Gas production system from methane hydrate layers by hot water injection using dual horizontal wells

K. Sasaki, Shinji Ono, Y. Sugai, Takao Ebinuma, Hideo Narita, Tsutomu Yamaguchi

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In this study, we investigate a system of gas production from methane hydrate layers involving hot water injection using dual horizontal wells. Physical and numerical models simulating the gas production process from methane hydrate layers within a hot water chamber are proposed. Experiments with scaled two-dimensional physical models using an imitated hydrate layer (NaHCO 3 ice formation) were performed to investigate fluid flow characteristics and production performance. The thermal simulator was used to simulate experimental chamber growth and field production. Numerical simulations for the processes were successfully performed with a two-component (water and oil or methane hydrates), threephase (water, methane hydrates and methane gas) and three-dimensional model, matching the physical model. Results of the history-matched numerical simulations were in good agreement with data on production and chamber shapes obtained using the Intermediate3-Stonel wettability model. Simulations of field production using dual horizontal wells 500 m in length were performed to evaluate cumulative gas production over 3 years of injection with 500 × 103 kg/day of hot water, which varied from 5 × 106 to 9 × 106 std m3. The production process appears economical, in view of the expected convective heat transfer from the chamber boundary and buoyancy force on dissociated methane gas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Canadian Petroleum Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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