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Nanoporous gas transport in shale gas reservoirs.

Ogoun, Evans; Ogunlude, Priscilla; Abunomah, Ofasa; Gobina, Edward


Priscilla Ogunlude

Ofasa Abunomah

Edward Gobina


In more conventional gas reservoirs, gas flow is simple, uncomplicated, and described by simple flux pressure drop expressions. In shale reservoirs however, this relationship takes the form of a more complex and multiscale flow process involving special flow mechanisms. Shale gas reservoirs often contain a significant number of nanopores leading to an apparent permeability that depends on pore fluid type, pore structure and pressure differentials. The complex geometry of shale reservoirs has drastically stimulated basic research on the transport mechanisms involved in the extraction of gas from shale formations. This study is aimed at studying the gas flow in nano pores. In this paper, permeation experiments for methane flow through nanoporous membranes were conducted and the effect of the pore size and pressure on the behaviour of the gas was analysed. The results obeyed the criteria to divide the flow stage into Darcy and Non-Darcy flow. As the pressure increases, the reservoir permeability also increases, and the gas tends to move faster thereby increasing the rate at which it flows per unit area in the system regardless of the temperature difference which means pressure gradient establishes the direction and rate of flow of gas in a reservoir.


OGOUN, E., OGUNLUDE, P., ABUNOMAH, O. and GOBINA, E. 2022. Nanoporous gas transport in shale gas reservoirs. International journal on engineering, science and technology [online], 4(1), pages 73-84. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 17, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 17, 2022
Publication Date Jun 30, 2022
Deposit Date Jan 17, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 17, 2022
Journal International journal of engineering, science and technology
Electronic ISSN 2642-4088
Publisher International Society for Technology, Education and Science (ISTES)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 73-84
Keywords Shale gas; Nanopores; Permeability; Darcy law; Knudsen diffusion
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