A Semianalytical Method for Modeling Two-Phase Flow in Coalbed-Methane Reservoirs With Complex Fracture Networks
- Ruiyue Yang (China University of Petroleum (Beijing)) | Zhongwei Huang (China University of Petroleum (Beijing)) | Wei Yu (Texas A&M University) | Hamid Lashgari (University of Texas at Austin) | Kamy Sepehrnoori (University of Texas at Austin)
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- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
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- August 2018
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- Coalbed Methane, Complex fracture networks, Two-phase flow
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Coalbed-methane (CBM) reservoirs are naturally fractured formations with cleats surrounding the coal matrix. Analyzing and predicting CBM-production performance is challenging, especially for early-time production, because of the complex fracture networks and gas/water two-phase flow.
In this study, we develop an efficient semianalytical model to predict gas and water production in CBM reservoirs with multiscale fracture networks. The activated large-scale or interconnected cleats and hydraulic fractures are modeled explicitly as discretized segments with connected nodes. The small-scale cleats and disconnected natural fractures are described implicitly as “enhanced matrix permeability.” We incorporate critical gas-flow mechanisms and stress sensitivity of the fracture network in the model. The two-phaseflow mechanism is considered by iteratively correcting the relative permeability to gas/water for each fracture segment and capillary pressure at each node with the reservoir depletion. We verified the model against a numerical reservoir simulator, field data, and an analytical solution. Subsequently, we apply the model to quantify the effects of fracture-network complexity/connectivity and stress sensitivity on gas/water-production behavior.
This work presents an accurate and fast semianalytical model to perform two-phase flow of gas and water in CBM wells with complex fracture networks. The approach is easier to set up and less data-intensive than using a numerical reservoir simulator, and more flexible in handling the complex-fracture networks than full analytical models. This method provides a promising technique for better understanding the effect of the cleats and fracture networks present in CBM reservoirs on gas and water production.
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