Chemical Enhanced Recovery

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course is a review of the fundamental principles of displacement and phase behavior needed to understand chemical EOR methods. It provides an overview of four major types of chemical EOR, specific chemicals in each category, conditions under which they work, and special problems encountered with each.

You will gain a better understanding of why EOR is used, greater awareness of the classifications of EOR methods, increased ability to judge which chemical EOR method is appropriate for a given reservoir, and increased knowledge of how each chemical EOR method works.

Topics Include:

  • Displacement fundamentals
  • Polymer flooding
  • Conformance improvement methods
  • Surfactant/polymer flooding
  • Alkaline/surfactant/polymer optimization

At the conclusion of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • Alkaline/surfactant/polymer flooding
  • Chemical flooding of carbonate reservoirs
  • Commercial simulators for CEOR

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

You will broaden your understanding of chemical enhanced oil recovery techniques.  If you’re new to EOR, you will get a solid foundation on which to build.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for early-career petroleum, reservoir, production and facilities engineers, as well as managers, government officials, and others who want to learn more about enhanced oil recovery.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Mojdeh Delshad is a research professor of petroleum and geosystems engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Delshad has more than 20 years of work experience in chemical flooding. She has worked extensively on the development and application of reservoir simulators for enhanced oil recovery processes, and is currently in charge of development and user support for the University of Texas’ chemical flooding oil reservoir simulator.