Water in Petroleum Systems
Water in Petroleum Systems

WiPS.consulting GmbH


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From Science to Application

Our scientific team works since ten years on issues related to quantitative rock-fluid-gas interactions. Our scientific focus is basically on hydrogeochemical processes as the free, mobile pore water and the irreducible water content of hydrocarbon reservoirs act as a chemical reactants, as solvents, and as the media for mass transport of solutes through reservoirs. Organic-inorganic interactions in aqueous phase occur between reservoir rocks, coexisting water and gas, and degraded oil.

Grand challenges for reservoir engineers result from the inevitable consequences of the chemical equilibrium thermodynamics and kinetics of such aqueous, hydrogeochemically reactive systems:

  • Well bore scaling, and
  • Geochemical aquifer damage both due to water injection;
  • CO2 formation risk due to oil degradation and thereby triggered inorganic reactions controlling the fate and behavior of CO2;
  • H2S formation risk due to thermochemical sulfate reduction driven by the oxidation of hydrocarbons.

Our Vision and Philosophy

Our vision is to bridge the gap between reservoir engineering, petroleum geology, and hydrogeology by performing 3D reactive mass transport modelling of hydrogeochemical processes. Our approach is based on chemical thermodynamics, and on quantitative understanding of the temporal-spatial development of such processes. Together with reservoir engineers, petroleum geologists, and hydrogeologists, we integrate numerical, multi-component 3D reactive mass transport modelling into the existing modeling environments.

We are publishing our approaches and results in peer-reviewed scientific journals in a transparent and retraceable manner. Our business strategy is thus based on scientific standards.