Limitations of current method-of-characteristics (MOC) methods using shock-jump approximations to predict MMPs for complex gas/oil displacements

Kaveh Ahmadi, Russell T. Johns, Kristian Mogensen, Rashed Noman

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Abstract

An accurate minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) is one of the key factors in miscible-gasflood design. There is a variety of experimental and analytical methods to determine the MMP, but the most-reliable methods are slimtube experiments, 1D slimtube simulations, mixing-cell models, and the fast key-tie-line approach using the method of characteristics (MOC). Direct comparisons of all these methods generally agree well, but there are cases in which they do not. No explanation has yet been given for these anomalies, although the MMP is critically important to recovery. The focus of this paper is to explain when current MOC results assuming that shocks exist from one key tie line to the next may not be reliable, and how to identify when this is the case. We demonstrate, using fluid characterizations from Middle East oils, that the MMPs using this MOC method can be more than 6,500 psia greater than those calculated using a recently developed mixing-cell method. The observed differences in the MMP increase substantially as the API gravity of the oil decreases, likely the result of the onset of L1-L2-V behavior. We show that the key tie lines determined using this MOC method do not control miscibility for such cases. We explain the reasons for these differences using simplified pseudoternary models and show how to determine when an error exists. We also offer a way to correct the MMP predictions using the MOC for these complex gas/oil displacements without solving for the complete compositional path.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-750
Number of pages8
JournalSPE Journal
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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