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Foam and Chemical EOR

8 – 11 March 2015

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort

About this Workshop


Foam and Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods are known as attractive processes in the industry and have demonstrated very promising EOR characteristics that have been around the corner for past decades. The value of the water alternating gas methods are also believed to benefited significantly by incorporation of the foam to address conformance issues. However, all chemical based EOR methods have faced limited commercial success for the past three decades due to their sensitivity to oil price, limitations of cost-effective chemicals, high surfactant concentration requirements, reliability/predictability, proper field implementation as well as other factors. In order to reduce these uncertainties, extensive laboratory evaluations, field pilot tests, and commercial scale field implementation are being conducted supporting the implementation of foam and chemical flooding. New foam and ultra-low IFT chemicals have been introduced to open doors for new opportunities and increase the chance of success. Recent field data using these new chemicals and processes demonstrate that chemical flooding can be an effective way to recover remaining oil.

This workshop is designed to discuss the latest industry best practices and advancement in foam and chemical EOR. The workshop will cover a wide spectrum in this domain from the required R&D, field development planning, operation and management as well as the commercial aspects. There will be a lot of interactive, informative sessions that will be presented, not only by the industry practitioners but also by representatives from the academic world. The workshop is a great avenue for experts to share their experiences, knowledge, and contribution towards maturing foam and chemical EOR. The application of foam in WAG EOR will be discussed for the first time in SPE ATW in Asia Pacific whereas the Chemical EOR topic continues from the successes in the previous ATWs discussions.


The workshop will provide a platform where industry practitioners and academics can share and exchange their knowledge and experiences in foam enhanced WAG and chemical EOR to improve future field implementation practices.
Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • Screening and Scoping Criteria
  • Pilot Design, Requirements and De-Risking Strategies
  • Field Development Planning and Strategy
  • Chemical Supply and Treatment of Produced Fluids
  • Hybrid Processes
  • Case Studies, Best Practices and Lesson Learnt
  • R&D Aspects and Emerging Technologies
  • Risk Mitigation/Value Assurance/Commercial Aspects


This workshop will be of interest to senior technical and management personnel involved in foam enhanced WAG and chemical EOR technology solutions to add reserve growth for the brownfields in their asset portfolio. Researchers and other industry experts can interact and share current state-of-the-art knowledge.


  • Learn about the important components involved in the value chain of the foam and chemical EOR
  • Learn about the screening, preparation, design, evaluation, study, implementation, operation and management of the foam and chemical EOR applications
  • Get up-to-date with the latest R&D and emerging technologies associated with foam and chemical EOR
  • Learn about the pilot design, FDP formulation and simulation gaps/challenges for such processes
  • Address the uncertainty management and risk mitigation plans for such projects
  • Address the chemical supply and reliability uncertainties and hybrid methods for the foam and IFT chemicals
  • Be able to effectively play a major role in the foam and chemical project and development team
  • Learn about the operational challenges involved in such projects
  • Develop business contacts involved in application of this technology

Should you interested to be a discussion leaders/presenter or need information about this workshop, please contact Karen Khooi at SPE Asia Pacific Office at telephone: 60.3.2182.3000 or email: kkhooi@spe.org.

Workshop Guidelines


  • 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.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address and is available to attendees after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with the Workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive 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 at the Workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This Workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the Workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the workshop website by January 2014.


Delegates are advised to book the international / domestic airline tickets early from their country / city to Malaysia.  Further detailed transportation information will be available on the Workshop website by December 2014.

All travellers to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements to Malaysia.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.