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

 

Hemanta K. SarmaBio

Description

This 1-day course offers an overview of EOR and IOR processes with particular emphasis on issues relevant to field applications. A few case histories and exercises are also presented. Classroom approach will be promoted to encourage interactive participation.

Tentative topics include:

  • EOR/IOR: What are they?
  • Size of the PRIZE: Why must we consider it?
  • Screening for EOR—Timing: When is the right time for implementation? What options do we have? What tools do we need? Can we do it all?
  • Waterflooding and chemical flooding
  • Gas flooding
    • Hydrocarbon
    • CO2
    • Air
    • N2
  • EOR in naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Critical review and identification of broader issues and summary

Objectives

  • EOR/IOR—What are they?
  • Size of the PRIZE: Why must we consider it?
  • Screening for EOR -- Timing: When is the right time for implementation? What options do we have? What tools do we need? Can we do it all?
  • Waterflooding and chemical flooding
  • Gas flooding—Hydrocarbon, CO2, Air, N2
  • EOR in naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Critical review and identification of broader issues and summary

 

Who Should Attend

Reservoir engineers, production engineers, geoscientists, and management personnel who are involved in the screening and planning for EOR/IOR applications in the near future. New recruits should also benefit from this course. It may also interest experienced professionals as a refresher course.

Instructor

Hemanta Sarma Dr. Hemanta Sarma is the Chairman and Professor 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 (CIPR) 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.

Dr. 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 2009 recipient of Distinguished Membership, 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.

Prof. Sarma is a 2008-recipent of The Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning awarded by the Hon. Julia Gillard, Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minster 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.