Webinar - Chemical EOR—What's New, What Works, Where to Use It

November 11, 2015  |   Noon - 1pm

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Description and program purpose:

Knowledge PipelineTune in to this free webinar to hear perspectives on the current status of chemical EOR from Dr. Gary Pope and Dr. Mojdeh Delshad with the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. Our experts will briefly summarize some of the new advances in chemical EOR methods such as polymer flooding, surfactant-polymer flooding, alkaline-surfactant-polymer flooding and low tension gas flooding. Advances include new polymers and surfactants for harsh reservoir conditions, new hybrid methods such as combining heat and chemicals for heavy oils and improved predictive tools such as the latest UTCHEM software. Presenters will highlight what methods work best under different conditions, what are the most favorable reservoir characteristics for each method, current chemical costs, simulation of pilots and recent field successes with chemical EOR. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Matt Balhoff, who will field questions from the audience for our speakers.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Awareness of new chemical EOR technologies and successes
  • How to identify favorable reservoirs for different chemical EOR methods
  • How to get started with chemical EOR, what type of software is needed, and what costs to expect for different methods


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Mojdeh Delshad Dr. Mojdeh Delshad received her PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas - Austin. She is currently a Research Professor at PGE and teaches Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery there. Her research focuses on developing mechanistic numerical models for gas and chemical enhanced oil recovery processes in sandstone and fractured carbonate reservoirs including large-scale reservoir simulation and application of such processes. The research area includes the development of reservoir simulator for CO2 injection in saline aquifers and history matching of existing field demonstrations. She was named a Distinguished Member of SPE in 2014.
Gary Pope Dr. Gary Pope received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University, and he currently holds the Texaco Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of enhanced oil recovery (EOR), geological storage of CO2 (GSC), reservoir simulation, natural gas engineering (such as stimulation of blocked gas wells) and petrophysics (such as new three-phase relative permeability measurements and models). Current EOR research includes development and experimental testing of new surfactants and polymers for chemical EOR, development and applications of the UTCHEM and UTCOMP simulators, and development of new hybrid EOR processes for heavy oils. Current research on GSC includes optimization of CO2 EOR and the development of novel approaches such as coupled energy production and storage in geopressured-geothermal aquifers.
Matthew Balhoff Dr. Matthew Balhoff is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas - Austin, and currently holds the Frank W. Jessen Centennial Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering. He received both his B.S. and his PhD. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. His research goal is to model, understand, and validate fundamental flow and transport behavior of subsurface fluids with applications to hydrocarbon recovery, carbon sequestration, groundwater remediation, and nuclear waste storage. His research using advanced mathematical and computational tools (pore-scale models and reservoir simulation), combined with experiments. His research goals fall into four specific areas: (1) Develop unique methods to simulate multiscale flow and transport processes in subsurface media, (2) Predict and quantify nonlinear flow behavior in porous media at the pore scale, (3) Model, characterize, and validate non-Newtonian fluid flow in hydrocarbon recovery processes, and (4) Discover breakthroughs in recovering unconventional hydrocarbons. His expertise is in pore-scale modeling, multiscale modeling, reservoir simulation, and enhanced oil recovery.