There is considerable interest in the petroleum industry to characterize partially fractured reservoirs and to develop an increased understanding of the physics of fluid flow in these types of reservoirs. This is because fractured reservoirs have different behavior and there exist a large number of these reservoirs that are not fully developed. This paper presents a numerical simulation study that was performed to investigate the effect of rock properties on the tracer response in partially fractured reservoirs using a finite difference numerical simulator. These properties include fracture intensity, fracture porosity and matrix permeability. The functional relationships between these parameters and the calculated effective permeabilities are also investigated. Several images, each with different probability of fracture intensity, were generated randomly. Numerical simulations of single-phase tracer transport were then performed in each of the generated fractured models. Results show that the fracture intensity, fracture porosity and matrix permeability have a significant effect on the tracer response in naturally fractured reservoirs. Depending on the reservoir properties, the results also show that the flow in partially fractured reservoirs can be either matrix-dominated or fracture-dominated. The characteristics of each regime and the conditions for its occurrence are presented.

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