Improving Recovery from Unconventional Oil Reservoirs
Unconventional oil reservoirs hold a tremendous volume of hydrocarbons, and while there has been success particularly with horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing, primary recovery factors in these types of reservoirs remains low (~5%-10%). There remains hundreds of billions of barrels of oil yet to be recovered. The remaining resource in these formations will require improved recovery techniques, which implies some type of fluid injection. This talk explores what those options might be, what some of the issues are, and discusses the research that is being undertaken to solve these problems.
Hoffman, Todd, "Improving Recovery from Unconventional Oil Reservoirs" (2015). Public Lecture Series. 47.