Evaluation of thermal stimulation method using deep geothermal heat in methane hydrate deposits

Hikari Fujii, Yusuke Wasaki, Ryuichi Itoi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Thermal stimulation method is one of the prospective methods for gas production from methane hydrate (MH) deposits. In the thermal stimulation method, MH is dissolved to methane gas and water either by injecting heated water into the MH deposits or by circulating heated water in production wells. In this paper, the feasibility of heated water injection using the ground heat in the deep formation was investigated with numerical simulations. A co-axial ground heat exchanger (GHE) is designed to be drilled below MH deposits to produce the heated water. Numerical simulations showed that a GHE of 2000m deep can extract a geothermal heat over 200kW, On the basis of the estimated heat supply, numerical reservoir simulations were carried out to optimize the strategy of water injection in terms of gas production rates. The simulations showed that water injection should be commenced after a gas production with depressurization for 3 years since the timing maximized the cumulative gas recovery; the optimum injection rate was estimated 250L/min. The use of seawater as water source was also examined to demonstrate that the inhibitor effect of seawater, which lowers the dissociation temperature of MH, can accelerate the dissolution of MH. Assuming a production life of 20 years, the cumulative gas production, when using a GHE of 2000m deep and seawater as water source, was estimated 48.9% larger than the cumulative gas production without heated water injection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-207
Number of pages9
JournalNihon Enerugi Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Energy
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2008

Fingerprint

Hydrates
Methane
Deposits
Water injection
Gases
Seawater
Heat exchangers
Water
Computer simulation
Hot Temperature
Dissolution
Recovery

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

Cite this

Evaluation of thermal stimulation method using deep geothermal heat in methane hydrate deposits. / Fujii, Hikari; Wasaki, Yusuke; Itoi, Ryuichi.

In: Nihon Enerugi Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Energy, Vol. 87, No. 3, 01.03.2008, p. 199-207.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{53edb3304e504537a96f7bfc4d4a82ba,
title = "Evaluation of thermal stimulation method using deep geothermal heat in methane hydrate deposits",
abstract = "Thermal stimulation method is one of the prospective methods for gas production from methane hydrate (MH) deposits. In the thermal stimulation method, MH is dissolved to methane gas and water either by injecting heated water into the MH deposits or by circulating heated water in production wells. In this paper, the feasibility of heated water injection using the ground heat in the deep formation was investigated with numerical simulations. A co-axial ground heat exchanger (GHE) is designed to be drilled below MH deposits to produce the heated water. Numerical simulations showed that a GHE of 2000m deep can extract a geothermal heat over 200kW, On the basis of the estimated heat supply, numerical reservoir simulations were carried out to optimize the strategy of water injection in terms of gas production rates. The simulations showed that water injection should be commenced after a gas production with depressurization for 3 years since the timing maximized the cumulative gas recovery; the optimum injection rate was estimated 250L/min. The use of seawater as water source was also examined to demonstrate that the inhibitor effect of seawater, which lowers the dissociation temperature of MH, can accelerate the dissolution of MH. Assuming a production life of 20 years, the cumulative gas production, when using a GHE of 2000m deep and seawater as water source, was estimated 48.9{\%} larger than the cumulative gas production without heated water injection.",
author = "Hikari Fujii and Yusuke Wasaki and Ryuichi Itoi",
year = "2008",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.3775/jie.87.199",
language = "English",
volume = "87",
pages = "199--207",
journal = "Nenryo Kyokai-Shi/Journal of the Fuel Society of Japan",
issn = "0916-8753",
publisher = "一般社団法人日本エネルギー学会",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Evaluation of thermal stimulation method using deep geothermal heat in methane hydrate deposits

AU - Fujii, Hikari

AU - Wasaki, Yusuke

AU - Itoi, Ryuichi

PY - 2008/3/1

Y1 - 2008/3/1

N2 - Thermal stimulation method is one of the prospective methods for gas production from methane hydrate (MH) deposits. In the thermal stimulation method, MH is dissolved to methane gas and water either by injecting heated water into the MH deposits or by circulating heated water in production wells. In this paper, the feasibility of heated water injection using the ground heat in the deep formation was investigated with numerical simulations. A co-axial ground heat exchanger (GHE) is designed to be drilled below MH deposits to produce the heated water. Numerical simulations showed that a GHE of 2000m deep can extract a geothermal heat over 200kW, On the basis of the estimated heat supply, numerical reservoir simulations were carried out to optimize the strategy of water injection in terms of gas production rates. The simulations showed that water injection should be commenced after a gas production with depressurization for 3 years since the timing maximized the cumulative gas recovery; the optimum injection rate was estimated 250L/min. The use of seawater as water source was also examined to demonstrate that the inhibitor effect of seawater, which lowers the dissociation temperature of MH, can accelerate the dissolution of MH. Assuming a production life of 20 years, the cumulative gas production, when using a GHE of 2000m deep and seawater as water source, was estimated 48.9% larger than the cumulative gas production without heated water injection.

AB - Thermal stimulation method is one of the prospective methods for gas production from methane hydrate (MH) deposits. In the thermal stimulation method, MH is dissolved to methane gas and water either by injecting heated water into the MH deposits or by circulating heated water in production wells. In this paper, the feasibility of heated water injection using the ground heat in the deep formation was investigated with numerical simulations. A co-axial ground heat exchanger (GHE) is designed to be drilled below MH deposits to produce the heated water. Numerical simulations showed that a GHE of 2000m deep can extract a geothermal heat over 200kW, On the basis of the estimated heat supply, numerical reservoir simulations were carried out to optimize the strategy of water injection in terms of gas production rates. The simulations showed that water injection should be commenced after a gas production with depressurization for 3 years since the timing maximized the cumulative gas recovery; the optimum injection rate was estimated 250L/min. The use of seawater as water source was also examined to demonstrate that the inhibitor effect of seawater, which lowers the dissociation temperature of MH, can accelerate the dissolution of MH. Assuming a production life of 20 years, the cumulative gas production, when using a GHE of 2000m deep and seawater as water source, was estimated 48.9% larger than the cumulative gas production without heated water injection.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=44349104759&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=44349104759&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.3775/jie.87.199

DO - 10.3775/jie.87.199

M3 - Article

VL - 87

SP - 199

EP - 207

JO - Nenryo Kyokai-Shi/Journal of the Fuel Society of Japan

JF - Nenryo Kyokai-Shi/Journal of the Fuel Society of Japan

SN - 0916-8753

IS - 3

ER -