Determination of two-phase relative permeability from a displacement with Safman-Rayleigh instability using a coarse-scale model history matching approach

Usman Taura, Pedram Mahzari, Mehran Sohrabi, Yahya Al-Wahaibi, Sayyed Amir Farzaneh

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In heavy oil displacement by fluid injection, severe instability can occur due to the adverse mobility ratio, gravity segregation or compositional effects. However, when estimating relative permeability, most analytical methods assume a stable front in the displacement, which may be highly erroneous when used with unstable displacements. Quite often in such cases, history matching using a high-resolution model is preferred, however, it is computationally inefficient or impractical in some cases.
This work describes a relatively fast methodology for estimating relative permeability from displacement with instability and compositional effect. It involves defining a set of 2-dimensional (2D) coarse-grid models and the tuning of a three-parameter correlation. By this approach, an attempt was made to resolve the fine-scale information without direct solution of the global finescale problem.
The results of the coarse-grid history matching corrected by the proposed approach in this study showed that the improved methodology is three times faster, and required less than half the memory of a high-resolution 2D model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207
Number of pages1222
JournalComputational Geosciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • relative permeability
  • Instability
  • History matching
  • Coarse-scale

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