Enhanced Heavy Oil and Oil Shale Recovery

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)

Special Issue Editor

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Harold Vance Petroleum Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Interests: enhanced oil recovery; phase behavior; transport processes in pipelines and porous media; CCUS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fossil fuels still play a large role in our lives, whether it be in effective energy production, or in the generation of common products, such as plastics and chemicals. This role is not expected to subside in the foreseeable future. Therefore, there is an increasing hydrocarbon demand to supply the needs of a growing human population and a growing global economy. This demand can only be met by unlocking hydrocarbons from the enormous heavy oil and oil shale resources, which comprise around 12 trillion barrels of total world oil resources. However, various technological, economical, and environmental challenges limit oil extraction from these vast unconventional reserves. A sustainable energy future can only be maintained by converting these notoriously challenging unconventional reserves to conventional ones through intensive and comprehensive research studies. This Special Issue is dedicated to this purpose, namely the dissemination of high quality research studies conducted on these assets. We welcome the submission of scientific works which deal with all aspects of hydrocarbon extraction from heavy oil and oil shale reservoirs. We further encourage the submission of pilot and full-field scale learnings obtained on geological, drilling, production, and reservoir challenges regarding these reservoirs from all around the world.

Dr. Berna Hascakir
Guest Editor

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  • heavy oil
  • extra-heavy oil
  • bitumen
  • oil shales
  • kerogen
  • enhanced oil recovery
  • thermal enhanced oil recovery

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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