Application of the CPA equation of state to reservoir fluids in presence of water and polar chemicals

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2009


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The complex phase equilibrium between reservoir fluids and associating compounds like water, methanol and glycols has become more and more important as the increasing global energy demand pushes the oil industry to target reservoirs with extreme or complicated conditions, such as deep or offshore reservoirs. Conventional equation of state (EoS) with classical mixing rules cannot satisfactorily predict or even correlate the phase equilibrium of those systems. A promising model for such systems is the Cubic-Plus-Association (CPA) EoS, which has been successfully applied to well-defined systems containing associating compounds. In this work, a set of correlations was proposed to calculate the CPA model parameters for the narrow cuts in ill-defined C7+ fractions. The correlations were then combined with either the characterization method of Pedersen et al. or that of Whitson et al. to extend CPA to reservoir fluids in presence of water and polar chemical Such as methanol and monoethylene glycol. With a minimum number of adjustable parameters from binary pairs, satisfactory results have been obtained for different types of phase equilibria in reservoir fluid systems and several relevant model multicomponent systems. In addition, modeling Of Mutual solubility between light hydrocarbons and water is also addressed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)75-85
StatePublished - 2009
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 27


  • C7+ characterization, Reservoir fluid, Equation of state, Polar chemical, Water
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