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Naturally Fractured Reservoir Modelling and Simulation for the Energy Transition (RES61)


    This course addresses the key concepts and challenges encountered when modelling simulating naturally fractured reservoirs and will provide practical guidelines for creating meaningful reservoir simulation models across a range of subsurface reservoir applications that support the transition to a sustainable low-carbon energy future.

    Course Level: Advanced / Specialised
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Sebastian Geiger

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • An experienced reservoir engineer working on naturally fractured reservoirs, wishing to refine your expertise in modelling and simulating these complex reservoirs, specifically in the context of the energy transition.

    How we build your confidence

    • Discuss how and why fractured reservoirs matter for the energy transition
    • Examine how oil and gas expertise for naturally fractured reservoirs can be applied to other subsurface applications such as CCUS and geothermal energy
    • By using case studies, you will review the challenges encountered during the characterisation and operation of naturally fractured reservoirs
    • Modern reservoir modelling approaches for naturally fractured reservoirs will be discussed (not specific to certain software packages)
    • You will learn how to quantify the fundamental processes that drive fluid flow in naturally fractured formations (incl. simple exercises)
    • You will explore the concepts available in modern reservoir simulation packages and discuss their advantages and disadvantages when modelling single- and multi-phase flow processes in naturally fractured reservoirs
    • You will understand how dynamic data can be used to calibrate fractured reservoir models

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • Why fractured reservoirs are important for the energy transition
    • State-of-the-art naturally fractured reservoir modelling
    • Creating and upscaling fracture network models
    • The physics of multiphase flow in naturally fractured formations
    • Running dual-porosity and dual-permeability models
    • Using assisted history matching techniques to forecast future production


    • The role of naturally fractured reservoirs in the energy transition (e.g., geothermal energy or CCUS)
    • Introduction to naturally fractured reservoirs and their performance
    • Heat and mass transfer in naturally fractured reservoirs
    • Fracture network modelling and upscaling
    • Principles of fluid flow in fractured formations
    • Reservoir simulation using dual-porosity and dual-permeability models
    • Calibrating fractured reservoir models using dynamic data



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