Tech Lunch: CO2 Messes with Rock Physics - Dec 13th

This is a Hybrid Event

NEW Meeting Location:
Apache Corporation
2000 Post Oak Blvd, Room 108
Houston, TX 77056-4400

Meeting Time: 11:00 to 1:00
Registration Begins at 11:00
Lunch Served at 11:30
Presentation starts at Noon

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Speaker: Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines

Co-Authors: Stanislav Glubokovskikh, Thomas Daley, Similoluwa Oduwole, and William Harbert

Seismic techniques are the main monitoring tools for CO2 storage projects, especially in saline aquifers with good porosity. The majority of existing commercial and pilot CO2 injections have resulted in clear time-lapse seismic anomalies that can be used for leakage  detection as well as refinement of the reservoir models to conform with the monitoring observations. Both tasks are legal requirements imposed on site operators. This paper revisits the rock-physics effects that may play an important role in the quantitative interpretation of seismic data. First, we briefly describe a standard approach to the rock-physics modeling of CO2 injections: Gassmann-type fluid substitution accounts for the presence of compressible CO2 in the pore space, and dissolution/precipitation of the minerals changes the pore volume. For many geologic conditions and injection scenarios, this approach is inadequate. For example, dissolution of the carbonate cement may weaken the rock frame, wave-induced fluid flow between CO2 patches can vary the magnitude of the seismic response significantly for the same saturation, the fluid itself might undergo change, and the seal might act as a sink for CO2. Hence, we critically review the effects of some recent advances in understanding CO2 behavior in the subsurface and associated rock-physics effects. Such a review should help researchers and practitioners navigate through the abundance of published work and design a rock-physics modeling workflow for their particular projects. 

Speaker Biography: Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines
Manika Prasad is Professor of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines and Director of the Mines CCUS Innovation Center (MCIC). She also co-director of Center for Rock and Fluid Multiphysics. She has led two long-standing industry consortia, the DHI/Fluids consortium on rock physics of reservoir rocks and fluids and the OCLASSH consortium on the physics and mechanics of reservoir shales. A large part of Prasad’s work is on multiphysics investigations of sediments and rocks materials for CCS and energy applications. Prasad has a BS from University of Bombay, India and an MS and PhD from University of Kiel, Germany.

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12/13/2022 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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