Enhanced Oil Recovery

The participants obtain sufficient knowledge within geology, drilling, production and reservoir engineering to be able to understand e.g. the choice of wellbore path (vs. geology) and to e.g. suggest further investigations to clarify critical issues revealed by you as an alert collaborator in the ongoing operation.

Target group:

Ansatte i petroleumsbransjen.

Course description:

The subject is enhanced oil recovery (EOR) used to improve recovery beyond that expected by pressure depletion. Water injection, hydrocarbon (HC) gas injection, and combined water/gas injection (WAG) are the most common EOR methods used in the industry today. Other EOR methods (typically more expensive and technically more complicated) covered are non-hydrocarbon (CO2 and N2) injection, compositional effects e.g vaporization, and developed miscibility, both in conventional reservoirs and naturally fractured reservoirs. The course will primarily consider reservoir aspects of EOR methods using HC gas and water injection. Key parameters include microscopic (pore-level) recovery, areal and vertical sweep efficiency. Variations in reservoir rock – i.e. heterogeneities – and fluid property variations with depth can have a strong influence on the success of EOR methods. Therefore we will concentrate on accurate geologic and fluid description and its influence on recovery.

After completing the course, you will have


After course completion the participants have knowledge about (the points below indicate the course’s weighting between four topics; geology, drilling, reservoir, production) :

  • Different sediment types and their importance for the creation of hydrocarbons
  • The evolution of hydro carbons and their entrapment in sedimentary structures
  • Drilling equipment, drilling fluids and processes of creating a wellbore to the target
  • Boundary conditions of the equipment and the wellbore pressures during drilling
  • Downhole problems related to wellbore problems
  • Safety aspects related to drilling operation and how to handle a kicking well
  • Capillary forces and reservoir fluid characteristics
  • Production facilities, production methods and the treatment of hydrocarbons on the platform


After course completion the participants can roughly understand and be involved in planning and execution of the following tasks:

  • The students should understand how to use the EOS-based PVT program PhazeComp and SENSOR reservoir simulator to estimate oil and gas properties for reservoir and production engineering applications of gas and oil fields, including depletion and gas- and water-based IOR (miscible and immiscible).

General competencies:

The student should learn to solve real-life problems without solutions being handed out (only provided through in-class partial solutions by the teacher) i.e. relying on their own ability to check and cross-check their work with others, in addition to using the lectures to ask questions about their solutions to problems. Critical self-learning is emphasized. Self-study is also required to decide what supportive reading is needed to understand (1) lectured material, (2) problems, and (3) project these three defining the course curriculum

The course can be part of NTNU's Master of Science in Oil and Gas Technology.

Exam description:

Home exam (24 hours).

Eksamenskrav: Innlevering godkjenning av øvinger.

Time and place of seminars:

Location and date

Two compulsory sessions in Trondheim autumn 2016:

First session: 3 - 5 October

Second session: 7 - 9 November

Course fee:

18000 Kr
Course fee info:
I kursavgiften inngår

  • Undervisning på alle samlinger
  • Kaffe, lunsj og forfriskninger på samlingene
  • Tilgang til elektroniske læremidler på internett
  • Veiledning og tilbakemelding på oppgaver og øvinger
  • Sensur av eksamen og karakterutskrift

Application deadline:


Subject coordinator/lecturer:

Ole Torsæter
Professor, Inst. for petroleumsteknologi og anvendt geofysikk
Email: ole.torsaeter@ntnu.no


Marit Kvidal
Phone: 73 59 52 60
Email: videre@ntnu.no

Admission requirements:

Ingeniør/bachelor innen tekniske fag.

Recommended prior knowledge:

Relevant erfaring fra olje- og gassindustrien.

More information:

Computer tools or software in use: Blackboard

Practical information:

Praktisk informasjon som gjelder dette kurset 

The course will be lectured in English.

Course details

Start date: 03.10.2016

Application deadline: 10.06.2016

Course fee: 18000 Kr

Credits: 7,5

Course code: PG6005

Host: NTNU i Trondheim

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