Enhanced and Improved Oil Recovery Methods - a Life Line for an Old and "Tired" Reservoir?

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course offers an overview of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and improved oil recovery (IOR) processes with particular emphasis on issues relevant to field applications.

One-Day Class Topics Include:

  • EOR/IOR—What are they?
  • Size of the PRIZE: Why must we consider it?
  • Screening for EOR—timing: When is the right time for implementation? What options do we have? What tools do we need? Can we do it all?
  • Waterflooding and chemical flooding
  • Gas flooding—Hydrocarbon, CO2, Air and N2
  • EOR in Naturally-Fractured Reservoirs
  • Critical review and identification of broader issues and summary
  • Case histories and exercises

Three-Day Class Topics Include:

  • Chemical flooding processes
  • Gas flooding processes
  • Thermal methods
  • EOR in naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Horizontal wells for EOR
  • Problems of asphaltene precipitation during EOR and certain HSE issues
  • Summary review and identification of broader issues through interactive discussions

Learning Level


Course Length

1 or 3 Days

Why Attend?

Get an overview of EOR and IOR, explore your options and tolls for screening and the best time for implementation.

Who Should Attend

This course is for petroleum, reservoir, production and facilities engineers, as well as managers, and planners who are interested in enhanced oil recovery.


0.8 or 2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1 or 3-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Hemanta Sarma Photo

Hemanta Sarma is a Professor of Oil & Gas Engineering at the University of Calgary. More recently, he was the chairman and professor of the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, 2009-2014. He is also an Honorary Adjunct Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide, where he had held a Professorship and the Reg Sprigg Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) during 2002-2009. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Improved Petroleum Recovery (CIPR) in the ASP and was a Research Project Leader (2003-2006) for CO₂ sequestration through enhanced petroleum recovery and enhanced coal-bed methane recovery in the CO₂CRC, a major Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies. In addition, he has been a consultant to a number of Australian petroleum companies in the areas of reservoir engineering and EOR. Sarma holds a BS with honors in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines; MS in chemical engineering, specializing in reservoir engineering, from University of Calgary; and a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.