Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This popular course is based on the SPE Monograph Volume 22, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding, and is an outgrowth of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the SPE CO2> conferences, and training courses held in Midland, Texas over the past 13 years. The instructors spend most of the time on the practical aspects of CO2 flooding, keeping the theoretical aspects to a bare minimum. Instructors also discuss the economics of CO2 flooding compared to waterflooding. If there is enough interest among the participants, there will also be a discussion of CO2 geosequestration. Each attendee will receive a workbook containing copies of the instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the problems given in class.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

This course is a great opportunity to learn the practical aspects of CO2 flooding from seasoned veterans without getting mired in the technical details.  It’s a popular class, so register early.

Who Attends

This course is for anyone interested in CO2 flooding, hydrocarbon gas flooding or CO2 sequestration. Participants typically include petroleum, reservoir, and production engineers, as well as facilities engineers, managers, and government officials.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring laptops to class. The CO2 Prophet model and the Scoping program (an Excel program) will be provided and discussed in the class. The CO2 Prophet model can be run on Windows 7 (Professional) laptops by first installing Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode programs, that can be downloaded at no cost from


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

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.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Charles E. (Chuck) Fox is the founder and president of Windy Cove Energy, LLC, which invests in oil and gas projects. Previously, he was the vice president of operations and engineering for Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, where in addition to managing operations of the McElmo Dome CO2 source field and 1,000 miles of CO2 pipelines, he was responsible for the company’s oil and gas CO2 EOR operations, which included the 5 billion barrel original-oil-in-place (OOIP) Yates field, the 3 billion barrel OOIP SACROC field, and the Snyder Gasoline Plant.

Fox is a co-instructor of two popular courses taught under the auspicious of SPE, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR and Geological Sequestration of CO2. He is one of the co-authors of the SPE Monograph Volume 22, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding, published in 2002, on which the Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR course is based. He was an instructor for several short-courses held at the annual CO2 conferences in Midland, Texas, which were sponsored by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and SPE. He was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer, during 2012–2013, and in this role he lectured, at the SPE chapters around the world, on the topic of Carbon Capture and Storage SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis: Will We Implement the CCS Solution?

He was chairman of the program committee of the SPE/DOE Fourteenth Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during April 2004. He holds an MS in petroleum engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in mechanical engineering from Rice University. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Texas and New Mexico, and a long-standing member of SPE.

S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, PE, PhD, is chairman and CEO, and director of engineering and EOR/IOR, at Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide energy consulting company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. In addition to providing strategic direction and leadership to the company, that he founded in 1990, and that now provides full-service integrated consulting services to the worldwide oil and gas industry for onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional/shale, oil, gas, gas-condensate/volatile oil, and heavy (and extra heavy) oil field evaluation, development and optimization (to maximize oil and gas recovery and project profitability), he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise.
Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines, Imperial College London, and Texas A&M University (where he earned a PhD in petroleum engineering). He was a research fellow in chemical engineering at Rice University, and worked for several years in senior-level petroleum engineering and consulting positions with major global integrated oil and gas producing and consulting companies before founding Avasthi & Associates, Inc. in 1990.

Avasthi is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Texas, a Legion of Honor member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a technical editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering JournalSPE Production & Operations Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. He is a co-instructor of several popular courses taught under the auspices of SPE, including, Practical Aspects of CO₂ Flooding EOR, Geological Sequestration of CO2, Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR, Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects, Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Optimizing Shale Plays, and Practical Techniques for Screening Deepwater Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration Prospects.

J. M. (Jay) Avasthi, PhD, is president and COO, and director of geoservices (geomechanics, geosciences and CO2 geosequestration) and unconventional/shale resources development and optimization at Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide energy consulting company headquartered in Houston, Texas. In addition to managing the worldwide consulting and training operations of the company, which he joined in 2003, he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise.

Avasthi has extensive worldwide oil & gas industry experience, including several years with Chevron Corporation in geomechanics, well stimulation/fracturing, rock properties, wellbore stability, and sand production prediction research, engineering and supervision. His expertise includes acquisition, calibration and use of the in situ stress data for oil & gas well construction and production, and for waterflood improved oil recovery (IOR) and CO2 flood enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project optimization; and solving fracturing stimulation, waste disposal through injection, wellbore stability, wellbore mechanics, and sand production prediction problems. He has authored/co-authored numerous technical publications on geomechanics, fracturing and related topics, including a US patent. He has taught several short course and conducted hands on training workshop in his areas of technical expertise, around the world. He is a co-instructor of three popular SPE training courses: ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR’, ‘Geological Sequestration of CO₂’, and ‘Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Introduction to Optimizing Shale Gas and Tight Oil Fields’. 

Avasthi is an engineering and geosciences alumnus of the Indian School of Mines, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he earned a PhD in mining engineering, with specialization in Rock Mechanics). He worked in senior-level research, engineering and supervisory positions at Chevron Corporation for 24 years, before joining Avasthi & Associates, Inc. He is a long-standing member of SPE, a Technical Editor of the ‘SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal’, and has served as the SPE Los Angeles Basin Section Director and Program Chairman.

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