Numerical Simulation of Gas Coning of a Single Well Radial in a Naturally Fractured Reservoir
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Gas coning is the tendency of the gas to drive oil downward in an inverse cone due to the downward movement of gas into the perforations of a producing well thereby reducing oil production and the overall recovery efficiency of the oil reservoir. This work addresses gas coning issues in a naturally fractured reservoir via a numerical simulation approach on a single-well radial cross-section using the ECLIPSE 100 reservoir simulator. Matrix and fracture properties are modelled. Critical rate, breakthrough time and GOR after breakthrough is determined which is used to investigate the effect of matrix and fracture properties on gas coning effective reservoir parameters such as oil flow rate, matrix and fracture porosity, vertical and horizontal matrix and fracture permeability, matrix block size, etc. Results show that reservoir parameters that affect coning include oil flow rate, matrix and fracture porosity, matrix and vertical permeability, anisotropy ratio, perforated interval thickness, density difference and mobility ratio. While matrix block size and fracture spacing have no significant effect on gas coning.