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EOR: Technical and Managerial Framework for Ensuring a Successful Implementation

29 – 31 May 2013

Manta, Ecuador | Hotel Oro Verde Hotel Manta

About this Workshop

Over the past few decades, there have been major improvements in all processes within exploration, drilling, and production; the sole possible exception is the maximization of the recovery factor, where improvements continue to be modest. In the current environment of high demand for hydrocarbons, high oil prices, mature fields, and a lack of major discoveries via exploration in many regions, most oil producing companies are considering enhanced oil recovery (EOR) as the most viable option to increase production, reserves, and recovery factors.

This workshop will address the most common challenges that confront the successful launch of EOR projects including the design and criteria for Pilot project, technical complexity, overall project cost, and time to reach commercial results. Understanding the managerial best practices and strategies that produce commercially viable EOR projects is an important objective of this workshop, and will be discussed in all relevant sessions. While the primary interest of most operators in the Latin American region today consists in launching successful EOR pilots, the workshop will carry on through the field-wide process implementation, touching critical issues such as reserves certification, the regulatory environment and government involvement, and building the human capital, crucial ingredients to build an increasing flow of EOR projects. The workshop will be structured to maximize opportunities for discussion, and for maximum audience participation in developing conclusions. Each of the sessions will start by reviewing the state-of-the-art technology with guidance provided by a world-class leader in the field, and will be followed by the presentation of a relevant case study, and a general discussion with conclusions. The following topics will be addressed during the workshop:

  • EOR concept, screening, reservoir studies
  • Field data acquisition and lab analyses
  • The present and future in chemical EOR
  • Hydrocarbon gas and CO2 injection
  • WAG processes
  • Thermal EOR
  • How to start and end a successful pilot
  • After the pilot: the full field implementation
  • EOR reserves certification
  • Regulatory environment and needs
  • Building the human resource

Who Should Attend

This workshop is open to all involved or interested in initiating successful EOR projects; specifically, geoscientists and engineers, managers, government authorities, national and international operating company executives, and service companies. While some topics will cover advanced technical material and current research, the primary objective of the workshop is practical instruction through productive topic discussion while reaching conclusions with immediate applicability in a wide variety of scenarios.

Workshop Guidelines


This workshop will address key technologies and best practices for improving well performance over a project lifecycle. New technologies and case studies highlighting best practices applicable to South American operations will be presented. This workshop will attract an informed audience with knowledge of technologies and application practices in drilling and production. The format is structured for introductory presentations followed by Q&A with the audience. Participants and presenters are encouraged to speak openly and candidly about the issue. This workshop emphasizes sharing expertise and experiences.


Workshops maximize 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.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate open discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A link containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the technical program committee for public release, but no other information.


Remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continued Education Units

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs. One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.