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Impact of temperature on CO2 storage at the Ketzin site based on fluid flow simulations and seismic data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Geophysics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Geophysics.
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2013 (English)In: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, ISSN 1750-5836, E-ISSN 1878-0148, Vol. 19, 775-784 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Temperature is one of the main parameters influencing the properties of CO2 during storage in saline aquifers since it along with pressure and co-constituents controls the phase behavior of the CO2/brine mixture. When the CO2 replaces brine as a free gas it is well known to affect the elastic properties of porous media considerably. In order to track the migration of geologically stored CO2 at the Ketzin site, 3D time-lapse seismic data were acquired by means of a baseline (pre-injection) survey in autumn 2005 and a first monitor survey in autumn 2009. During this period the temperature in the storage reservoir near the injection well was observed to have increased from 34 °C to 38 °C.

This temperature increase led us to investigate the potential impact of temperature on the seismic response to the CO2 injection and on the CO2 mass estimations based on the Ketzin 4D seismic data. Two temperature scenarios in the reservoir (34 °C and 38 °C) were studied using multiphase fluid flow modeling. The simulations show that the impact of temperature on the seismic response is minor, but that the impact of the temperature on the CO2 mass estimations is significant and can, with the help of the multiphase fluid flow simulations, be explained mostly by the impact on the density of the CO2.

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2013. Vol. 19, 775-784 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196121DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.05.001ISI: 000332396700014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-196121DiVA: diva2:609256
Available from: 2013-03-04 Created: 2013-03-04 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Geological Structure and Time-Lapse Studies of CO2 Injection at the Ketzin Pilot Site, Germany
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Geological Structure and Time-Lapse Studies of CO2 Injection at the Ketzin Pilot Site, Germany
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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3D seismic time-lapse surveys (“4D seismics”) are an essential tool for large scale reservoir characterization. The target reservoir of the Ketzin pilot project for CO2 storage is a saline aquifer of the heterogeneous Stuttgart Formation (Upper Triassic) in the Northeast German Basin. The focus of this project is on testing and further developing monitoring CO2 storage technologies. For time-lapse seismic monitoring, three seismic surface sources were characterized with respect to S/N (signal to noise) ratios, signal penetration, and frequency content by analysis of raw shot gathers and stacked sections along two lines at the Ketzin site. Differences in reflectivity between these 2D lines reflect the differences in the nature of the sources tested and how they influence the signal bandwidth (resolution) and signal energy. All three sources image the target horizon. The weight drop source was recommended as the primary source for 3D surveys based mainly on logistics and cost. Results of processing, including equalization of a 4D (3D time-lapse) data set from the Ketzin site and cross-correlation, indicate that the injected CO2 can be monitored. The highly irregular amplitude response on the time-lapse data can be attributed to the reservoir heterogeneity. Time-lapse seismic processing, petrophysical measurements on core samples and geophysical logging of CO2 saturation levels allow for an estimate of the total amount of CO2 visible in the seismic data to be made. In spite of some uncertainty, the close agreement between the injected and observed amount is encouraging for quantitative monitoring of a CO2 storage site using seismic methods. By integrating seismic modeling and multiphase fluid flow simulations, the impact of the reservoir temperature on the 4D seismic data from Ketzin was estimated. The modeled time-lapse seismic differences for two temperature scenarios present in the reservoir are minor regarding the qualitative analysis. However, the influence of temperature on the volumetric estimation of the CO2 using the 4D seismic data is significant. Future issues to be considered include expanding the temperature range (34-38°C in this study) to be investigated and the resulting effects on the seismic response, as well as the role of the reservoir heterogeneity. In addition, it would be important to investigate the impact of temperature on the CO2 storage at other sites with favorable P-T conditions in the reservoir. Further seismic modeling using results of petrophysical experiments for estimating the effect of the CO2 injection at the Ketzin site on the AVA/AVO response on time lapse seismic data was performed. Two effects were considered: the CO2-saturation- and the pore-pressure-related effects. The results indicate that it is worth investigating if it is possible to discriminate between these effects on future 3D repeat surveys at the Ketzin site.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 96 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1026
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Geophysics
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196127 (URN)978-91-554-8613-6 (ISBN)
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2013-04-19, Hambergsalen, Villavagen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2013-03-27 Created: 2013-03-04 Last updated: 2016-07-20Bibliographically approved

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