Simulation Study on the Effect of Fracturing Technology on the Production Efficiency of Natural Gas Hydrate
AbstractNatural gas hydrate (NGH) concentrations hold large reserves of relatively pure unconventional natural gases, consisting mainly of methane. Depressurization is emerging as the optimum conversion technology for converting NGH in its reservoir to its constituent water and natural gas. NGH concentrations commonly have a pore fill of over 80%, which means that NGH is a low-permeability reservoir, as NGH has displaced water in terms of porosity. Fracturing technology (fracking) is a technology employed for increasing permeability-dependent production, and has been proven in conventional and tight oil and gas reservoirs. In this work, we carried out numerical simulations to investigate the effects on depressurization efficiency of a variably-fractured NGH reservoir, to make a first order assessment of fracking efficiency. We performed calculations for the variations in original NGH saturation, pressure distribution, CH4 gas production rate, and cumulative production under different fracturing conditions. Our results show that the rate of the pressure drop within the NGH-saturated host strata increases with increased fracturing. The CH4 gas production rate and cumulative production are greatly improved with fracturing. Crack quantity and spacing per volume have a significant effect on the improvement of NGH conversion efficiencies. Possibly most important, we identified an optimum fracking value beyond which further fracking is not required. View Full-Text
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Chen, C.; Yang, L.; Jia, R.; Sun, Y.; Guo, W.; Chen, Y.; Li, X. Simulation Study on the Effect of Fracturing Technology on the Production Efficiency of Natural Gas Hydrate. Energies 2017, 10, 1241.
Chen C, Yang L, Jia R, Sun Y, Guo W, Chen Y, Li X. Simulation Study on the Effect of Fracturing Technology on the Production Efficiency of Natural Gas Hydrate. Energies. 2017; 10(8):1241.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chen, Chen; Yang, Lin; Jia, Rui; Sun, Youhong; Guo, Wei; Chen, Yong; Li, Xitong. 2017. "Simulation Study on the Effect of Fracturing Technology on the Production Efficiency of Natural Gas Hydrate." Energies 10, no. 8: 1241.
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