E 9305
Abstract
This paper describes the development of a th~e the ~servoir PV and act as source or sink terms to the
dimensional (3D), threephase model for simulating the fMCNIW. The rate of recovery of oil and gas from a frac
flow of water, oil, and gas in a naturally fractured reser tured mervoir is a timction of several vtiables, in
voir. A dual porosity system is used to describe the fluids cluding size and properties of matrix blocks and pmssum
pment in the fractwes and matrix blocks. Primary flow and saturation history of the fmcture system. Ultimate
in the resezvoir occurs within the fractures with local ex recovexy is influenced by block size, nettability, and
change of fluids between the fractute system and matrix pressure and saturation history. Specific mechanisms
blocks. The matrixlfmctwe transfer function is based on controlling matrix/fracture flow include water/oil im
,.. . . ..* :—L: . ~ttw *A %LI
an extension of the equation deveioped by ‘Warren and Cnoltlon, oil lmuibhiuu,
./..:1 .4..,,; ” “s
UII UUW86W, a.. ...= e~
Root and accounts for capihry pressure, gmvity, and pansion. The study of naturally fmctured reservoim has
viscous forces. been the subject of numemus papers over the last four
Both the fmctwe flow equations and matrix/fracture decades. These inciuue laboratory iiivestigations d oil
flow are solved implicitly for pressure, water salutation, tecovery fmm individual matrix blocks and simulation of
gas saturation, and salutation pressure. single and multiphase flow in fractured resemoim.
We present example problems to demonstrate the utili Wanen and Root i presented an analytical soiution for
ty of the model. These include a comparison of our singlephase, unsteadystate flow in a namrally fmctwed
tesults with previous tesuk.s: comparisons of individual resemoir and introduced the concept of dual porosity.
block matrix/fractute transfers obtained using a detailed Their work assumed a continuous uniform fracture
3D grid with results using the fractwe model’s system parallel to each of the principal axes of
matrbdfractm transfer function; and 3D fieldscale permeability. Superimposed on this system was a set of
simulations of two and theephase flow. The thtee identical tectartgtdar parallelepipeds mpmsenting the
phase example illustrates the effect of free gas satumtion matrix blocks.
on oil recovery by watertkmdhtg. Manax and Kyte2 presented experimental results on
water/oil imbibition in labomtory core samples and
Introduction defined a dimensionless group that relates ~covery to
Simulation of naturally f!actumd reservoirs is a chaHeng time. This work showed that recovexy time is propor
ing task from both a nzservoir description and a tional to the squa~ root of matrix ptmneability divided
numerical standpoint. F1OWof fluids through the rese by porosity and is inversely pmpottional to the square of
rvoir primarily is through the highpermeability, low the characteristic matrix i~iigtt.
effectiveporosity fractures summnding individual Yamamoto et af. 3 developed a compositional model
matrix blocks. The matrix blocks contain the majority of of a single matrix block. Recovery mechanisms for
01977s’20/s3m029wsso0.zs
varioussize blocks surrounded by oil or gas wete
Copynghl19S3SOCNIY01PewdaumErg d AIME studied. Gas/oil capillary pressure hysteresis was inciud
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~d to ~ccQuntfor the effect of ttapped gas on recovery. Following are the equations describing threephase,
Braester4 gave an analytical solution for lD, horizon 3D flow in the fmcture system written in finite difference
tal flow of two immiscible fluids through a fractured form.
porous medium. Capillary pressure was assumed equal
to zero in the fracture and nonzero in the matrix. The ef Fracture Flow Equations
fect of pressure drop across a matrix block was included Water.
in the attdysis.
Previous multiphase, multidimensional simulations of A[Tw@p,,  ~wAD)]+Aw( .pwrn.pw)—qw
natumlly fractured resemoirs include papers by Kazemi
et af. 5 and Rossen. 6 Kazemi treated twophase water/oil
flow using block GaussSeidel to solve iteratively first S:WLIWSW), . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1)
for fracture pressunx and water saturations using last
iterate matrix pressures and water satumtions. Next
matrix pressures and water satumtions were calculated
using last itenwe values of fmcture pressures and water od.
saturations. This process was repeated until convergence
was teached. No gravity terms were included in this AITo(ApoToAD)l +ho( Pom ‘Po)90
work for matrkdfractme flow and they used the same
fmctu~ capiilaty pmssute and upstteam relative
pemneability for both matrix/fracmre and fmctum flow. =:q+boso), . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...(2)
Twodimensional (areal) water/oil examples were
included.
Rossen’s model used input recove~ ctuves that wete a Gas.
function of p~ssure, matrix block pmpetties, and the
fluid enviromnent of the fmcttue system. These recovery A[Tg(@g ~g~)l+~g( pgm Pg)
curves we~ differentiated with respect to pressure and
salutation and then were inciuded in a sequetttiai
p/Sw Sg simulator as semiimplicit source terms. Com +A(Toi?~@po TOAD)] +AoRJ pm ‘Po)–9g
plete segregation of fluids was assumed in the fracture
system. Matrix blocks surrounded by gas were assumed
not to tmnsfer water from the matrix to the fracture, and =;~(&@g+@oR,SO). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...(3)
matrix blocks surrounded by water were assumed not to
tmnsfer gas fmm the matrix to the fracttue. An example
was given simulating gas injection into an oil reservoir
with an initiaJ gas cap ~presented by a 2 x 25 grid with The A(pm p) terms teptesent matrix/fracture fluid ex
no communication except in the gas cap. change and act as source or sink terms in the fmctute
CV.tnwl With the ~~~qg~~rt of ~~e rn.ittm:x.!fm!aue
This paper presents the development of a ~D three 0, =.”,ss. . . ,“.
phase, dualporosity, finitediffenmce model for transfer tetms, the fractwe flow equations am the same
simulating naturally fractuted reservoirs. The formula as those normally found in a conventional betatype
tion is implicit in pmssute, water saturation, imd gas simulator.
saturation or saturation pressure for both mattix/fractu= Finite diffemmce equations describing matrix/fracture
flow and fmcture flow. We include provisions for flow am as follows.
calculating gravity, capillary pressure, and viscous
fomes for both matrix/fracture and fmcture flow, and Matrix/Fracture Flow Equations
hysteresis effects on both capillary pressure and relative Water.
permeability. We pment singleblock studies to
demonstmte matritifmcture flow and simulation of this
term by the model. Aw(pwpw)=;3(@bwsw)m.
. . . . . . . . (4)
The model can be used to simulate primary depletion,
gas injection, and water injection in a natumlly fractured
teservoir. The degree of fracturing within the resemoir is 011.
described by input data and can vary fmm highly fmc
tured regions in portions of the resewoir to unfractumd
regions in other areas. Examples are included of 3D ~o(PomPO) s:w$boso)m. . . . . . . . . (5)
fieldscale water and gas injection.
Development of Flow Equations Gas.
The teservoir is assumed to comprise a continuous frac
ture system filled with discontinuous matrix blocks.
Primary flow in the rese~oir occurs within the fractures ‘~g( p~m P~)~.Rs( P.m ‘p.)
with local exchange of fluids between the fractwe
system and marnx blocks. Each block is assumed to have
known properties and geometric shape, and all blocks =:s(t$bgSg +i$boR,So). ..... . . . . . . . . (6)
within a given grid block me assumed identical.
q~
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The tmnsmissibilities between the matrix and fracture The CU coetllcients mpment partial derivatives of the
blocks are calculated as follows for the water equation accumulation temns evaluated at klevel conditions. For
example,
(7)
(14)
Sw+so+sg=l, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...(8) For conditions above and below the bubble point, only
three unknowns exist: P,, P2, and P3, where PI and P2
and capillary pressure relationships are ~p and 6SW, respectively, and P3 is equal to 6Sg for
saturated oil or dp~ for undersaturated oil. Thus, for
Pw=popw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...(9) saturated cells, dp~ is set equal to ~p and the Cw coeffi
cients are added to the Cil coeftlcients. When a cell is
and undersaturated, ii$g is set equal to zero and the C~3coef
ficients are set equal to the Cig vahes.
P cgo=PgPCJ> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(10)
Fracture Flow Terms
complete the set of 12 model equations. Fracmre flow terms a~ evaluated implicitly as follows
for the oil phase fracture flow term.
Accumulation Terms
The right sides of both the fmctute and matrix equations AITO(&OTOM)l=AITO(& O–T.W)lk
am expanded as follows for the fmctum equations.
+A[T$ (Ac5pA13Pcgo)]
v~
~t(4bwSw)=C116p+ Ci26Sw+C136Sg +(ApAPcgo ~oAD)~aTo, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(19)
where
+(obwsw)~(r$bwsw)n. ............... (11)
aP,,o
6P Cgo =6s8, . . .... .. ... .. ... . ... . ..
l?sg
:N46JO)=C2, ap+czzbsw +c~@sg
and
C246p~+(@boSo)k (4boSo)n. .......... [12) aro aTo
13T0= —f5sg+— Ww,p<p. . . . . . . . .. (21)
asg as.
or
:8(4bgsg +@boRsSo)=C316p+C326Sw aTo aTo
6T0 =—6p, + —15sw, p>p,. . . . . . . . ..(22)
ap, as.
+C33(5Sg +CMtip, +(@bgSg+q$boR$So)k
Relative permeabilities and PVT properties all are
evaluated at upstream condhions using latest iterate
(@$gsg+@oJRJo)n. ................ (ig) vaiues of ptessure, satumtions, and satwation pressure.
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Lvmu.. .A,
lFm..JAm
m.”.  . “ .. ~~~m~
~llW TABLE lDATA FOR SINGLE BLOCK EXAMPLES
Sgu . .......
s =—
“ 1+ csg/j
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (27)
%=(%59’’s’”
(34)
The term SgH i: ~ maximum historical gas satumtion. An option also is included in the model to perturb rates
Drainage, imbibmon, and scanning gasi’oii Capiiiav” from ~.rnen m~er ~ from k. ‘Thefonmdation is iden
pressures are evaluated as a function of gadoil surface tical to the one preceding except that all quantities
tension 12,13at block pressure evaluated at level k ate evaluated at time n, and 6 terms
such as ~p are written as 6P.
P a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (28)
Solution of Flow Equations
.a =zPcgo!. 1 ne u mud
—.l cquuhulla
 :... &=
u]
●
J=Mu&W .0 &
 m.+,..n~ “ ennn.atinqc
.Y—..w.. in ... 6
●
2031.0 1.3359 0.00162 447.0 0.467 0.0171 4.7 0.20 0.0 1.& 50.0
2530.0 1.3891 0.00130 564.0 0.436 0.0164 3.3 0.25 0.005 0.860 9.0
2991.0 1.4425 0,00111 679.0 0.397 0.0197 2.2 0.30 0.010 0.723 2.0
3553.0 1.5141 0.000959 832.0 0.351 0.0213 1.26 0.35 0.020 0.600 0.5
4110.0 1.5938 0.000855 1000.o 0.310 0.0230 0.72 0.40 0.030 0.492 0.0
4544.0 1.6630 0.000795 1143.0 0.278 0.0244 0.444 0.45 0.045 0.392 0.4
4935.0 1.7315 0.000751 1265.0 0.246 0.0255 0.255 0.50 0.060 0.304 1.2
5255.0 1.7953 0.000720 1413.0 0.229 0.0265 0.155 0.60 0.110 0.154 4.0
5545.0 1.6540 0.000696 1530.0 0.210 0.0274 0.090 0.70 0.180 0.042 10.0
7000.O 2.1978 0.000600 225s.tl 0.109 C.0330 C.05Q Q.?s g.~~Q 0.0 40.0
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FRACTURE MODEL
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singlephase quasisteadystate fiow and the values
shown here are for transient countemwrent flow.
Calculating
A
u =—. . . . . . . . . . .$..,.,<,............ (38)
LVb ‘
36.6
=—. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,. . (39)
u L2
]
601
1
50 L I
. .., v~ues for u of 36.6 and 0.366 are obtained from
Thus.
this equation for the 1 and 10ft (0,3 and 3m) blocks.
Kazemi proposed an equation for u,
r I
0=4
(
111
—+—+—
L: L; L? )
, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (40)
o
●
●
●
1

● FRACTURE MODEL
30 MODEL
2 3
I
TIME, YEARS
Fig. 2Water imbibition reeovery, ltlft block.
GaalOil
Oil recovery from matrix blocks with gas in the fracttms
was modeled using a depletion mte of 0.75 psi/D (5.2
I&a). Initial ptessum was set equal to 5,540 psig (38
MPa). Gravity drainage is the primary producing
1
mechanism and occurs when the difference between oil ● FRACTURE MODEL
and gas densities times block height is greater than the 40  30 MODEL
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gas/oil capillary tlueshold pressure. 15Ultimate recovery *
corresponds to a saturation distribution whete capilla~ g 30
>
. and gmvity forces are equal. Recovery fmm the 1 and Q
10fi (0.3 and 3m) blocks vs. time is shown in Figs. 3 g 20
and 4. Ultimate tecovety for the 1ft (0.3m) block is
s
10%, which is obtained in fewer than 60 days, while 10 
ultimate tecovery for the Ioft (3m) block is equal to
46%, which is teached in 2.5 years. 0
Excellent agreement between recoveries from the 0 20 40 So So
single+ell fmcture model and the 3D values was ob TIME, DAYS
.. :4 ..using
tamcu
 u ...1..*. # ? n r! n (1? frw
VmUGa 01 &.U ~t,= .va
fh~ 1 ~0~ i~fi
.W. . .. . Fig. 3Gaa/oil drainage raeovary, lft block.
(0.3 and 3m) blocks, respectively. These geometric
coefficients were derived assuming lD vertical flowl
which chamcterizes the gravity drainage process. For
this case, L in Eq. 38 is evaluated as onehalf of the
matrix height and A is equal to the area of the base. The
singlecell fmctute model results wete obtained using
gadoil capillary pseudopressums as a function of both
gas saturation and pressure, and pseudo gaa/oil relative
permeabilities at the initial pmssum. Table 4 gives the
pseudodata at 5,545 psig (34 MI%).
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TABLE 4GASIOIL PSEUDODATA TABLE 5—GA!MOIL lMBIBITtON SCANNING CURVES
AT 5,545 paig AT 4,500 paig
cell fracture model and the detailed 3D model and given in Table 7 were used for both matrix/fmctum flow
tepmsents an excellent match. A geometric coefficient, and flow from one fracture cell to another. Timesteps
u, of 0.02 was used during the period in which the block wem calculated automatically using a maximum fractute
....
Wat
.SU1lUU1lUGU
... .. ..AAk.. . . . alms
Uy &Ia,
.A a. u U1
..+
n 9K ..,,..
w.Ad
,...l .,&a.
wait UmGU alLG1
cstilmtinn
.”. ..”..
rhmmm
...~
nf(l 11~ ad
“. “.”
an anrmn=nt
. ... . y~
mnximnrn
. 
cten
r
surrounding the block with water. In general, u is size of 20 days. A total of 81 timesteps were ~quired.
calculated in the model using the gas/oil value, Ug, if Water breakthrough for this example occumed after
S@ is equal to zero, Sti is greater than zero, and pOmis approximately 30 days, but water production remained
greater than pO~.Otherwise, u is calculated using the relatively low for the first 2 years because of imbibition
water/oil value, u ~. of water into the matrix rock and countercurrent flow of
r
::[ .~
●
a
UJ
:30
$
./ ● FRACTURE MODEL a20 ● FRACTURE MODEL
 30 MOOEL
 30 NOOEL
31 I
10 
I
0
o
{
1 2 3 4
o~o 1 2 3 4
TIME, YEARS TIME, YEARS
Fig. &Gas/oil drainage recovery, 104 block. Fig. 5Thraephaee, water imbibition recovev, 104t block.
oil into the fracture system. By the end of 1,200 days, ThreeDimensional Examples
water saturation in the fractwe at the injection cell was Several 3D, fieldscale examples are presented to
0.97 and water saturation in the matrix was 0.58. Similar demonstrate the utility of the model and to illustrate the
values were obtained by Kazemi et al. nature of fluid flow in fractured resewoirs. A linear sec
A comparison of water/oil ratio from this work with tion of reservoir between a production and injection well
that calculated by Kazemi et af. is shown in Fig. 6 and is was modeled in each example. Areally, the msewoir was
quite good considering that we used inteqrolated values divided into thee cress sections with widths of 800,400,
of dative permeability and capillary psessu~. and 800 ft (244, 122, and 244 m), respectively. Vertical
An additional run using a maximum step size of 3 ly, five layers each having a thickness of 50 fi ( 15.2 m)
months was made to test the stability of the model. The wexe used. In the x ditection, the resetvoir was divided
number of timesteps used in this run was 48 and the oil into ten 200fi (61m) grid blocks. Because of the sym
recovery from the two runs was essentially identical. met~ line through the wells, only onehalf of the reser
Both simulations presented here tequimd two iterations voir was actually modeled using a 10x2x 5 grid.
per timestep to converge to a pmssum tolemnce of 0.1 Matrix pmneability and porosity wem set equal to 1
psi (0.7 kPa) and the material balances wem 1.0000 for md and 0.29, and the effective fmcture permeability and
both water and oil at the end of the nuts. porosity were 10 md and 0.01, respectively. Matrix
PRODUCTION INJECTION
WELL WATEROIL EXAMPLE WSLL
5 FRACTURE 50% SW CONTOUR
+ J
0
o 1 2 3
TIME, YEARS
Fig. 6Kazemi’s fivespot example.
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Fig. 7Water/oil example fracture 50% S ~ contour.
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100 flowing bottomhole pressure of 7,400 psig (51.02 MPa)
●,O
was used to control water injection after pressure buildup
near the well. Total liquid rate was set equal to 4,000
/ STWD (636 m3 /d).
/
Water/oil rdative permeability and capillary pressure
for the matrix is shown in Table 3. We used straightline
/
fracture dative pemteabilities with zero and one as end
● points and capillaty pmssums equal to zero. Rock and
water/oil pseudocurves for this example are essentially
. /. :>.:
luenu~~1 iiUu
_A Ullly
.1.. ....1.
IVLfiW_...a”
VGS
aAG
 Wa *,..I .
oh. ...,”
SIIUWil. VV S, UU u
o
l_/ ●
, I I 1
center and outside cross sections at 1, 3, and 7 years are
shown in Fig. 7. Note the gravity segregation that occurs
0 2 4 6 8 10 in the fracture system, resulting in water undernmning
oil. Matrix saturation contouts are similar in shape and
TIME, YEARS illustrate the water/oil imbibition process for blocks sur
t Fig. SWater injection example. rounded by water.
Fig. 8 shows water cut vs. time for this example.
Water breakthrough occurred at approximately 1.5
years, Watercut increased gradually, having a value of
PRODUCTION INJECTION 56% at 6 years and 92% at 10 years.
WELL GAS  OIL EXAMPLE, WELL
Total recovery at the end of 10 years was 35 % OOIP.
This tecovery figure is essentially the same as that ob
tained in the 10ft (3m) water/oil singleblock study and
indicates that recovery is complete.
This example took 114 timesteps with an average of
2.18 itemtionslstep. The example was repeated using a
maximum satumticm change of 0.3 and a maximum
timestep size of 0.50 years. This run took 41 steps (3.1
itemtionslstep) with an avemge step size of 0.24 years.
Water cut at the end of 10 years was 90.5% and oil
recove~ was within 0.7% of the smaller timestep nm.
I 2 VEARS
—l
Water and oil material balances at the end of the mns
we~ both i .0000.
Gas Injion
In this example, 90% of the produced gas was tein
jected, resulting in partial pressure maintenance. Injec
tion rates wem based on gas production mtes at time n.
Initial production mte was setequal to 2,000 STB/D
Fig. 9Gardoil eXam@e.fMture WwSg contour. (318 m3/d) and a maximum drawdown of 150 psig (1
MPa) was applied to the well to simulate declining pro
duction with increasing GOR. Rock gas/oil relative
permeabilities and capillay pressutes are given in Table
blocks were assumed to be 10fi (3m) cubes. A detailed 3. Pseudocuwes were input as a function of both satura
list of fluid and reservoir propefiies is given in Table 2. tion and ptessuR, and twoway inteqmlation was used to
Initial pmsum in the reservoir was set equal to 6,200 calculate specific values. Data at 5,545 psig (38 MPa)
psig (43 MPa) at the center of Layer 1. Both wells were are shown in Table 4. We used a value of u equal to 0.02
perforated in all five layers. Layer productivity indices derived from the singleblock study for 104I (3m)
(excluding kr/Bp) wem set equal to 1.0 darcyft (0.3 m). blocks sumounded by gas.
Timesteps we~ controlled automatically using a max Injected gas in the fracture system near the well quick
imum salutation change of 0.10, an initial and minimum ly sammted the oil. Afier the free gas phase was formed,
step size of 0.01 year, and a maximum step size of 0.2 gravity segregation occurred with gas rapidly moving
J . . . . T~aM~Sq ~~~ ~n~re~s ftDrn.one step to the next
vt=ar ~cm~~~$e ~ep iayer of Lbemwrv~ir, Ga_sbM_kth_mugh
was limited to 1.5 times the previous step size. A resulted after only 0.2 years, and, by the end of 1 year,
pressure tolerance of 0.5 psi (3.45 kPa) was used in dl the gas saturation in the top producing cell was 0.12.
mns. Saturation of the matrix blocks took considembly longer,
with some of the bottom blocks becoming saturated only
Water Injection after the memoir pnessure was reduced to the original
In this example, water was injected into the nxervoir at bubblepoint pressure of 5,545 psig (38 MPa). Contours
an initial rate of 7,000 B/D (1113 m3 /d). A maximum of 50 % gas saturation at 2,4, and 8 years for the fracture
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1/
GOR increased sharply after 3 years’ operation and m
reached a value of 118,000 scf/STB (21 254 std 1
m3/stocktank m3) after 9 years. Average pressure in <100000
&
the reservoir at this time was approximately 3.500 psig Q
/
(24 MPa). Oil recovery after 9 years was 15.4%. 0
This mn took a total of71 timeste~s, averaging 3 itera
~ 80000
tions/step, corresponding to an avemge step ~ize of 0.13 t ●
4
I
years. = 60000
~
Gas and Water Injection o J
& 40000
The effect of gas injection for a period of time followed a
a
by water injection is demonstrated in this example. The
first 4 years’ simulation are identical to the gas injection 20000 /“
example presented earlier. By the end of 4 years, the /“
GOR in the producing well had risen to approximately
13,000 scf/STB (2342 std m 3/stocktank m 3), and the 0 ..4”’1 ‘ I I I
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average pressure had dropped to 4,700 psig (32 MPa).
TIME, YEARS
Starting at the end of the fowth year, the injection well
was switched fmm as to water injection at a rate of Fig. 10—Gas injection example.
7,000 B/D (1113 m ! /d). A maximum flowing BHP of
6,000 psig (41 MPa) was employed. At the producing
well, a minimum bottomhole flowing pmssun of 4,300
psig (30 MPa) and a maximum drawdown of 150 psig ( 1
MPa) were applied.
Following the initiation of water injection, the GOR at
80
the producing well declined sharply (Fig. 11), until it
reached approximately 1,350 scf/STB (243.2 std
m3/stocktank m3), corresponding to solution GOR.
Water breakthrough in the producing well occumd in
approximately 1.5 yearn.
Residual gas for this example was calculated using
Land’s equation with a C value of 2.667. Thus, a matrix
block with a maximum gas saturation of 0.30 would
have a midual gas saturation of approximately 0.17 024681012 1416
TIME, YEARS
after water imbibition at constant pressure. Gas satura
tion contours in the matrix blocks at 10 years am shown Fig. 1lThreephaee example.
in Fig. 12. This figure illustmtes the higher trapped gas
at the top of the resemoir where significant gravity
dminage had occtmed. Oil recove~ at the end of 16
years was equal to 33.8 ?4 and the water cut was equal to
75%. PRODUCTION INJECTION
WELL THREE PHASE EXAMPLE, WELL
The 12 years of water flooding in this example took ? MATRIX 10% Sg CONTOUR AT 10 YEARS 1
i48 timesteps using a maximum fmcture saturation .
change of 0.1, and 99 timesteps using a maximum frac
NR salutation change of 0.2. In the latter run, fmm 6 to
16 years the timestep size was limited by the maximum
step size of 0.2 years. The number of iterations per
timestep for the two mns was 2.6 and 3.1, respectively.
Oil recoveries fmm the two runs were within 0.3%.
Discussion
Itis interesting to compare the mcove~ from the loft
~... .
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(3m) singleblock run surrounded by gas with the
recovery from the 3D fieldscale gas injection simula
tion. The singleblock example resulted in an ultimate I
recovery of 47 %, while the 3D field example recovered
only 15%. The primary reason for this disparity is that
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gas segregation to the top of the reservoir allowed only
the upper part of the formation to dtain oil. Also, gassing 4
zones in the lower pat of the memoir potentially could Fig. 12Threephaee example, matrix 10% Sg contour at 10
imbibe oil. years.
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To study the effect of better gas coverage, which D= depth measured positive downward,
might be obtained in a muitiiayereci reservoir with ft (in)
limited crussflow, an additional run was “madeusing a f= fractional flow
vettical/horizontal permeability ratio of 0.1. This run ex k= formation permeability, md
hibited less gravity segregation than the previous one, k, = dative permeability
but as a result of early gas breakthrough in all layetw L = length, ft (m)
recove~ was only 10.7% by the time a 100.000 GOR
N= number of normal sets of fractures
was reached after only after 6 years’ operation.
p= pressute, psia (kPa)
Oil recovery from the waterinjection example was
~~~nti~!!y Lie ~atrn.ess ~h~ @!eblock results, in p= = capillary pressure, psi (kPa)
dicating that gravity segregation was not a significant pi = vector of unknowns
problem for this case and that good vefiical and anxd Ps = saturation pressure, psia (kPa)
coverage by water wem obtained. Pwf = flowing bottomhole pressure, psia
The 3D, theephase example illustmtes the effect of (kPa)
trapped gas on oil recovery. By the end of 12 years’ q = production rate, STB/D or scf/D (std
water injection following 4 years’ gas injection, a m3Id)
recovery almost equal to uitimate water flood recovery
qT = total production rote, RB/D (res
was ~ached. The water cut at this time was 75% and
m3 Id)
ultimate recovery was projected to ‘be37%. Resuits from
qmF = matrix/fmcture flow, STB/D or scf/D
the timephase singleblock run indicated 47%
recove~. Obviously, this value of recovery can be ob (std m3/d)
tained in a fieldscale project only if complete gas R, = solution gadoil ratio, scf/STB (std
coverage is attained prior to waterflooding and if m3/m3)
pressure is not increased to a level where the residual gas s = saturation, fraction
goes back into solution. s@ = maximum gas sanuation for
hysteresis calculation
Conclusions t = time, days
This paper ptesents the development of a 3D, three T = fmctwe transmissibility, 0.001127
phase model for simulating the flow of fluids in a (kA/L)bkJp, STBIDpsi
naturally fractured reservoir. There a~ four specific ad
[2.6 (10 ‘5) (kA/L)bkr/~,
vancements in this work.
ml m
 .. 3 Id.
— ~_Pa]
1. We describe a highly stable fommlation that tteats
both fracture flow and matrix fracture flow implicitly in v~ = bulk volume, res bbl (res m3)
pressure, water satumtion, gas saturation, and satmation Vp = pore volume, res bbl (ms m3)
pressulw w= fiactum width, cm (in.)
2. The implicit treatment of matrixhcture flow X,y,z = Cartesian cocmhates
nmcmntd
p
hm
...=
r~n
=.
hP
.
rwwfnrmed
~....._
W~Lh ~S.~n~~i~ aO ad Y= specific weight, psi/ft (kPa/m)
ditional work per iteration compamd to the sequential ap & = iteration difference, &=xk+ 1xk
proach used by Kazemi et af. and results in a more stable 3 = time step difference,
and ei%cient model. a=ai=xn+[ +Xn
3. The matrix/fmcture flow equation developed in this At= time increment, rn+ 1 tn
paper accurately matches detailed simulations of two
A(TAp) = AX(TXAXP)
phase, water/oil and gas/oil flow processes as well as
+Ay(TyAyP)+AZ(TZAZP)
threephase flow. Provisions are included for modeling
the gravity term, for properiy calculating dative A(TXAXP) = Ti+%(pi+l pi) TilA@i–pil)
petmeabilities as a function of both up and downstream A = matrix/fmcture tmnsmissibility,
conditions and hysteresis, and for evaluating the ap S’ITI/Dpsi (m3/d. kPa)
propriate geometric factor depending on the environment viscosity, cp (Pa. S)
of the fracnue system. density, iiimicu tl (kghn3 j
4. We give two and threephase, 3D examples that matrix shape factor, l/sq ft (1/m2 ) or
demonstrate the utility of the model and provide insight surface tension, dyne/cm (mN/m)
into the nature of multiphase flow in natukally fractured porosity
resemoirs. @i = porosity at initial conditions, fraction
Nomenclature
A = ma, sq fi (m*) superscripts
b = formation volume factor, STWRB or k = iteration level
# = derivative at kth iteration level
scf/RB (m3 /m3)
B = fortnation volume factor, RB/STB or
RB/scf (m3/m3) subscripts
C = accumulation term pmiai derivatives e = effective
~ = ~Q~P~.~~ihi!i~, ‘Qi/vQi~i f = fmctufe or fomkation
(vol/vol” kPa) g = gas
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i? J* k = grid block indices mulation offers definite advantages over a strictly se
m = matrix quential approach, especiall for conventional nonfrac
n = time step level tured resetvoir simulation. #
o = oil Matrix/Fracture Transfer
r = residual
In addition to flow contributions from capillary ptessure,
s = saturation pressure
gravity, and viscous forces within matrix blocks,
w= water
matrix/fracture flow may result fmm a pressure gtadient
across the matrix block and from diffusion of gas fmm a
Acknowledgments satutated ftactttre cell to an undemammted matrix block
We thank Phillips Petroleum Co. for permission to during gas injection. Inclusion of these terms in the
publish this paper. matrix/ftactute flow equations results in the following
equations.
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APPENDIX written as
SemiImplicit Formulation
A semiimplicit formulation, which uses the implicit K.A m+KfAf
matrix/fractute flow described in the text and an implicit K,= (A5)
fmctttte solution for presswe and gas saturation or A “ ““”””””””””””””””
samration pressure followed by a sequential water
calculation, also is included in the model. This formula The term A represents the area included by one face of
tion is adequate for many twophase water/oil problems the matrix block plus the minor area corresponding to
and cart be used for some timephase studies. This for onehalf fracture width surrounding the matrix block.
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For W< <L, S1 Metric Conversion Factors
bbl X 1.589873 E–01 = m3
Af 2W Cp x 1.0* E03 = Paes
—=— . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A6) CU ft X 2.831 685 E02 = m3
AL
dyne x 1.0* E02 = mN
and ft X 3.048* E01 = m
in. x 2.54* E+OO = cm
K, =Km +KfA/A Ibm x 4.535924 E–01 = kg
psi X 6.894 757 E+OO = kpa
W3 scf x 2.863 WI E02 = std m3
=K~+l.69(1010)—. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A7)
L
Fracture porosity for this system is equal to “Convemon factofm exam SPEJ
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