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Comparison of deterministic with stochastic fracture models in water-flooding numerical simulations

Mandefro W Belayneh, Stephen K Matthai, Martin J Blunt, Stephen F Rogers



Determination of multiphase flow properties considering the variation of fracture patterns (i.e., number of fracture sets, their orientation, length distribution, spacing, and in-situ aperture) remains a key challenge in reservoirs. In reservoir engineering, one way is by studying outcrop analogs with comparable petrophysical properties and a similar geological history, and incorporating these data into model building, discretization, and numerical simulation. The limitation of directly incorporating attributes measured on outcrops is that this method is error prone because of postburial processes. Mineralized fracture (vein) attributes are good candidates to use as analogs for open fracture..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was partly funded by our industrial sponsors for the Phase 2 project on Improved Simulation of Fractured Reservoirs under the Industry Training Facilitator: BP, Department of Trade and Industry, Eni, ExxonMobil, Petro-Canada, and Total and partly from the Technology Strategy Board. We thank Golder Associates for the permission to use FracMan software. Tom Doe and two anonymous reviewers gave very important comments that greatly improved the manuscript.The AAPG Editor thanks the following reviewers for their work on this paper: Tom Doe and two anonymous reviewers.