WIT Press


Semi-analytic Subsidence Prediction

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE010101

Volume

28

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

921 kb

Author(s)

P. A. Fokker

Abstract

Subsidence of the surface due to the extraction of gas or oil from hydrocar- bon reservoirs can in some cases be considerable. Two places where this is a problem are the Groningen field in The Netherlands and the Ekofisk field offshore Norway. Two approaches have traditionally been used to calculate subsidence: analytical and numerical. This paper presents a semi-analytical method, which has broader applicability than analytical models while cal- culation times remain very short. This new method can be applied for a multilayer subsurface in which the elastic properties vary per layer. It per- formed excellently in a validation exercise against analytical and numerical approaches. Further, the flexibility of the method was demonstrated using a field case. The new approach does not yet incorporate the viscoelastic behaviour of salt layers; this is scheduled for the near future. 1 In

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