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Prediction and estimation of capillary pressure of wettability and wettability variations within reservoir

Derahman, Mohd. Nawi and Zahoor, Muhammad Khurram (2008) Prediction and estimation of capillary pressure of wettability and wettability variations within reservoir. In: 2008 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, 3-6 November 2008, Abu Dhabi, UAE .

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Wettability is defined as a property of a fluid to coat a rock surface, but unfortunately it is not as simple as the name implies. Formation can be oil-wet, water-wet or of mixed wettability. These variations are due to the initial water saturation, composition of oil, salt contents in brine and mineralogy of the formation. Wettability and wettability variations affect the displacement behavior of one fluid by another. This can be demonstrated by a number of experiments, using same core, where the trend of capillary pressure curve changes with reference to changes in saturation. In relation to it, several correlations have been developed to estimate the capillary pressure as a function of saturation based on experiments. In reality different types of wettability can exist in different regions of reservoir and moreover wettability existing at the time of discovery changes with the passage of time as a result of different processes for example, depletion, gas injection. To account for such variations and for proper understanding of displacement behavior within a reservoir a correlation has been developed, which can he used successfully for better reservoir surveillance. With the help of this correlation, if at least one capillary pressure curve is available, it is possible to estimate/predict the capillary pressure under different wettability conditions, which can exist within the reservoir, during different stages of depletion, with the help of which proper history matching, forecasting and hence proper selection of enhanced recovery method is possible, resulting in better decision making and increased profitability.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering (Formerly known)
ID Code:7796
Deposited By: Norhani Jusoh
Deposited On:30 Apr 2009 04:31
Last Modified:02 Jun 2010 01:48

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