Material balance techniques for coal seam and Devonian shale gas reservoirs

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Abstract

This paper presents the development of two material balance methods for unconventional gas reservoirs. One method is appropriate for estimating gas-in-place while the second is appropriate for making future reservoir predictions. These techniques differ from the material balance methods for conventional gas reservoirs, in that, the effects of adsorbed gas are included. Both methods are developed using the assumptions traditionally associated with the material balance approach. For estimating original gas-in-place, the additional assumption of equilibrium between the free and adsorbed gas phases is required (ie., gas desorption is assumed to be strictly pressure dependent). Simplified forms of this generalized equation corresponding to special cases (volumetric reservoirs, etc.) are also presented. No additional simplifying assumptions are required for making future reservoir predictions. The results of both methods are compared to those of a rigorous finite-difference simulator developed specifically for unconventional gas reservoirs. These comparisons are made to determine the effects of all assumptions and the magnitude of these effects. Due to the assumption of equilibrium, the first approach is appropriate for shut-in wells or flowing wells in reservoirs undergoing rapid desorption. The assumption of rapid desorption corresponds to reservoirs with a high natural fracture density (small primary-porosity matrix blocks) or with a high diffusion coefficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages181-192
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
EventProceedings: SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 1990 - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Sep 23 1990Sep 26 1990

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OtherProceedings: SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 1990
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA
Period9/23/909/26/90

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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