Unconventional reservoirs, or shales, with nanoscale pores have caused a dramatic increase in oil and gas development activity. However, we are currently unable to characterize and predict long-term performance of these assets. A primary obstacle is that they challenge our classical understanding of rock and fluid behavior developed over decades for conventional oil and gas reservoirs. This forum will focus on gaps in the fundamentals of physics and chemistry in nanoscale rocks, and what we need to improve our knowledge for the future.
The forum will discuss the meaning of nanoscale, where the physics and chemistry of nanoscale is
important, what we should measure, and what we can measure. Additionally, the physics and chemistry
relevant to the flow and transport at the nanoscale and the nano-to-micro scale transition will be explored by compiling insights developed through the latest experimental and modeling initiatives. Participants will deliberate the future of new imaging technologies and high resolution measurements such as nanocomputerized tomography (CT) and focused ion beam milling scanning electron microscope (SEM) in improving characterization. Other important topics that will be debated include the impact of the small number of molecules occupying nanopores on the thermodynamics of finite nanoscale systems, the role of kerogen in porosity development and in contributing to permeability, and how a better understanding of nanoscale chemistry and physics can improve basin scale models. Ultimately, the forum will ponder how to maximize value from our understanding of nanoscale processes for resource identification, producibility, and completion design, and what the future holds
This forum will be of interest to operating companies, service companies, academia, and other research organizations.
SPE Forums are unique, by-invitation-only SPE events that bring together top technologists, innovators, and managers to address a specific industry challenge. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and knowledge, rather than be spectators or students.
The objective is to create a collaborative, idea-generating arena that stimulates new ideas and innovation about future challenges facing the E&P industry.
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