Ego Syahrial


It has been reported that coal matrix swelling/shrinkage associated with CO2 , adsorption/desorption are typically two to five times larger than that found for methane, yet there has been no direct measurements of this effect on permeability of coals to CO2 . The feasibility of ECBM/CO2 sequestration technology depends very much on the magnitude of matrix swelling effect on permeability, especially in deep, low permeability coal seam reservoirs. The main objective of this research is to investigate the effects of coal matrix swelling induced by CO2 adsorption on the permeability of different coals which have been undergoing methane desorption under simulated reservoir conditions in the laboratory. Coal and reservoir properties which may impact upon this behaviour will be identified through extensive laboratory testing. This paper – first of two – presents the procedure for the laboratory tests as well as the findings. In the second part, a field permeability model for enhanced methane recovery and CO2 sequestration, incorporating the findings of the current laboratory tests, would be developed.


Coal Matrix Swelling/Shrinkage, Enhanced Coalbed Methane Recovery (ECBM), CO2 Sequestration

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.29017/SCOG.31.3.1009

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