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dc.contributor.advisorHawkes, Chris
dc.contributor.advisorFerguson, Grant
dc.creatorPhillips, David 1989-
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-09T21:15:08Z
dc.date.available2019-08-09T21:15:08Z
dc.date.created2019-03
dc.date.issued2019-08-09
dc.date.submittedMarch 2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/12254
dc.description.abstractIn the Saskatchewan potash mining industry vast quantities of brine wastewater are generated from potash processing and mine inflow water. As treatment of such waste is prohibitively expensive, disposal in deep saline aquifers is the only readily available option. However, the effects that such injection activities have on the subsurface conditions of the targeted aquifers are not well known. Additionally, the reservoir characteristics of the targeted aquifers are not well understood. The aim of my dissertation is to provide a large scale reservoir characterization study to the aquifers used for subsurface waste disposal at the potash mines in Saskatchewan, the basal clastics and the Interlake Group. The second aim of this research is to use the data from the reservoir characterization study to build analytical models of the injection wells in order to study the effects that such injection activities have had on the targeted aquifers. Characterizing deep aquifers such as the basal clastics and the Interlake Group is often difficult due to limited subsurface information available at great depths. In this investigation, available information from oil and gas exploration and development, such as geophysical logs, drill stem tests and core analysis provided valuable information on the subsurface distribution and rock characteristics (permeability) of these formations. This information allowed for a better understanding of the factors that have led to the success of injection activities at the potash mine sites and will assist future projects targeting fluid injection in the basal clastics and the Interlake Group. Through this analysis, it was found that there are great differences in the permeabilities both spatially and with respect to lithology in these aquifers, with permeability values in the Winnipeg Formation between 10-18.1-10-11.8 m2 and 10-15.9-10-11.6 m2 in the Deadwood Formation and 10-16.0-10-11.5 in the Interlake Group obtained from the various methods of analysis. Through the information gained through the reservoir characterization study, analytical models were generated in Aqtesolv (HydroSOLVE Inc. 2016) in order to simulate the reservoir response to the injection activities. History-matching was conducted in order to generate models with simulation outputs that most closely matched the falloff test pressure data. The calibrated history-matched models were able to provide insights into the pressure response as well as the extent of the pressure propagations in the aquifers. It was found some of the potash mine sites have generated significantly higher pressure responses than others and that the injection rates and aquifer permeability played a significant role in the pressure response at each mine site.
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dc.subjectInjection wells, potash mine, reservoir characterization, analyical modelling
dc.titleReservoir Characterization and Modeling of Potash Mine Injection Wells in Saskatchewan
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-08-09T21:15:08Z
thesis.degree.departmentCivil and Geological Engineering
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewan
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
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dc.contributor.committeeMemberLindsey, Matt
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMilne, Doug
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHalabura, Steve
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-7998-6014


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