Modeling of three dimensional channeling flow within the Yufutsu oil/gas field

Takuya Ishibashi, Noriaki Watanabe, Tetsuya Tamagawa, Noriyoshi Tsuchiya

研究成果: Paper査読


In a fractured reservoir, three dimensional (3-D) preferential flow paths are likely to be formed (i.e. 3-D channeling flow) due to the heterogeneous aperture distributions of individual fractures. However, to date there is no practical modeling method that precisely maps the 3-D channeling flow. In this study, we developed a novel method to analyze and predict channeling flow in an actual fractured reservoir, where a novel discrete fracture network (DFN) model simulator, GeoFlow, is used. In GeoFlow, heterogeneous aperture distributions are given for individual rock fractures depending on their scale and shear displacement under confining stress. By using GeoFlow, fluid flow is simulated for a fractured reservoir of the Yufutsu oil/gas fields, where we can observe an interesting phenomenon that the difference in productivity between two neighboring wells is three-orders-of-magnitude. This phenomenon can be reproduced only with the GeoFlow model, which strongly supports the idea that the three-orders-of-magnitude difference in productivity is mainly caused by the occurrence of 3-D channeling flow within the reservoir. Specifically, the impact of 3-D channeling flow on well production is expected to be significant in the domain where the degree of fracture connectivity is relatively limited. The contacting asperities within such a domain play a significant role as a resistance for 3-D preferential flow paths and, as a result, it is difficult of the flow paths to be maintained consistently.

出版ステータスPublished - 2014
イベント20th Formation Evaluation Symposium of Japan 2014 - Chiba, Japan
継続期間: 2014 10 12014 10 2


Other20th Formation Evaluation Symposium of Japan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 地質学
  • エネルギー工学および電力技術
  • 経済地質学
  • 地球化学および岩石学
  • 地盤工学および土木地質学


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