Advanced and Emerging Technologies of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)


Several oil fields are currently under development using different enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods worldwide, including chemical, thermal, and miscible processes plus other hybrid methods. All of these techniques suffer from several problems of accurate reservoir characterisation, difficult screening actual severe heterogeneous reservoir, pilot design, and field implementations. The goal of this two-day course is to present current problems, advanced solutions, and emerging technologies of different EOR processes.

The course presents conventional and low salinity water floods plus others chemical, gas injection, thermal, advanced EOR processes such as steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) method, carbon dioxide-steam process, seismic, electromagnetic and advanced microbial enhanced recovery (MEOR). The course also presents surface facility requirements and problems, technical backgrounds, current status, and future of chemical EOR techniques with field case studies worldwide to screen technical strengths and limitations of these methods. Finally, this two-day course provides recent changes and newly-developed hybrid EOR methods and their applied techniques.

Day One

  • Definitions and needs for enhanced and improved oil recovery processes
  • Classifications and screening of different  EOR methods
  • Determination of important rock properties using routine and special core analysis, porosity & relative permeability, capillary pressure, wettability measurement and alteration
  • Possible enhancement approaches of all EOR techniques
  • Lab and numerical determinations of minimum miscibility pressure (MMP)
  • Different types of areal, vertical, displacement and volumetric sweep efficiencies
  • Conventional and low salinity water (LSW) floods: process description, limitations and advantages
  • Chemical EOR methods: polymer, surfactant/polymer and ASP
  • Carbon Dioxide methods: CO2 miscible and immiscible injections

Day Two

  • Thermal EOR methods: cyclic and continuous steam, and in-situ combustion methods
  • Surface facilities requirements, pipelines, and problems for different EOR processes
  • Steam Assisted-Gravity-Drainage (SAGD) and Toe-to-Heel-Air-Injection (THAI)
  • Hybrid EOR applications: CO2-thermal and chemical-thermal methods
  • Seismic, electric, and electromagnetic heating EOR methods
  • Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) and Enzymes EOR (EEOR)

Learning Objectives

The main learning outcomes of this course are to make participants capable to;

  1. Know and determine rock and fluid properties for different EOR processes
  2. Describe process, advantages and limitations of conventional and low salinity water floods
  3. Classify and screen different EOR methods for current producing reservoirs
  4. Screen actual reservoir(s) to select the best EOR method for your reservoir
  5. Maximize oil recovery using different EOR methods
  6. Know newly-developed EOR methods of chemical, thermal, miscible, hybrid EOR methods
  7. Understand different problems and proposed solutions of different EOR processes

Who Should Attend

Reservoir and petroleum engineers, production engineers, geologists, petrophyicists, workover and production engineers, last year and graduate petroleum engineering students, and others interested in EOR processes.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and or/ certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Shedid A. Shedid

Shedid A. Shedid, PhD, is currently a certified instructor and a technical consultant at SPE and NExT-Schlumberger in Houston, Texas. He received his PhD from The University of Oklahoma in petroleum engineering. He is a professor and international consultant of petroleum engineering for more than 20 years. He conducted several technical consultation and research projects of petroleum engineering in the USA, Australia, Egypt, Libya, and UAE. He also published more than 78 scientific papers in USA and Canadian scientific journals and at international conferences about development of new techniques/models for solving real industry problems. Shedid supervised and examined several master and doctorate dissertations in petroleum engineering in different countries. He worked and taught petroleum engineering courses at Texas A&M University, University of Western Australia (UWA), UAE University, and British University in Egypt (BUE). Shedid designed, developed, and taught several industry short courses of analytical and applied reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and water flooding management in different countries of Egypt, UAE, Algeria, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Libya, China (Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu), Oman and Vietnam.


  • Analytical and applied reservoir engineering
  • Design, analysis, and application of water flooding
  • Design, screening, and application of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes