Journal of Applied Mathematics

Volume 2014, Article ID 105636, 7 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/105636

## Determine the Inflow Performance Relationship of Water Producing Gas Well Using Multiobjective Optimization Method

^{1}State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, Xindu Road 8, Chengdu 610500, China^{2}Shell China Exploration & Production Co. Ltd., 8F Yanlord Landmark Office Building, No. 1, Section 2, Renmin South Road, Chengdu 610500, China^{3}Oil & Gas Technology Research Institute, PetroChina Changqing Oilfield Company, Xi'an 710018, China

Received 12 December 2013; Accepted 26 May 2014; Published 16 June 2014

Academic Editor: Nachamada Blamah

Copyright © 2014 Xiao-Hua Tan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

During the development of water drive gas reservoirs, the phenomena of gas escaping from water and water separating out from gas will change the seepage characteristics of formation fluid. Therefore, the traditional gas-water two-phase inflow performance relationship (IPR) models are not suitable for calculating the water producing gas well inflow performance relationship in water drive gas reservoirs. Based on the basic theory of fluid mechanics in porous medium, using the principle of mass conservation, and considering the process of dissolution and volatilization of gas and water formation, this paper establishes a new mathematical model of gas-water two-phase flow. Multiobjective optimization method is used to automatically match the sample well production data in water drive gas reservoirs and then we can achieve the sample well’s productivity equation, relative permeability curve, water influx intensity, and single well controlled reserves. In addition, the influence of different production gas water ratios (GWR) and gas-soluble water coefficients on absolute open flow rate () is discussed. This method remedied the limitation of well testing on site and was considered to be a new way to analyze the production behaviors in water producing gas well.

#### 1. Introduction

Well productivity is one of primary concerns in field development and provides the basis for field development strategy [1]. Xiaoping and Birong [2] put forward a method to deduce the binomial productivity equation which could calculate the inflow performance relationship (IPR) curve of water producing gas well and presented the application of the IPR curve in determining gas and water production rate from water producing gas well. Zhu et al. [3] proposed three new formation evaluation parameters for low permeability gas reservoir, on the basis of the rate controlled mercury injection, nuclear magnetic resonance, and physical simulation technologies. Wang et al. [4] analyzed gas and water phase relative permeability through cores with three different permeability leaves by the establishment of physical simulation experiment system and experimental process of water-gas mutual flooding.

Park et al. [5] proposed a fuzzy nonlinear programming approach to design production systems of gas fields. The synthetic optimization method could find a globally compromised solution and offer a new alternative with significant improvement over the existing conventional techniques. Cardoso [6] found that reduced-order model is well suited for reservoir simulation. Han et al. [7] presented a multiobjective evolutionary algorithm applied to history matching of water flooding projects, that is, to search a feasible set of geological properties showing the reliable future performance. Cancelliere et al. [8] discussed benefits, limitations, and drawbacks of assisted history matching, based on multiobjective optimization and heuristic strategies. Attention was focused on the possibility offered by these methodologies of obtaining a number of calibrated reservoir models. Shelkov et al. [9] described a comparison of single- and multiobjective history matching of a medium-sized field in Western Siberia with nearly 100 wells and over 10 years of history. And they compared the performance of both single- and multiobjective versions of particle swarm optimization. Tan et al. studied the transient flow and two-phase flow behaviors in porous media [10–12]. Some of their research results can be used to solute the problem of inflow performance relationship of water producing gas well.

#### 2. Gas-Water Two-Phase IPR Equation

We assume that the reservoir is homogeneous with uniform thickness and total compressibility of rock and fluid is low and constant. The water phase flow is isothermal and Darcy flow, and the gas phase flow is isothermal and non-Darcy flow at high velocity, ignoring the impact of gravity and capillary forces. No chemical reaction exists between gas and water phase. Fundamental filtration equations for the gas and water phase are defined as [13] where is pressure, is radial distance, , are gas and water viscosity, respectively, is absolute permeability, , are gas and water phase relative permeability, respectively, , are gas and water phase flow velocity, is turbulence velocity coefficient, and is gas density.

Under the boundary condition of steady radial state flow, the integral of (1) can be written as follows [14]: where is reservoir pressure, is bottom hole flowing pressure, , are external boundary and wellbore radius, respectively, are gas and water volume factor, respectively, are gas and water production rate, respectively, and is reservoir thickness.

Fevang and Whitson [15] defined the gas and water phase pseudopressure in two-phase filtration. The equations are as follows: where is solution gas-water ratio and is solution water-gas ratio.

By combing (2) and (3), the gas and water phase pseudopressure can be expressed as where is production gas-water ratio.

In order to simplify the expressions of gas and water phase pseudopressure, we define four parameters:

By combing (4), we obtain the gas-water two-phase IPR equation

This equation is determined by the four parameters and , where is laminar coefficient, is turbulence coefficient, is gas-soluble coefficient, representing dissolved gas within gas well control range, and is water-soluble coefficient, representing dissolved formation water in gas within the well control range.

#### 3. Gas-Water Two-Phase Comprehensive Model and the Solution

##### 3.1. Gas and Water Relative Permeability

Gas and water phase relative permeabilities , are needed in order to calculate the gas-water two-phase IPR equation. , are a function of water saturation , the empirical equations are represented as follows [15]: where is water saturation in reservoir, is initial water saturation, and is relative permeability index.

From (7), we obtain

Using the ratio of gas and water production, a method that aimed to obtain the ration of gas and water phase relative permeability is proposed by Jokhio and Tiab [16].

Consider

The parameters and in (9) are functions of pressure . Therefore, the ratio of gas and water phase relative permeability can be obtained by means of and . Then can be calculated. At last, can be obtained.

By combining (8) and (9), we obtain

From (7) and (10), the equations for calculating , are defined as follows:

Based on the material balance equation in the water drive gas reservoir, the relationships between average formation pressure and geologic reserve, cumulative gas production, and water invasion intensity can be obtained as follows [17]: where , are current and initial reservoir pressure, respectively, , are gas deviation factor under current and initial reservoir pressure, respectively, , are cumulative gas production and dynamic reserves, respectively, and is water invasion coefficient.

##### 3.2. Gas-Water Two-Phase Comprehensive Model

By combining (6), (10), and (12), the gas-water two-phase comprehensive model can be expressed as

##### 3.3. The Solution of Gas-Water Two-Phase Comprehensive Model

As (13) shows above, laminar coefficient , turbulence coefficient , gas-soluble coefficient , water-soluble coefficient , relative permeability index , water invasion coefficient , and single well controlled reserves are needed to solve. An automatic fitting multiobjective optimization method is given in this paper to solve the problem in the complicated percolation model mentioned above. The essence of this method is seeking the best fitting between theoretical value and measured value. The solution is defined as follows: where and are theoretical gas and water production rate, respectively, and are actual gas and water production rate, respectively, and is expressed as the target function to be fitted. The proper parameters can be obtained to minimise the target function by means of the automatic fitting method. The flow chart for plotting type curves is shown in Figure 1.

#### 4. Case Analysis

##### 4.1. Calculating the Target Parameter

During the process of acquiring the parameters like laminar coefficient , turbulence coefficient , gas-soluble coefficient , water-soluble coefficient , relative permeability index , water invasion intensity , and single well controlled reserve , the theoretical gas and water production can be obtained based on (13). By fitting the practical gas and water production on the basis of the automatically fitting method in (14), the result shown in Figure 2 can be acquired. It is clear that the theoretical results were verified with the practical ones which indicates the reliability of the results. The basic parameters of an actual well are shown in Table 1.

The parameters like laminar coefficient , turbulence coefficient , gas-soluble coefficient , water-soluble coefficient , relative permeability index , water invasion intensity , and single well controlled reserve are shown in Table 2.

The value of water-soluble coefficient in this table is very small which suggests that the content of the formation water dissolving into the natural gas is little. And the energy of the formation water in the well controlled range is weak when the water invasion intensity is greater than 4. The gas and water phase relative permeability curve in different water saturations is obtained. The results are shown in Figure 3.

##### 4.2. The IPR Curves of Water Producing Gas Well

The IPR curves in different production gas-water ratios (GWR) are expressed in Figure 4. It is noted that the IPR curves are expressed with a left offset when production gas-water ratio decreases. Because when the GWR decreases, the water saturation in formation increases, and the flow resistance increases too. It becomes harder to flow in formation when the GWR decreases. The absolute open flow rates () of water producing gas well in different production gas-water ratios can be shown in Table 3. From the curves, when the production gas-water ratios are 1, 0.5, 0.2, and 0.1, respectively, the absolute open flow rates are reduced to 32.76, 31.71, 28.79, and 24.61 × 10^{4} m^{3}/d accordingly. The absolute open flow rates are reduced by 3.21%, 12.12%, and 24.88%, when compared to the one whose production gas-water ratio is 0.1. It is shown that water invasion will greatly reduce the gas production capacity of water producing gas well.

The IPR curves in different gas-soluble coefficients are shown in Figure 5. It can be concluded that the IPR curves are expressed with a left offset when the gas-soluble coefficient increases. Gas-soluble coefficient represents the solubility of gas in water, which leads to a bigger flow resistance. The absolute open flow rates of water producing gas well in different gas-soluble coefficients can be shown in Table 4. From the curves, it is clear that when gas-soluble coefficients are 0.1, 0.5, 1, and 2, respectively, absolute open flow rates are 32.94, 29.57, 25.91, and 20.22 × 10^{4} m^{3}/d, respectively. The absolute open flow rates are reduced by 10.23%, 21.34%, and 38.62%, when compared to the one whose gas-soluble coefficient is 0.1. It is shown that the more gas dissolved in the formation water, the more liquid phase will exist in the formation fluid. It will increase the gas flowing resistance and result in the greater productivity impairment.

#### 5. Conclusions

Based on the basic theory of fluid mechanics in porous medium, taking the solution and volatilization of gas and water into consideration, a gas-water two-phase IPR equation was established. Combining with gas-water two-phase IPR equation, relative permeability equation, and material balance equation in the water drive gas reservoir, we deduced the gas-water two-phase comprehensive model, which is influenced by laminar coefficient, turbulence coefficient, gas-soluble coefficient, water soluble coefficient, relative permeability index, water invasion intensity, and single well controlled reserve. The influences of different production gas-water ratios and gas-soluble coefficients on the absolute open flow rate were discussed. The method proposed in this paper provided a new theoretical method for single well analysis of productivity and inflow performance and got rid of the limitation that the well productivity can only be determined according to field well test.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgment

The authors are grateful for financial support from the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China (Grant no. 51125019).

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