PEARL

Petroleum Engineering & Analytics Research Lab

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   Research

CO2 Sequestration & EOR Technology

Numerical and AI-Based reservoir simulation and modeling of carbon storage and sequestration as well as use of CO2 for EOR are the main concentrations at PEARL. More specifically, we are interested in modeling post-sequestration leakage of CO2 either through abandoned wells or unsealed faults. Analyses of risks associated with long-term carbon storage in geological formations (Aquifers, depleted oil and gas reservoirs, coal seams and shales) and being able to detect leaks well in advance of becoming a significant threat to the environment (detection at the reservoir level) are among the research topics that are being pursued at PEARL.

Unconventional Resources Technology

State of the art in simulation and modeling of Shale reservoirs in the E&P industry leaves much to be desired. Numerical reservoir simulation and modeling is the most commonly used technology to book reserves and to model gas and liquid flow in Shale. Use of "Soft Data" (interpreted and not measured parameters such as hydraulic fracture conductivity and helf length or Stimulated Reservoir Volume - SRV) limits the predictive capabilities of existing models significantly and does not provide any means for hydraulic fracture or well placement optimization. Therefore, current practices of development of shale assets remains to be sub-optimum.  Our Shale related research and development at PEARL has been focused on the use of "Hard Data" (data actually measured in the field such as fluid and proppant amount injected during fracturing) to build data-driven predictive models, with hydraulic fracturing optimization capabilities.  Application of Top-Down, Intelligent Reservoir Simulation and Modeling to unconventional resources such as shale formations as well as developing fast but highly accurate numerical reservoir simulation models that allows comprehensive analysis of drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the shale formations are among the issues that are pursued at PEARL.

Smart Field Technology

The bottle-neck in the making Smart Fields a reality is real-time reservoir management. Our industry has made reasonable progress in real-time monitoring of the wells. Performing reservoir simulation (modeling, updating, forecasting ...) at the reservoir level has remained quite illusive. Our focus at PEARL is on developing and testing technologies that eventually will allow reservoir engineers and managers to observe, manage and forecast what happens in the entire reservoir and not only at the well.

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