Improved modeling methodology and simulation capabilities for IOR are important to perform reliable pilot and full field simulations.
Task leader: Ove Sævareid, Senior Scientist, NORCE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Improved modeling methodology and simulation capabilities for IOR are important to perform reliable pilot and full field simulations. In this project, we contributed towards the OPM (www.opm-project.com) simulation framework. This is an open-source code able of handling industrial relevant models, which provides a platform for testing innovative reservoir simulation developments in general. The project addresses improved simulation tools, which are important for simulation of any IOR processes. In particular, the complex physical and chemical IOR processes are in crucial need of improved simulation tools that allow for resolution of fronts and mixing zones. We anticipate that the resulting improvements will lead to better decision making and, hence, improve oil recovery on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. In collaboration with the tasks in the Centre, and its focus on different scales, it was important to provide a simulator that is capable to simulate the physical processes in the reservoir with satisfying fidelity to generate the measured data.
During first half of 2021 three Postdoc were affiliated with Task 6. PostDoc Runar Berge was working to enable discrete fractures in the field scale simulator OPM Flow for simulating flow in fractured reservoirs. PostDoc Birane Kane was working on implementation of a state-of-the-art solver for in-compressible Navier-Stokes equations modeling non-Newtonian fluid flow. In a joint effort between Task 1 and Task 6 in the center, PostDoc Oddjørn Nødland (UiS) was working to incorporate improved polymer flow models in OPM.
2.6.1 Adding more physics, chemistry and geological realism into the reservoir simulator (6 reports, including one final report, four postdoc reports and one PhD dissertation)
Numerical Modelling of Gas Production and CO2 Injection in Tight Shale Reservoirs for Enhanced Gas Recovery (PhD project by Dhruvit Berawala)
2.6.2 Advanced Numerical Methods for Compositional Flow Applied to Field Scale Reservoir Models (PhD thesis expected in 2022)