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ABSTRACT: Geologic Modeling for the CO2 Tertiary Oil Recovery Project Garden Island Bay Field, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana


The CO2 tertiary oil recovery project is designed to recover additional reserves and evaluate the efficiency of the recovery process. The project consists of 10 miscible CO2 floods using both the push pull and single well huff puff processes. Geological reservoir characterization and modeling were performed to aid in design of the floods and to quantify the reservoir risk.

Various techniques were used to evaluate the floods including deterministic modeling, geostatistical methods, seismic attribute analysis and inversion derived porosity analysis. The final workflow incorporated structural interpretation from a recently shot 3D seismic survey and well data modeled with Landmark Stratamodel software to build the geocellular reservoir model. The resulting geocellular model was input as the framework in the compositional fluid flow simulation model. The models were used for final project design, risk analysis, forecasted performance, and comparison to actual performance.

One of the problems encountered was a lack of uniqueness in results from the production and geologic modeling in determining reservoir continuity and therefore the ability to insure connectivity of all of the injectors and producers. The example geologic reservoir modeling highlighted two areas of concern, 1. The potential for a nonsealing fault between two segments and, 2. The possibility that one end of the reservoir could be partially stratigraphically separated thereby reducing the CO2 sweep efficiency. The economics of this type of CO2 flood is significantly affected by the amount of residual oil contacted by the CO2. As a result, the flood was redesigned to reduce the risk of drilling or reworking unneeded wells and to enhance the economic viability of the flood.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90941©1997 GCAGS 47th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana