Natural gas in clathrate hydrates is regarded as a potential energy source that has received increased attention to optimize production strategies with controllable impacts on the environment. This paper investigates possible instability of a gently sloping reservoir of oceanic hydrates induced by gas production using the huff-puff method through a horizontal well. The geomechanical stability of the slope is analyzed within the framework of the limit equilibrium method by considering the dynamic change in the pore pressure and the strength parameters of the slope during gas production. The production process is simulated by a coupled analysis of heat and flow transport considering thermal effects of hydrate dissociation and formation, and the time-dependent pore pressure and strength parameters are attained from this analysis and passed to the slope stability analysis. Parametric studies are performed to screen the optimal production scenario under different site conditions. Being part of the huff-puff production process, thermal stimulation during the huff stage poses a risk of production-induced instability to the slope. Overpressure is the dominant cause for slope failure, and strength reduction due to hydrate dissociation plays a secondary role in the studied scenario. The production-induced slope failure likely takes place at a site with interbedded geological structures that promote overpressure expansion in a laterally extending band beneath the potential failure surface. Thus, the geological structures should be properly modelled in reservoir simulations, as they could impact the production effectiveness and geomechanical response of the reservoir remarkably. This study demonstrates a need for a multi-objective optimization procedure to seek the overall optimal production strategy, since the economically optimal option is not necessarily free of risk of production-induced geo-hazards.

Tan, L., Liu, F., Huang, Y., Crosta, G., Frattini, P., Cen, X. (2021). Production-induced instability of a gentle submarine slope: Potential impact of gas hydrate exploitation with the huff-puff method. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, 289(August 2021) [10.1016/j.enggeo.2021.106174].

Production-induced instability of a gentle submarine slope: Potential impact of gas hydrate exploitation with the huff-puff method

Crosta G.
;
Frattini P.
;
2021

Abstract

Natural gas in clathrate hydrates is regarded as a potential energy source that has received increased attention to optimize production strategies with controllable impacts on the environment. This paper investigates possible instability of a gently sloping reservoir of oceanic hydrates induced by gas production using the huff-puff method through a horizontal well. The geomechanical stability of the slope is analyzed within the framework of the limit equilibrium method by considering the dynamic change in the pore pressure and the strength parameters of the slope during gas production. The production process is simulated by a coupled analysis of heat and flow transport considering thermal effects of hydrate dissociation and formation, and the time-dependent pore pressure and strength parameters are attained from this analysis and passed to the slope stability analysis. Parametric studies are performed to screen the optimal production scenario under different site conditions. Being part of the huff-puff production process, thermal stimulation during the huff stage poses a risk of production-induced instability to the slope. Overpressure is the dominant cause for slope failure, and strength reduction due to hydrate dissociation plays a secondary role in the studied scenario. The production-induced slope failure likely takes place at a site with interbedded geological structures that promote overpressure expansion in a laterally extending band beneath the potential failure surface. Thus, the geological structures should be properly modelled in reservoir simulations, as they could impact the production effectiveness and geomechanical response of the reservoir remarkably. This study demonstrates a need for a multi-objective optimization procedure to seek the overall optimal production strategy, since the economically optimal option is not necessarily free of risk of production-induced geo-hazards.
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
Depressurization; Gas hydrate exploitation; Multi-objective optimization; Optimal production strategy; Submarine slope failure; Thermal stimulation;
English
3-mag-2021
2021
289
August 2021
106174
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Tan, L., Liu, F., Huang, Y., Crosta, G., Frattini, P., Cen, X. (2021). Production-induced instability of a gentle submarine slope: Potential impact of gas hydrate exploitation with the huff-puff method. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, 289(August 2021) [10.1016/j.enggeo.2021.106174].
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