included Mehran Sohrabi, professor at Heriot-Watt University, Reza Falahat,
advisor to Nargan Amitis, Shahab Germai, head of the Research Institute of
Enhanced Oil Recovery, Ali-Reza Bahmani-Nia, CEO of Kish Petroleum Engineering
Company, Mohammad Baqer Ghanizadeh, CEO of Tehran Energy Consultants, and Javad
Rostami, head of Research and Development at Iranian Offshore Oil Company.
topics under discussion included finding solutions in order to enhance recovery
from Iranian oil and gas fields, the necessity of administration in enhanced
recovery, application of cutting edge technologies, and adapting improved
recovery and enhanced recovery methods with Iran's petroleum industry needs.
highlighted the various aspects of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and improved oil
recovery (IOR), saying: "Various methods of EOR should be adapted with the
needs of Iran's petroleum industry; otherwise, application of such methods will
be of no use for this industry."
said a significant challenge to decision-making for EOR was uncertainty of
methods, adding: "We have to make efforts to reduce uncertainty in the EOR
methods of fields."
his part, Falahat underscored the necessity for the NIOC to define EOR
committee comprising 18 companies has been established and has so far held two
meetings to examine EOR challenges and needs and help the NIOC determine
perspectives for EOR," he said.
said EOR was not an independent issue, adding that it must be incorporated into
the development of fields.
light of complaints about the high cost of EOR, these costs may be reduced by
drawing up an appropriate roadmap," he said.
said a major challenge in Iran's petroleum industry was neglecting the
principle of combining theoretical and practical research.
said: "The rate of oil recovery in Iran is low when compared with the
volume of the country's deposits. If this rate is increased we may see
production from these fields increase significantly."
panel also highlighted absence of feeling of necessity and high costs as
reasons why EOR and IOR methods have not become common in Iran.
maintain that as long as oil production is low-cost in Iran, companies are not
willing to take steps towards production by applying costly EOR methods.
panel mainly focused on the point that maximum efficient recovery must be
always taken into consideration.
As new wells are
becoming operational at much higher costs, applying EOR and IOR methods has
become a must.
Courtesy of Iran Petroleum