Numerical Study of CO2 Storage in a Deep Aquifer in Saudi Arabia


Project Description

The ongoing greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere is a global concern. Climate change could be mitigated by stabilizing and reducing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In this context, the role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) becomes important, as it is one of very few options available to us to maintain the value of fossil fuels whilst reducing emissions. CCS technology corresponds to a mature and feasible solution that can be applied to meet the objectives set by various governments and agreements worldwide for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from carbon intensive industries. CCS is an essential component in all IPCC scenarios that limit global warming, and has also been recognized as a main enabler for Circular Carbon Economy (CCE).

The objective of this project is study the feasibly of CO2 storage in a deep aquifer in Saudi Arabia. The focus will be on building a 3D high-resolution geological model in Petrel. The model will incorporate well data, outcrops, and analogs. Different realizations will be considered to account for uncertainties. Simulations will then be conducted to assess the storage capacity, development alternatives, what-if scenarios, and risk assessments.
Program - Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - Geology and Reservoir Engineering

About the

Hussein Hoteit

Associate Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Hussein Hoteit

Professor Hoteit‘s research is focused on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes in Reservoir Engineering. Dr. Hoteit has conducted research in different areas such as chemical EOR, modeling multi-phase flow in naturally fractured reservoirs using higher-order methods, modeling molecular diffusion and gas-oil interaction in gas flood in fractured reservoirs, Knudsen diffusion in unconventional plays, high resolution simulations for full field chemical EOR, improved SAGD, thermodynamic phase behavior calculation, wax deposition in pipelines and other area related to discretization methods and gridding. Dr. Hoteit has about 14 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. He was selected as SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009 and severs as an Associate Editor for SPE journal since 2006.

Desired Project Deliverables

- Build 3D geological model in Petel
- Generate high-resolution corner-point simulation grids
- Populate the static model
- Propose alternative development plans
- Perform simulations using Intersect
- Document findings in presentations and a final technical report