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Title: Differential retention and release of CO 2 and CH 4 in kerogen nanopores: Implications for gas extraction and carbon sequestration

Methane (CH 4) and carbon dioxide (CO 2), the two major components generated from kerogen maturation, are stored dominantly in nanometer-sized pores in shale matrix as (1) a compressed gas, (2) an adsorbed surface species and/or (3) a species dissolved in pore water (H 2O). In addition, supercritical CO 2 has been proposed as a fracturing fluid for simultaneous enhanced oil/gas recovery (EOR) and carbon sequestration. A mechanistic understanding of CH 4-CO 2-H 2O interactions in shale nanopores is critical for designing effective operational processes. Using molecular simulations, we show that kerogen preferentially retains CO 2 over CH 4 and that the majority of CO 2 either generated during kerogen maturation or injected in EOR will remain trapped in the kerogen matrix. The trapped CO 2 may be released only if the reservoir pressure drops below the supercritical CO 2 pressure. When water is present in the kerogen matrix, it may block CH 4 release. Furthermore, the addition of CO 2 may enhance CH 4 release because CO 2 can diffuse through water and exchange for adsorbed methane in the kerogen nanopores.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Carlsbad, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0016-2361; 660339
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Journal Volume: 220; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0016-2361
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
03 NATURAL GAS; Organic matter; Kerogen; Nanoscale transport; Shale gas; Carbon sequestration
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