EOR Concepts & Applications


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a detailed understanding of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods and mechanisms together with information about EOR projects workflow and decision-making, especially screening criteria.
Public :
  • Reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers and assets managers involved in EOR projects.

Level :Knowledge

Prerequisite :
  • Basic knowledge in reservoir engineering, oil reservoirs drive mechanisms and reservoir simulation.

Course Content


      • Review of primary and secondary recovery drive mechanisms:
      • Natural depletion of undersaturated oil reservoir.
      • Solution gas drive.
      • Natural water drive.
      • Water and gas injection.
      • Principle and mechanisms of main EOR methods:
      • Chemical flooding.
      • Miscible gas injection.
      • Thermal flooding.
  • EOR - CHEMICAL METHODS (surfactant, polymer, alkaline)

      • Principles and mechanisms of chemical EOR.
      • Selection criteria.
      • Recovery targets and why they are seldom met.
      • Chemicals. Characteristics and properties.
      • Preformed Particle Gel (PPG).
      • Colloidal Dispersion Gels (CDG).
      • Design considerations.
      • Simulation of chemical flooding. Application to ASP flooding.
      • Case studies.

      • Principles and mechanisms of miscible gas EOR.
      • Minimum Miscibility Pressure (MMP).
      • Hydrocarbon miscible displacement:
      • First contact miscible process.
      • Condensing gas drive.
      • Vaporizing gas drive.
      • Selection criteria.
      • Laboratory experiments.
      • Simulation of miscible gas injection. Application to CO2 injection.
      • Case studies.
  • EOR - THERMAL METHODS (SAGD, H&P, in-situ combustion)

      • Principles and mechanisms of thermal EOR.
      • Selection criteria.
      • Steam flooding production prediction.
      • Case studies.

      • EOR project planning workflow.
      • Pilot design.
      • EOR monitoring.
      • Case studies.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • discuss recovery expectations from reservoirs under primary, secondary and EOR methods,
  • discuss main Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods and corresponding mechanisms for improving recovery factor,
  • apply screening criteria used for decision making on EOR projects,
  • plan and apply main EOR methods using empirical, analytical and simulation tools.

Ways & Means

  • Interactive lectures and exercises.
  • Field case studies.
  • Chemical and Miscible Gas EOR simulation using dedicated industrial software.
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