A compositional wellbore/reservoir simulator to model multiphase flow and temperature distribution

P. Pourafshary, A. Varavei, K. Sepehrnoori, A. Podio

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Production of hydrocarbon often involves gas and liquid (oil/water) concurrent flow in the wellbore. As a multi-phase/multi-component gas-oil mixture flows from the reservoir to the surface, pressure, temperature, composition and liquid holdup distributions are interrelated. However, nearly all two-phase wellbore simulations are currently performed using "black oil" simulators. In this paper, a compositional-wellbore model coupled with a reservoir simulator to compute pressure and temperature distribution is presented. In this work, compositions of liquid and gaseous phases in the wellbore can be determined by three-phase equilibrium flash calculations and by considering the slip between phases. Our simulator has the capability of predicting the temperature profile in the wellbore, which helps to predict multiphase flow physics such as liquid holdup and pressure drop more accurately. As the wellbore model is coupled with a reservoir simulator, it can be used as a tool to calculate fluid-flow compositions between reservoir and wellbore. The simulated results of our compositional model were compared to the equivalent blackoil model for pressure and temperature distribution. Although the input requirements and computing expenses are higher for compositional calculations than for blackoil, our simulations show that in some cases, such as those involving highly-volatile oil and retrograde condensate gas, ignoring compositional effects may lead to errors in pressure profile prediction for the wellbore. copyright 2008,International Petroleum Conference.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781605609546
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Dec 3 2008Dec 5 2008

Publication series

NameInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008


ConferenceInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008
CityKuala Lumpur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Fuel Technology


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