The Use of Polymer-gel Remediation for CO2 Leakage through Faults and Fractures in the Caprock

Mojgan Hadi Mosleh, Rajesh Govindan, Ji-Quan Shi, Sevket Durucan, Anna Korre

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    This paper presents the results of numerical modelling carried out to investigate the application of polymer-gel barriers for remediation of CO2 leakage through faults or fracture zones in the caprock. The chemical flooding reservoir simulator UTCHEM was used for polymer-gel injections and assessment of the area of influence. Sensitivity analyses were performed to account for the effect of other crosslinkers other than chromium on the kinetics of gelation process. Subsequently, a numerical model of a saline aquifer was setup to carry out the reservoir simulations of CO2 injection into a storage reservoir using Schlumberger's Eclipse 300 (E300) software. The amount of CO2 leaked into a shallower formation through a sub-seismic fault was monitored and CO2 injection was temporarily stopped for leakage remediation. The injection of polymer-gel solution was simulated and the area of influence and volume of polymer-gel needed were estimated for a number of scenarios. CO2 injection was then resumed and the efficiency of the polymer-gel treatment was assessed for each scenario.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4164-4171
    JournalEnergy Procedia
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


    • CO2 leakage
    • polymer-gel treatment
    • numerical simulation


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