Influence of total organic content on CO2-water-sandstone wettability and CO2 geo-storage capacity

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Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Europec Featured at 82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)


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Fauziah, C. A., Al-Khdheeawi, E. A., Iglauer, S., & Barifcani, A. (2020, June). Influence of Total Organic Content on CO–Water–Sandstone Wettability and CO Geo-Storage Capacity. In SPE Europec featured at 82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers.


© 2020 Society of Petroleum Engineers. All rights reserved. Wettability of CO2-water- reservoir rock system is a key factor to determine fluid dynamic and storagecapacities in CO2 geo-storage process. Despite the past researches on this matter, the parameters thatinfluence the CO2-water-rock wettability variation are still not fully understood. One of these parametersis rock-Total organic content (TOC). Thus, here, we investigated the effect of TOC on the CO2-water-sandstone wettability and the implication for CO2 geo-storage at relevant reservoir conditions. The usedsandstone samples were retrieved from the South West Hub CO2 capture and storage project (GSWA Harvey1) in Western Australia. Here, we measured the contact angles for a range of sandstone TOC (i.e. 0.01 wt%, 0.015 wt %, 0.017 wt %, and 0.019 wt % TOC) at various pressures (5 MPa, 10 MPa, 15 MPa, and 20MPa) and at an isothermal reservoir temperature (334 K). The results indicate that both of the advancing(a) and receding (r) contact angles for all tested sandstones increased with an increase in pressure TOC,implying the system turned to be more CO2-wet (e.g.The advancing contact angle increased from 92° to 118°when the sandstone TOC increased from 0.01 wt % to 0.019 wt %, at 20 MPa and reservoir temperature).Furthermore, our results indicate that the sandstone contact angle increase with pressure for all tested TOCvalues. Thus, we conclude that minute increasing in TOC can increase the sandstone contact angle and thusdecrease the residual trapping capacities. Our results suggest that the contact angle measurement of rockretrieved from reservoirs should be treated properly for TOC to have an accurate estimation for the CO2storage capacity.



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