Alternating N2 gas injection as a potential technique for enhanced gas recovery and CO2 storage in consolidated rocks : an experimental study

Mohammed, NUHU ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7679-8889, Abubakar, AJ, Godpower, EC, Suleiman, SM ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2098-8645, Edem, DE and Abba, MK 2020, 'Alternating N2 gas injection as a potential technique for enhanced gas recovery and CO2 storage in consolidated rocks : an experimental study' , Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology .

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Abstract

The promotion of enhanced gas recovery (EGR) and CO2 storage is still shrouded in contention, and is not well accepted, due to the excessive in-situ CO2 mixing with the nascent natural gas. This adulterates the recovered CH4 and thus, results in a high sweetening process cost thereby making the technique impractical. This has not only limited the field application of EGR in actual projects to a few trails but renders it uneconomical. This study aims to present, experimentally, alternating N2 injection as a potential technique for EGR and CO2 storage in sandstone rock cores. A laboratory core flooding experiment was carried out to simulate a detailed process of unsteady-state methane (CH4) displacement using Bandera gray core plug. This was carried out at 40 0C, 1500 psig, and 0.4 ml/min injection rate by alternative injection of N2 and CO2 in succession designed to suit the application based on optimum operating conditions. The results show that both CO2 storage capacity and CH4 recovery improved significantly when gas alternating gas (GAG) injection was considered. The best results were observed at lower N2 cushion volumes (1 and 2 PV). Therefore, the GAG injection method with N2 as cushion gas can potentially increase both CO2 storage and CH4 recovery of the gas reservoir. This technique if employed will assert the current position and provide vital information for further researches aimed at promoting environmental sustainability and economic viability of the EGR and CO2 sequestration processes.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 2190-0558
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Funders: Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)
Depositing User: NUHU Mohammed
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 11:21
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 13:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57256

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