Performance Analysis of Enhanced Gas Recovery Approach

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Chattogram, Bangladesh


Production of massive gas fields in Bangladesh is nearing to be ended in the near future.As global energy demands rise due to the rising population and rapid urbanization, maximizing available resources use has become essential. Therefore, preparing the field’s measurement to extend the field’s lifetime needs to get attention. One such measure is enhanced gas recovery (EGR); it is a potential technique to maximize the efficiency of the recovery process, which utilizes fracturing, water flooding, and gas injections to increase gas production. In this study, a simulation of the performance of three EGR techniques with linear, triangular, and corner injection well placements is presented; and thereby, the simulation results of the techniques are analyzed. Simulation of water flooding, CO2 injection, and WAG (water alternating CO2 gas) techniques are performed to evaluate the performance of the reservoir under these injections. A suggestion has been provided in favor of the suitable approach among them. The performances are evaluated based on two factors: the amount of additional gas which has been recovered and the quality of the produced gas. After analyzing the results for each case scenario, it is concluded that CO2 injection can be applied to increase natural gas recovery up to 24.55% more than the base case model. In comparison, the water flooding and WAG models contributed 16.57% and 8% more gas recovery, respectively. The EGR techniques are simulated using the GASWAT feature in the fully implicit formulation of the E300 compositional simulator, a tool of the ECLIPSE suite. Finally, by analyzing the performances of three EGR techniques, this simulation study suggests the CO2 injection model as the most suitable EGR technique over the water flooding and WAG models in terms of more gas recovery.


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