2019 Brisbane - Opportunity for Technology Trial with Industry10 Feb - 17 Mar
Pathway to trials in the energy and resources sector
A Solid Solution: predict flow of solids in natural gas wells
Can you help us better model and predict which coal seam gas wells will have a high flow-rate of solids? Can you help us select the right combination of well design, systems and equipment to suit a variety of geological conditions to improve performance and production output? If so, we want to hear from you.
Coal seam gas (CSG) is natural gas found in coal seams (areas of underground coal). For coal seam gas extraction, wells are drilled into the coal seams. When operational, water, gas, and solids are produced up the wellbore into a processing facility where water and gas are separated.
Variations in geology and well completion techniques affect the volume of solids produced in a coal seam gas well which is difficult to quantify. This variation in solids can have significant impact on the production output and can also increase wear on both surface equipment and down-hole equipment.
The challenge is to:
- model and predict the types of solids and volume of solids produced across wells (based on geological, production and down-hole well data)
- identify and select customised well designs, pumping systems and equipment which are best suited for particular geological conditions for each well
- identify wells that would meet the business case (cost-benefit analysis) of being serviced or retro-fitted (worked-over) with a revised design to improve performance and production output
The coal seam gas (CSG) industry in Australia is driven by high demand for natural gas domestically coupled with increased demand for export through new LNG export terminals on Australia’s east coast. As a result, the need to drill additional CSG wells to supply this growing demand will extend beyond the next 10 years.
The opportunity is to trial your predictive solutions with a vertically-integrated energy company in Australia. Your solution will help to reduce the impact that solids have on coal seam gas production, increase production ouput and reduce the cost of servicing wells; a combined potential impact between A$30-$50 million per annum for a single operator/customer.