Improved fluid characterization for miscible gas floods

A. M. Egwuenu, R. T. Johns, Y. Li

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Equations of state (EOSs) are typically tuned to black-oil pressure/ volume/temperature (PVT) data such as constant volume-depletion, constant-composition-expansion, differential-liberation, and separator tests. Other PVT data more appropriate for gas injection could include multicontact and swelling tests and slimtube tests. The standard method of tuning, however, does not typically incorporate important displacement parameters, such as the minimum miscibility pressure (MMP), minimum miscibility enrichment (MME), or the likely compositions that result in a reservoir from condensing-vaporizing (CV) displacements. This paper demonstrates an improved reservoir-fluid-characterization procedure for miscible gas floods that can represent the interaction of flow and phase behavior more accurately. We demonstrate the approach for two displacements, an 11-component CO2 flood and a 12-component enriched-gas flood. The method-of-characteristic (MOC) theory is used to determine the MME (or MMP) of both lumped and unlumped models. The results show that by tuning to the calculated MME/MMP, fewer pseudocomponents are required to characterize the fluid than with conventional tuning methods. For the cases studied, fluids lumped to as few as four or five pseudocomponents can provide a good match to the composition profiles and oil recoveries of the un-lumped models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-665
Number of pages11
JournalSPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geology


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