Research Papers/Topics in Petroleum Engineering

Comparative Economics Of Petroleum Production Optimization Techniques.

ABSTRACT Hydrocarbon production in the petroleum industry is often constrained by reservoir heterogeneity, deliverability and capacity of surface facilities, also optimization technique in the petroleum industry requires execution of several iterative runs by comparing various solutions until an optimum or satisfactory solution is found. In this study a comparative economic analysis to aid the optimization of petroleum production was done. Two key variables, tubing sizes and choke sizes...

Pressure Transient Analysis In Anisotropic Composite Reservoirs – A Three Dimensional Semi-Analytical Approach

Abstract A composite reservoir is one with multiple lateral compartments; each having distinct rock and fluid properties separated by geologic discontinuities. Geologically, composite reservoirs separated by leaky faults are rife but literature containing detailed three dimensional analyses of such anisotropic systems is few. For the first time using transform methods, a general three dimensional point source semi-analytical solution for the drawdown response in composite clastic and ...

Remediation of Surface Water Polluted by Effluent Discharges from Mining Activities in the Eastern Region of Ghana

ABSTRACT Heavy metals are very toxic to the environment and humans at large. Exposures to heavy metals have significant health disorders. In this research, the mandate to find novel adsorbent to reduce lead and mercury concentrations from water samples from Birim River in the Eastern Region of Ghana was studied. The turbidity of the water samples from Kibi, Anyinam and Kade indicated that, the river is very turbid (an average of 355 NTU) and therefore not recommended for domestic use wi...

In Situ Co2 Eor Mechanism And Co2-Oil Phase Behavior

ABSTRACT Numerical reservoir simulators are employed to obtain meaningful and reliable solutions for an actual case due to extreme complexity of the reservoirs systems. Wilcox formation is a reservoir in the gulf of Mexico with various development challenges, to better maximize the resources in the reservoir, simulation studies is needed to make better informed decision. For this study, a compositional simulator model is developed for comparing CO2 injection in different API oil reservoi...

Real Time Estimation of Leaking in A Natural Gas Pipeline-A Fluid Flow Modelling Approach

ABSTRACT  This thesis investigates into the real time modeling of leak estimation in natural gas pipeline using fluid flow approach. The best bet to leak management is to provide a robust system that will provide a quick information on tracking the leak location, the actual time this leak occurred and the volume of fluid loss. This thesis employed a mathematical model of analyzing the fluid flow in the pipeline to provide these solutions of leak estimation in a natural gas pipeline...

Performance Evaluation of Natural Gas Utilization in Power Generation As Strategy For Managing Gas Flaring in Nigeria

ABSTRACT        This Study examines the performance evaluation of natural gas utilization in Power generation as strategy for reducing Gas flaring in Nigeria. The evaluation method comprises of use of Modular Gas Technology (MGT) plant for flare gas capture and processing, use ofthe processed gas in Turbine for power generation andappraisal of investments on MGT plant that consider profitability as well as time value of money. Technical performance of this technology ...

Development Of A Computer Program For Solids Control

ABSTRACT Computer software is used extensively to increase productivity and reduce man‟s hours of labour. This work presents the development of a solids control software (SOLCON) which is designed for real time mud system management and quick performance of routine rig computations: determination of total solids and low gravity solids content; mud property and density control requiring optimal ejection rate into the mixing pit; volume of mud and amount of barite, bentonite and additi...

New Type Curves For The Analysis Of Pressure Transient Data Of Horizontal Wells In Non-Newtonian Fluid Reservoirs

ABSTRACTThis novel work is based on the study of Vongvuthipornchai and Raghavan, 1987. In this work a new 3-Dimensional non-linear partial differential equation describing the transient flow of nonNewtonian fluid in porous media is developed for a hypothetical no-flow boundary cuboid reservoir. The basic assumptions in the mathematical modeling of the differential equations are; permeability anisotropy with directional permeabilities ݇௫, ݇௬ ܽ݊݀ ݇௭ , an isothermal, single phas...

An Experimental Model To Predict And Control Oilfield Emulsion Tightness: A Novel Approach

Crude oil is seldom produced alone from reservoirs. It is always produced as a complex mixture of hydrocarbons and formation water. 1 These mixtures undergo extreme agitation under high shear rate and turbulence as they flow from the reservoir pores through perforated casing into the wellbore, to the tubing and finally through the surface production facilities. This occurrence causes the water phase to be dispersed and stabilized as fine droplets in the bulk oil phase and hence forms ...

Effects Of Near Wellbore And Reservoir Fluid Compositional Changes On Condensate Banking

ABSTRACT Gas condensate reservoirs are initially discovered as single-phase gas reservoirs. As the reservoir is produced below the fluid dew-point pressure, an increase in condensate saturation in the near wellbore region occur which reduces the relative permeability to gas and in turn causes productivity impairment. It is pertinent to predict condensate banking behavior accurately during a field’s operational phase to avoid problems with a well’s ability to attain production targets...

Practical Approach To Effective Sand Prediction, Control And Management

ABSTRACT The production of formation sand is a problem associated with most oil deposits in the world. Major Sand production effects affect safety, well or field economics and continuous production. This has prompted the continued search for solutions to mitigate sand production in the oil and gas industry over time. The methodology often employed is through exclusive sand control or passive sand management. The ability to predict when a formation will fail and produce sand forms the ba...

Graphical Evaluation Of Cuttings Transport In Deviated Wells Using Bingham Plastic Fluid Model

ABSTRACT The transportation of cuttings and efficient hole cleaning are indispensible in any drilling program. This is because a successful drilling operation is the key to a profitable business in the oil and gas sector. A successful drilling program is as a result of an efficiently cleaned hole. Cuttings transport efficiency in vertical and deviated wellbores has been reported to depend on the following factors: hole geometry and inclination, average fluid velocity, fluid flow regime, ...

Development Of Coning Correlations For Oil Rim Reservoirs Using Experimental Design And Response Surface Methodology

ABSTRACT Proper management of thin oil rim reservoirs is required to maximize recovery and minimizes coning tendencies. The objective of this study is to determine the effect of reservoir and fluid properties on coning tendencies in thin oil rim reservoirs and to develop numerical correlations to predict oil recovery and water break through time for these reservoirs. Numerical correlations for the prediction of recovery and water breakthrough time using response surface methodology hav...

A Novel Approach For Estimating Critical Rate And Horizontal Well Placement In Oil Rim Reservoirs

ABSTRACT Coning tendencies in oil rim reservoirs pose serious hindrance to optimizing oil production in the thin oil beds as unwanted fluids tend to replace the oil in the production stream, which invariably limits the ultimate oil recovery. In this study, a semi-analytical method of estimating critical production rate (qoc) and optimum horizontal well placement (hopt) was developed for reservoirs with thin oil zones sandwiched between gas cap and bottom water. Also, proxy models ...

Generalized Analysis Of The Multi-Well Interference Test In Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

ABSTRACTThis study presents a generalized analytical formulation of the Multi-Well Interference test problem using the concepts of the source and sinks functions as a tool for solving the basic interference equations.


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