Enhanced Oil Recovery, Secondary, and Tertiary Recovery

April 16, 2018


Did you know that much of the oil in the ground is still present after primary recovery? In the kings english, that means there is still a lot of oil left in a well even after 10 years of pumping. The reason oil production slows is that the natural drive that once pushed oil aggressively towards the wellbore has subsided. Normally, the natural drive is either water or gas in the formation. In this article, we look to explain some of the common enhanced or secondary / tertiary methods of oil recovery.

With oil hitting new highs every day, it is clear the cost benefit of utilizing technology to get at extra production makes sense. When oil was in the $ 10-20 range, the incremental cost of some enhanced oil recovery methods did not make economic sense.

One of the most common secondary recovery methods is a waterflood. Essentially, a waterflood is a reintroduction of water into the formation to create a drive to push more oil towards the wellbore. To increase the efficiency of a waterflood, new methods utilize Alkaline-Surfactant-Polymer floods and some explorers are introducing microbes into the wellbore to increase the sweep efficiency of the flood, both methods have been met with success.

One method I find very interesting and have used with success on one oil well is the radial jet enhancement. The technology utilizes jets of high water pressure to cut laterally into the formation up to nearly 300 feet. The technology can be viewed at http://www.wellenhancementservices.com , ask for Steve Bowen if you are interested in utilizing the technology on some of your new or old wells.

With 80% of the oil still in the ground after primary recovery, there is still plenty of meat on the bone for utilizing EOR. New technologies are constantly being tested and will lead to greater gains in the future. One area I am very interested in is new drilling technology. The rotary drilling rig has not changed radically in 100 years, but new advances are coming and we'll discuss those in future blogs.


  • Danny Gormley April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    The Automatic>Kaiser Chiefs>Kasabian :(((( These guys should have been massive. Massive regrets that i never saw them live

  • Lyn Myers April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am


  • Mr Dj April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    какой же это ахуенный клип .

  • Asher Dee Wood April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    fuck….almost 10 years ago…I feel old af.

  • caleykenny1990 April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am


  • madadz69 April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Getting rid of penny was the worst thing this band ever did!

  • Levi Bell April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I remember watching a concert they did on the 101. It was the first time I heard this song and Monster. Those are my favorite songs ^_^

  • robyonder April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    that these guys never got big is unbelievable. 2006 man. .

  • latescape April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Funny I've got hit by dodge balls more then that and not once have I get knock out by one

  • Jonathan Mathers April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    *Knocked out by dodge ball*
    Me: Pussy 😐

  • tyler costales April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    the last part made me crack up XD ahhahahahahahahhaha

  • Anders Limpus Maximus April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    if you havent already… check out their version of kanye wests gold digger, they make hip hop sound GOOD

  • Takedown285 April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    he looks like luke sky walker lol

  • Assita Kone April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am


  • patTrick90222 April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    @HirOzut no they are not. don't offend them.

  • Tommy Scarafone April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    @HirOzut Billy Talents pretty good but The Automatic is waaaaaaaaaaaaay better.

  • Ozan S. April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    they like billy talent

  • marqstheman April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Their other video to their song recover is way better. Way, awesome band either way though. Haha

  • Luka Karavidović April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    pennie is missing here on back vocals :-/

  • Devil's Advocate April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    @ifuhavealifeliveit please, there's the band: the flipside, and others, ramones, young knives etc, watch em man!

  • MASTERGENETIS April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    no pueden ser mas buenos estos tipos pq ya estan en la cima ^^

  • Matt Gore April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO GO TO BIEBERS VIDEOS & CLICK THE DISLIKE BUTTON cause every time we go to his video HE GETS PAYED a few cents cause his vid sponsred

    Instead we pick songs like this get as many people as we can to watch so BY THE 1st OF MARCH ON BIEBERS BIRTHDAY ALL ROCK VIDEOS WILL BE MOST VIEWED ON YOUTUBES CHARTS this will get the younger audience to listen to GOOD MUSIC & might have GOOD ROCK BANDS FORM AGAIN have along way to go his video has 390 mill. PLZ COPY PASTE

  • J Waltho April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    @101wackyweirdo 1. learn to spell and 2. don't be a troll 🙂

  • rollokb2 April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I'd make her scream Much louder

  • Devil's Advocate April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    @Ghostrhino12 actually the song is "one less (fucking) lonly (ugly!) girl-leave out the bracets lol and its the 10th of november now-we finished omne time ages ago, lol.

  • euro8029 April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Alexander Pennie <333

  • Devil's Advocate April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am


    on the 25 SEP, we will visit jb's "one time" vid, with over a million views, we will leave a negitive comment, dislike, and leave.we will visit it from the 25-the 30th, doeing the same thing everytime.
    copy this comment, email it to yourself AND FREINDS.
    rally the troops. we fight for music.

  • Devil's Advocate April 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    this song killed me 🙁

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