PVT properties variation with depth in carbonate reservoirs: a case study

Mohammad Ali Kargarpour
2020 Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology  
PVT properties of a hydrocarbon reservoir, in addition to estimate oil and gas in place, are required for optimum dynamic reservoir management. In carbonate reservoirs, it is more important as reservoir's fluid properties usually vary laterally or/ and vertically. In this paper, summary results of a study which carried out on the reported PVT properties of reservoir 'A' are presented. Reservoir 'A' is a real oil carbonate reservoir which suffers from variation of PVT properties. The oil gravity
more » ... es. The oil gravity and GOR (gas-oil ratio) in this reservoir are reported to be in the range of 23°-36° API and 300-1400 SCF/STB (Standard Cubic Feet/Stock Tank Barrel), respectively. These wide ranges of PVT properties raised questions about the accuracy and consistency of PVT laboratory test results, FBDST (Full Bore Drill Stem Test) measured data and reservoir characterization, such as effect of seismic recognized faults and the validity of laboratory PVT measurements which conducted on the reservoir fluid samples gathered from adjacent wells in one zone. So, an extensive, systematic study has been conducted on the available fluid data to check the validity of data and find out an acceptable, logical hypothesis about PVT variation across the reservoir, vertically and/or laterally. This study reveals that the reported laboratory measured PVT analysis, oil API gravity and GOR (gas oil ratio) measured in well tests campaign are valid. The PVT variation is dominantly vertical owing to compositional gravity segregation due to relatively high thickness of reservoir, about 300 m (984 ft). It is also distinguished that seismic detected faults (if exist) do not act as barriers at least at geological time.
doi:10.1007/s13202-020-00921-5 fatcat:vl32kgnxcnhw3a4zxmkq2n7ana