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Modeling the effect of dynamic adsorption on the phase behavior of hydrocarbons in shale and tight reservoirs

O.A. Lobanova, I.M. Indrupskiy

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It is known that in shale and tight reservoirs, adsorption significantly affects hydrocarbon reserves and the processes of their production.  This fact is reflected in the methods for calculating reserves and evaluating the production potential of shale and tight deposits. To calculate the initial content of the components, multi-component adsorption models are used. The impact on hydrocarbon production is taken into account through special dynamic permeability models for shale reservoirs. According to laboratory studies, adsorption can lead to significant changes not only in volume, but also in the composition of the produced fluids and their phase behavior. Previously, this effect could not be reproduced on the basis of mathematical models. The method proposed in this article allows modeling the phase behavior of a hydrocarbon mixture taking into account the dynamic adsorption/desorption of components in the process of pressure change. The method is applicable in the simulations of multi-component (compositional) flow and PVT-modeling on real objects. The phase behavior of hydrocarbons with pressure depletion in shale reservoirs has been simulated. It is shown that the neglect of the dynamic effect of adsorption / desorption leads to significant errors in predicting the saturation pressure, as well as the dynamics of changes in the composition of the produced fluid and of hydrocarbon component recovery.


phase behavior, oil, gas, multicomponent hydrocarbon mixture, multicomponent adsorption, shale reservoir, numerical algorithm


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Olga A. Lobanova
Oil and Gas Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
3, Gubkin st., Moscow, 119333, Russian Federation

Ilya M. Indrupskiy
Oil and Gas Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
3, Gubkin st., Moscow, 119333, Russian Federation


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Lobanova O.A., Indrupskiy I.M. (2020). Modeling the effect of dynamic adsorption on the phase behavior of hydrocarbons in shale and tight reservoirs. Georesursy = Georesources, 22(1), pp. 13-21. DOI: