Energies 2010, 3(9), 1529-1575; doi:10.3390/en3091529
Review

Enhanced Oil Recovery: An Update Review

Received: 27 June 2010; Accepted: 10 August 2010 / Published: 27 August 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Oil Recovery)
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Abstract: With the decline in oil discoveries during the last decades it is believed that EOR technologies will play a key role to meet the energy demand in years to come. This paper presents a comprehensive review of EOR status and opportunities to increase final recovery factors in reservoirs ranging from extra heavy oil to gas condensate. Specifically, the paper discusses EOR status and opportunities organized by reservoir lithology (sandstone and carbonates formations and turbiditic reservoirs to a lesser extent) and offshore and onshore fields. Risk and rewards of EOR methods including growing trends in recent years such as CO2 injection, high pressure air injection (HPAI) and chemical flooding are addressed including a brief overview of CO2-EOR project economics.
Keywords: enhanced oil recovery; EOR; reservoir lithology; CO2; steam injection; air injection; chemical flooding
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Alvarado, V.; Manrique, E. Enhanced Oil Recovery: An Update Review. Energies 2010, 3, 1529-1575.

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Alvarado V, Manrique E. Enhanced Oil Recovery: An Update Review. Energies. 2010; 3(9):1529-1575.

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Alvarado, Vladimir; Manrique, Eduardo. 2010. "Enhanced Oil Recovery: An Update Review." Energies 3, no. 9: 1529-1575.

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