Gravity Drainage and Oil Reinfiltration Modeling in Naturally Fractured Reservoir Simulation

Juan Ernesto Ladron De Guevara, Fernando Rodriguez-De La Garza, Agustin Galindo-Nava
2007 Proceedings of International Oil Conference and Exhibition in Mexico   unpublished
The gravity-drainage and oil-reinfiltration processes that occur in the gas-cap zone of naturally fractured reservoirs (NFRs) are studied through single porosity refined grid simulations. A stack of initially oil-saturated matrix blocks in the presence of connate water surrounded by gas-saturated fractures is considered; gas is provided at the top of the stack at a constant pressure under gravity-capillary dominated flow conditions. An in-house reservoir simulator, SIMPUMA-FRAC, and two other
more » ... mmercial simulators were used to run the numerical experiments; the three simulators gave basically the same results. Gravity-drainage and oil-reinfiltration rates, along with average fluid saturations, were computed in the stack of matrix blocks through time. Pseudofunctions for oil reinfiltration and gravity drainage were developed and considered in a revised formulation of the dual-porosity flow equations used in the fractured reservoir simulation. The modified dual-porosity equations were implemented in SIMPUMA-FRAC (Galindo-Nava 1998; Galindo-Nava et al. 1998) , and solutions were verified with good results against those obtained from the equivalent single porosity refined grid simulations. The same simulations-considering gravity drainage and oil reinfiltration processes-were attempted to run in the two other commercial simulators, in their dual-porosity mode and using available options. Results obtained were different among them and significantly different from those obtained from SIMPUMA-FRAC.
doi:10.2523/108681-ms fatcat:x4vmopce3fhpvfnf7nqhfu5pfe