Recent Developments and Updated Screening Criteria of Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques


This paper reviews recent developments in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques published in SPE conference proceedings for 2007 to 2009. It also updates the EOR criteria developed by Taber et al. in 1996 based on field applications reported in Oil & Gas Journal and at various SPE conferences. It classifies EOR methods into five main categories: gas-based, water-based, thermal, others, and combination technologies. New developments in EOR techniques, chemicals, and mechanisms are summarized to clarify advances in EOR criteria beyond previous limitations. Reservoirs that had previously been ruled out based on specific reservoir conditions are now candidates under updated EOR screening criteria. To demonstrate this potential, this work has established guidelines for the selection and optimization of chemical EOR methods for a specific reservoir.

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International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in China: Opportunities and Challenges in a Volatile Environment (2010: Jun. 8-10, Beijing, China)


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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Chemical EOR; Combination Technology; Enhanced Oil Recovery; EOR Methods; Field Application; Reservoir Conditions; Water Based; Petroleum Reservoir Evaluation; Petroleum Reservoirs; Enhanced Recovery

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Publication Date

01 Jun 2010