SPEI - Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR



It is well known that primary and secondary production schemes in fields containing heavy oil (< 20 °API) generally result in recoverable reserves of 15% or less. Reserves additions via new discoveries have been declining steadily in the last decades, and the increase of recovery factors from mature oilfields in known basins will be critical to meeting growing market demand. Oilfields containing heavy oil, since they have low recovery by conventional means, provide significant scope for increasing ultimate recovery using thermal means. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to review and learn the most up-to-date information available about Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technologies and strategies practiced today.

The instructors intend to present this course before the SPE meetings around the world, wherever there is an interest in improving oil recovery from oilfields containing heavy oil by using thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies and strategies. In teaching this course, the instructors plan to: (1) spend most of the time discussing the practical aspects of thermal EOR, and keep discussion of the theoretical topics to bare minimum, (2) discuss economics of thermal EOR methods, (3) give the course attendees some practical and useful problems to work on, and (4) provide each course attendee a workbook containing copies of the instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the class problems.

 The instructors, all seasoned engineers and longstanding members of the SPE, offer their extensive experience and expertise in practical aspects of thermal EOR to teaching this course to the SPE members around the world.

Who Should Attend

Petroleum engineers, reservoir engineers, production engineers, facilities engineers, managers, government officials, and others involved or interested in practical aspects of thermal enhanced oil recovery technologies and strategies for improving oil recovery from oilfields containing heavy oils.

Since this topic is of tremendous interest to the SPE members around the world, presentation of this course is expected to attract large attendance; therefore, those who are interested in attending this course should register early.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/8 hours) awarded for this 1-day course.

Location: SPEI Houston Training Center
10777 Westheimer Rd.
Houston , TX 77042

Date: Dec. 1, 2011, 9 a.m. - Dec. 1, 2011, 6 p.m.