SPECIAL REPORT: PDO initiates various enhanced oil recovery approaches

To sustain long-term oil production from its contract area in Oman, Petroleum Development Oman has turned to diverse methods for enhancing oil recovery from its fields that contain many billions of barrels of oil in place.Without these investments, PDO expects ultimate oil recoveries from these fields would range between 4 and 20%. But depending on the EOR method employed, ultimate recoveries could increase to as high as 50%.The company’s first EOR projects will be in fields near Nimr, around Harweel, in Qarn Alam, at Marmul, and at Fahud (Fig. 1). Click here to enlarge imageNear Nimr, PDO started injecting steam on Sept. 10, 2007, in a pilot project in Amal West field and will als...

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