Title: Pressure Buildup During Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Injection From a Partially Penetrating Borehole into Gas Reservoirs
Authors: Mukhopadhyay, Sumit
Yang, Shao-Yang
Yeh, Hund-Der
Institute of Environmental Engineering
Keywords: Carbon dioxide;Storage;Sequestration;Pressure buildup;Supercritical;Analytical solution;Gas reservoir
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2012
Abstract: Injecting CO(2) into a subsurface formation causes a buildup of pressure in the vicinity of the injection well. While a large injection rate can reduce the cost associated with injection, an indefinitely large injection rate can result in excessive formation damage. To obtain an optimal injection rate without exceeding the safe pressure limits, one will like to have some knowledge of the transient pressure buildup characteristics resulting from a particular injection rate. While elaborate numerical simulations can provide reliable pressure buildup predictions, they require extensive knowledge about the formation, which is normally not available at the start of an injection process. To alleviate this problem, using some simplifying assumptions, we have developed a solution to predict the transient buildup of pressure resulting from injection of supercritical carbon dioxide from a partially penetrating well into a gas reservoir. The solution in space and time is first obtained in the Fourier-Laplace transform space, and then inverted back into real space (in cylindrical coordinates) and time. We use the solution to study pressure transient characteristics for different formation permeabilities and anisotropy ratios. Results obtained using the solution compared well with those from numerical simulations.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11242-011-9879-6
ISSN: 0169-3913
DOI: 10.1007/s11242-011-9879-6
Volume: 91
Issue: 3
Begin Page: 889
End Page: 911
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