Enhanced Oil Recovery, Secondary, and Tertiary Recovery

May 6, 2018

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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.


  • Blanco Niño May 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    kinda funny. I work for a company that recently acquired the gillware online backup software. it's surprisingly good software for the size of the company. of course things can be improved, but I'm impressed by what they did with such little resources.

  • grat2010 May 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Interesting interview, Eli. You asked some good questions.

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  • tetsballer May 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Imagine the shit this guy has seen on hard drives…

  • Mm K May 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Andrzejewski, you misspelled his name.

  • UTUBE5388327 May 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for this great show. I'm a retired sales executive that's gone back to college and am receiving an Applied Science degree after finishing just two programming classes. What two languages so you recommend that will help with digital forensics? I already have a consulting business in IT and am doing great as a certified technician but want to partner with someone like you and expand my private investigator license. Would you entertain contacting me to discuss further? Thanks!

  • iPad Rehab May 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Greg–You guys have done an amazing job marketing your referral program in the independent mobile device repair community. But the failed devices this community sees most often are water damaged iPhones with family pictures trapped inside.

    Your website says that you guys can recover data from iPhones, however it also seems to imply that you are only attempting to do chip off data recovery which won't work for modern iPhones due to encryption.

    When you described how you came to build your experience base and the evolution of the Gilware team–I loved that. It sounds a lot like what we've done for hardware-based data recovery for iPhones–i.e. stare down a microscope for a few years to figure out how to make dead phones work again to natively access data. I'll take a page from your marketing team and offer you guys the same referral deal for iPhone data recovery through us. 🙂

    ~Jessa, iPad Rehab

  • Rue U May 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    seems like a neat job. i should learn this more since ive done this for a small time

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