Fluid Characterization at the Cranfield CO₂ Injection Site : Quantitative Seismic Interpretation from Rock-Physics Modeling and Seismic Inversion



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This dissertation focuses on quantitatively interpreting the elastic properties of the Cranfield reservoir for CO₂ saturation. In this work, quantitative interpretation starts by examining the relationship between CO₂ saturation and the elastic properties of the reservoir. This relationship comes from a rock-physics model calibrated to measured well data. Seismic data can then be inverted using a model for CO₂ saturation and rock-property estimates. The location and saturation of injected CO₂ are important metrics for monitoring the long-term effectiveness of carbon capture utilization and storage. Non-uniform CO₂ saturation is a contributing factor to both lateral and time-lapse changes in the elastic properties of the Cranfield reservoir. In the Cranfield reservoir, CO₂ saturation and porosity can be estimated from the ratio of P-wave velocity (Vp) to S-wave velocity (Vs) and P-impedance (Ip), respectively. Lower values of Ip for a given rock matrix often correlate to higher porosity. Similarly, for a given area of the reservoir, lower Vp/Vs frequently can be associated with higher CO₂ saturation. If a constant porosity from the baseline to the time-lapse survey is assumed, changes in Ip over time can be attributed to changes in CO₂ saturation in lieu of using Vp/Vs. Decreases in Ip between the baseline and time-lapse survey can be attributed to increases in CO₂ saturation. With a rock-physics model calibrated to the reservoir, Ip and Is from a vertical seismic profile were correlated to statistical ranges of porosity and CO₂ saturations. To expand the lateral interpretation of reservoir porosity and CO₂ saturation, the time-variant changes in Ip between baseline and time-lapse surface seismic datasets were compared to changes in CO₂ saturation calculated from the rock-physics model. Characterizing the CO₂ saturation of the Tuscaloosa sandstones helped to establish a workflow for estimating reservoir properties and fluid saturation from multiple types of geophysical data. Additionally, this work helped establish an understanding for how CO₂ injected into a reservoir alters and changes the elastic properties of the reservoir and the degree to which those changes can be detected using geophysical methods.