Modeling of Production Decline Caused by Fines Migration in Deepwater Reservoirs

Fig. 1—Map view of the flow-velocity contour. High-velocity regions (red) indicate the location of perforations.

Many deepwater wells experience steep productivity declines. On the basis of field observations, this decline is partly attributed to fines-migration effects. The complete paper presents a numerical work flow to simulate the effect of flow-induced fines migration on production decline over time in deepwater reservoirs. This work flow will help reservoir engineers to predict the damage caused by fines migration, predict production decline, and plan remediation.


Although there are generally two causes of fines mobilization (or release), chemical (colloidal) and mechanical (hydrodynamical or flow), the complete paper focuses only on the mechanically induced fines migration, in which fines are mobilized by increasing flow velocity. As with chemically induced fines, there is a critical flow velocity at which fines are mobilized.

Previous studies focused on characterizing fines-migration processes by use of intricate mathematical models and adjustment of modeling parameters to match laboratory results. These models are mathematically complex and computationally expensive usually, which means they are applicable only to 1D simulation. To solve engineering problems, reservoir engineers need to perform realistic simulation on complex 3D geometries.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 187263, “Modeling of Production Decline Caused by Fines Migration in Deepwater Reservoirs,” by Yunhui Tan, Yan Li, Ruiting Wu, Peggy Rijken, Karim Zaki, Oya Karazincir, Wade Williams, and Bin Wang, Chevron, prepared for the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 9–11 October. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Modeling of Production Decline Caused by Fines Migration in Deepwater Reservoirs

01 February 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 2


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