IFPEN develops innovative solutions and software for reservoir modeling, including matrix/fracture characterization and modeling, as well as reservoir simulation.
COMPLEX RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION
The objective of the solutions proposed by IFPEN is to improve the characterization of complex oil and gas fields.
EasyTrace™: analyzing well logging data
EasyTrace™ is a multidisciplinary 1D data processing and editing tool, featuring a wide range of functionalities within the same package, for geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers. The results of the research and development conducted by IFPEN are transferred in the EasyTrace™ software, marketed by Beicip Franlab.
SmartAnalog™: 3D outcrop modeling to improve the characterization of complex reservoirs
Understanding and correctly describing complex geological reservoirs remains a challenge. It is for this reason that IFPEN proposes 3D outcrop modeling services, ranging from the acquisition to production of digital geological outcrop analogs. The objective is to provide a detailed geological and geostatic interpretation, and to use the interpretations of the outcrops as an aid to the geo-modeling of complex reservoirs. The SmartAnalog™ workflow is based on photogrammetry techniques and software dedicated to 3D digital outcrop visualization.
The method is systematically used to complete an internal database of analogs relating to complex reservoir systems, such as turbidites and microbialites, also including fracturing and diagenesis aspects.
Studies, JIPs and collaborative work for complex reservoir characterization
IFPEN organizes and coordinates JIPs (Joint industry projects), collaborative research projects bringing together industrial partners who jointly finance a program designed to solve a target problem. With this format, the financial risks are shared upstream and research results are shared downstream. This sharing provides a platform for exploring avenues leading to innovations and offers the partners a genuine competitive advantage, giving them rapid access to new technologies. IFPEN is coordinating JIPs in partnership with more than 30 national and international companies.
TURBICO (TURBidite/COntourite interactions) JIP
characterizing complex reservoirs in mixed turbidite / contourite systems
The objective is to understand the architecture of reservoirs (geometry and internal structure), the origin of which reflects the interaction between turbidite and contourite processes. This is a key problem facing oil industry players since it concerns major recent discoveries, and a number of scientific challenges still have to be overcome in order to be able to apply methods traditionally used in reservoir modeling. The approach proposed by IFPEN combines field acquisitions (using SmartAnalog™ technology), laboratory experimentation and the implementation of geological models. It will make it possible to provide a model aimed at improving the interpretation of seismic data held by industrial players in this type of environment.
AQUARIUS (Architecture and QUAntification of a Reservoir In a lacUStrine system) JIP
understanding and quantifying the physical properties of carbonaceous reservoirs in a lacustrine system
Following the COMPAS (Cretaceous Outcrop analog from Argentina for microbial Pre-salt Atlantic Series) JIP, the AQUARIUS JIP is aimed at characterizing and evaluating carbonate-rich reservoirs in a lacustrine system with complex architectures and different heterogeneity scales, using the Green River Formation (USA) as an outcrop analog. Innovative workflows will be used for the acquisition and modeling of outcrops (particularly our SmartAnalog™ technology), as well as lacustrine carbonate reservoir modeling, calibrated on the basis of the Green River Formation. The program is currently being finalized.
FRACTURED RESERVOIR MODELING
IFPEN develops solutions, specifically dedicated to fractured reservoirs, to describe them in terms of geology and flow properties.
FracaFlow™: understanding the impact of a fracture network in a reservoir and evaluating the associated uncertainties
FracaFlow™ provides an integrated workflow for the characterization, modeling and dynamic calibration of fractured reservoirs. It comprises dedicated modules ranging from the analysis and integration of geological data to fracture modeling with a discrete fracture network (DFN) and dual porosity media upscaling for reservoir simulation. The results of the research and development conducted by IFPEN are transferred in the FracaFlow™ software, marketed by Beicip Franlab.
Dynamic reservoir simulation consists in modeling fluid circulation, during production (hydrocarbons and associated fluids, such as water and CO2) and injection (fluids for maintaining pressure and enhanced recovery). Our aim: to enhance the reliability of reservoir models in order to improve productivity.
PumaFlow™: complete all-option reservoir simulator
PumaFlow™ is a multi-purpose dynamic simulator and visualization tool aimed at predicting and optimizing hydrocarbon production. It can be used for all recovery processes. It is a reference solution for fractured reservoirs with dual medium simulation based on a rigorous formulation of matrix-fracture exchanges. PumaFlow™ is a reliable solution for various thermal and chemical processes. It is used by the EOR Alliance and marketed within the framework of a partnership between IFPEN, Beicip-Franlab and KAPPA.
PVTFlow™: simulating the thermodynamic behavior of oil fluids
PVTFlow™ software integrates a complete thermodynamic library capable of processing laboratory data to simulate the thermodynamic behavior of oil fluids in order to support field production simulation models.
Aquathermolysis studies: anticipating the risk of H2S production in thermal EOR projects
Industrial players may have to deal with the production of H2S as a result of aquathermolysis in EOR (enhanced oil recovery) projects during steam injection (employed to extract heavy crudes). To address this problem, IFPEN has developed a custom workflow combining laboratory experiments and simulation. It is employed to estimate the H2S concentration at the well head and to mitigate the associated risks during production: identification of areas at risk of H2S production within the reservoir, laboratory studies on reservoir rock samples (implementation of our Rock-Eval-Sulfur equipment), and EOR process simulation using PumaFlow™ software.
IFPEN boasts considerable experience in this field with 4 patents and 13 publications to its name since 2004, and laboratory equipment and methodologies specifically designed for the geochemical characterization of reservoir rocks.
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Studies on condensate gases: providing reliable productivity forecasts, in the presence of natural gas condensates
In the presence of natural gas condensates, the productivity of oil and gas producing wells falls due to the accumulation of a condensate ring in the vicinity of the well. Oil companies need to understand the reason for this drop-in productivity and consider solutions to prevent it and anticipate it.
IFPEN’s objective is to provide reliable well productivity forecasts supported by laboratory experiments along with the advanced and accurate modeling of physical phenomena close to wells. Laboratory experiments are conducted using a unique patented technology, the CAL-X™ high-throughput coreflood test bench The CooresFlow software prototype is used to simulate reactive transport.