Chemical Enhanced Recovery

Disciplines: Reservoir

Course Description

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.


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

Upon 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 Attends

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) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Additional Resources

This course has a supplemental book located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Chemistry for Enhancing the Production of Oil and Gas. Please check out this valuable resource!

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


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.