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|Title:||Productivity index enhancement by wettability alteration in two-phase compressible flows|
|Citation:||Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 2018; 50:101-114|
|Saurabh Naik, Zhenjiang You, Pavel Bedrikovetsky|
|Abstract:||Water blocking due to the capillary end effect near the wellbore vicinity creates significant formation damage and decreases well productivity for oil and gas. The alteration of the rock wettability by a chemical well treatment is an effective way to reduce water blockage and enhance oil and gas production. Presently, several surfactants and nanofluids are used in the industry for contact angle alteration. After the treatment, the porous medium in the well vicinity (or along the core) has stepwise contact angle. The previous paper (Naik et al., 2015) develops analytical models for incompressible steady-state two-phase linear and axi-symmetric flows, accounting for the piecewise constant contact angle and contact-angle-dependent capillary pressure and relative permeability. The current paper adds the effect of compressibility, which is particularly important for high rate gas wells and wells in unconventional and tight-sand reservoirs. The obtained semi-analytical model has been validated by comparison with a set of laboratory coreflood tests. The modelling reveals a complex interplay between the competing effects of compressibility, viscous and capillary forces, yielding non-monotonic dependencies of well productivity on the wettability and the optimal contact angle. The model closely matches the productivity index data for two production wells from a field case before and after wettability treatment using surfactant.|
|Keywords:||Wettability alteration; productivity index; compressible flow; capillary end effect; two phase flow; contact angle|
|Rights:||© 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.|
|Appears in Collections:||Australian School of Petroleum publications|
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