SPE Online Education
Role of Core Analysis Towards Industry Energy Transition - Focus on Emerging Areas such as CCUS and Geothermal
Laboratory analysis of Rock and Fluids for Carbon Utilization and Storage pave the path to carbon neutrality through two aspects: first, extension of asset life through enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from depleted reservoirs; and second, safe and environmentally impactful carbon storage in both depleted reservoirs and/or existing aquifers. From the onset of any project, measurements are critical for the characterization of storage capacity, chemical alteration potential during injection, caprock integrity and containment, and conformance monitoring.
For safe and environmentally impactful carbon injection and storage, which we will be focusing on the webinar, core analysis laboratories must study the pristine rock, CO2 interaction with target reservoirs, and sensitivity of caprock-to-CO2-rich-fluids, striving for new dynamic balance between maximum storage, injectivity and containment; all while maintaining public safety. These studies cover three main pillars: (1) Storage characterization which includes reservoir mapping, site characterization, porosity, salinity, and matrix chemistry; (2) Injectivity/CO2 exposure emphasizing reservoir injection rates which take into account CO2-Brine / CO2-Hydrocarbon and rock-CO2-rich fluid interactions, injection operation influence on stresses affecting both reservoir and caprock, and CO2-caprock integrity; and finally (3) Containment and conformance for long-term monitoring and mitigation of unexpected events.
We will define laboratory’s role in CCUS projects as part of the unbreakable “Log (Seismic) – Laboratory – Modeling” value chain, discuss what differentiates a CO2-ready lab, and what new technologies must be put in service to achieve successful development and operations of carbon storage.
Laboratory measurements provide invaluable insight into challenges of assessment and characterization of the current state of the reservoir; Further, laboratories help in understanding ‘what’s next?’, and are uniquely positioned to tackle the challenges yet to manifest themselves during the carbon business lifecycle.
This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.
All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev.
Vitaly Afanasiev is the Business Development Manager for SLB Reservoir Laboratories, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He joined SLB in 2005. During the first part of his career, Vitaly was running and, later, managing sampling operations, wellsite and laboratories analysis of fluids and rocks in Russia, United Arab Emirates, and United States. The latter part of his career has been focused on sales and commercial aspects, business development and introduction of new technologies, including digital rock analysis for rock and fluids characterization with worldwide coverage. Vitaly works to strengthen laboratories ability to provide invaluable insight into resolving the challenges that lie within assessment and characterization of state of the reservoir, to help in understanding ‘what’s next’ for the client, and to be ready to tackle the challenges that yet to manifest themselves in Energy Transition applications. Afanasiev holds a PhD degree in management of social and economic systems.
Denis Klemin is a Digital Rock Domain Champion at SLB in Houston, USA. He joined SLB in 2005. The first part of his career concentrated on reservoir simulation, problems of oil, gas and gas-condensate flow behavior and sampling, numerical and analytical modeling of oil recovery. The latter part of his career has been focused on the reservoir characterization, managing and executing digital rock analysis RCA, SCAL and EOR projects. He has published in technical journals, holds patents for various innovations. Klemin holds a MSc degree in computer science and applied math and a PhD degree in geophysics. He is a member of the SPE Reservoir Technical Discipline Advisory Committee and its sub-committee Core Analysis.
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