Understanding the Controlling Factors for CO2 Sequestration in Depleted Shale Reservoirs Using Data Analytics and Machine Learning

Baabbad H. K. H., Artun F. E., Kulga B.

ACS OMEGA, vol.7, no.24, pp.20845-20859, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 24
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acsomega.2c01445
  • Journal Name: ACS OMEGA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.20845-20859
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Carbon capture and sequestration is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from refineries, industrial facilities, and major point sources such as power plants and storing the CO2 in subsurface formations. Carbon capture and sequestration has the potential to generate an industry comparable to, if not greater than, the existing oil and gas sector. Subsurface formations such as unconventional oil and gas reservoirs can store significant quantities of CO2. Despite their importance in the oil and gas industry, our understanding of CO2 sequestration in unconventional reservoirs still needs to be developed. The objective of this paper was to use an extensive data set of numerical simulation results combined with data analytics and machine learning to identify the key parameters that affect CO2 sequestration in depleted shale reservoirs. Machine learning-based predictive models based on multiple linear regression, regression tree, bagging, random forest, and gradient boosting were built to predict the cumulative CO2 injected. Variable importance was carried out to identify and rank important reservoir and operational parameters. The results showed that random forest provided the best predictive ability among the machine learning techniques and that regression tree had the worst predictive ability, mainly because of overfitting. The most significant variable for predicting cumulative CO2 sequestration was stimulated reservoir volume fracture permeability. The workflows, machine learning models, and results reported in this study provide insights for exploration and production companies interested in quantifying CO2 sequestration performance in shale reservoirs.