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With growing demand on energy, there is increasing need to maximise the production of oil and gas, especially from depleting reservoirs. This course examines the methods and processes of enhanced recovery of oil and gas and provides students with the knowledge and understanding required to develop, acquire and safely integrate enhanced oil recovery technologies into field development plan and field operations.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
This course examines different hydrocarbon recovery methods. Secondary recovery is revisited, and tertiary recovery methods are explored in greater detail. The properties of injected and reservoir fluids are discussed. Fluid flow in porous media is revised, considering the rock-fluids interactions under different injection strategies and reservoir conditions. Concepts of electrolyte solutions, geochemistry and surface chemistry and their application to enhanced oil recovery (EOR) are discussed. Detailed analysis of the different EOR methods is presented, including the mechanisms of hydrocarbon displacement and design of associated facilities and technology for field implementation of the method. An awareness of the laboratory assessment of the effectiveness and environmental impact of each EOR method is provided. The recovery of heavy oils is discussed. Throughout the course, examples will be drawn from real life case studies.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1 three-hour written examination paper (90%), continuous assessment (10%).
The continuous assessment will be based a laboratory experiment or computer simulation of oil recovery mechanisms.
Resit: 1 three-hour written examination paper (90%) and the continuous assessment mark from the first attempt (10%).
There are no assessments for this course.
a) Assessment grade and feedback comments will be provided on the coursework report within two weeks of submitting the report.b) Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions.