BP chief explains enhanced oil-recovery programme in North Sea

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Euan Duncan, Discipline Lead Reservoir Engineer at BP, will tomorrow (23 April) explain how BP aims to maximise output from its North Sea oil wells using its ‘enhanced oil recovery’ techniques.

Duncan is due to speak to a meeting of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary – in Aberdeen.

He will discuss the BP North Sea enhanced-oil recovery programme and lessons learned from water-alternating gas projects in the Miller, Ula and Magnus fields. He will also give an update on current projects, including the Clair Ridge EOR scheme using LoSal® EOR and polymer applications in the Schiehallion field, highlighting how these are being taken from the research stage to operational projects.

Duncan said: “BP is concentrating on learning from previous experiences to create the next phase of EOR, defining the enablers and the major barriers. In a mature basin this is not easy and so I hope to encourage an open discussion following my presentation, to hear how others are approaching this problem”.

 Anthony Onukwu, Chairman of SPE Aberdeen, added: “As global demand for energy continues to increase, maximising production from existing oil fields is high on the agenda. Enhanced oil recovery can increase production from a well up to 75% and it is therefore important that the upstream oil & gas industry works together to overcome the barriers surrounding EOR techniques.”

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