Special Report: EOR/Heavy Oil Survey: POINT OF VIEW: SPE IOR conference chair laments lack of R&D funds

US funding for basic enhanced and improved oil recovery research and development is as scarce as it's ever been, says Dwight Rychel, general chair of the biennial Society of Petroleum Engineers Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, to be held Apr. 24-28 in Tulsa."There is so much more we need to do in the way of basic research into such issues as reservoir heterogeneity, reservoir sweep, channeling, mobility control, and wettability—and then, having gained knowledge in those areas, demonstrate those findings at the field scale," he said in an interview with Oil & Gas Journal.Regarding the potential for increasing oil recovery with EOR-IOR R&D, he observed, "It's a ...

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