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Introduction to Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Processes and Bioremediation of Oil-Contaminated Sites

Edited by Laura Romero-Zerón, ISBN 978-953-51-0629-6, 330 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published May 23, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/2053
Edited Volume

This book offers practical concepts of EOR processes and summarizes the fundamentals of bioremediation of oil-contaminated sites. The first section presents a simplified description of EOR processes to boost the recovery of oil or to displace and produce the significant amounts of oil left behind in the reservoir during or after the course of any primary and secondary recovery process; it highlights the emerging EOR technological trends and the areas that need research and development; while the second section focuses on the use of biotechnology to remediate the inevitable environmental footprint of crude oil production; such is the case of accidental oil spills in marine, river, and land environments. The readers will gain useful and practical insights in these fields.

Dr. Laura Romero-Zerón

University of New Brunswick, Canada

Laura Romero-Zerón has been a chemical engineer and a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of New Brunswick since 2004. She holds a PhD degree in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. Her research interests include optimization of EOR chemical (surfactant) flooding, development of surfactant carrier systems, polymer flooding, formulation of self-assembling polymeric systems, conformance-improvement treatments, heavy oil recovery, and bitumen upgrading among others. She has published numerous scientific papers, coauthored a book in the area of reservoir conformance improvement, authored three book chapters on EOR, and edited a book on EOR and bioremediation of oil-contaminated sites. Romero-Zerón is an SPE member and holds the US SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification.

Edited Books

  • Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (cEOR) - a Practical Overview

    Commercial application of chemical enhanced oil recovery (cEOR) processes is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. Thus, Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (cEOR): A Practical Overview offers key knowledge and understanding of cEOR processes using an evidence-based approach intended for a broad audience ranging from field operators, researchers, to reservoir engineers dealing with the development and planning of cEOR field applications. This book is structured into three sections; the first section surveys overall EOR processes. The second section focuses on cEOR processes, while the final section describes the electrorheology technology. These sections are presented using a practical and realistic approach tailored for readers looking to improve their knowledge and understanding of cEOR processes in a nutshell.

  • Introduction to Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Processes and Bioremediation of Oil-Contaminated Sites

    This book offers practical concepts of EOR processes and summarizes the fundamentals of bioremediation of oil-contaminated sites. The first section presents a simplified description of EOR processes to boost the recovery of oil or to displace and produce the significant amounts of oil left behind in the reservoir during or after the course of any primary and secondary recovery process; it highlights the emerging EOR technological trends and the areas that need research and development; while the second section focuses on the use of biotechnology to remediate the inevitable environmental footprint of crude oil production; such is the case of accidental oil spills in marine, river, and land environments. The readers will gain useful and practical insights in these fields.

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