Heavy Oil Recovery and Upgrading

Heavy Oil Recovery and Upgrading

1st Edition - February 28, 2019

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  • Author: James Speight
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130261
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130254

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Heavy Oil Recovery and Upgrading covers properties, factors, methods and all current and upcoming processes, giving engineers, new and experienced, the full spectrum of recovery choices, including SAGD, horizontal well technology, and hybrid approaches. Moving on to the upgrading and refining of the product, the book also includes information on in situ upgrading, refining options, and hydrogen production. Rounding out with environmental effects, management methods on refinery waste, and the possible future configurations within the refinery, this book provides engineers with a single source to make decisions and manage the full range of challenges.

Key Features

  • Presents the properties, mechanisms, screening criteria and field applications for heavy oil enhanced recovery projects
  • Includes current upgrading options and future methods for refining heavy oil development
  • Fills in the gaps between literature and practical application for everyday industry reference


Petroleum engineers; refinery managers; graduate-level petroleum engineering students

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Recovery
    1. Heavy Oil, Extra Heavy Oil, and Tar Sand Bitumen
    2. Occurrence and Properties
    3. Non-Thermal Methods of Recovery
    4. Thermal Methods of Recovery
    5. Recovery by Mining

    Part II: Upgrading
    6. Upgrading during Recovery
    7. Refining Heavy Oil and Extra-Heavy Oil
    8. Thermal Cracking
    9. Catalytic Cracking
    10. Hydrotreating and Desulfurization
    11. Hydrocracking
    12. Hydrogen Production 
    13. Solvent Processes
    14. Environmental Effects
    15. Heavy Oil Recovery and Upgrading - The Future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 839
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2019
  • Published: February 28, 2019
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130261
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130254

About the Author

James Speight

Dr. Speight has more than fifty years of experience in areas associated with the properties and processing of conventional and synthetic fuels. He has participated in, as well as led, significant research in defining the use of chemistry of tar sand bitumen, heavy oil, conventional petroleum, natural gas, coal, oil shale, and biomass as well as work related to corrosion and corrosion prevention. He has founded and/or edited several international journals, most recently the Proceedings of the Oil Gas Scientific Research Project Institute, Azerbaijan, and Petroleum Science and Technology (Taylor & Francis, until 2020). Dr. Speight is an author/editor of several databases and encyclopedic works. He has also authored more than 95 books as well as more than 400 publications, reports, and presentations detailing these research activities, and has taught more than eighty related courses.

Affiliations and Expertise

CD and W Incorporated, Laramie, United States

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