Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods: A Life Line for an Old and “Tired” Reservoir?


This three day course will familiarise participants with different practical and theoretical aspects of enhanced oil recovery operations involving chemicals, gas flooding and waterflooding. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a screening approach to select and link appropriate EOR processes to particular candidate reservoirs
  • Recognize importance of timing of implementation based on reservoir engineering considerations
  • Identify key decision issues with regard to feasibility of the EOR processes
  • Gain a general understanding of the EOR principles and process mechanisms


Day One

  • Enhanced/Improved Oil Recovery
    • What are they?
    • Introduction, concepts and definitions
  • Size of the PRIZE
    • Why must we consider it?
  • Screening options and approach
    • Challenges in EOR scoping and implementation
  • Timing
    • When is the right time for implementation?
    • What options do we have?
    • What tools do we need?
    • Can we do it all?
  • Basic fluid flow concepts relevant to EOR/IOR
    • What are key parameters and R&D needs?
  • Waterflooding
    • Principles
    • Buckley - Leverett Theory
    • Impact of heterogeneities and application

Day Two

  • Chemical Flooding Processes
    • Polymer flooding
      • Critical steps in this implementation
      • Challenges
    • Alkaline flooding
      • Variation in alkaline flooding
      • Process involved
      • Typical formulation
    • Surfactant flooding
      • Definition and basics
      • Field implementation
      • Chemical needs
      • Flooding stages
    • Alkaline, Surfactant-Polymer (ASP) processes
  • Smart Waterflood
    • Concepts and Potential

Day Three

  • Gas Flooding
    • HC, CO2, AIR, N2
    • Theory
    • Practice
    • Problems
    • Field experience
  • EOR in Naturally-Fractured Reservoirs
  • Horizontal Wells for EOR
    • Discussions on a few field applications
  • Overview of Thermal Methods
    • Steamflood
    • Cyclic Steam Stimulation
    • In situ combustion
    • SAGD and VAPEX
  • Critical Review and Identification of Broader Issues
    • Managerial Issues
    • How industry and R&D entities can address EOR issues more effectively
    • Benefit and rewards
  • Summary

Why Attend?

  • Offers an overview of EOR and IOR processes with particular emphasis on issues relevant to field applications
  • Few case histories and exercises are also presented
  • Classroom approach to encourage interactive participation

Who Should Attend

  • Reservoir engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Geoscientists
  • Entry-level engineers
  • Facilities engineers
  • Development and exploitation engineers
  • New venture managers
  • Experienced professionals
  • Government officials


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Hemanta Sarma

Hemanta Sarma is the Chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Program at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. More recently he was a professor and holder of the Reg Sprigg Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP), University of Adelaide. He is also the founding Director of the Centre for Improved Petroleum Recovery in the ASP and was a Research Project Leader (2003-2006) for CO2 sequestration through enhanced petroleum recovery and enhanced coal-bed methane recovery in the CO2CRC, a major Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies. In addition, he has been a consultant to a number of Australian petroleum companies in the areas of reservoir engineering and EOR.

Previously he was a Senior Staff Reservoir Engineer with the Alberta Research Council, Canada, and an Invited Research Advisor at the Technology Research Center of Japan National Oil Corporation where he participated in domestic and international R&D projects and field pilots. He has published extensively and offered several specialized courses on EOR and reservoir engineering.

Sarma holds a B.Tech. (Honours) in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines, an M.Sc. in chemical engineering (specialization: reservoir engineering) from University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from University of Alberta.  A recipient of 2011 Outstanding Associate Editor of SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal and SPE Distinguished Membership in 2009, he has been an active SPE member having served on several technical program committees, including SPE South Australian Executive Committee leading its Continuing Education Program. He was a member of SPE’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty Award Committee since 2006 and its 2008-09 Chair. In addition, he is an Associate Editor of SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, and led an SPE-wide academic taskforce looking at improving the quality of the Journal.  Earlier, he served in the Editorial Review Board of Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology.

Sarma is a 2008-recipent of The Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, awarded for“initiating students into the profession of Petroleum Engineering while interacting with them to secure their welfare as individuals and success as scholars”. Earlier, he also received a 2006 Excellence in Teaching Prize of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Adelaide.