Improving Recovery from Unconventional Oil Reservoirs

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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.

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Dr. Todd Hoffman is an Assistant Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Montana Tech. He teaches classes on Reservoir Simulation, EOR, and Reservoir Engineering. Prior to that, he was a reservoir engineering consultant to the oil and gas industry specializing in flow modelling and fractured reservoirs. His research involves improved recovery for conventional and unconventional oil reservoirs, fracture reservoir modeling, and ensuring data consistency. while history matching. Dr. Hoffman received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Petrooleum Engineering from Stanford University.