An international code comparison study on coupled thermal, hydrologic and geomechanical processes of natural gas hydrate-bearing sediments
Geologic reservoirs containing gas hydrate occur beneath permafrost environments and within marine conti- nental slope sediments, representing a potentially vast natural gas source. Numerical simulators provide scien- tists and engineers with tools for understanding how production efficiency depends on the numerous, interdependent (coupled) processes associated with potential production strategies for these gas hydrate reser- voirs. Confidence in the modeling and forecasting abilities of these gas hydrate reservoir simulators (GHRSs) grows with successful comparisons against laboratory and field test results, but such results are rare, particularly in natural settings. The hydrate community recognized another approach to building confidence in the GHRS: comparing simulation results between independently developed and executed computer codes on structured problems specifically tailored to the interdependent processes relevant for gas hydrate-bearing systems. The United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, (DOE/NETL), sponsored the first international gas hydrate code comparison study, IGHCCS1, in the early 2000s. IGHCCS1 focused on coupled thermal and hydrologic processes associated with producing gas hydrates from geologic reservoirs via depres- surization and thermal stimulation. Subsequently, GHRSs have advanced to model more complex production technologies and incorporate geomechanical processes into the existing framework of coupled thermal and hydrologic modeling.
Revised: July 23, 2020 |
Published: July 20, 2020
White M.D., T.J. Kneafsey, Y. Seol, W.F. Waite, S. Uchida, J.S. Lin, and E.M. Myshakin, et al. 2020.An international code comparison study on coupled thermal, hydrologic and geomechanical processes of natural gas hydrate-bearing sediments.Marine and Petroleum Geology 120.PNNL-SA-154536.doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2020.104566