Multiphase flow and reactive transport modelling of CO2 storage in heterogeneous reservoirs

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(Thesis) M.Sc.
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2013-12-06
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This study addresses how physical heterogeneity, representing different sedimentary rock layers and the relationships between those layers, impacts the distribution of CO2, and thus the type and extent of mineral dissolution and precipitation reactions during CO2 geologic storage in deep saline aquifers. Numerical multiphase flow (TOUGH2) and reactive transport codes (TOUGHREACT) were used to construct a series of reservoir scale simulations to investigate how the flow controlling parameter values, distribution, and grid refinement of various hydrostratigraphic units (HSUs) affect the distribution of CO2, pH and mineral reactions. Physical heterogeneity is critical for controlling the distribution of supercritical and dissolved CO2, the redistribution of ions from geochemically reactive materials to more stable portions of the reservoir, mixing and dilution of CO2-rich waters, and the extent of mineral dissolution and precipitation reactions. The highest magnitude of carbonate mineral precipitation occurs at the sandstone-siltstone interface and along the extent of the CO2-water contact.
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Thesis advisor: Kirste, Dirk
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