Optimized exploitation of gas-condensate reservoirs using neuro-simulation

Luis F. Ayala, Turgay Ertekin, Michael Adewumi

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Gas-condensate reservoirs have been the subject of intensive research throughout the years as they represent an important class of the world's hydrocarbon reserves. Their exploitation for maximum hydrocarbon recovery involves additional complexities that cast them as a different class of reservoirsapart from dry-gas and black-oil reservoirs. Gas-condensate reservoirs are good candidates for compositional simulation studies as their depletion performance is highly influenced by changes in fluid composition. Often times, highly sophisticated and computationally intensive compositional simulations are needed for the accurate modeling of their performance, phase behavior, and fluid flow characteristics. The desirable outcome of a simulation study for gas condensate reservoirs is the identification and development of the best operational production schemes that maximizes hydrocarbon recovery with the minimum loss of condensate at reservoir conditions. However, compositional simulations are demanding in terms of computational overhead, manpower, and software and hardware requirements. Artificial neural network technology (soft-computing) has proven instrumental in establishing expert systems capable of learning the existing vaguely understood relationships between the input parameters and output responses of highly sophisticated hard-computing protocols such as compositional simulation of gas-condensate reservoirs. In this study, we conduct parametric studies that identify the most influential reservoir and fluid characteristics in the establishment of optimum production protocols for the exploitation of gas-condensate reservoirs. During the training phase of the artificial neural network, an internal mapping that accurately estimates the corresponding output for a range of input parameters is created. In this paper, a powerful screening and optimization tool for the production of gas-condensate reservoirs is presented. This tool is capable of screening the eligibility of different gas-condensate reservoirs to exploitation as well as assisting in designing the optimized exploitation scheme for a particular reservoir under consideration for development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2004
EventSPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, 2004 APOGCE - Perth, Australia
Duration: Oct 18 2004Oct 20 2004


OtherSPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, 2004 APOGCE

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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