Verification and proper use of water-oil transfer function for dual-porosity and dual-permeability reservoirs

A. Balogun, H. Kazemi, E. Ozkan, M. Al-Kobaisi, B. Ramirez

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    Accurate calculation of multiphase fluid transfer between the fracture and matrix in naturally fractured reservoirs is a very crucial issue. In this paper, we will present the viability of the use of a simple transfer function to accurately account for fluid exchange resulting from capillary and gravity forces between fracture and matrix in dual-porosity and dual-permeability numerical models. With this approach, fracture- and matrix-flow calculations can be decoupled and solved sequentially, improving the speed and ease of computation. In fact, the transfer-function equations can be used easily to calculate the expected oil recovery from a matrix block of any dimension without the use of a simulator or oil-recovery correlations. The study was accomplished by conducting a 3-D fine-grid simulation of a typical matrix block and comparing the results with those obtained through the use of a single-node simple transfer function for a water-oil system. This study was similar to a previous study (Alkandari 2002) we had conducted for a 1D gas-oil system. The transfer functions of this paper are specifically for the sugar-cube idealization of a matrix block, which can be extended to simulation of a match-stick idealization in reservoir modeling. The basic data required are: matrix capillary-pressure curves, densities of the flowing fluids, and matrix block dimensions.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)189-199
    Number of pages11
    JournalSPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 2009


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