WP 1: Energy-efficient and effective reservoir drainage

1. Introduction

WP1 will combine experimental and modelling approaches to probe the time-dependent processes that govern the energy-efficient hydrocarbon recovery. This will include both physics-based derivation of flow functions to bridge lab and field scale and near-well effects.

2. Research goals

The main objective of the work package is to describe how fluctuations in pressure and flow rate affect injectivity and flow in the near well region, and how these fluctuations are connected to changes in the reservoir flow. This will be important for production estimates and reservoir appraisal for energy efficiency for intermittent flooding scenarios, and to describe processes that will influence the models developed in the thematic area 2.

3. Delivery

  • Open-source simulation software for modelling near-well flow coupled to multi-physics processes
  •  Effective flow functions for use in core- and field-scale simulations
  • Appraisal criteria for efficient drainage and mitigation strategies for cyclic injections

WP1 lead

Espen Jettestuen
Senior Researcher
Energy & Technology Department, NORCE

Tasks

1.1 Explore and describe the near-well effects of time-varying injection in hydrocarbon systems

1.2 Physics-derived flow functions to bridge scales from lab to field.

1.3 Field evaluation and mitigation options for optimal energy efficiency and reservoir performance

WP1 staff

NORCE
Edin Alagic
David Landa Marban
Jan Ludvig Vinningland
Johan Olav Helland 
Ketil Djurhuus
Olav Aursjø

UiB
Christian Haug Eide
Kundan Kumar (WP deputy)

International partners
Martin Blunt (Imperial College London)
Dorthe Wildenschild (Oregon State University)

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