Analytical study of flowing and in-situ compositions in unconventional liquid-rich gas plays

Miao Zhang, Luis F. Ayala

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Liquid-rich gases in unconventional reservoir environments can exhibit complex phase and flow behavior due to gas condensation and re-vaporization and differences in phase mobilities that results in compositional variations inside the system. To date, the analysis of in situ and flowing composition variation in unconventional liquid-rich wells has been largely limited to numerical modeling. This work uses an analytical approach to study the in situ and flowing fluid composition of gas condensate wells producing under infinite-acting linear flow - a commonly observed flow regime in hydraulically-fractured horizontal wells in unconventional formations. We propose a semi-analytical solution to the governing partial differential equations (PDEs) written in terms a compositional fluid formulation. The proposed solution is developed using Boltzmann's transformation and is validated by both analytical development and numerical simulation data. Results corroborate that when hydraulically-fractured horizontal wells are producing against a constant bottomhole pressure (BHP) constraint, the producing wellbore fluid composition remains constant as long as the system remains infinite acting, leading to a constant producing gas-oil ratio (GOR). This constant wellstream composition is shown to be very different from in situ composition, which varies according to pressure and production condition inside the reservoir.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2016
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781613994634
StatePublished - 2016
EventSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2016 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Sep 26 2016Sep 28 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition


OtherSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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