Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

April 12-13, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) is considered to be a huge steppingstone in the energy transition, due to its carbon capture ability. Now with new funding from President Biden to help reach emission reduction goals, EOR is—and will continue to be—a major topic of discussion in the coming years. To help with understanding the need, process, and expectations for EOR, this introductory course will tackle the following:

  • The window of opportunity for EOR and its crucial timing
  • The necessity of pilots, the risks they address, and single-well vs. inter-well pilots
  • How to optimize composition, tackle operational issues, consider enhanced surveillance, and understand value streams
  • Reservoir characterization and data requirements for EOR

This program will also include case studies that will help attendees to apply this knowledge to practical, real-world situations. Whether you are already implementing EOR tactics, getting ready to onboard EOR, or just curious about the process and why it’s important moving forward, this event will help attendees hold deeper, more informed conversations regarding the future of EOR.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the basics of EOR, including its history, current processes, and physics for different oil targets
  • Examine differences between EOR processes (polymer flooding, low salinity waterflooding, thermally active polymers, etc.)
  • Discuss timing of response, project phasing, screening criteria, and value streams
  • Explain the different types of pilots, why they’re necessary, associated risk, and how we can learn from EOR surprises
  • Study reservoir and well design considerations, and operational issues
  • Review how EOR is modelled, including optimization of composition, slug-size, and phasing


Wednesday, April 12, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Overview of EOR

  • What is EOR
  • Historic and Current EOR Schemes
  • Motivation for EOR in the Energy Transition
  • Distribution of Remaining Oil and How it Dictates EOR
  • Assessing the Ongoing Process

Fundamentals of EOR Processes

  • Polymer Flooding
  • Gell Treatments and Thermally Active Polymers
  • Surfactant Polymer Flooding/ASP
  • Low Salinity Waterflooding
  • CO2 and Miscible Gas Flooding
  • Huff’n Puff

Screening of EOR Processes & Analogues

  • Typical Screening Criteria
  • Limitations of Screening Criteria
  • Picking an Analogue
  • Dimensionless Curves

Window of Opportunity and Timing of EOR Processes

  • Secondary vs. Tertiary Processes
  • Timing of Response
  • Phasing of EOR projects
  • Case Study: Timing of Gas Injection

The Role of Pilots and Learning from EOR Surprises

  • Why Would We Need a Pilot?
  • Risks Addressed by Pilots
  • Kinds of Pilots
  • Single-Well Pilots
  • Observation Wells
  • Inter-well Pilots
  • Small-Scale EOR
  • Learning from Case Histories

Understanding Value Streams, Energy Consumption/GHG, & Economics

  • Synergistic Impacts of Low Salinity Water
  • CO2 Retention
  • Sources of Injectant
  • Timing Impact on Economics
  • Energy Consumption


Thursday, April 13, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


How EOR is Modeled

  • Koval’s Method
  • Spreadsheet Tools
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Type Pattern Modelling
  • Upscaling
  • Uncertainty Modelling

Data Requirements & Reservoir Characterization for EOR

  • Understanding the Baseline
  • Polymer Flooding
  • Low Salinity Waterflooding
  • CO2 and Miscible Gas Flooding

Well Design Considerations

  • Pattern Conversion
  • Spacing
  • Corrosion
  • Horizontal vs. Vertical Wells

Optimization of Composition, Slug-Size, & Phasing

  • Slug-Size Considerations for Chemical Flooding
  • Over-Enrichment of Miscible Gas Floods and Separation of Produced CO2
  • Tapered WAG in Miscible Floods
  • Solvent Supply and Phasing


  • Need for Enhanced Surveillance
  • Tracers
  • Composition of Produced Fluids
  • Coring Behind the Flood

Operational lssues

  • Quality Control of Chemical Supply
  • Disposal of Produced Water in LoSal
  • Treatment of Produced Water in Polymer Flooding and Chemical Flooding
  • WAG Conversion

Review & Wrap-up


Gary Jerauld, Advisor—Enhanced Oil Recovery & Reservoir Engineering

Gary is a seasoned advisor and mentor to technical professionals in the areas of oil and gas E&P, reservoir management, EOR, and reservoir simulation and worked at BP for over 16 years as their Reservoir Engineering Advisor with a focus on EOR and Dynamic Displacement.

As a Reservoir Engineer in ARCO and BP, he had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of new developments, as well as produce fields encompassing different geographies and environments on five continents. The range includes some of the world’s largest waterfloods, massive offshore and deepwater projects, gas developments, and especially advanced recovery technologies. He devoted much of his early career to the fundamentals of multiphase flow in porous media and developed the three-phase relative permeability correlation that was used for over twenty years to design and model three-phase processes at Prudhoe Bay. He received the SPE IOR Pioneer award for his work on Brightwater and Low Salinity waterflooding.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

April 12-13, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1295.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,065.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 15,540.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 10, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 16.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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