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Type: Journal article
Title: Fluid flow characteristics of Bandanna Coal Formation: a case study from the Fairview Field, eastern Australia
Author: Yarmohammadtooski, Z.
Salmachi, A.
White, A.
Rajabi, M.
Citation: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2017; 64(3):319-333
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0812-0099
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Z. Yarmohammadtooski, A. Salmachi, A. White and M. Rajabi
Abstract: Fluid flow characteristics of cleat systems in coalbed methane reservoirs are crucial in reservoir management and field development plans. This paper aims to evaluate the cleat system properties including cleat porosity, permeability, and aperture as well as the impact of permeability growth on production performance in the Bandanna Coal Formation of the Fairview Field, eastern Queensland. Owing to the presence of bad hole conditions and poor core recovery of the coal intervals, the petrophysical well logs and laboratory measurements cannot be used as a source of information for this purpose. Hence, a new approach is employed that utilises early water production data to measure water in place and absolute permeability of the coal. In addition, micro-computed tomography (CT) scan method is used to investigate the cleat system that is preserved in a core sample and results are compared with the ones obtained by analysis of production data. Cleat system evaluation by analysis of production data and micro-CT scan technique provides a comprehensive approach that brings confidence in measurements and helps to obtain cleat properties at the sufficient scale for reservoir engineering purposes. The necessary information including production data and core samples are collected from a dewatering well and the nearby observation well in the study area. Analysis of early water production data (single-phase flow) indicates that coal permeability is 189 mD and the average cleat porosity is approximately 5%. High cleat porosity describes the large volume of water produced over the life of the study well. The 3D model of the fossilised cleat system constructed by the micro-CT scan method reveals that coal is well-cleated and cleat spacing and mean cleat aperture are 4 and 0.136 mm, respectively. The average cleat porosity that is measured by the micro-CT scan method is 5.7%, which is fairly close to the cleat porosity measured by analysis of production data. Production data analysis indicates that effective permeability to gas starts to grow at the midlife of the well and it strongly controls the shape of the production profile. The results of this study help in future field development and infill drilling programs in the Fairview Field and provide important insights into cleat system of Bandanna Coal Formation.
Keywords: Coalbed methane; cleat system; flowing material balance; micro-computed tomography; production data analysis; permeability enhancement
Rights: © 2017 Geological Society of Australia
RMID: 0030066526
DOI: 10.1080/08120099.2017.1292316
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