Problems and Advanced Solutions & Edge Technology of Different EOR Methods


Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods include chemical, thermal, and miscible processes amongst others. All of these techniques face several problems like accurate reservoir characterisation, screening actual severe heterogeneous reservoir, pilot design, and field implementations. The goal of this 1-day course is to present current problems and advanced solutions of chemical (polymer and surfactant polymer floods), thermal (cyclic and continuous steam floods), and carbon dioxide floods.

The course presents advanced EOR processes such as super-surfactant and viscoelastic polymer techniques, steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) method, carbon dioxide-steam process, and advanced microbial enhanced recovery (MEOR). It will examine technical backgrounds, current status, and future of chemical EOR techniques with global field case studies to understand the technical strengths and limitations of these methods. The course also provides recent changes and/or chemical advancements that make chemical EOR methods attractive.

Course Topics

  • Classification and screening of different EOR methods
  • Possible enhancement approaches of all EOR techniques
  • Super-surfactant and low surfactant/polymer floods, viscoelastic ASP flood
  • Steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and horizontal well application
  • Advanced microbial enhanced Oil recovery technique using enzymes

Learning Outcomes

  • The main objective of this course is to enable participants to classify and screen different EOR methods
  • Screen actual reservoir(s) to select the best EOR method
  • Maximise oil recovery by chemical EOR methods
  • Screen and apply polymer, alkaline/polymer (AP), and alkaline/surfactant/polymer (ASP) methods
  • Learn about new advancements in all chemical, thermal, and miscible EOR methods
  • Select the best reservoir simulator for the chosen EOR process

Why Attend?

SPE helps petroleum engineers worldwide to improve their scientific skills and experience. This course provides you with both theoretical studies and field cases, which will help you gain a better understanding of EOR methods, along with applications and screening of actual field case studies from oil fields in the Middle East.

Who Should Attend

Reservoir and petroleum engineers, production engineers, geologists, petrophysicists, workover and production engineers, senior petroleum engineering students, and others interested in EOR processes.


Shedid A. Shedid is currently a certified instructor and a technical consultant at SPE and NExT-Schlumberger, Houston, Texas, USA. He holds a PhD from the University of Oklahoma in petroleum engineering, and has been a professor and consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted several technical consultation and research projects on petroleum engineering in USA, Australia, Egypt, Libya, and UAE. He has also published more than 78 scientific papers about the development of new techniques/models for solving real industry problems. Shedid has supervised and examined several master and doctorate dissertations in petroleum engineering in different countries. He has worked at Texas A&M University, University of Western Australia (UWA), UAE University, and British University in Egypt (BUE).

Shedid developed and taught several industry short courses on analytical and applied reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and water flooding management in different countries worldwide.


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