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Title: The impacts of effective stress and CO 2 sorption on the matrix permeability of shale reservoir rocks [The impacts of CO 2 sorption and effective stress on the matrix permeability of shale reservoir rocks]

We assess the impacts of effective stress and CO 2 sorption on the bedding-parallel matrix permeability of the Utica shale through pressure pulse-decay experiments. We first measure permeability using argon at relatively high (14.6 MPa) and low (2.8 MPa) effective stresses to assess both pressure dependence and recoverability. We subsequently measure permeability using supercritical CO 2 and again using argon to assess changes due to CO 2 sorption. We find that injection of both argon and supercritical CO 2 reduces matrix permeability in distinct fashion. Samples with permeability higher than 10 –20 m 2 experience a large permeability reduction after treatment with argon, but a minor change after treatment with supercritical CO 2. However, samples with permeability lower than this threshold undergo a slight change after treatment with argon, but a dramatic reduction after treatment with supercritical CO 2. These results indicate that effective stress plays an important role in the evolution of relatively permeable facies, while CO 2 sorption dominates the change of ultra-low permeability facies. The permeability reduction due to CO 2 sorption varies inversely with initial permeability, which suggests that increased surface area from hydraulic stimulation with CO 2 may be counteracted by sorption effects in ultra-lowmore » permeability facies. As a result, we develop a conceptual model to explain how CO 2 sorption induces porosity reduction and volumetric expansion to constrict fluid flow pathways in shale reservoir rocks.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
  2. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
  3. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-76SF00515
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Fuel
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 203; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0016-2361
Publisher:
Elsevier
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; shale matrix; permeability evolution; supercritical CO2; effective stress; hydraulic fracturing
OSTI Identifier:
1369242