Drive mechanisms - Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) - MBAL

Material Balance

Who should attend?

  • This course provides an in-depth understanding of reservoir drive mechanisms and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods and corresponding recovery performances.
Public :
  • Newly-hired and 2- to 3-year experienced reservoir engineers willing to deepen their knowledge in drive mechanisms and Enhanced Oil Recovery methods; geoscientists, petroleum engineers and production engineers moving towards reservoir engineering.

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • Degree in reservoir engineering or petroleum engineering, with basic knowledge in drive mechanisms.

Course Content


      • Oil reservoirs:
      • Undersaturated oil expansion.
      • Solution gas drive.
      • Gas gap drive.
      • Natural water drive.
      • Analytical aquifer models.
      • Hurst & Van Everdingen model.
      • Carter-Tracy model.
      • Gas reservoirs with and without aquifer.
      • Material balance:
      • Principles and equations.
      • Generalized Material Balance.
      • Drive Index.
      • Campbell and Cole plots.
      • Application: estimating recovery factors from material balance, checking aquifer and gas cap size, checking accumulation estimate…

      • Reminders about multiphase flow in the reservoir: wettability, capillarity, relative permeability.
      • Water and non-miscible gas injection:
      • Principles.
      • Sources of fluid, well injectivity, injectors pattern.
      • Expected performance of water and gas injection.
      • Multiphase flow stability and influence of Mobility Ratio.
      • Diffusive flow:
      • Buckley-Leverett frontal displacement theory.
      • Welge method.
      • Sweep efficiency:
      • Microscopic efficiency & influence of Capillary Number.
      • Areal efficiency and influence of Mobility Ratio.
      • Vertical efficiency and influence of permeability vertical heterogeneity.

      • Practical exercises on synthetic and real field case data using MBAL™ software:
      • PVT and reservoir parameters history match.
      • Production forecast.

      • Principles and mechanisms of main EOR methods:
      • Chemical flooding.
      • Miscible gas injection.
      • Thermal flooding.
      • EOR projects:
      • Screening criteria.
      • Economics.
      • Application - Field cases.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • discuss the natural mechanisms of production of Oil & Gas reservoirs and their corresponding expected performance,
  • discuss the mechanisms of secondary recovery through water injection and non-miscible gas injection and their related expected performance,
  • list the main Enhanced Oil Recovery methods and discuss their mechanisms and corresponding expected performance,
  • describe typical EOR projects workflow and related screening criteria and economics,
  • carry out simple material balance calculations for matching reservoir parameters/forecast recovery.

Ways & Means

  • Interactive lectures and exercises.
  • Real field case studies.
  • Hands-on practices using dedicated industrial software for PVT matching, history matching and production forecast through material balance.
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