Reservoir: Integration of Subsurface Modeling and Surface Networks to Develop CO2 Source Field

With current oil prices, CO2 floods become viable and continue to grow in importance throughout the world, especially in mature fields.  One of the important pieces of a CO2 flood is the CO2 itself. The presentation will describe how Kinder Morgan developed McElmo Dome, the giant  CO2 source field, to meet production targets.

 The field is located in rugged topography with deep impassable canyons within an archeologically sensitive area and on the flank of a large plunging anticlinal structure. The location of the field in the surface and subsurface creates complexity in field development and in modeling efforts. In this presentation, we will describe the process of building a simulation model with tilted water contact and matching the production and pressure histories.

The presentation will continue on how we selected the field development plan. We found that increasing compressor suction pressure would be the best plan to meet and maintain the production target. We will go through step by step on how we integrated the subsurface model and surface system to optimize CO2 production rates. Finally, this presentation will highlight the benefits of integration modeling applications for the McElmo Dome field development.

Location: Sullivan’s Steakhouse
4608 Westheimer Rd
Houston , TX 77027

Date: Jan. 23, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - Jan. 23, 2014, 1 p.m.