Petroleum Science

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List of Papers (Total 190)

Geological characteristics and “sweet area” evaluation for tight oil

Tight oil has become the focus in exploration and development of unconventional oil in the world, especially in North America and China. In North America, there has been intensive exploration for tight oil in marine. In China, commercial exploration for tight oil in continental sediments is now steadily underway. With the discovery of China’s first tight oil field—Xin’anbian ...

Pre-stack basis pursuit seismic inversion for brittleness of shale

Brittleness of rock plays a significant role in exploration and development of shale gas reservoirs. Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio are the key parameters for evaluating the rock brittleness in shale gas exploration because their combination relationship can quantitatively characterize the rock brittleness. The high-value anomaly of Young’s modulus and the low-value anomaly of ...

The concept and the accumulation characteristics of unconventional hydrocarbon resources

Unconventional hydrocarbon resources, which are only marginally economically explored and developed by traditional methods and techniques, are different from conventional hydrocarbon resources in their accumulation mechanisms, occurrence states, distribution models, and exploration and development manners. The types of unconventional hydrocarbon are controlled by the evolution of ...

Main controlling factors and enrichment area evaluation of shale gas of the Lower Paleozoic marine strata in south China

The Lower Paleozoic shale in south China has a very high maturity and experienced strong tectonic deformation. This character is quite different from the North America shale and has inhibited the shale gas evaluation and exploration in this area. The present paper reports a comprehensive investigation of maturity, reservoir properties, fluid pressure, gas content, preservation ...

An economic evaluation method of coalbed methane resources during the target selection phase of exploration

Because forecasting a development program during the target selection phase of exploration for coalbed methane (CBM) is impossible, the conventional method that relies on a conceptual (or detailed) development program cannot be used during the economic evaluation of CBM resources. Hence, this study focuses on establishing an economic evaluation model based on the characteristics of ...

Economic appraisal of shale gas resources, an example from the Horn River shale gas play, Canada

Development of unconventional shale gas resources involves intensive capital investment accompanying large commercial production uncertainties. Economic appraisal, bringing together multidisciplinary project data and information and providing likely economic outcomes for various development scenarios, forms the core of business decision-making. This paper uses a discounted cash ...

Experimental investigation of shale imbibition capacity and the factors influencing loss of hydraulic fracturing fluids

Spontaneous imbibition of water-based fracturing fluids into the shale matrix is considered to be the main mechanism responsible for the high volume of water loss during the flowback period. Understanding the matrix imbibition capacity and rate helps to determine the fracturing fluid volume, optimize the flowback design, and to analyze the influences on the production of shale gas. ...

Numerical simulation of hydraulic fracture propagation in tight oil reservoirs by volumetric fracturing

Volumetric fracturing is a primary stimulation technology for economical and effective exploitation of tight oil reservoirs. The main mechanism is to connect natural fractures to generate a fracture network system which can enhance the stimulated reservoir volume. By using the combined finite and discrete element method, a model was built to describe hydraulic fracture propagation ...

Molecular simulation studies of hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide adsorption on coal

Sorption isotherms of hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide (CO2) provide crucial information for designing processes to sequester CO2 and recover natural gas from unmineable coal beds. Methane (CH4), ethane (C2H6), and CO2 adsorption isotherms on dry coal and the temperature effect on their maximum sorption capacity have been studied by performing combined Monte Carlo (MC) and molecular ...

Stress redistribution in multi-stage hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells in shales

Multi-stage hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells is the main stimulation method in recovering gas from tight shale gas reservoirs, and stage spacing determination is one of the key issues in fracturing design. The initiation and propagation of hydraulic fractures will cause stress redistribution and may activate natural fractures in the reservoir. Due to the limitation of the ...

Influence of gas transport mechanisms on the productivity of multi-stage fractured horizontal wells in shale gas reservoirs

In order to investigate the influence on shale gas well productivity caused by gas transport in nanometer-size pores, a mathematical model of multi-stage fractured horizontal wells in shale gas reservoirs is built, which considers the influence of viscous flow, Knudsen diffusion, surface diffusion, and adsorption layer thickness. A discrete-fracture model is used to simplify the ...

Pore structure and tracer migration behavior of typical American and Chinese shales

With estimated shale gas resources greater than those of US and Canada combined, China has been embarking on an ambitious shale development program. However, nearly 30 years of American experience in shale hydrocarbon exploration and production indicates a low total recovery of shale gas at 12 %–30 % and tight oil at 5 %–10 %. One of the main barriers to sustainable development of ...

Characteristics and control mechanisms of coalbed permeability change in various gas production stages

According to dimensionless analysis of the coalbed methane (CBM) production data of Fanzhuang block in southern Qinshui basin, the dimensionless gas production rate is calculated to quantitatively divide the CBM well production process into four stages, i.e., drainage stage, unstable gas production stage, stable gas production stage, and gas production decline stage. By the ...

Factors influencing physical property evolution in sandstone mechanical compaction: the evidence from diagenetic simulation experiments

In order to analyze the factors influencing sandstone mechanical compaction and its physical property evolution during compaction processes, simulation experiments on sandstone mechanical compaction were carried out with a self-designed diagenetic simulation system. The experimental materials were modern sediments from different sources, and the experiments were conducted under ...

Seismic fluid identification using a nonlinear elastic impedance inversion method based on a fast Markov chain Monte Carlo method

Elastic impedance inversion with high efficiency and high stability has become one of the main directions of seismic pre-stack inversion. The nonlinear elastic impedance inversion method based on a fast Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method is proposed in this paper, combining conventional MCMC method based on global optimization with a preconditioned conjugate gradient (PCG) ...

A review of down-hole tubular string buckling in well engineering

Down-hole tubular string buckling is the most classic and complex part of tubular string mechanics in well engineering. Studies of down-hole tubular string buckling not only have theoretical significance in revealing the buckling mechanism but also have prominent practical value in design and control of tubular strings. In this review, the basic principles and applicable scope of ...

Preparation and performance of fluorescent polyacrylamide microspheres as a profile control and tracer agent

Polyacrylamide microspheres have been successfully used to reduce water production in reservoirs, but it is impossible to distinguish polyacrylamide microspheres from polyacrylamide that is used to enhance oil recovery and is already present in production fluids. In order to detect polyacrylamide microspheres in the reservoir produced fluid, fluorescent polyacrylamide microspheres ...

Porosity prediction from seismic inversion of a similarity attribute based on a pseudo-forward equation (PFE): a case study from the North Sea Basin, Netherlands

The objective of this work is to implement a pseudo-forward equation which is called PFE to transform data (similarity attribute) to model parameters (porosity) in a gas reservoir in the F3 block of North Sea. This equation which is an experimental model has unknown constants in its structure; hence, a least square solution is applied to find the best constants. The results derived ...

Thermal decomposition characteristics and kinetics of methyl linoleate under nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres

The thermal decomposition characteristics of methyl linoleate (ML) under nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres were investigated, using a thermogravimetric analyzer at a heating rate of 10 °C/min from room temperature to 600 °C. Furthermore, the pyrolytic and kinetic characteristics of ML at different heating rates were studied. The results showed that the thermal decomposition ...

Forecasting volatility in oil prices with a class of nonlinear volatility models: smooth transition RBF and MLP neural networks augmented GARCH approach

In this study, the forecasting capabilities of a new class of nonlinear econometric models, namely, the LSTAR-LST-GARCH-RBF and MLP models are evaluated. The models are utilized to model and to forecast the daily returns of crude oil prices. Many financial time series are subjected to leptokurtic distribution, heavy tails, and nonlinear conditional volatility. This characteristic ...

An amplitude-preserved adaptive focused beam seismic migration method

Gaussian beam migration (GBM) is an effective and robust depth seismic imaging method, which overcomes the disadvantage of Kirchhoff migration in imaging multiple arrivals and has no steep-dip limitation of one-way wave equation migration. However, its imaging quality depends on the initial beam parameters, which can make the beam width increase and wave-front spread with the ...

Synthesis and self-association of dibenzothiophene derivatives for simulation of hydrogen bonding interaction in asphaltenes

The dibenzothiophene derivatives, namely 2-(dibenzothiophene-2-carbonyl)benzoic acid and 2-(dibenzothiophene-2-carbonyl)alkyl benzoate, were synthesized and characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry, and elemental analysis. The self-association behavior of these dibenzothiophene derivatives in ...

Burial and thermal maturity modeling of the Middle Cretaceous–Early Miocene petroleum system, Iranian sector of the Persian Gulf

The Cretaceous Kazhdumi and Gurpi formations, Ahmadi Member of the Sarvak Formation, and Paleogene Pabdeh Formation are important source rock candidates of the Middle Cretaceous–Early Miocene petroleum system in the Persian Gulf. This study characterizes generation potential, type of organic matter, and thermal maturity of 262 cutting samples (marls and argillaceous limestones) ...

Investigation of structural parameters and self-aggregation of Algerian asphaltenes in organic solvents

Elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), 1H-NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and surface tension methods have been used to characterize the molecular structure and the aggregation behaviors of two asphaltenic fractions derived, respectively, from an Algerian petroleum well and a corresponding storage tank deposit. Elemental analysis, FTIR, 1H-NMR, and fluorescence ...