Quantitative dependence of CH4-CO2 dispersion on immobile water fraction

Marco Zecca, Sarah J. Vogt, Abdolvahab Honari, Gongkui Xiao, Einar O. Fridjonsson, Eric F. May, Michael L. Johns

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Enhanced Gas Recovery (EGR) involves CO2 injection into natural gas reservoirs to both increase gas recovery and trap CO2. EGR viability can be determined by reservoir simulations; however, these require a description of fluid dispersion (mixing) between the supercritical CO2 and natural gas. Here, this dispersivity (α) in sandstone rock plugs as a function of residual water fraction is quantified. To ensure the accuracy of such data, a novel core flooding experimental protocol that ensured an even spatial distribution of water was designed, minimized erroneous entry/exit contributions to mixing, and minimized dissolution of the CO2 into the water phase. Dispersivity was found to increase significantly with water content, although the differences in α between sandstones were eliminated upon the inclusion of residual water. This enabled development of a correlation between α and water content and, hence, between the dispersion coefficient and Peclet number that is readily incorporable into reservoir simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5159-5168
Number of pages10
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


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