Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Survey 2014

  The Oil & Gas Journal's biennial Enhanced Oil Recovery Survey is the source for this survey. Contains 7 worksheets and 2 articles.


The biennial Enhanced Oil Recovery Survey and associated article demonstrates miscible CO2's domination in current EOR projects as compared to steam injection. There were 109 miscible CO2 projects listed versus 48 steam projects.

The survey contains the regular seven tables plus two important new articles regarding the application of EOR to the vast unconventional oil and natural gas developments. New applications could economically sustain the world’s hydrocarbon supplies for decades.

One of the new developments is the expanding availability of natural and man-made CO2. Development of large natural sources of CO2 in Colorado and New Mexico plus construction of high-volume CO2 pipelines enabled CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) to achieve its first burst of growth in the Permian basin starting in the 1980s.

Subsequent development of natural CO2 supplies at Jackson Dome, Mississippi, and the capture of vented CO2 at the LaBarge natural gas processing plant in Wyoming provided the foundations for the second round of CO2-EOR growth at the turn of the century in the Gulf Coast and the Rocky Mountains. Based on these first two phases of growth, the industry now injects 3.5 bcfd (68 million tonnes/year [tpy]) of natural and industrial CO2 to produce 300,000 b/d of oil via EOR.



  • Planned EOR Projects Worldwide
  • US Producing Thermal EOR in the US
  • Producing CO2, other gas, and chemical EOR in US
  • Producing Canadian EOR Projects
  • Producing EOR projects outside U.S. and CANADA
  • US EOR Production
  • Active US EOR Projects


  • Survey: Miscible CO2 continues to eclipse steam in US EOR production
  • CO2 EOR set for growth as new CO2 supplies emerge


  • Method
  • Operator
  • Field
  • Location
  • Start date
  • Area (acres)
  • # of production & injection wells
  • Pay zone
  • Formation type
  • Porosity
  • Permeability
  • Depth
  • API gravity
  • Viscosity
  • Previous production type
  • Residual oil saturation
  • Project evaluation & profitability
  • Enhanced production
  • Total production
  • Maturity
  • Profit
  • Project Scope

Date Published

April, 2014


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