An Analysis of Reservoir Production Strategies in Miscible and Immiscible Gas Injection Projects
Successful design and implementation of a miscible gas injection project depends upon the minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) and other factors such as reservoir and fluid characterization. The experimental methods available for determining MMP are both costly and time consuming. Therefore, the use of correlations that prove to be reliable for a wide range of fluid types would likely be considered acceptable for preliminary screening studies. This work includes a comparative evaluation of MMP correlations and thermodynamic models using an equation of state by PVTsim software (Schlumberger, 2001a). We observed that none of the evaluated MMP correlations studied in this investigation is sufficiently reliable. EOSbased analytical methods seemed to be more conservative in predicting MMP values. Following an acceptable estimate of MMP, several compositional simulation runs were conducted to determine the sensitivity of the oil recovery to variations in injection pressure (at pressures above, equal to and below the estimated MMP), stratification and mobility ratio parameters in miscible and immiscible gas injection projects. Simulation results indicated that injection pressure was a key parameter that affects oil recovery to a high degree. MMP determined to be the optimum injection pressure. Stratification and mobility ratio could also affect the recovery efficiency of the reservoir in a variety of ways.
Key words: Reservoir production; Miscible gas injection; Immiscible gas; Minimum miscibility pressure
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