Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery Handbook

Screening, Formulation, and Implementation

The current oil market has triggered a significant increase in property acquisition and the launching of enhanced oil recovery projects. Tied to this competitive scenario is the scarcity of a properly trained workforce to deal with some decision challenges. Far-reaching in its coverage, this Standard Handbook is based on years of experience in the field and provides engineers with the methods, tools, and techniques to needed to successfully plan, evaluate, manage, and complete an enhanced oil recovery project. The book twelve part treatment starts with a clear and rigorous exposition of theory, followed by self-contained sections concerning applications.

The standard handbook illustrates the EOR decision-making workflow using field case examples from Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and the United States. The assets evaluated include reservoir types ranging from oil sands to condensate reservoirs. Different stages of development and information availability are discussed. Results show the advantage of a flexible decision-making workflow that can be adapted to the volume and quality of information by formulating the correct decision problem and concentrating on projects and/or properties with the highest expected economic merit. An interesting aspect of this approach is the combination of geologic and engineering data, minimizing experts' bias and combining technical and financial figures of merit. The proposed methodology has proved useful to screen and evaluate projects/properties very rapidly, identifying when upside potential exists.

Important topics also include Chemical Injection, Gas Injection, Ultrasonic Stimulation Equipment and Process, Microbial Injection, Thermal Recovery and CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery. Each of these methods is accompanied with a complete description of the equipment and processes as well as case studies and modelling methods. The book is supported by a password protected website which will allow purchasers to use these case studies to create simulations and models based on the data provided or create and run simple simulations and models using their own data. This makes the handbook the perfect companion for those who are new to the field or those more experienced engineer who wish to verify their data before build more complex models. The case studies summarized in this Handbook present the levels of information available and the decision made by the operators based on the results of the screening. Field names and the operator are not disclosed for confidentiality reasons.

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Reservoir Engineer, Production Engineer, Operations Engineer, Operations Manager, Project Production Engineer, and Project Reservoir Engineer


Book information

  • Published: March 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385922-8

Table of Contents

Introduction: Equations and Calculations

Part One: Enhanced Oil Recovery Strategies

Part Two: Economic Costs Evaluation Methods

Part Three: Field Screening and Data Methods

Part Four: Reservoir Characterization

Part Five: Chemical Injection Equipment and Process

Part Six: Gas Injection Equipment and Process

Part Seven: Ultrasonic Stimulation Equipment and Process

Part Eight: Microbial Injection Equipment and Process

Part Nine: Thermal Recovery Equipment and Process

Part Ten: CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Equipment and Process

Part Eleven: Reservoir Monitoring

Part Twelve: Environmental Safety and Health