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Flow simulation in shale gas reservoirs

Mahmoud Younes

Flow simulation in shale gas reservoirs.

Rel. Vera Rocca. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Petroleum Engineering (Ingegneria Del Petrolio), 2018

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A higher energy demand has played a substantial role in the insistent investigation and exploration of unconventional oil and gas resources. Shale gas reservoirs are amongst the major unconventional resources. Technological advancement in both horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing methods have been the key to attain economical production rates from shale gas reservoirs. Shale gas reservoirs are known for their complex gas transport mechanisms as well as the complex natural and induced or hydraulic fracture geometries. Typical shale gas production is composed mostly of two-phase flow of gas and water. However, suitable modelling of the two-phase behavior while also incorporating the much more complex fracture geometries have been a challenge within the industry. In this research, a reservoir model is constructed using a commercial software. The 3D reservoir along with different levels of hydraulic fracture complexities and parameters are used to investigate the effect hydraulic as well as natural fractures have on the overall well performance and production. The research results confirm how important proper modeling of the fracture is and how much it can interfere with the final results of gas and water production.

Relators: Vera Rocca
Academic year: 2018/19
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 61
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Petroleum Engineering (Ingegneria Del Petrolio)
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-35 - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/9901
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