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EOR: Plugging the Gap between Production and Consumption

11 – 12 June 2013

Cairo, Egypt

About this Workshop


Hydrocarbons are considered the most important source of energy especially in the last 50 years. They represent 80% of the used energy compared to other energy resources such as wind, water, coal, and nuclear. As oil is a non-renewable resource, the art and science of getting more production from each known reservoir remains of great importance in to the future. Conventional technology has succeeded to recover only about 50% of the original oil in place, leaving huge reserves unrecovered. The considerable quantity of oil that remains unrecoverable, coupled with the increasing difficulty and limitation of finding new oil accumulations has led researchers to seek new ways and means to increase oil recovery by applying enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies.

Basically, the approach involves effective chemical and physical improvement on the fluid and rock characteristics and interaction between them. The EOR is considered as one of the most important ways to develop existing fields. It can be defined as any method used to recover the remaining oil in the reservoir after the primary or secondary recovery methods. The theory and methods of EOR have become well known and currently the most effective application of EOR is to combine more than one method on the same reservoir, in order to maximise recovery and also to make these projects economically effective through all field life, especially with the current fluctuation in oil price. This applied technology workshop (ATW) on EOR will focus on improving methods from design to implementation to plug the gap between production and consumption.

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the course attendee's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.

Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.