Production-data analysis of gas reservoirs with apparent-permeability and sorbed-phase effects: A density-based approach

Pichit Vardcharragosad, Luis F. Ayala H.

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Accounting for depletion-dependent permeability and sorbedphase effects is an important step toward achieving reliable analysis of production performance in unconventional gas systems. This study demonstrates how to account for pressure-dependent apparent-permeability (e.g., gas-slippage) and desorption effects in gas-production analysis of boundary-dominated data with a density-based approach. In this work, apparent-permeability and desorption models are incorporated into the original density-based approach by modifying the definitions of depletion-driven variables that are the basis of the density-based type of analysis. The proposed modification of the original approach successfully enables associated analysis techniques to be applicable to natural-gas reservoirs with gas slippage and adsorbed gas. Results indicate that by modifying the definitions of the depletion-driven variables, the density approach can effectively and successfully capture the effects from gas slippage and desorption. Through a number of case studies, we show that gas-flow rate can be successfully predicted by rescaling liquid solution with the modified densitybased variables. As an illustration, we show that resource calculations able to fully take into account these effects are possible when long-term production data are available. This work details the methodology required to do so, and illustrates its application to production-data prediction analysis for unconventional assets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalSPE Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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