A material balance model for porous rock formations

PORTEC - a material balance model to simulate gas storage processes in porous rock formations (depleted or partly depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs, aquifer structures).

Storage facility operators are currently facing huge challenges. On the one hand they need to sell 100 per cent of available working gas volume if at all possible. On the other hand they are required to comply with operational restrictions established by authorities and need to provide evidence of non-discriminatory storage access.

Additionally, injection and withdrawal rates are not constant, but rather depend on various operational factors, whereas customers are looking for flexible storage products which they can implement profitably into their trading instruments.

As a result, software programs allowing for optimum use of each individual storage facility can contribute to more effective commercialization of underground gas storages.

PORTEC - principle of model

Your benefits

  • Forecast possible injection/production volumes/rates considering individual operational constraints
  • Optimise well and reservoir management
  • Identify possible upside potential

Key features

  • Simulation of all relevant hydrodynamic and thermodynamic processes
  • Processing of different rate specifications (in pool or single cavern mode)
  • Consideration of aquifer influx and hydrodynamic communication between adjacent reservoir compartments

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