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Oil and Gas

Improved Oil Recovery Methods

Course Description

This course covers the techniques to improved oil recovery (IOR) that are employed extensively in the oil industry to minimize the amount of oil that is left behind at the time of an oil-field's abandonment. There are several such methods available today which are employed after primary oil production and/or secondary water injection schemes to achieve higher oil recovery factors. Each oil field presents a unique opportunity and case that requires a thorough assessment and evaluation of several factors such as for example formation (rock and fluids) properties, field characteristics (depth, location, size, etc.), field operational restrictions, availability and costs of injection fluids as well as their interaction with the formation rock and fluids that an engineer must consider, screen, study and analyze before deciding, based on sound technical and economic criteria, which IOR method should apply to maximize oil recovery from a given asset.