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Title: Application of streamline simulation for gas displacement processes
Author: Nagib, Mohamed M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9351 8844
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2019
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Performance evaluation of miscible and near-miscible gas injection processes is available through conventional finite difference (FD) compositional simulation, which is widely used for solving large-scale multiphase displacement problems that always require large computation time. A step can be taken to reduce the time needed by considering low-resolution compositional simulation. The model can be adversely affected by numerical dispersion and may fail to represent geological heterogeneities adequately. The number of fluid components can possibly be reduced at the price of less accurate representation of phase behaviour. Streamline methods have been developed in which fluid is transported along the streamlines instead of the finite difference grid. In streamline-based simulation, a 3D flow problem is decoupled into a set of 1D problems solved along streamlines, reducing simulation time and suppressing any numerical dispersion. Larger time steps and higher spatial resolution can be achieved in these simulations, particularly when sensitivity runs are needed to reduce study uncertainties. Streamline-based reservoir simulation, being orders of magnitude faster than the conventional finite difference methods, may mitigate many of the challenges noted above. For gas injection, the streamline approach could not provide a high resolution or adequate representation for the multiphase displacement. In this work, the streamline simulations for both compositional and miscible gas injection were tested. In addition, the conventional gas injection scheme and detailed comparison between the FD simulation and the streamline approach are illustrated. A detailed comparison is given between the results of conventional FD simulation and the streamline approach for gas displacement processes. Finally, some guidelines are given on how the streamline method can potentially be used to enhance for gas displacement processes.
Supervisor: Burns, Alan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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