The global demand for energy is increasing; the conventional production from existing hydrocarbon reservoirs is dropping. In fact, the oil recovery by primary and secondary methods is mostly between 35-45%. The hydrocarbon recovery needs to be increased to meet the growing demand. Chemical flooding, miscible recovery and thermal methods can be used to improve oil recovery beyond waterflooding. This presentation will address the recent developments in the improved recovery techniques and the challenges they face. The challenges for recovering unconventional resources will also be outlined.
Prof. Kishore K. Mohanty earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1981. He worked for ARCO from 1981-1991. He then joined the faculty of the University of Houston from 1991-2008 and moved to The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. He was awarded the Pioneer Award in the 2010 SPE IOR Meeting.