Geological sequestration of carbon dioxide in depleted gas reservoirs

L. E. Sobers, S. M. Frailey, A. S. Lawal

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effects of phase behavior on the sequestration CO2 of in depleted gas reservoirs (dry gas, wet gas and retrograde gas). Carbon dioxide sequestration in depleted and abandoned gas reservoirs can accomplish two important objectives. Firstly, it could be important part of present climate control initiative to reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Secondly, it could be instrumental to enhance gas and condensate recovery. Using the pressure-temperature diagrams and two phase flash calculations, the phase behavior of natural gas-carbon dioxide mixtures were analyzed to provide enlightenment on the sequestration process. From analysis of simulated results, it was found that carbon dioxide exhibited a drying effect on wet and retrograde gas mixtures and a wetting effect on dry gas. The results for retrograde gas condensate depended on the composition of reservoir fluids at abandonment conditions. The main difference being the liquid volume present with increasing pressure and carbon dioxide concentration. This influenced the volume of condensate vaporized with addition of carbon dioxide. It was also determined that carbon dioxide lowers the compressibility factor of all gas types. These results are favorable for carbon dioxide sequestration because decreasing compressibility factors represents increasing storage capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery 2004, IOR 2004
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
ISBN (Print)9781555639884
StatePublished - 2004
EventSPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery 2004, IOR 2004 - Tulsa, United States
Duration: Apr 17 2004Apr 21 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - SPE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery


OtherSPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery 2004, IOR 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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