Abstracts from: SPE OnePetro

1. Topic: EOR
Title: Experimental Evaluation of the Flue-Gas Injection of Barrancabermeja Refinery as EOR Method
Author: J.E. Rivera De La Ossa, A. Bejarano Wallens, A. Florez Anaya, N.S. Santos
Source: SPE International Conference, November 10-12, 2010
Summary: This study evaluated experimentally the effect of the injection of the Barrancabermeja refinery´s flue gas as an enhanced oil recovery method applied to B Sandstone of the Llanito oil field.
URL: http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/app/Preview.do?paperNumber=SPE-139715-MS&societyCode=SPE

2. Topic: EOR
Title: Storing CO2 With Next Generation CO2-EOR Technology
Author: R.C. Ferguson, V.A. Kuuskraa, T.S. Van Leeuwen, D. Remson
Source: SPE International Conference, November 10-12, 2010
Summary: The paper examines the causes of sub-optimal CO2 storage and oil recovery efficiencies by current CO2-EOR practices and how a group of advanced or “Next-Generation” CO2-EOR technology could increase both CO2 storage volumes and oil recovery.
URL: http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/app/Preview.do?paperNumber=SPE-139717-MS&societyCode=SPE

Case Studies from: Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford

October 2010 – RETORE Program Unplugged Coalbed Methane Wells
Baker Hughes Case history: Baker Hughes enhanced long-term production potential
Baker-case history-coalbed methane.pdf

Institute for Improved Oil Recovery, University of Texas, Austin

Abstracts from: SPE OnePetro, AAPG Datapages & DOE KMD

1. Topic: EOR
Title: A Coreflood Investigation of Low-Salinity Enhanced Oil Recovery
Author: Scott M Rivet, Larry W Lake, Gary A Pope
Source: SPE OnePetro – SPE Annual Conference, September 19-22, 2010
Summary: In this work, linear laboratory corefloods were conducted to study the effect of low salinity waterflooding on oil recovery rate, residual oil saturation and relative permeability.
URL: http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/app/Preview.do?paperNumber=SPE-134297-MS&societyCode=SPE

2. Topic: EOR
Title: Probing Wettability Reversal in Carbonatic Rocks by Spatially Resolved and Non-Resolved 1H-NMR Relaxation Analysis
Author: V Bortolotti, P Macini, E Mesini, Falan Srisuriyachai, P Fantazzini, M Gombia
Source: SPE OnePetro – SPE Annual Conference, September 19-22, 2010
Summary: It has been verified that a polar interaction mechanism to change wettability of a carbonate rock from water-wet to oil-wet can be obtained by injecting adequate chemicals, and in particular a solution of oleic acid and non-polar oil, like dodecane used for laboratory experiments.
URL: http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/app/Preview.do?paperNumber=SPE-133937-MS&societyCode=SPE

3. Topic: EOR
Title: Investigating the Use of Nanoparticles in Enhancing Oil Recovery
Author: Mike O Onyekonwu, Naomi A Ogolo
Source: SPE OnePetro – Nigeria Annual Conference, July 31-August 7, 2010
Summary: This paper is aimed at studying the ability of three different polysilicon nanoparticles (PSNP) to enhance oil recovery.
URL: http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/app/Preview.do?paperNumber=SPE-140744-MS&societyCode=SPE

Modeling CO2 Storage in Aquifers: Assessing the Key Contributors to Uncertainty

CO2 Injection into Depleted Gas Reservoirs

Lessons Learned While Conducting Drilling and CO2 Injection Operations at the Victor J. Daniel Power Plant in Mississippi

Selected Papers:

Sweat,am, R.E., Parker. M.E. and Crookshank, S.L., "Industry Experience With CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery Technology", SPE 12644, presented at the 2000 SPE International Conference on CO2 Capture, Storage, and Utilization, November 2 - 4, 2009, San Diego, CA

Gutierrez, D, Miller, R.J., Taylor, A.R. and Thies, B.P., “Buffalo Field High –Pressure Air Injection Projects:  Technical Performance and Operational Challenges”, SPE 113254, SPE IOR Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April, 2008.

 The Buffalo Field air-injection units, in Williston basin of South Dakota are the oldest and one of the few successful application of air injection enhance oil recovery.  Air injection was first applied in the field in 1979 and continues today.  Approximately 240 BCF of air has been injected in three separate units, producing 17.2 million barrels of incremental oil production (9.4% of original oil in place (OOIP)).

Holtz, M., “Summary of Gulf Coast Sandstone CO2 EOR Flooding Application and Response”, SPE 113368, SPE IOR Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April, 2008. 

 A compilation has been made of all CO2 projects in the sandstones of the Gulf Coast including Water Alternating Gas (WAG), continuous, and huff and puff applications, both pilot and full field.  Based on that analysis the expected recovery efficiency for all flood types are from 17% to 23% OOIP.  When extrapolated to all permeable oil reservoirs in the Gulf Coast, it is estimated that there is a potential for 4.7 billion barrels of enhanced oil recovery.

 Larkin, R. and Creel, P., “Methodologies and Solutions to Remediate Inter-Well Communication Problems on the SACROC CO2 Project – A Case Study”, SPE 113305, SPE IOR Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April, 2008.

 Early breakthrough and excessive injected gas cycling between wells were identified through extensive well testing and tracer analysis in the SACROC Unit of the Permian basin.  Several methodologies were utilized to block off the high permeability paths between wells, both near wellbore and in the reservoir between the wells.


Wehner, S., “A CO2 EOR Update from No Man’s Land – Challenges and Successes”, presented at the December, 2009 CO2 Conference, Midland Texas.

An update on the Postle CO2 flood in Texas County, Oklahoma.  Whiting Petroleum recently acquired this CO2 flood field and is reworking and upgrading the wells and processing plant.  The original oil in place was 300 million barrels.  115 million barrels have been produced to date.  CO2 injection in 1995 and is expected to recover 10.1% of the OOIP.

Eves, K.E. and Nevarez, J.J., “Update of Lost Soldier/Wertz Floods – Living in a Constrained CO2 Environment”, presented at the December, 2009 CO2 Conference, Midland Texas.

A history and update on the Wertz Tensleep and Lost Soldier Cambrian CO2 floods in Sweetwater and Carbon Counties, Wyoming.  These fields were discovered in the late 1940s, waterflooded in 1970s. and began CO2 flooding in the mid-1980s.  Merit acquired them in 1999 and have substantially upgraded and improved operations.  They are taking 14,000 MCF of CO2 off the pipeline daily and producing 6,200 barrels of oil per day.

Kelly, T. and Smith, D., “Katz (Strawn) Field CO2 Project”, presented at the December, 2009 CO2 Conference, Midland Texas.

A history of the Katz field (previously three units, combined into one) and the evaluation and analysis of the field as a candidate for CO2 flooding by the new operator, Kinder Morgan, King, Knox, Stonewall, and Haskell counties, Texas. This Strawn field was discovered in the 1950s and a waterflood was initiated in the 1980s.  A thorough analysis indicates it is prospective for CO2 enhanced oil recovery.  Injection is anticipated to begin when the pipeline is completed and overall is calculated to produce an incremental 23 million barrels of oil.

Abstracts from: SPE OnePetro, AAPG Datapages & DOE KMD

1. Topic: EOR – Miscible Flooding

Title: Feasibility Investigation of CO2 Miscible Flooding in South Slattery Minnelusa Reservoir, Wyoming

Source: OnePetro - SPE Western Regional Meeting, 27-29 May 2010, Anaheim, California, USA

Summary: A study using experiment and full-field reservoir modeling investigated and optimized the design of a CO2 miscible flooding project for the Minnelusa reservoir of the South Slattery field.

URL: http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/app/Preview.do?paperNumber=SPE-133598-MS&societyCode=SPE


Title: Recent Progress and Evaluation of ASP Flooding for EOR in Daqing Oil Field

Source: OnePetro - SPE EOR Conference at Oil & Gas West Asia, 11-13 April 2010, Muscat, Oman

Summary: From four ASP pilot tests, the following conclusions can be made: ASP flooding pilot can form oil banks, greatly lower water cut, increase the oil production as well as the oil recovery.

URL: http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/app/Preview.do?paperNumber=SPE-127714-MS&societyCode=SPE


Title: Alabama Injection Project Aimed at Enhanced Oil Recovery, Testing Important Geologic CO2 Storage; DOE-Sponsored Citronelle Project Appears Ideal Location for Concurrent CO2 Sequestration and EOR Operations

Source: DOE – March 1, 2010

Summary: Carbon dioxide (CO2) injection — an important part of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology — is underway as part of a pilot study of CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Citronelle Field of Mobile County, Alabama.

URL: http://www.fe.doe.gov/news/techlines/2010/10004-CO2_Injection_Begins_in_Alabama_Oi.html


Title: Geophysical Reservoir Monitoring Technologies: Screening to Field Implementation for a Carbonate Field Undergoing Steam Injection

Source: AAPG Datapages - AAPG GEO Middle East Conference & Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain, 7-10 March 2010

Summary: We demonstrate how successful technologies were selected and how we hope they can aid in increasing the field’s oil recovery and create additional value.