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DOE Enhanced Oil Recovery Program

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course provides the basics of various methods of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) including gas, thermal, chemical and microbial. It introduces the processes, problems, fundamental engineering aspects of applications, and the economics basis on which it is implemented. Applicable regulations are discussed. Examples of projects, field demonstrations, and potential for future production, ongoing R & D, and reservoirs are also discussed. This course can serve as a primer for the fundamental engineering and economics basis of EOR methods. The basics for the methods and improvement of existing recovery methods chemical flooding, gas flooding, microbial, thermal, and secondary recovery (water flooding) using gels and other chemicals are described. The steps taken for each process used to push crude oil through rock formations from the injection well toward producing wells are described.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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