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Title: Determining Coalbed Methane Production and Composition from Individual Stacked Coal Seams in a Multi-Zone Completed Gas Well

Abstract

This work proposes a novel and cost-effective approach to determine coalbed methane (CBM) production and composition from individual coal seams in a multi-zone completed CBM well. The novel method uses water to cover individual coal seams in a low pressure CBM well followed by an Echometer fluid level survey to determine the water level. Corresponding gas flow measurements and natural gas chromatography analysis are used to determine gas production and composition from unique zones. A field test using this technology is conducted in Central Appalachia for a multi-zone CBM well containing 18 coal seams. Test results show that the shallow coal seams contribute the majority of the total CBM production in this multi-zone well, and the deeper coal seams contain more heavy hydrocarbons like ethane and propane.

Authors:
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  1. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States). Dept. of Mining and Minerals Engineering. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research Center
  2. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States). Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research Center
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
OSTI Identifier:
1509860
Grant/Contract Number:  
FE0006827
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Energies (Basel)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Energies (Basel); Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1996-1073
Publisher:
MDPI AG
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; multi-zone CBM well; CBM production; CBM composition

Citation Formats

Ripepi, Nino, Louk, Kyle, Amante, Joseph, Schlosser, Charlies, Tang, Xu, and Gilliland, Ellen. Determining Coalbed Methane Production and Composition from Individual Stacked Coal Seams in a Multi-Zone Completed Gas Well. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.3390/en10101533.
Ripepi, Nino, Louk, Kyle, Amante, Joseph, Schlosser, Charlies, Tang, Xu, & Gilliland, Ellen. Determining Coalbed Methane Production and Composition from Individual Stacked Coal Seams in a Multi-Zone Completed Gas Well. United States. doi:10.3390/en10101533.
Ripepi, Nino, Louk, Kyle, Amante, Joseph, Schlosser, Charlies, Tang, Xu, and Gilliland, Ellen. Mon . "Determining Coalbed Methane Production and Composition from Individual Stacked Coal Seams in a Multi-Zone Completed Gas Well". United States. doi:10.3390/en10101533. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1509860.
@article{osti_1509860,
title = {Determining Coalbed Methane Production and Composition from Individual Stacked Coal Seams in a Multi-Zone Completed Gas Well},
author = {Ripepi, Nino and Louk, Kyle and Amante, Joseph and Schlosser, Charlies and Tang, Xu and Gilliland, Ellen},
abstractNote = {This work proposes a novel and cost-effective approach to determine coalbed methane (CBM) production and composition from individual coal seams in a multi-zone completed CBM well. The novel method uses water to cover individual coal seams in a low pressure CBM well followed by an Echometer fluid level survey to determine the water level. Corresponding gas flow measurements and natural gas chromatography analysis are used to determine gas production and composition from unique zones. A field test using this technology is conducted in Central Appalachia for a multi-zone CBM well containing 18 coal seams. Test results show that the shallow coal seams contribute the majority of the total CBM production in this multi-zone well, and the deeper coal seams contain more heavy hydrocarbons like ethane and propane.},
doi = {10.3390/en10101533},
journal = {Energies (Basel)},
number = 10,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {10}
}

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Figure 1 Figure 1: Simplified procedures for determining gas production and composition of each coal seam (groups A, B and C) from a multi-seam coalbed methane (CBM) well.

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