Future Energy is Bringing Two EOR Innovations in Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (TEOR)
eSteam™ zero-emissions downhole steam technology provides shigh-quality saturated and superheated steam; uses 40% less feedwater and increases oil production by over 50% compared to conventional OTSG techniques while saving 25%+ in operational costs.
NaNoEOR™ zero-emissions nanotechnology provides a novel exothermic reaction in the reservoir that generates hydrogen gas. The game-changing nanomaterials significantly reduces viscosity, emulsifies the oil, reduces the interfracial tension between crude oil and water, and causes wettability alteration for improved areal sweep efficiency maximizing oil mobility for increased oil production.
Thermal EOR (TEOR) is the primary EOR process for heavy oil extraction and one of the most common in the US, accounting for over 40% of its EOR production. It seeks to reduce oil viscosity to allow easier flow to the surface by introducing heat on the reservoir level, most commonly by introducing steam.
Our world has grown smaller. There are fewer unexplored new oil fields, and the world’s energy needs are rising. This makes it increasingly important for companies to extend the lives of their existing reservoirs, extracting every possible drop from each oil field to extract the billions of barrels of already discovered oil that has been impossible to reach.
Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (TEOR)
Traditionally, companies have relied upon primary and secondary extraction to recover oil from wells. Still, according to U.S. Department of Energy studies, this leaves half to three-quarters of the total oil reserve behind. Given this low level of efficiency, companies have turned to enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in recent years.
Unlike the primary and secondary methods, which simply displace oil to the surface or extract what’s already there, EOR relies upon changing the oil’s properties to significantly facilitate extraction.
Thermal EOR (TEOR) is the primary EOR process for heavy oil extraction to reduce oil viscosity to allow easier flow to the surface by introducing heat on the reservoir level, most commonly by introducing steam.
TEOR has undergone a transformation, and this process of innovation and improvement is reducing startup costs, run time, and feedwater usage and are essential to ensuring we maximize recovery in every oil field and limiting the environmental impact of extraction throughout the process.
TEOR Solutions to enhance cost efficiency and environmental impact
Indeed, the name of the game is “efficiency.” The less room a solution requires, the less water it needs. Similarly, the less time it needs to run, the better it will be for total costs and environmental impact. This has been the challenge Future Energy LLC took on with some of its latest two EOR innovations, e.g., (1) eSteam™ zero-emissions downhole steam technology; and (2) NaNoEOR™ zero-emissions nanotechnology. These two EOR technologies seek to turn TEOR into a cost-efficient, high-efficiency solution with no emissions.
Steam is at the core of many TEOR solutions. Higher quality steam or superheated steam can result in significant improvements to heavy oil production and substantial reductions in feedwater usage. Disruptive solutions such as eSteam™ and NaNoEOR™ avoid generating emissions that damage the local environment.
Efficiency, optimization, and environmental focus are all critical for ensuring the energy industry can meet the growing global energy demands. It is no longer enough to rely on primary and secondary extraction or dismiss environmental concerns. Today’s energy industry needs to be as efficient and green as possible. Thus, that is what Future Energy’s latest TEOR solutions, eSteam™ and NaNoEOR™ can help companies achieve.
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