Maximum Recoverable Gas from Hydrate Bearing Sediments by Depressurization
KAUST DepartmentEarth Science and Engineering Program
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AbstractThe estimation of gas production rates from hydrate bearing sediments requires complex numerical simulations. This manuscript presents a set of simple and robust analytical solutions to estimate the maximum depressurization-driven recoverable gas. These limiting-equilibrium solutions are established when the dissociation front reaches steady state conditions and ceases to expand further. Analytical solutions show the relevance of (1) relative permeabilities between the hydrate free sediment, the hydrate bearing sediment, and the aquitard layers, and (2) the extent of depressurization in terms of the fluid pressures at the well, at the phase boundary, and in the far field. Close form solutions for the size of the produced zone allow for expeditious financial analyses; results highlight the need for innovative production strategies in order to make hydrate accumulations an economically-viable energy resource. Horizontal directional drilling and multi-wellpoint seafloor dewatering installations may lead to advantageous production strategies in shallow seafloor reservoirs.
CitationTerzariol M, Goldsztein G, Santamarina JC (2017) Maximum Recoverable Gas from Hydrate Bearing Sediments by Depressurization. Energy. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2017.11.076.
SponsorsSupport for this research was provided by the USA Department of Energy, with additional funding by the KAUST endowment. G. E Abelskamp edited this manuscript.