Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods


The course offers an overview of CEOR processes with particular emphasis on issues relevant to field applications. Few case histories and exercises are also presented. Classroom approach will be to encourage interactive participation.

Day 1 (Half Day)

  • Chemical EOR – What are they? Introduction, concepts and definitions
  • Size of the PRIZE: Why must we consider it? 
  • Screening options and approach: Challenges in CEOR scoping and implementation
  • Timing: When is the right time for implementation? What options do we have? What tools do we need? Can we do it all?
  • Basic water flooding principles that lead to CEOR, impact of heterogeneities monitoring and surveillance

Day 2 (Full Day)

  • Chemical Flooding Processes: Principles and Applications
    • Polymer Flooding
    • Surfactant Flooding
    • Alkaline Flooding
    • Alkaline, Surfactant-Polymer (ASP) Processes
  • Smart Water Flood: Concept and Potential
  • Critical review and summary identifying of broader issues (managerial issues, how industry and R&D entities can address EOR issues more effectively, and benefits & rewards)

Learning Objectives

The course will help participants to:

  • Develop a screening approach to select and link appropriate CEOR processes to particular candidate reservoirs
  • Recognize importance of timing of implementation based on reservoir engineering considerations
  • Identify key decision issues with regard to feasibility of the CEOR processes

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for reservoir engineers, production engineers, geoscientists and management personnel who are involving in the screening and planning for CEOR applications in the near future. New recruits should also benefit from this course. As well, it may also interest experienced professionals as a refresher course.


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.


Hemanta Sarma

Hemanta Sarma is the chairman and professor of the Petroleum Engineering Program at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. He also currently serves as an honorary adjunct professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide, where he held a professorship and the Reg Sprigg Chair in Petroleum Engineering in its Australian School of Petroleum (ASP). He is also the founding director of the Centre for Improved Petroleum Recovery (CIPR) in the ASP and was research project leader (2003-2006) for CO2 sequestration through enhanced petroleum recovery and enhanced coalbed 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.

Previously, he was a senior staff reservoir engineer with the Alberta Research Council, Canada, and an invited research advisor at the Technology Research Center of Japan National Oil Corporation where he participated in domestic and international R&D projects and field pilots. He has published extensively and offered several specialized courses on EOR and reservoir engineering.

Sarma holds a BTech (Honours) in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines, an MSc in chemical engineering (specialization: reservoir engineering) from University of Calgary, and a PhD in petroleum engineering from University of Alberta.  A 2009 recipient of Distinguished Membership, he has been an active SPE member having served on several technical program committees, including SPE South Australian Executive Committee leading its Continuing Education Program. He was a member of SPE’s Distinguished Achievement Award.