Less Known Methods for Improved Oil and Gas Recovery
Recorded on September 26, 2013 (60 minutes)

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Several unconventional primary improved oil and gas recovery processes have been studied and successfully tested in the field. These methods do not enjoy a widespread use most likely due to ineffective and/or untimely dissemination of field test results. 

This lecture will present three such improved oil and gas processes. The lecturer has participated in the conceptual and practical studies of these processes. They are:

1- The Double Displacement and the Second Contact Water Displacement Processes that aim to improve oil recovery through gas injection in low-pressure light oil reservoirs. Nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and air injection were successfully tested in the field.

2- Co-production, the simultaneous production of gas and water, is used to control water influx into water-drive gas reservoirs. The process involves the conversion of down-dip wells to water producers as they water out delaying the watering out of up-dip wells and reducing the reservoir pressure so more gas can expand and be produced.

3- Water flooding of low-pressure gas reservoirs presents a viable alternative to compression. Water flooding reserves may in certain cases exceed that of compression. It has the added operational advantage of maintaining reservoir pressure. Managing this option as a water disposal facility provides a major additional economic incentive.

Dr. Zaki Bassiouni

After more than thirty years of service, Dr. Zaki Bassiouni retired from the faculty of Louisiana State University in 2008.   He was a professor and chair of the Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering from July 1983 to June 2004 before assuming the position of Dean of the College of Engineering until his retirement.

Dr. Bassiouni received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Cairo University, a diploma in Geophysics from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Petrole et des Moteurs of Paris, France, and an M.S. (DEA) and Ph.D. (Docteur Es Sciences) from the University of Lille, France.

In addition to his academic contributions and publications, Dr. Bassiouni has provided technical expertise to the international oil and gas industries.  He has conducted training in more than thirty countries worldwide. He is the author of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Textbook Series Vol. 4 "Theory, Measurement, and Interpretation of Well Logs."  

Dr. Bassiouni is a member of the national honorary society Pi Epsilon Tau, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Professional Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA). He currently served on the Education and Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) fro 1999 to 2004.

Dr. Bassiouni is the recipient of SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty for 1995.  He is also the recipient of the Louisiana Engineering Foundation Faculty Professionalism Award for 2000.  He is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2004-2005 & 2008-09 seasons.  Dr. Bassiouni was selected as the 2006 recipient of the SPE Formation Evaluation Award. He is also the recipient of Louisiana Engineering Society’s 2008 Technological Accomplishment Award. For the aforementioned services and activities Dr. Bassiouni was inducted in 2012 into LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the highest honor bestowed by the College.