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Session Overview
10.4-1 Understanding reactions and transport in porous and fractured media - from rock analytics to predictive modelling
Monday, 20/Sept/2021:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Benjamin Busch, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Session Chair: Marita Felder, PanTerra Geoconsultants
Session Chair: Michael Kühn, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Session Abstract

The interaction of fluid and rock, and the properties of pores and their connectivity are among the main controls on the production and storage potential in clastic and carbonate rocks. At least as much as in the hydrocarbon sector, the exploration of geothermal resources or storage sites for CO2 or hydrogen, require knowledge of processes on the pore scale. Compaction, cementation, dissolution, and alteration, control the evolution of reservoir quality and are also key to understanding the risk of formation damage. All may occur on geological time scales or happen rather quickly during production or storage as the composition and/or pressure of the pore fluids is changed dramatically within a short period of time. The process-based understanding of diagenesis controlling reservoir behavior will aid in future utilization of the subsurface in outlining possibilities for better assessment, prediction chances and risks of classic and renewable energy. Numerical simulations are the only way to connect micro-scale processes, which may significantly alter the internal rock structure, with the macro-scale, which consequently affect the hydraulic behaviour of the system.This session aims to showcase recent developments in reservoir petrography, petrographic modelling, and prediction utilizing multiple geological, geochemical, and geophysical methods and approaches like reactive transport modelling. We invite submissions presenting e.g., case studies, integrations of novel methodologies, and new interpretations of legacy data for future energy challenges. 

1:30pm - 2:00pm
Session Keynote

Why are fluid-rock reactions crucial for sustainably utilizing geotechnical potentials of the deep subsurface, and to tackle future energy challenges?

Sebastian Fischer

BGR, Germany

In recent years, the deep geological subsurface gained more and more attention as it offers various reservoirs potentially applicable for different geotechnical use options, e.g. deep geothermal energy, geological storage of CO2 and H2/energy. In this context, knowledge about the occurrence and the controlling processes of fluid-rock reactions in space and time is important to guarantee sustainable long-term reservoir utilization. While fluid-rock reactions occur at pore scale, they can significantly influence both reservoir-scale (transport) processes and regional flow regimes. Based on field observations, exemplary fluid-rock reactions in connection with their wide-ranging effects on geotechnical utilizations will be discussed.

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Deep hydrochemical profile through the Alps – solute acquisition during distinct water-rock-interaction along the Sedrun section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Ingrid Stober, Kurt Bucher

Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg Germany

During drilling of the Gotthard Base Tunnel through the Central Alps the exposed fractured rocks and the frequent water inflows provided a deep insight into regional hydrogeological processes in orogenic crystalline basements. Here we report data from the 10 km long central Sedrun section. 211 water samples were collected from frequent inflow points at 900 to 2350 m below the surface. The singular samples and data provide a comprehension of the deep hydrochemical cross-section through the Central Alps. The investigated tunnel section cuts across gneisses and schists of the pre-Alpine basement and across two narrow zones of meta-sediments. Rock temperature varies from 30 °C to 45 °C depending on the thickness of the overburden. The fracture water is of meteoric origin and acquires its composition exclusively by chemical interaction with the surrounding rocks along the flow path.

Water from inflow points in the basement of the Gotthard massif has typically a high pH of about 10 and total dissolved solids in the range of 100 to 300 mg L-1. Sodium is the prime cation of most waters. Although plentiful in the rocks, calcium, potassium, and magnesium are low to very low in the water. The anions associated with Na are carbonate/bicarbonate, sulfate, fluoride and chloride in widely varying proportions. High fluoride concentrations of up to 15.4 mg L-1 are characteristic for most waters. As a result of the high pH dissolved silica (SiO2) reached concentrations of up to 58 mg L-1 and represents 25 - 30 wt.% of the solutes.

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Identification of the diagenetic sedimentary environment and hydrothermal fluid fluxes in Southern Ocean sediments (IODP Exp 382) using B, Si and Sr isotopes in interstitial waters

Marcus Gutjahr1, Sonja Geilert1, Bridget Kenlee2, Klaus Wallmann1, Osamu Seki3, Ji-Hwan Hwan4, Michael E Weber5, Maureen Raymo6, Victoria L. Peck7, Trevor Williams8, Florian Scholz1, and Expedition 382 Scientists9

1GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany; 2Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA; 3Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo Hokkaido, Japan; 4Earth & Environmental Sciences, Korea Basic Science Institute, Chungbuk Cheongju, Republic of Korea; 5Steinmann-Institute, University of Bonn, Germany; 6Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA; 7British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 8International Ocean Discovery Program, Texas A&M University, USA; 9Expedition

During IODP Expedition 382, two sites were drilled at 53.2°S at the northern edge of the Scotia Sea and three sites at 57.4°–59.4°S in the southern Scotia Sea within the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. Sediments at both locations alternate between dominant terrigenous components during glacials and dominant biogenic components, carbonate at the northerly sites and opal in the southern Scotia Sea, during interglacials. Here we constrain the geochemical environment in interstitial waters using the boron (δ11B), silicon (δ30Si) and 87Sr/86Sr isotopic composition.

Interstitial water δ11B and δ30Si decrease in the uppermost tens of meters downcore, most likely due to in situ weathering processes preferentially releasing light isotopes to interstitial waters. This process is partly also reflected by strongly increasing alkalinities in this depth interval. While δ30Si at all sites increase already at shallow sediment depth where organic matter degradation is intense, δ11B remain relatively low beyond the lower boundary of elevated dissolved phosphate concentrations at every core site. Below this depth δ11B follow isotopic trends seen in δ30Si towards heavy compositions, presumably because of dominating secondary clay formation.

Interstitial waters obtained as deep as 550 and 670 mbsf from the southern Scotia Sea sites reveal an increasing importance of off-axis hydrothermal fluids within the basement underlying the sediments. This feature is detectable by lowest 87Sr/86Sr alongside lowest Mg/Sr and strongly decreasing δ11B at the lower end of the cores. Our key aim is to illustrate the dominant diagenetic process at each depth downcore, and how to identify these.

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Revised and improved geological model of the Waiwera geothermal reservoir, New Zealand

Andreas Grafe1,2, Thomas Kempka2,3, Michael Schneider1, Michael Kühn2,3

1Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Geological Sciences, Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin, Germany; 2GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany; 3University of Potsdam, Institute of Geosciences, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24–25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany

Following a thermal and photogrammetric outcrop mapping campaign undertaken at the Waiwera geothermal reservoir in 2019, a pre-existing 3D hydrogeological model was revised in the present study to assess the impact of the updated structural and lithological interpretation on the existing numerical model calibration. For the latter, well data comprising measured temperature and salinity profiles were employed to reconstruct the reservoir’s natural thermal state and spatial distribution of salinity, supported by numerical simulations of density-driven fluid flow coupled with the transport of heat and sodium chloride. In this context, the previously applied fluid equations of state were extended to consider all relevant parameters as functions of temperature and salinity. Our simulation results demonstrate that the undertaken revisions of the static model and fluid properties substantially improve the agreement between the simulated and observed temperature profiles in the monitoring wells, while the achieved match of the simulation results with early recordings on seawater intrusion emphasizes the general model validity. Ongoing work focusses on applying the newly calibrated numerical model to support the sustainable management of the reservoir and to investigate the reappearance of natural seeps at the Waiwera beach, triggered by a decrease in the past excessive groundwater abstraction.

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Simulation study of hydrate formation from dissolved methane in the LArge-scale Reservoir Simulator (LARS)

Zhen Li1,2, Thomas Kempka1,2, Erik Spangenberg1, Judith Schicks1,2

1Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, , Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany; 2University of Potsdam, Institute of Geosciences, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany

Hydrate formation from dissolved methane in saline solutions is a hydrochemical process, resulting in the accumulation of gas hydrates in sedimentary strata under the seafloor or overlain by permafrost regions. In the scope of the SUGAR framework, LARS has been established to study gas hydrate formation processes and dissociation strategies under in-situ conditions. In the latest hydrate formation experiments, key parameters have been applied to mimic the local marine environment of the Mallik site, Canada. LARS was equipped with temperature sensors and an electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) array for these tests to monitor the dynamic temperature changes and spatial hydrate distribution. Numerical simulation on the hydrate formation process in LARS has not yet been successfully conducted, so that the equations of state relevant to describe equilibrium hydrate formation from dissolved methane have been implemented into a numerical framework and integrated with the TRANsport Simulation Environment to study and quantify the temporal of CH4-hydrate formation in our present study. We present our model implementation, its verification against HydrateResSim and the findings of the model calibration and validation against the temperature and ERT data from the corresponding hydrate formation experiment. The simulation results demonstrate that our numerical implementation can reproduce the spatial temperature distribution and hydrate formation processes in LARS. Furthermore, spatial hydrate distribution is in good agreement with that produced by ERT measurements undertaken during experiment. Consequently, our numerical simulation framework can be applied for the design of new experiments and to investigate hydrate formation in representative geological settings.