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Improved Recovery Techniques

Depending on the reservoir drive mechanism, a substantial amount of oil will be left in the reservoir at the end of primary production. For example, depletion drives generally leave between 75% and 90% of the original oil in place. There are some techniques used to improved recovery. In this module you will learn:
  • The basic features of improved recovery techniques
  • Definitions of sweep efficiency and displacement efficiency
  • Factors affecting sweep efficiency
  • Types and primary uses of improved recovery techniques including:
    • Waterflooding
    • Miscible and inmiscible gas injection
    • Water-alternating gas injection
    • Polymer flooding
    • Surfactant-polymer flooding
    • Alkaline-surfactant-polymer flooding
    • Steam drive
    • Steam-assissted gravity drainage
    • Cyclic steam injection
    • In situ combustion

The Improved Recovery Techniques module consists of the following:
  • Lesson 1—Overview
  • Lesson 2—Waterflooding
  • Lesson 3—Gas Injection
  • Lesson 4—Chemical Flooding
  • Lesson 5—Thermal Recovery
  • Improved Recovery Techniques Glossary
  • Quiz
  • Improved Recovery Techniques
    It should take you approximately 60 to 75 minutes to complete this module. A passing score earns you a Certification of Completion.

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    e-Learning Module for 12 months
    Catalog No. 93.M0610 - $95.00


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