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Oman Champions EOR in the Middle East

Photo courtesy of GlassPoint Solar.
Generating steam for EOR using concentrated solar power in Oman.

Although famous for its abundant oil fields, generations of production in the Middle East is putting sharper focus on ultimate recovery from these fields.

The issue is particularly pressing for Oman. Output in the country’s maturing oil fields peaked in the 1990s and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the national oil company, spearheaded the implementation of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques with its first trials in the late 1980s.

For Oman, EOR remains a major strategic option in its challenge to increase recovery and to meet long-term production requirements. Substantial efforts have been directed at investigating cost-effective ways in which production levels from existing fields can both be sustained and increased.

Oman’s first EOR program was completed in 1989 and led to progress in experience gained and reduction in technical and cost uncertainties. Oman has seen considerable investment in a range of EOR technologies to produce heavy oil, and a host of other countries in the Middle East and India have been encouraged by Oman’s success. Between 2001 and 2007, Oman’s oil production fell by 27%, but by 2009, due mostly to EOR projects, oil production had increased by 17%.

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Oman Champions EOR in the Middle East

Abdelghani Henni, JPT Middle East Editor

01 November 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 11

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