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University of Aberdeen- School of Engineering 2018-2019

Enhanced Oil Recovery
Credit points: 15
Course co-ordinator: Dr. Amin Sharifi (
Course contributors: Dr. Amin Sharifi
Dr. Yukie Tanino (
Pre-requisite: None
To provide an understanding of enhanced oil recovery methods (EOR)
which have been widely applied in petroleum industry and research. This
creates/highlights a link to the professional use of numerical reservoir
simulation through commercial simulators and experimental studies in
order to manage EOR projects.

Specific course information:

This course provides detailed discussions on mechanisms and purpose of
enhanced oil recovery methods used in oil industry. This includes a review
trapping and mobilization of residual oil; fundamentals and theory of
enhanced oil recovery; linear waterflood calculations; viscous fingering;
flood patterns and sweep efficiency considerations; polymer flooding;
surfactant flooding; miscible gas flooding; EOR for heavy oil and
bituminous reservoirs; thermal methods; emerging EOR techniques for
unconventional reservoirs.
There are a range of laboratory studies, pilot scale tests, and field
applications for each EOR methods which will be discussed through the

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course students should have an understanding of:

 Multiphase flow behavior in porous media
 Secondary and tertiary recovery mechanisms
 Quantitative assessment of EOR methods
 Effect of petrophysical properties and fluid types on oil recovery
 Ternary phase diagram
 Thermal methods for unconventional reservoirs
 Designing an appropriate EOR method for a reservoir

Brief list of topics to be covered:

Weeks 8-9:
 Overview of EOR techniques

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 Mobility ratios and capillary number

 Recovery factor, incremental oil, sweep efficiencies, microscopic,
macroscopic, areal and volumetric efficiencies
Week 10:
 Basics of phase behavior
 Ternary phase diagrams
Weeks 11-12:
 Miscible processes: first and multiple contact miscibility
 WAG flood: description, fractional flow analysis, case study
Weeks 13-14:
 Chemical and polymer flooding
 Micellar-polymer or microemulsion flooding in surfactant, and
chemical floodings
 Viscous fingering in heterogeneous reservoirs
Weeks 15-17:
 Thermal processes; such as steam injection, steam and solvent
injections, hot water flood etc.
 Cyclic and continuous steam injection
 Steam assisted gravity drainage in heavy oil reservoirs
 In-situ combustion; kinetics and different subdivisions
Week 18:
 Revision

 Enhanced Oil recovery 1998 by Don W. Green, G. Paul Willhite, Society of
Petroleum Engineers
 Enhanced Oil Recovery 1989 by Larry W. Lake, Publisher: Prentice Hall

25 hours of lectures, 9 one-hour tutorial sessions, one 4-hour laboratory session.
Up to 4 hours guest speakers from industry; schedules will be announced through
MyAberdeen. Detailed times for lectures, tutorials and the laboratory session are
provided separately.
Continuous assessment: 20% (laboratory exercise and report)
Date and time of submission:
By 12noon on
• November 8th (for those who have lab session on Nov 1st)
• November 15th (for those who have lab session on Nov 8th)
Note: time is UK local
Feedback and results will be provided on November 30th 2018

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Penalties for late or non-submission of in-course assignments are as

 Up to one week late: 2 CGS points deducted
 Up to two weeks late: 3 CGS point deductedMore than two weeks late:
no marks awarded

Assessment criteria:

Criteria Marks
On time arrival to the lab 3%

Submission of the detailed/correct data 16%

from the lab session on the day of
Methodology (schematic, description, 14%
calculation, procedure)
Results (photos of cell, graphs of 28%
different tests, scientific plots: refer to
“general tips on scientific writing”,
dimensionless axes)
Discussion and conclusion (including: 25%
insightful comments from observations
and analyses)
Proper scientific structure (including 14%
introduction, aims, references,
acknowledgments )

Final exam: 80% (a three-hour written examination paper)

All ABSENCES (medical or otherwise) should be reported through

MyAberdeen, where you can access a student absence form for completion.
MyAberdeen will allow you to upload any required supporting
documentation, such as a medical certificate.

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