =0.361821, A2 = 1.05435, A 3 =5.08305,
A4 = 1.58124, A s =-0.791301, and
+AsITp,S +2pp,(A 6 +A7ITp,+AsITp,2)
Gpa=AI (PSPI -14.65)..12 ('YSp)A 3h API)A4(Tsp )As , ..... (46)
where AI =1.45993, A2 = 1.33940, A 3 =7.09434, A 4 =1.14356,
and A5= -0.934460.
+ 2A tOPP' (1+A l1 Pp, 2 -A l1 2PP' 4 )exp( -A l1 Pp, 2) , .... (37)
Values of specific gravity of reservoir gas calculated with Eq.
Tp ,3
42 and the appropriate pair of Eqs. 43 and 44 or Eqs. 45 and 46
where the values of the constants are given with Eq. 21. will be within 2 % of laboratory-determined values. This accuracy
Isotherms of the z factor plotted vs. pseudoreduced pressure have degenerates to about 6% when the total nonhydrocarbon content
rather sharp minima at low temperatures. Eq. 21 follows the shape of the gas is between 5 and 25 mol %. The equations are not rec-
of these isotherms rather well. However, the slopes of the isotherms ommended when total nonhydrocarbon content of the gas exceeds
calculated with Eq. 37 are not particularly accurate near these mini- 25 mol %. The results are independent of reservoir temperature and
ma, where the slope changes sharply from negative to positive. pressure. Reservoir gases with specific gravities between 0.8 and
Thus, Eqs. 36 and 37 should not be used at Tp , < 1.4 for 1.55 were used in the development of the equation.
O.4<p ,<3.0. The accuracy of these equations is unKnown; how- FVF of Wet Gas. Eqs. 31 and 32 apply only to a dry gas. The
ever, the results should be suitable for engineering calculations. FVF of a wet gas is usually defined as the volume of reservoir gas

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Term Symbol Definition Equations

- -
molality Cm 9 mol solid
1,000 9 pure water
molarity CM 9 mol solid
1,000 mL brine
normality CN eq wt solid
1,000 mL brine
milliequivalents per liter Cmeq/L meq solid Cmeq/L = 1,000 X CN = CmglL/eq wt
1,000 mL brine
weight percent solids Cw 9 solid CW=Cppmx10-4
100 9 brine
parts per million C ppm 9 solid Cppm=Cwx104
10 6 9 brine
milligrams per liter C mgIL 9 solid C mglL =Pw X C ppm =Pw X C w X 10 4
10 6 mL brine
grains per gallon Cgr/gal grains solid Cgr/gal = 17.1 x C mglL = 17.1 xPw x C ppm '
gal brine where P w is in g/cm 3 at standard
conditions .
• Adapted from Jorden, J.R. and Campbell. F.L.: We/I Logging I-Rock PropertIes, Borehole Environment, Mud, and
Temperatura Logging, Monograph Series, SPE, Richardson, TX (1985) 9, 38.

required to produce 1 bbl of stock-tank liquid. The units are either Values from this correlation agree with the limited published ex-
standard cubic feet of reservoir gas per stock-tank barrel or bar- perimental data to within 2 %. The correlation is valid throughout
rels of reservoir gas at reservoir conditions per stock-tank barrel. the full range of solids contents, temperatures to 260°F, and pres-
The sum of the primary separator gas and Veq is the standard sures to 5,000 psia. An increase in solids content causes a slight
cubic feet of reservoir gas required to produce 1 bbl of stock-tank increase in ~ VwT and a slight decrease in ~ Vlip that are offsetting
liquid: to within 1 %.
Vwg=RSPI + Veq . ................................. (47)
Density of Fonnation Water, Pw' The density offormation water
This can be converted to reservoir conditions, S resulting in at standard conditions may be calculated with s
Bwg=0.00502(RsPI + Veq)T/p, ...................... (48) Pw =62.368 +0.438603S+ 1.60074 x 1O- 3 S 2 . . ........ (52)
where standard conditions of 14.65 psia and 60°F were used. The results are as accurate as laboratory measurement through-
Eq. 48 will give results within about 6% oflaboratory measure- out the full range of solids contents. Density at reservoir condi-
ment for gases with nonhydrocarbon content < 5 %. The accuracy tions is calculated by dividing density at standard conditions by FVF
degenerates badly for higher nonhydrocarbon content. for the pressure and temperature of interest.

Propertl•• of R•••rvolr Wat.r Solution Gas/Water Ratio of Fonnation Water, Rsw' The solu-
Most of the water correlations presented here require a knowledge tion gas/water ratio of pure water may be calculated with S
of the solids content of the brine of interest. Solids content can be R sw =A+Bp +Cp 2, ............................... (53)
easily measured in the laboratory, or it can be determined 21 from
measurement of the resistivity of the brine. where A=8.15839-6.12265(1O- 2 )T+ 1.91663(10-4)T2
-2.1654(1O- 1 )T3, ............................... (54)
Solids Content. All formation waters contain dissolved solids,
primarily NaCI. The quantity and distribution of the ions are differ- B= 1.01021(10 -2) -7.44241(10 -S)T+ 3.05553(10 -1)T2
ent in every formation water. Solids contents have been reported -2.94883(10-10)T3, ............................. (55)
from as little as 200 ppm to saturation, which just exceeds 300,000
ppm. and C= -(10- 1 )[9.02505 -0. 130237T+8.53425(1O- 4)T2
Solids contents are reported in various sets of units. Table 1 gives -2.34122(10 -6)T3 +2.37049(10 -9)T4]. . ............. (56)
the relationships between these units.
These equations fit the original graphical correlation 22 to within
Bubblepoint Pressure of Formation Water, Pb' The bubblepoint 5% at pressures from 1,000 to 10,000 psia and temperatures from
pressure of formation water is the same as the bubblepoint pres- 100 to 340°F. Do not use at pressures below 1,000 psia.
sure of the coexisting oil. If the water is in contact with gas, its Eq. 57 gives a salinity adjustment factorS that is multiplied by
bubblepoint pressure is equal to initial reservoir pressure. Both of the result of Eq. 53 to give the solution gas/water ratio of forma-
the above are the result of thermodynamic equilibrium in the reser- tion water.
voir at discovery.
10g[ (Rsw)brine ] = -0.0840655ST-o.28S8S4. . ...... (57)
FVF of Formation Water, Bw' The FVF of brine may be calcu- (Rsw)pure water
lated with s
Eq. 57 fits the existing graphical correlation 23 to within 3% for
Bw=(1+~VlIp)(1+~VwT)' ......................... (49) salinities up to 30% and temperature from 70 to 250°F.
where ~VwT= -1.0001(10- 2 )+ 1.33391(10-4)T+
Coefficient oflsothennal Compressibility of Formation Water,
5.50654(1O- 1)T2 ................................ (50) CWo At pressures above the bubblepoint, water compressibility is
and ~VlIp= -1.95301(10-9)pT-1.72834(10- 13 )p2T defmed as
-3.58922(10 -1)p-2.25341(1O -IO)p2. . ............. (51) c w= -(lIVw)(iWw/iJph, .......................... (58a)

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Cw= -(lIBw)(oBw/oP)r, .......................... (58b) where S=salinity, wt%. Eq. 69 agrees with the existing graphical
correiation 30 to within 1 %.
or cw=(lIPw)(oPw/oph . ........................... (58c) The above correlations were developed for dry-gas systems con-
Eq. 59 may be used to estimate values of water compressi- taining no nonhydrocarbon components. The presence of heavier
bility.24 hydrocarbons in wet gases or retrograde gases will increase the water
content by as much as 10% at 1,000 psia and 20% at 10,000 psia.
c w=1I(7.033p+0.5415S-537.0T+403,300), ......... (59) Natural gas that contains substantial amounts of CO 2 and/or H 2S
where S=salinity in mg/L. will contain more water vapor. 30 Although no data are available,
Eq. 59 is valid only for temperatures between 200 and 270°F, the increase is probably on the order of 5 %. Substantial amounts
pressures of 1,000 to 20,000 psia, and salinities up to 200,000 mg/L. of nitrogen or helium will lower the moisture content. 31 Limited
Osif24 gave no estimate of accuracy. A graphic correlation 25 is data are available; the decrease is probably 5 to 10%.
available for use at lower temperatures and pressures.
At pressures below the bubblepoint, water compressibility is Hydrate Formation. Hydrocarbon gas and liquid water will com-
calculated 26 as bine to form solids called gas hydrates at temperatures above the

CW=-:w C~w)/:: C:;w t......... (@)

temperature at which water freezes. Eq. 70 can be used to estimate
the temperature at which hydrates will form 32 :
Th = 11[2.77077(10 -3) -2.78224(10 -3)(1n 'Y g) -5.64929(10- 4)
The first term on the right side of Eq. @ is related to water com- (In p)-1.29859(1O- 3)(1n 'Y g)2 + 1.40712(1O- 3)(ln 'Y g)(ln p)
pressibility at pressures above the bubblepoint and can be estimat-
ed with Eq. 59. The derivative in the second term on the right side + 1.78574(10 -4)(1n p)2 + 1.13028(10 -3)(1n 'Y g)3
of Eq. @ can be estimated with 5 +5.97282(10-4)(1n 'Yg)2(1n p)-2.32792(1O- 4)(1n 'Yg)(1n p)2
(oR sw /oph=B+2Cp, ............................. (61) -2.68408(10-5)(ln p)3 +4.66106(10-3)(ln 'Y g)4
whereB and Care from Eqs. 55 and 56. The result ofEq. 61 should +5.55424(1O- 4)(ln 'Yg)3(1n p)-1.47278(1O -5)(ln 'Yg)2(1n p)2
be multiplied by the salinity adjustment factor of Eq. 57. Values
of FVF of formation water for use in the second term are estimat- + 1.39381(1O- 5)(ln 'Y g)(ln p)3 + 1.48850(10-6)(1n p)4].
ed as described above, and FVF of gas is estimated with a gas spe- ................................... (70)
cific gravity of 0.63.
The estimate of hydrate-forming temperature could be in error by
The resulting estimate of water compressibility is of unknown
5°F or more. Do not use Eq. 70 at temperatures above 62°F, pres-
accuracy. It should be considered to be •'order of magnitude" only.
sures above 1,500 psia, or gas specific gravities above 0.9.
The presence of H 2S and/or CO 2 in the gas will cause an in-
Viscosity of Fonnation Water, #J.w' The viscosity of formation
crease in hydrate-forming temperatures, but data are too limited
water at reservoir temperature and atmospheric pressure can be es-
to quantify this.
timated with 5
The presence of dissolved solids in the water will decrease the
/Lwl =AT-B, .................................... (62) temperature at which hydrates form. The decrease can be calculat-
ed with 5
where A=I09.574-8.40564S+0.313314S2 +8.72213(1O- 3)S3
fl.Th =AS+BS2+CS3, ............................. (71)
................................... (63)
and B= 1.12166-2.63951(1O- 2)S+6. 79461(10-4)S2 where A=2.20919-1O.5746-yg+12.1@1'Y/, ........... (72)
B= -0.10@56+0.722692'Yg-0.85093'Yg2, ........... (73)
+5.47119(10 -5)S3 -1.55586(1O- 6)S4 ............... (64)
and C=0.00347221-0.0165564'Y g +0.019764'Y g2 . ....... (74)
Eq. 62 fits the existing graphical correlation 27 to within 5% at tem-
peratures between 100 and 400°F and salinities to 26%. Eq. 71 agrees with the existing data 30 exactly when the results are
Water viscosity at 1 atm can be adjusted to reservoir pressure rounded to the nearest whole degree Fahrenheit. Eqs. 71 through
with 5 74 are based on gas specific gravities < 0.68 and salinities < 20% .
/Lw//Lwi =0.9994+4.0295 X 1O- 5p+3.1062X 1O- 9p2 . ... (65) Inhibitor is often added to the water in contact with gas to reduce
the hydrate-forming temperature. The temperature reduction can
Eq. 65 fits data 28 at 86 to 167°F and pressures below 10,000 psia be calculated with 33 •34
to within 4%. At pressures between 10,000 and 15,000 psia, the
fit is to within 7 % . fl.Th =2,335w/l00M - Mw. .. ....................... (75)
The results ofEq. 75 are well within the scatter of the experimen-
Moisture Content of Natural Gas. The dewpoint water-vapor con- tal data.
tent of natural gas in equilibrium with liquid water may be calcu- The presence of liquid hydrocarbons with the gas and liquid water
lated with 29 will decrease hydrate-forming temperature. 34 Data are limited, and
W=A/p+B, ..................................... (66) the temperature decrease has not been quantified.
18(106)psc Nomenclature
where A =Pv H 0 ................ (67)
• 2 10.73(459.6+ Tsc)zsc A,B,C = coefficients
Bg = FVF of dry gas, res ft3/scf or RB/scf
and log B=-3083.87(lIT)+6.69449 . ................. (68) Bo = oil FVF, RB/STB
Eqs. 66 through 68 give results that are as accurate as moisture Bw = water FVF, RB/STB
content can be measured (about 5%) at pressures to 10,000 psia Bwg = FVF of wet gas, RB/STB
and temperatures to 4@°F. cg = coefficient of isothermal compressibility of gas,
Dissolved solids in the water reduce the partial pressure of the psi -I
water, thereby reducing the water content of the gas. Moisture con- CO = coefficient of isothermal compressibility of oil,
tent from Eq. 66 should be multiplied by the salinity-adjustment psi -I
factor 5 given in Eq. 69: cpr = pseudoreduced coefficient of isothermal
Wbrine compressibility
---=1-4.920(10-3)S-1.7672(1O- 4)S2, ..... (69) C w = coefficient of isothermal compressibility of
Wpure water water, psi-I
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facid = sum of mole fraction of CO 2 and H 2 S in Eq. PSTO = stock-tank oil density at standard conditions,
30 Ibm/ft3
iH 2 s = mole fraction of H 2S in Eq. 30 Pw = water density, Ibm/ft3
Gpo = additional gas produced, Eqs. 42 through 44,
scf/STB times specific gravity Subscripts
m = mass, Ibm mol acid = CO2 +H 2 S
M = molecular weight of solute in Eq. 75, Ibm/Ibm air = air
mol b = at bUbblepoint pressure at reservoir temperature
Ma = apparent molecular weight, Ibm/Ibm mol H 2 S = hydrogen sulfide
M air = apparent molecular weight of air, Ibm/Ibm mol j = component j
P = pressure, psia R = reservoir conditions
Ph = bubblepoint pressure, psia sc = standard conditions
Ppc = pseudocritical pressure, psia SP = separator
P~c = pseudocritical pressure adjusted for acid-gas SPI = primary separator
content, psia SP2 = second-stage separator
Ppr = pseudoreduced pressure ST = stock tank
P v, H20 = vapor pressure of pure water at temperature of STO = stock-tank oil
• •
Interest, pSla
R = universal gas constant, 10.732 (psia-ft 3)/(lbm
mol- OR), or producing GOR I am grateful to Core Laboratories Inc. and, in particular, to Phil
Rs = solution GOR, scf/STB Moses for providing the data used to evaluate these correlations.
RSP1 = producing GOR from primary separator, Also, I thank Cawley, Gillespie & Assocs. Inc. for permission to
publish this paper.
RST = producing GOR from stock tank, scf/STB
Rsw = solubility of gas in water, scf/STB
S = salinity, wt % solids or mg/L in Eq. 59 1. Moses, P.L.: "Engineering Applications of Phase Behavior of Crude
Oil and Condensate Systems," JPT (July 1986) 715-23.
T = temperature, of or oR in Eqs. 12, 13, 20, 23, 2. Schilthuis, R.J.: "Active Oil and Reservoir Energy," Trans., AIME
32, 39, 40, 48, and 68 (1936) 118, 33-52.
Th = hydrate-formation temperature, of 3. Rollins, J.B., McCain, W.D. Jr., and Creeger, J.T.: "Estimation of
llTh = decrease in hydrate-formation temperature, of Solution GOR of Black Oils," JPT (Jan. 1990) 92-94; Trans., AIME,
Tpc = pseudocritical temperature, oR 289.
T;c = pseudocritical temperature adjusted for acid-gas 4. Standing, M.B.: Volumetric and Phose Behavior of Oil Field Hydrocar-
bon Systems, SPE, Richardson, TX (1977) 124.
content, oR
5. McCain, W.D. Jr.: The Properties of Petroleum Fluids, second edi-
Tpr = pseudoreduced temperature tion, PennWell Books, Tulsa (1989) 120, 175, 214, 318, 322, 513,
V = volume, ft3 525-28.
Veq = equivalent volume, scf/STB 6. Martin, J.C.: "Simplified Equations of Flow in Gas Drive Reservoirs
Vw = volume of water, ft3 and the Theoretical Foundation of Multiphase Pressure Buildup Anal-
Vwg = volume of reservoir wet gas, ft3 yses," Trans., AIME (1959) 216,309-11.
7. Vazquez, M. and Beggs, H.D.: "Correlations for Fluid Physical Prop-
II Vlip = change in liquid volume during pressure erty Prediction," JPT(June 1980) 968-70.
reduction in Bw correlation 8. Vazquez, A.M.E.: "Correlation for Fluid Physical Prediction," MS
II VwT = change in liquid volume during temperature thesis, U. of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (1976).
reduction in Bw correlation 9. McCain, W.D. Jr., Rollins, J.n:, and Villena, A.J.: "The Coefficient
w = weight percent solute in Eq. 75 of Isothermal Compressibility of Black Oils at Pressures Below the Bub-
W = moisture content of gas, Ibm/MMscf blepoint," SPEFE (Sept. 1988) 659-62; Trans., AIME, 285.
10. Ng, J.T.H.1Ind Egbogah, E.O.: "On Improved Temperature-Viscosity
Wbrine = moisture content of gas in contact with brine, Correlation for Crude Oil Systems," paper CIM 83-34-32 presented
Ibm/MMscf at the 1983 Petroleum Soc. of CIM Annual Technical Meeting, Banff,
Wpure water = moisture content of gas in contact with pure May 10-13.
water, Ibm/MMscf 11. Beggs, H.D. and Robinson, J.R.: "Estimating the Viscosity of Crude
y = composition of gas, mole fraction Oil Systems," JPT (Sept. 1975) 1140-41.
z = gas compressibility factor, pVlmRT 12. Standing, M.B. and Katz, D.L.: "Density of Natural Gases," Trans.,
AIME (1942) 146, 140-49.
'Y API = stock-tank oil gravity, °API
13. Takas, G.: "Comparisons Made for Computer z-Factor Calculations, "
'Yg = gas specific gravity Oil & Gas J. (Dec. 20, 1976) 64-66.
'Yo = stock-tank oil specific gravity 14. Dranchuk, P.M. and Abou-Kassem, J.H.: "Calculations of z-Factors
'YSPI = specific gravity of gas from primary separator for Natural Gases Using Equations of State," J. Cdn. Pet. Tech. (July-
E = pseudocritical adjustment factor for acid-gas Sept. 1975) 34-36.
content, oR 15. Sutton, R.P.: "Compressibility Factors for High-Molecular-Weight
Reservoir Gases," paper SPE 14265 presented at the 1985 SPE Annu-
/Lg = gas viscosity, cp
al Technical Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, Sept. 22-25.
/Lo = oil viscosity, cp 16. Wichert, E. and Aziz, K.: "Calculate z's for Sour Gases," Hydrocar-
/LoD = oil viscosity at l-atm pressure and reservoir bon Processing (May 1972) 119-22.
temperature, cp 17. Wichert, E. and Aziz, K.: "Compressibility Factor of Sour Natural
/Lw = water viscosity, cp Gases," Cdn. J. Chern. Eng. (Apri11971) 267-73.
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Gases," J. Cdn. Pet. Tech. (Oct.-Dec. 1975) 14, 77-80.
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19. Lee, A.L., Gonzales, M.H., and Eakin, B.E.: "The Viscosity of Natural
P = density, g/cm 3 in Eq. 38 or Ibm/ft 3 Gases," JPT (Aug. 1966) 997-1000; Trans., AIME (1966) 234.
Po = oil density, Ibm/ft3 20. Gold, D.K., McCain, W.D.-Jr., and Jennings, J.W.: "An Improved
PoR = reservoir oil density at reservoir conditions, Method for the Determination of the' Reservoir-Gas Specific Gravity
Ibm/ft3 for Retrograde Gases," JPT(July 1989) 747-52; Trans., AIME, 287.
Ppr = pseudoreduced density 21. Log Interpretation Charts, Scblumberger Well Services, Houston (1986)

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22. Culberson, O.L. and McKetta, J.J. Jr.: "Phase Equilibria in
Author Hydrocarbon-Water Systems m-Solubility of Methane in Water at Pres-
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consultant with S.A. Holdltch & Assocs. Water Correlations," Petroleum Production Handbook, T.C. Frick and,
In College Station, TX. He previously wss R.W. Taylor (eds.), SPE, Richardson, TX (1962) n, 22-1-22-26.
a petroleum engineer with Cawley, 24. Osif, T.L.: "The Effects of Salt, Gas, Temperature, and Pressure on
Gillespie & Assocs. Inc. In Fort Worth the Compressibility of Water," SPERE (Feb. 1988) 175-81.
and taught petroleum engineering at 25. Dodson, C.R. and Standing, M.B.: "Pressure, Volume, Temperature
Texas A&M U. and Mississippi State U. and Solubility Relations for Natural Gas-Water Mixtures," Drill. &
He holds a as degree from Mississippi Prod. Prac., API, Dallas (1944) 173-79.
State U. and MS and PhD degrees from 26. Ramey, H.J. Jr.: "Rapid Methods for Estimating Reservoir Compres-
Georgia lnat. of Technology. McCain was sibilities," JPT (April 1964) 447-54; Trans., AIME, 231.
a member of the 1986-89 Career 27. Matthews, C.S. and Russell, D.G.: Pressure Buildup and Flow Tests
Guidance Committee and the 1972-75 in Wells, Monograph Series, SPE, Richardson, TX (1967) 1.
Textbook Committee. He was 1972 Mississippi Section chair· 28. Collins, A.G.: "Properties of Produced Waters," Petroleum Engineer-
man and a member of the Education and Accreditation Com· ing Handbook, H.B. Bradley (ed.), SPE, Richardson, TX (1987) 24-17.
mlttee from 1967 to 1971, chairing It In 1970. 29. Bukacek, R.F.: "Equilibrium Moisture Contact of Natural Gases," re-
search bull. IGT, Chicago (1955) 8, 2,11.
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atm x 1.013 250* E+05 Pa to the Operation ofNatural Gas Pipelines, Monograph Series, USBM,
bbl x 1.589 873 E-Ol m3 Washington, DC (1946) 8.
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psi x 6.894757 E+OO kPa WaterlHydrocarbon Systems," Petroleum Engineering Handbook, H.B.
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33. Hammerschmidt, E.G.: "Formation of Gas Hydrates in Natural Gas
• Conversion factor is exact. SPERE Transmission Lines," Ind. & Eng. Chern. (1934) 26, 851-55 .
Original SPE manuscript received for review June 15. 1988. Paper (SPE 18571) accepted 34. Scauzillo, F.R.: "Inhibiting Hydrate Formations in Hydrocarbon
for publication Feb. 22, 1989. Revised manuscript received March 17, 1989. Gases," Chern. Eng. Prog. (Aug. 1956) 52, 324-28.

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Discussion of Reservoir-Fluid Property
Correlations-State of the Art
W.R. Hayworth, SPE, Diversified Operating Corp.

In "Reservoir-Fluid Property Correlations-State of the Art" (May McCain's definition of a black oil does not consider reservoir
1991 SPERE, Pages 266-72), McCain states that "Black oils are temperature or composition. For the example cited, reservoir tem-
identified as having initial producing GOR's below 2,000 scf/STB perature and a high concentration of intermediate components have
and deeply colored stock-tank oil with gravities below 45° API." undoubtedly had a significant impact on reservoir-fluid behavior.
Unfortunately, defining reservoir fluid type by these parameters Earlier authors 1,2 considered reservoir temperature and compo-
alone can result in misinterpretation of the reservoir-fluid behavior. sitions as important parameters in classifying reservoir fluid types.
For example, Field X, a Cretaceous "0" sand reservoir in the
Denver basin, has an initial stock-tank gravity of 40° API, an ini- Reference.
tial producing GOR of 600 scf/STB, and a reservoir temperature 1. Craft, B.C. and Hawkins, M.P.: Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineer-
of 230°F. According to the author's classification of black oils, ing, Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ (1959) 186.
this field would fall well within the black-oil designation. Reser- 2. Moses, P.L.: "Engineering Applications of Phase Behavior of Crude
Oil and Condensate Systems," JPT (July 1986) 715-23.
voir performance, however, has shown that the fluid does not be-
have as a black oil. 51 Metric Conver.lon Factor.
During primary depletion, the producing GOR increased to more
than 13,000 scf/STB. Stock-tank oil gravity coincidentally increased °API 141.5/(131.5+ o API) g/ cm 3
of (OF-32)/1.8 °C
from 40 to 60° API.
Evidently, this reservoir does not fit black-oil assumptions. Black- scf/bbl x 1.801 175 E-Ol std m 3 /m 3
oil material-balance calculations have proved unrealistic. (SPE 23583) SPE~

Author's Reply to Discussion of Reservoir-Fluid

Property Correlations-State of the Art
William D. McCain Jr., SPE, S.A. Holditch & Assocs. Inc.

Hayworth may have found an example reservoir fluid that does not Reference.
fit the "rules of thumb" for determining reservoir fluid type. 1,2 1. Moses, P.L.: "Engineering Applications of Phase Behavior of Crude
However, he does not give the color of the stock-tank liquid. Stock- Oil and Condensate Systems," JPT (July 1986) 715-23.
tank oil color is the third rule of thumb and is useful in confirming 2. McCain, W.D. Jr.: "Reservoir-Fluid Property Correlations-State of
fluid type. the Art," SPERE (May 1991) 266-72.
3. McCain, W.D. Jr.: The Properties ofPetroleum Fluids, second edition,
Composition was not considered because the paper2 was written PennWell Books, Tulsa (1989) 149-53.
to show how to use field data to estimate reservoir-fluid properties
(see the first sentence of the Summary or the second sentence of (SPE 23594) SPERE
the Introduction). Extensive information in the use of field and
laboratory data to distinguish between black and volatile oils is
available elsewhere. 3

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