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Numerical modelling of CO2 injection at small-scale field experimental site in Maguelone, France
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
Univ Montpellier 2, Geosci Montpellier CNRS UMR 5243, Cc 060 Bat 22,Pl Eugene Bataillon, F-34095 Montpellier 05, France..
Univ Montpellier 2, Geosci Montpellier CNRS UMR 5243, Cc 060 Bat 22,Pl Eugene Bataillon, F-34095 Montpellier 05, France..
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, ISSN 1750-5836, E-ISSN 1878-0148, Vol. 54, 200-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To evaluate the performance of downhole and surface geophysical monitoring methods, a series of shallow gas injection-monitoring experiments has been performed in a coastal saline aquifer at Maguelone, France. The recorded data include pressure measurements with a Westbay multilevel completion and CO2 saturation at an observation well derived from electrical resistivity with a modified Waxman-Smits (MWS) model. In this work, the aim is to develop a simulation model capturing the gas transport behavior and consistent with field data. For this purpose, the simulation of the CO2 injection experiment is carried out with two conceptual models, a homogeneous model and a heterogeneous model treated with multiple realization Monte Carlo simulations. Numerical simulator TOUGH2 with the equation of state module EOS7C is used for the simulations. Comparison of the model results with field data suggests that the pressure responses are captured with relatively good accuracy. Similarly, the model also provides an overall reasonable agreement and correct order of magnitude for predicted gas saturation values. However, as the heterogeneity pattern in the field data remains largely unknown, the model predictions can only be used to capture the mean behavior as well as to provide insights into how heterogeneity can influence the system behavior, by means of sensitivity analyses of the influence of heterogeneities on individual realizations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 54, 200-210 p.
Keyword [en]
CO2 storage, CO2 injection, Shallow aquifer, Downhole and pressure monitoring, Numerical simulation, Heterogeneity, Electrical resistivity, Downhole geophysical monitoring
National Category
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311204DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.09.006ISI: 000387781500015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-311204DiVA: diva2:1059036
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 227286 309367
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2017-02-23
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1. Process Models for CO2 Migration and Leakage: Gas Transport, Pore-Scale Displacement and Effects of Impurities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Process Models for CO2 Migration and Leakage: Gas Transport, Pore-Scale Displacement and Effects of Impurities
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Geological Carbon Storage (GCS) is considered as one of the key techniques to reduce the rate of atmospheric emissions of CO2 and thereby to contribute to controlling the global warming. A successful application of a GCS project requires the capability of the formation to trap CO2 for a long term. In this context, processes related to CO2 trapping and also possible leakage of CO2 to the near surface environment need to be understood. The overall aim of this thesis is to understand the flow and transport of CO2 through porous media in the context of geological storage of CO2. The entire range of scales, including the pore scale, the laboratory scale, the field experiment scale and the industrial scale of CO2 injection operation are addressed, and some of the key processes investigated by means of experiments and modeling.  First, a numerical model and laboratory experimental setup were developed to investigate the CO2 gas flow, mimicking the system in the near-surface conditions in case a leak from the storage formation should occur. The system specifically addressed the coupled flow and mass transport of gaseous CO2 both in the porous domain as well as the free flow domain above it. The comparison of experiments and modelling results showed a very good agreement indicating that the model developed can be applied to evaluate monitoring and surface detection of potential CO2 leakage. Second, the field scale CO2 injection test carried out in a shallow aquifer in Maguelone, France was analyzed and modeled. The results showed that Monte Carlo simulations accounting for the heterogeneity effects of the permeability field did capture the key observations of the monitoring data, while a homogeneous model could not represent them. Third, a numerical model based on phase-field method was developed and model simulations carried out addressing the effect of wettability on CO2-brine displacement at the pore-scale. The results show that strongly water-wet reservoirs provide a better potential for the dissolution trapping, due to the increase of interface between CO2 and brine with very low contact angles. The results further showed that strong water-wet conditions also imply a strong capillary effect, which is important for residual trapping of CO2. Finally, numerical model development and model simulations were carried out to address the large scale geological storage of CO2 in the presence of impurity gases in the CO2 rich phase. The results showed that impurity gases N2 and CH4 affected the spatial distribution of the gas (the supercritical CO2 rich phase), and a larger volume of reservoir is needed in comparison to the pure CO2 injection scenario. In addition, the solubility trapping significantly increased in the presence of N2 and CH4

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uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017. 55 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1479
Keyword
Geological Carbon Storage, CO2 leakage, Field experiment, Laboratory experiment design, Multi-phase flow, Heterogeneity, Wettability, Pore-scale modeling, Impurity gases
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Research subject
Hydrology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-315490 (URN)978-91-554-9824-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-04-07, Hambergsalen, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-16 Created: 2017-02-14 Last updated: 2017-03-20

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