It is estimated that Iran Oil Reserve is more than 600 billion barrels; and only 150 billion barrels of this reserve is expected to be produced using the traditional and old-fashion technologies like infill drilling and primary production. It is important to search for new technologies to increase the oil recovery efficiency beyond the 25%, which now estimated using the natural oil production techniques. This low oil recovery efficiency is unsurprising as the oil reserves are mostly stored in carbonate naturally fractured reservoirs (NFR).
Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques are intended to unlock this huge oil reserves, trapped underground to feed the energy market for thundered years to come. To start this, it is needed first to investigate and screen the best scenario for the carbonate fractured reservoirs through laboratory tests and simulation workflow.
Started in 1995 at Shiraz University and then continued to Sharif University of Technology, EOR Excellence Research Center conducts different experimental and modeling scenarios for Iranian oil reservoirs. One of the main activities included the establishment and commissioning of oil related laboratories such as RCAL, SCAL, PVT, EOR, MEOR, Stimulation, Digital Rock and Drilling Fluids Labs. Besides, promoting the education of upstream related courses in Iranian Universities and regional countries, initiating the applied EOR research topics for educational and research centers as well as supervising many local and international PhD and MSc students are among those efforts in the past decades. It is worst mentioning that most of these activities were performed through close collaboration with other universities, NIC(s) and IOC(s). Since 2005, this center has pressed forward its activities as a national research center due to the essential need for a regional research institute on EOR planning in Iran and MENA countries. Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) based screening software to find the best EOR methods for NFR, designing the experimental tests and utilizing them in our well-equipped labs. Starting multidisciplinary collaboration with others in Chemistry, Physics, Nano-Science and Biology to expand the EOR forum and improve the background of this very complicated process happening deep in the formation in very tiny pore scales. Recently we have started to apply Molecular Dynamics (MD) as novel technique to identify the key mechanism behind the water-based enhanced oil recovery processes.
Main Educational Activities
- Teaching: EOR, Flow in Porous Media and Advanced Reservoir Engineering Courses in Shiraz University, Sharif University, University of Tehran, University of Esfahan and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman
- Supervising more than 20 PhD and 50 MSc students mostly related to the petroleum engineering and EOR techniques.
- Organizing workshops, seminars and weekly meetings
- Preparing new course syllabus for School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering