Relative water and gas permeability for gas production from hydrate-bearing sediments

Nariman Mahabadi, Jaewon Jang

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Abstract

Relative water and gas permeability equations are important for estimating gas and water production from hydrate-bearing sediments. However, experimental or numerical study to determine fitting parameters of those equations is not available in the literature. In this study, a pore-network model is developed to simulate gas expansion and calculate relative water and gas permeability. Based on the simulation results, fitting parameters for modified Stone equation are suggested for a distributed hydrate system where initial hydrate saturations range from Sh=0.1 to 0.6. The suggested fitting parameter for relative water permeability is nw≈2.4 regardless of initial hydrate saturation while the suggested fitting parameter for relative gas permeability is increased from ng=1.8 for Sh=0.1 to n g=3.5 for Sh=0.6. Results are relevant to other systems that experience gas exsolution such as pockmark formation due to sea level change, CO2 gas formation during geological CO2 sequestration, and gas bubble accumulation near the downstream of dams. Key Points Fitting parameters for Stone equation are suggested for gas production Stone equation can be used with appropriately chosen parameters Fitting parameters for gas permeability depend on hydrate saturation

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2346-2353
Number of pages8
JournalGeochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Stone equation
  • hydrate-bearing sediments
  • pore-network model
  • relative permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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