Energy Efficient Drainage - SP7

Research Scientist

SP7 will analyze the energy use for different reservoir drainage strategies. The potential for reduction in energy use will be identified, both for implementation on short time scales in mature fields, and on longer time scales for new field developments.

The work will be performed in close cooperation with industry partners.

Objectives

  1. Assess drainage strategies to quantify energy use related to reservoir flows, identify potential reductions
  2. Develop methods to enable maximized O&G recovery combined with reduced energy needs and costs

Results 2019

This SP analyses the energy use for different reservoir drainage strategies. Potential reductions in energy use will be identified,  both for implementation on short time scales  in mature fields, and on longer time scales for new field developments. The work is performed in close cooperation with industry partners.

Main objective

Reduce the energy use related to subsurface flow processes. Assess and compare drainage strategies to reduce energy needs while maintaining focus on oil and gas recovery.

  • Assess drainage strategies to quantify energy use related to reservoir flow and identify potential reductions
  • Develop optimization framework to enable maximized oil and gas recovery combined with reduced energy needs and costs.

Main results

  • Industry meetings to get feedback on project plans and to request data and models.
  • Scope of work and detailed work plan for the first two years defined.
  • Collection and screening of generic models to be used in the SP.
  • Modified Norne field model selected for field case studies (figure).
  • Announcement and selection of the first PhD candidate. The PhD will focus on developing a framework for co-optimization of energy use and hydrocarbon recovery.

Impact and innovations

Expected innovations are:

  • Assessment methodology for energy consumption for relevant drainage strategies
  • Methodology for co-optimization of oil and gas production, energy use and costs
  • Guidelines for selecting energy efficient drainage strategies.
Norne Field model, made available by The Open Porous Media Initiative (OPM).