The complexities involved in the available reservoir simulation model for the geologic CO2 sequestration study at SACROC Unit, lead to a high computational cost nearly impractical for different types of reservoir studies. In this study, as an alternative to the full-field reservoir simulation model, we develop and examine the application of a new technology (Surrogate Reservoir Model – SRM) for fast track modeling of pressure and phase saturation distributions in the injection and post-injection time periods.

The SRM is developed based on a few realizations of full-field reservoir simulation model, and it is able to generate the outputs in a very short time with reasonable accuracy. The SRM is developed using the pattern recognition capabilities of Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining (AI&DM) techniques. The SRM is trained based on the provided examples of the system and then verified using additional samples.

The intricacy of simulating multiphase flow, having large number of time steps required to study injection and post-injection periods of CO2 sequestration, highly heterogeneous reservoir, and a large number of wells have led to a highly complicated reservoir simulation model for SACROC Unit. A single realization of this model takes hours to run. An in-depth understanding of CO2 sequestration process requires multiple realizations of the reservoir model. Consequently, using a conventional numerical simulator makes the computational cost of the analysis too high to be practical.

On the other hand, the developed SRM for this case study runs in a matter of seconds. The comparison between the results of SRM and simulator, during training and verification steps of SRM development, demonstrates the ability of SRM in mimicking the behavior of numerical simulation model. The results of this study are intended to prove the potential of AI&DM based reservoir models, like SRM, to ease the obstacles involved in the conventional CO2 sequestration modeling.

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