We combine a new pore-scale model with a reservoir simulation algorithm to predict gas production in gas-bearing shales. It includes an iterative verification method of surface mass balance to ensure real-time desorption-adsorption equilibrium with gas production. The pore-scale model quantifies macroscopic petrophysical properties of formations using an algorithm of gas transport in porous media that simultaneously considers the effects of no-slip and slip flow, Knudsen diffusion, and Langmuir desorption. Subsequently, the reservoir model populates petrophysical properties derived from the pore-scale analysis at every numerical grid and at each time-step to calculate the production history and pressure distribution in the reservoir. This approach examines the contribution of different transport processes (i.e. advective flow, Knudsen diffusion, and desorption) to quantify their corresponding contributions to overall flow. Previously, we showed that slip flow and Knudsen diffusion play a significant role in explaining the higher-than-expected permeability observed in shale-gas formations with pore-throat sizes in the range of nanometers. It is shown that Langmuir desorption from organic-matter surfaces is important in the calculation of stored gas in gas-bearing shales. Modeling results show that gas desorption maintains the reservoir pressure via the supply of gas. In comparison to conventional reservoir descriptions, the contributions of slip flow and Knudsen diffusion increase the apparent permeability of the reservoir while gas production takes place. The effects of both mechanisms explain the higher-than-expected gas production rates commonly observed in these formations.

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