Polymer flooding has been recognised as an effective Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) method for many years. Organic polymers can accelerate oil production and reduce additional costs by decreasing water cut in tail end fields. This course is focused on the realisation of a polymer field project, starting with the polymer screening in the lab phase and ending with the field assessment. The course begins with a review of the basic principles of polymer flooding, description of water soluble polymers, screening procedures and other lab tests for product quality, retention / adsorption control and polymer selection. Other features include microbial and oxygen impact on field applications as well as mixing with produced water, injection control and surveillance guidelines for the whole project. International field projects including their current status will also be discussed.
An engineer, project manager, chemist or field operational staff currently or potentially involved in EOR
A professional seeking an overview of sustainable application of polymers in EOR
How we build your confidence
The course focuses on cases studies of different polymer projects using water-soluble products. A workflow regarding the polymer screening procedure is part of the discussed lab phase and engineering flowcharts bridge the gap to technical application.
"The instructor has a lot of experience and he shared his knowledge with the group. The field trip was excellent" - Researcher at PDVSA Intevep "Very good overview over different field trial examples and their hurdles" - Engineer at Wintershall