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Title: Influence of small-scale fluvial architecture on CO 2 trapping processes in deep brine reservoirs

Abstract

A number of important candidate CO 2 reservoirs exhibit sedimentary architecture reflecting fluvial deposition. Recent studies have led to new conceptual and quantitative models for sedimentary architecture in fluvial deposits over a range of scales that are relevant to CO 2 injection and storage. We used a geocellular modeling approach to represent this multiscaled and hierarchical sedimentary architecture. With this model, we investigated the dynamics of CO 2 plumes, during and after injection, in such reservoirs. The physical mechanism of CO 2 trapping by capillary trapping incorporates a number of related processes, i.e., residual trapping, trapping due to hysteresis of the relative permeability, and trapping due to hysteresis of the capillary pressure. Additionally, CO 2 may be trapped due to differences in capillary entry pressure for different textural sedimentary facies (e.g., coarser-grained versus finer-grained cross sets). The amount of CO 2 trapped by these processes depends upon a complex system of nonlinear and hysteretic characteristic relationships including how relative permeability and capillary pressure vary with brine and CO 2 saturation. The results strongly suggest that representing small-scale features (decimeter to meter), including their organization within a hierarchy of larger-scale features, and representing their differences in characteristic relationships can all bemore » critical to understanding trapping processes in some important candidate CO 2 reservoirs.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH (United States). Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States). Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Inst.
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Center for Geologic Storage of CO2 (GSCO2)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1371115
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012504
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Water Resources Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: 10; Related Information: GSCO2 partners with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (lead); National Energy Technology Laboratory; Schlumberger; SINTEF; Stiftelsen Norsar; Texas Tech University; University of Notre Dame; University of Southern California; University of Texas at Austin; Wright State University; Journal ID: ISSN 0043-1397
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; defects; mechanical behavior; carbon sequestration; mesostructured materials

Citation Formats

Gershenzon, Naum I., Ritzi, Robert W., Dominic, David F., Soltanian, Mohamadreza, Mehnert, Edward, and Okwen, Roland T. Influence of small-scale fluvial architecture on CO2 trapping processes in deep brine reservoirs. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1002/2015WR017638.
Gershenzon, Naum I., Ritzi, Robert W., Dominic, David F., Soltanian, Mohamadreza, Mehnert, Edward, & Okwen, Roland T. Influence of small-scale fluvial architecture on CO2 trapping processes in deep brine reservoirs. United States. doi:10.1002/2015WR017638.
Gershenzon, Naum I., Ritzi, Robert W., Dominic, David F., Soltanian, Mohamadreza, Mehnert, Edward, and Okwen, Roland T. Mon . "Influence of small-scale fluvial architecture on CO2 trapping processes in deep brine reservoirs". United States. doi:10.1002/2015WR017638. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1371115.
@article{osti_1371115,
title = {Influence of small-scale fluvial architecture on CO2 trapping processes in deep brine reservoirs},
author = {Gershenzon, Naum I. and Ritzi, Robert W. and Dominic, David F. and Soltanian, Mohamadreza and Mehnert, Edward and Okwen, Roland T.},
abstractNote = {A number of important candidate CO2 reservoirs exhibit sedimentary architecture reflecting fluvial deposition. Recent studies have led to new conceptual and quantitative models for sedimentary architecture in fluvial deposits over a range of scales that are relevant to CO2 injection and storage. We used a geocellular modeling approach to represent this multiscaled and hierarchical sedimentary architecture. With this model, we investigated the dynamics of CO2 plumes, during and after injection, in such reservoirs. The physical mechanism of CO2 trapping by capillary trapping incorporates a number of related processes, i.e., residual trapping, trapping due to hysteresis of the relative permeability, and trapping due to hysteresis of the capillary pressure. Additionally, CO2 may be trapped due to differences in capillary entry pressure for different textural sedimentary facies (e.g., coarser-grained versus finer-grained cross sets). The amount of CO2 trapped by these processes depends upon a complex system of nonlinear and hysteretic characteristic relationships including how relative permeability and capillary pressure vary with brine and CO2 saturation. The results strongly suggest that representing small-scale features (decimeter to meter), including their organization within a hierarchy of larger-scale features, and representing their differences in characteristic relationships can all be critical to understanding trapping processes in some important candidate CO2 reservoirs.},
doi = {10.1002/2015WR017638},
journal = {Water Resources Research},
number = 10,
volume = 51,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {9}
}

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