Pre-injection baseline data collection to establish existing wellbore leakage properties

Andrew Duguid, Robert Butsch, J. William Carey, Michael Anthony Celia, Nikita Chugunov, Sarah Gasda, T. S. Ramakrishnan, Vicki Stamp, James Wang

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Poor wellbore integrity is a risk in CO2 storage that must be evaluated at any geologic sequestration site. The conditions of five wells from two fields in Wyoming were studied to better understand pre-injection leakage potential in existing wells. Ultrasonic and sonic logging tools mapped the condition of the casing and cement in each well. Permeability testing outside the casing was conducted using two different dynamic testing tools making point and vertical interference test measurements Permeability was also measured through laboratory testing of cased-hole sidewall cores. The results of laboratory measurements were generally in the microdarcy-to-nanodarcy range and indicate that the well cements have not degraded from exposure to the formation brines. The results of vertical interference tests when compared to lab measurements imply interfaces between casing and cement or cement and formation are more significant with respect to leakage than the quality of the cement at the tested location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5661-5672
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy Procedia
StatePublished - 2013
Event11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Nov 18 2012Nov 22 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Energy


  • Annulus
  • Caprock
  • Ccs
  • Isolation
  • Leakage
  • Permeability
  • Shale
  • Vertical interference test
  • Vit
  • Well cement


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