Numerical simulations of CO2 –assisted gas production from hydrate reservoirs

Monday, 14 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Prathyusha Sridhara1,2, Brian J Anderson3 and Evgeniy M Myshakin2, (1)West Virginia University, Chemical Engineering, Morgantown, United States, (2)National Energy Technology Laboratory Morgantown, Morgantown, WV, United States, (3)West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States
A series of experimental studies over the last decade have reviewed the feasibility of using CO2 or CO2+N2 gas mixtures to recover CH4 gas from hydrates deposits. That technique would serve the dual purpose of CO2 sequestration and production of CH4 while maintaining the geo-mechanical stability of the reservoir. In order to analyze CH4 production process by means of CO2 or CO2+N2 injection into gas hydrate reservoirs, a new simulation tool, Mix3HydrateResSim (Mix3HRS)[1], was previously developed to account for the complex thermodynamics of multi-component hydrate phase and to predict the process of CH4 substitution by CO2 (and N2) in the hydrate lattice.

In this work, Mix3HRS is used to simulate the CO2 injection into a Class 2 hydrate accumulation characterized by a mobile aqueous phase underneath a hydrate bearing sediment. That type of hydrate reservoir is broadly confirmed in permafrost and along seashore. The production technique implies a two-stage approach using a two-well design, one for an injector and one for a producer. First, the CO2 is injected into the mobile aqueous phase to convert it into immobile CO2 hydrate and to initiate CH4 release from gas hydrate across the hydrate-water boundary (generally designating the onset of a hydrate stability zone). Second, CH4 hydrate decomposition is induced by the depressurization method at a producer to estimate gas production potential over 30 years. The conversion of the free water phase into the CO2 hydrate significantly reduces competitive water production in the second stage, thereby improving the methane gas production. A base case using only the depressurization stage is conducted to compare with enhanced gas production predicted by the CO2-assisted technique. The approach also offers a possibility to permanently store carbon dioxide in the underground formation to greater extent comparing to a direct injection of CO2 into gas hydrate sediment. Numerical models are based on the hydrate formations at the Prudhoe Bay L-Pad region on the Alaska North Slope.


[1] N.Garapati, "Reservoir Simulation for Production of CH4 from Gas Hydrate Reservoirs Using CO2/CO2+N2 by HydrateResSim", Ph.D. thesis, West Virginia University, 2013.