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SPE Improved and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Offshore Environments

20 – 21 August 2014

Pasadena, California | The Langham Huntington

About this Workshop


In the drive to reduce unit development costs and maximize estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) in offshore assets, some operators are trialing improved oil recovery/enhanced
oil recovery (IOR/EOR) techniques with varying success. If this technology application is successful, it could change the game for offshore development and more specifically for deepwater assets. It could potentially enable radically new development concepts. The challenges to successful application of EOR concepts in offshore environments are many and diverse. Primary concerns include weight and space constraints, well count, availability and cost of injectants, completions, and the need for high reliability. On top of those limitations, higher operating and capital costs associated with the offshore development make EOR implementation even more challenging. Other considerations include hydrates, scale and corrosion concerns, environmental regulations for overboard water disposal, and facilities processing concerns.

To properly address these challenges requires an integrated approach to field development. Such an approach would consider enhanced recovery scenarios during the initial development of the basis of design for the field. By bringing the entire development team including facilities, production, drilling and completions (D&C) and subsurface in early on the process, the team can consider which enhanced recovery techniques fit the development and the initial feasibility. Reliable reservoir characterization and modeling is known to be key to successful EOR projects, but in the offshore environment, the compatibility of the facilities and wells are just as critical.

Workshop Guidelines

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 frank 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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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 URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In 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).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be 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.