Enhanced Oil Recovery, Secondary, and Tertiary Recovery

May 4, 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.


  • Ric Camara May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Common K white u can do it !!

  • Jason Durham May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I swear that number 13 is bad luck..i remember when Johnny knox had that number..its cursed now

  • willie838 May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    We still believe in you kid. Here's an eye opening breakout surprise "forgot about Dre" 2018 bud! Let's get it!

  • Dale Holmgren May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I totally believe Kevin White is going to shock the NFL in 2018. He had just a bad run of luck – it happens. People have more faith in Cameron Meredith coming back this year, who had an injury FAR FAR worse than anything Kevin had to deal with. Everyone has to deal with injuries in the NFL. No one calls Aaron Rodgers washed up after the collarbone break.

  • Polsen2013 May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    And fractures shoulder week 1 vs. Atlanta. The Derrick Rose of the NFL.

  • XON3D6IXXGODD May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I feel like bears players be gettin hurt bad in the nfl n only them.

  • Tee Morg May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Seeing Jay Cutler and John Fox made my stomach hurt… Good riddance to those 2 idiots. Go Bears!!

  • JGARY92 May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Hopefully he can help us from now on. GOBEARS, GO KWHITE.

  • william anderson May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Kevin White is a Bust

  • JukesFerDayz May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    This guy has a beast build if only he was healthy

  • Jack Davis May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Kevin change your number….lol

  • Hectic May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    This has like 2 more episodes now

  • Windy 312 May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Lmfao remember when we thought this was gonna be the guy?

  • Rock Lord Rock vs stone May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Cut him already

  • Kennedy Blades May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    make more

  • Reza Amirzadeh May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    He realized that he was made from glass!

  • Michael Montalto May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Aaaaaand then he got hurt immediately again. This kid is a sad story. A total piece of fine china. Shatters like glass.


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  • Alan Molina May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Now that I watch this again he should've gambled with the stress fracture maybe it was gonna go away and and avoid losing speed

  • lou chef May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Fucking bust!!!

  • Art Galikowski May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Kevin White, you r a bum. Didn't your mama give you any milk. Good god. U r about as tough as a wet paper bag. Get the hell out of Chicago. It's over, you r a BUST!

  • bustdetector May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    dare i say bust?

  • Tyler Twinem May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    dam thought he was going to have a big year had him and allen robinson both out for year in week 1 fml

  • Jay Shah May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    damn I feel so bad for the kid 🙁

    injury busts are the worst

  • Vanilla Guerilla May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Great kid
    hopeing his third year is his year

  • TheRealRockstonek May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    If Kevin White get hurts again in 3 straight years, it's a BUST for Bears.

  • Yeng Vang May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Kevin white reminds me of Michael Irvin. I know he can change the bears franchise.

  • Darryl Payne May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm


  • Vertcoin BLiSS May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Real worthwhile video. Kevin White appears to be a pretty good dude.

  • Brady ! May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I hate to say it but I think this kid is gonna be a bust. This is coming from a bears fan. The injury really slowed him down. The team was evaluating him when he came back and their were reports that he looked a lot slower. It's a shame to see what injuries can do to a young man's career

  • Jimbo Vice May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Seems like we're gonna have to have one of these made each season… but hey at least he played 4 games this season, right?

  • 360 DJ May 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    His mom is my dads cousin so I'm his cousin

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