TBP and chromatographic data for gas condensates characterisation
Gas condensate fluids require accurate characterization for use in the equations of state used in reservoir modelling for field development planning. Themost useful data for the computations are determined fromsingle carbon number (SCN) fractionswhich are obtained by True Boiling Point (TBP) distillations and high precision gas chromatography (GC). TBP analysis requires careful calibration and operation to minimize the amount of overlap outside the boiling range of the fraction. Tests conducted with a TBP apparatus using mixtures of pure components showed differences ofmainly less than 3% between the weight % of the separated components and the originalweight % of the pure components in the mixture. The TBP gives separated fluidswhich can be used to determine specific gravity,molecular weight and other PVT information. GC analysis cannot provide these data, but provides a more precise analysis of SCN composition than the TBP. The limited data available in the open literature for comparison can show differences ranging up to 30% due to imperfect separation by TBP. However we obtained differences of mainly less than 8%. The relative closeness of SCN composition allows the use of the high precision GC for benchmarking results from TBP. The SCN weight average boiling points determined from TBP and GC data showed differences of less than 0.5%which further validate the quality of SCN fractions that can be derived by TBP and which can be used in gas condensates characterization studies where experimental data are unavailable.