Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery

Summary

The Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Research Project includes both experimental and modeling research and development of all chemical EOR methods including polymer flooding, surfactant flooding, alkaline-surfactant-polymer flooding, wettability alteration, mobility control using foam and low salinity water flooding by a team of more than 50 faculty members, senior research scientists, research associates, post docs, graduate students and undergraduate students. Major advances in chemical EOR have greatly extended the range of reservoir conditions and types, reduced the cost of recovering the oil and increased the process robustness. Entirely new classes of superior surfactants have been developed as part of this research project and are now being deployed in numerous field projects. New capabilities have been added to the UTCHEM simulator and engineers worldwide are using UTCHEM to simulate their chemical floods.

Organization and Funding

The research program is directed by Dr. Gary A. Pope and brings together several faculty members, research associates, laboratory technicians and graduate students.

To ensure adequate progress on the selected projects a funding level of $50,000 per company per year is solicited. Funding is distributed to the research groups constituting the research program based on the scope of the research proposed and the requirements for laboratory research. A workshop is held at the conclusion of each year's research to present research results to the industrial affiliates and to solicit feedback.

Please see a sample agreement (PDF format) for more specific participation information.