Experimental investigation on the impact of connate water salinity on dispersion coefficient in consolidated rocks cores during enhanced gas recovery by CO2 injection

Abba, MK ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9333-5277, Al-Otaibi, A, Abbas, AJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0709-1713, Nasr, GG ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7913-5802 and Abdulkadir, M 2018, 'Experimental investigation on the impact of connate water salinity on dispersion coefficient in consolidated rocks cores during enhanced gas recovery by CO2 injection' , Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 60 , pp. 190-201.

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Abstract

Connate water salinity is a vital property of the reservoir and its influence on the displacement efficiency cannot be overemphasised. Despite the numerous analytical literatures on the dispersion behaviour of CO2 in CH4 at different parametric conditions, studies have so far been limited to systematic effects of the process while parameters such as connate water salinity of the reservoir has not been given much attention and this could redefine the CO2-CH4 interactions in the reservoir. This study aims to experimentally determine the effect of connate water salinity on the dispersion coefficient in consolidated porous media under reservoir conditions. A laboratory core flooding experiment depicting the detailed process of the CO2-CH4 displacement using Grey Berea sandstone core sample at a temperature of 50°C and at a pressure of 1300 psig was carried out to determine the optimum injection rate, from 0.2-0.5 ml/min, for the experimentation based on dispersion coefficients and methane recovery in the horizontal orientation. This was established to be 0.3 ml/min. At the same conditions, the effects of connate water saturation of 10% and a salinity of 0 (distilled water), 5, and 10% wt. with a CO2 injection rate of 0.3 ml/min on the dispersion coefficients was investigated. The results from the core flooding process indicated that the dispersion coefficient decreases with increasing salinity, hence the higher the density of the immobile phase (connate water) the lower the dispersion of CO2 into CH4. This is a significant finding given that the inclusion of the connate water and its salinity have an effect on the mixing of the gases in the core sample and should be given importance and included during simulation studies for field scale applications of Enhanced Gas Recovery (EGR). This is the first experimental investigation into the relationship between the connate water salinity and the dispersion coefficient in consolidated porous media.

Keywords: Enhanced Gas Recovery; Dispersion Coefficient; Connate water Salinity; CO2 sequestration

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1875-5100
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Depositing User: MK Abba
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 12:46
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 15:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48659

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