Oil & Natural Gas Projects
Exploration and Production Technologies
Field Studies of Effective Enhanced Oil/Gas Recovery Technologies
This project was funded through DOE's Natural Gas and Oil Technology Partnership
Program. The program establishes alliances that combine the resources and experience
of the nation's petroleum industry with the capabilities of the national laboratories
to expedite research, development, and demonstration of advanced technologies
for improved natural gas and oil recovery.
The goal of this project is to review and field test enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
technologies offered by various technology providers.
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Idaho Falls, ID
This project identified for testing novel EOR technologies that are well-suited
to improving recovery from marginal wells.
Cost-effective technologies identified in this project are expected to increase
production from marginal wells, preventing well abandonment and the attendant
loss of oil field infrastructure.
There are thousands of low-productivity marginal wells in the United States
at risk of abandonment, potentially leaving huge amounts of oil in the ground.
Improving production through remediation is often not a profitable endeavor
because of the high costs and low profit margins of the independent operators
that produce from these wells. This project is focused on identifying low-cost,
highly effective EOR technologies that are well-suited to maintaining production
from marginal wells.
A number of EOR technologies were identified to determine their technical and
economic advantages over current technologies. The technologies selected will
undergo field testing at the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Test Center (RMOTC) near
Discussions with providers of selected technologies have been held to identify
candidate methodologies and equipment to be tested. Once selected, the appropriate
equipment will be installed in RMOTC wells, and testing and production monitoring
will be conducted. The test results will be summarized and, if positive and
approved by DOE, will be published and the technologies commercialized. Technology
transfer of the test results will be performed through the Petroleum Technology
Transfer Council. Training workshops will be conducted for those interested.
Current Status (November 2005)
EOR technologies are currently being screened for field testing.
Project Start: August 15, 2004
Project End: August 9, 2005
Anticipated DOE Contribution: $185,000
Performer Contribution: $0
NETL - Paul West (firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-699-2035)
INL - Bruce Reynolds (email@example.com or 208-526-1992)