2015 KU TORP Improved Oil Recovery Conference

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency 400 West Waterman Street - Wichita, KS 67202

7 Hours Instruction


For more than forty years, the University of Kansas Tertiary Oil Recovery Program has been providing oil and gas operators and service companies with access to emerging technology and best practices aimed at the industry’s continued success in the region. Traditionally this process has involved working with operators, identifying their key issues, and providing them with learning opportunities tailored to their unique needs. Every two years our relationship with industry, knowledge of best practices and university research come together in the KU TORP Improved Oil Recovery Conference.

This one-and-a-half day event brings together expert industry speakers, research scientists, and the regional oil and gas industry to provide unparalleled access to cutting edge research and industry best practices that will benefit companies working in the area. 

Keynote Speaker:

Rodney Schulz is an independent oil and gas producer and graduate from the KU Petroleum Engineering department. Mr. Schulz is a subject matter expert in the area of oil and gas economics and has taught his course “Oil & Gas Economics and Uncertainty” – developed specifically for small to midsized operators – to audiences both nationally and internationally. Mr. Schulz is a regular speaker for SPE and has been published in the Journal of Petroleum Engineering, as well as the Oil & Gas Investor.

Mr. Schulz spent more than 15 years with ConocoPhillips in a variety of engineering, and finance positions. He has served as an expert witness on oil and gas asset valuation cases, has served as a CFO and recently established Schulz Financial, a retail investment advisory company that manages $7 million for 27 households/40 clients and boasts a 98% client retention ratio. Currently, Schulz is putting together several oil and gas field redevelopment deals in south Texas while continuing to grow Schulz Financial and Schulz Consulting.

Sunday May 3, 2015

  • Noon – Attendee/Exhibitor Check-in
  • 4:00 p.m. – Industry Exhibits
  • 5:45 p.m. – IOR Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 6:00 p.m. – State of the Industry in Kansas, Rodney Schulz

The oil and gas industry at large is seeing massive changes as dropping and volatile oil prices are forcing cutbacks in operations, reductions in exploration, and apprehension regarding new technology. For operators in the north midcontinent region this represents challenges in the year ahead but the situation can also provide opportunities for the right operator or service company.

  • 7:00 p.m. – KU TORP Improved Oil Recovery Social

Join a few of your closest friends and colleagues as they come together to catch up and learn about the latest innovations and best practices in the region. While you enjoy food and drink you will definitely want to visit the exhibitors’ section for even more access to the latest products and services available in the area.

Monday May 4, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – Attendee Check-In
  • 9:00 a. m. – The Tertiary Oil Recovery Program, Jeremy Viscomi-KU TORP
  • 9:30 a.m. – Chemical Flooding the Trembley Oilfield in Reno County, KS, Dr. Stan McCool and Mark Ballard-KU TORP

Chemical flooding is a technique that can recover a significant amount of the oil that is left after waterflooding. A slug containing surfactants and polymer is injected and displaced through the reservoir by a polymer drive. The chemical slug mobilizes trapped oil, forming an oil bank that is pushed to the production wells.

A chemical slug has been specifically formulated through laboratory work and a field test has been designed for the Trembley Oilfeld. The chemical formulation, injection equipment design and field implementation plan will be reviewed.

This demonstration project is conducted to provide field results of chemical flooding for independent oil operators. It is sponsored by Kansas University Center for Research, the US Department of Energy, Berexco, LLC, Huntsman Petrochemicals and SNF.

  • 10:00 a.m. – Near Miscible CO2 in the Arbuckle Reservoir, Dr. Jyun-Syung Tsau and Mark Ballard-KU TORP

Many reservoirs are not considered for CO2 miscible flooding because the maximum reservoir pressure that can be attained is less than the minimum miscibility pressure (MMP). Near miscible displacement refers to a process occurring at pressure slightly below MMP but between immiscible and miscible. Within the pressure range significant oil recovery was observed in slim-tube experiments and to a lesser extent in the core tests.

Learn how KU TORP set out to determine the feasibility of using CO2 displacement at near miscible conditions to improve oil recovery with injection pressure below minimum miscibility pressure. Additionally we developed and implemented a field test with a goal of showing that significant oil can be recovered by the CO2 process operating at near miscible conditions.

  • 10:30 a.m. – Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – Regional Reservoir Characterization and Simulation, KU Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Geology Departments

Every year senior KU Petroleum Engineering students team up with students from the Geology Department to work on their capstone project design aimed at improved oil recovery in the region and using a new set of industry data.

This year, KU students worked on Acorn Unit in Dundy County, Nebraska, which produces mainly from the LKC interval as well as the Oread and Foraker limestones. In this presentation teams of students will report their analyses of the field, their quantitative models of its production, and their recommendations for further development, with projections of costs and possible returns.

  • 11:30 – Lunch and Industry Exhibits
  • 1:00 p.m. – The Combined Use of Gel Polymer and Nano-fluids to Increase Oil Recovery in Natural Water-drive, Waterflood, Chemical Flood, and CO2 Flood Reservoirs Jay Portwood-EOGA

This presentation will describe how water shut-off and injection conformance control chemicals (like gel polymer) are being used in combination with nano-fluid stimulation chemicals to improve oil recovery in natural water-drive, waterflood, chemical flood, and CO2 flood reservoirs. Gel polymer treatments have a proven track record in shutting off water when applied to producing wells, and in redistributing fluids at injection wells to improve sweep efficiency in secondary and tertiary oil recovery projects; however, there has been little attention paid to combining these treatments with stimulation techniques to a) help oil flow from lower permeability rock following a water shut-off treatment, or b) help improve injectivity into lower permeability rock following conformance control treatments. This presentation will provide details on the strategies used when combining these different yet complementary technologies, and examples from actual field projects.

  • 1:30 p.m. – Produced Water Treatment, Dr. Karen Peltier-KU TORP

Produced water is a significant waste stream from the production of oil and gas resources, containing high concentrations of salts and organic components that severely limit options for reuse (due to scaling) or safe disposal. Current practices include re-injection into the reservoir for additional recovery, discharge into evaporation ponds, injection into disposal wells, or off-site commercial disposal. Changes in disposal practices, made necessary by a rapidly changing regulatory environment, mean that treatment of produced water is a new area of concern for oil and gas producers. This presentation will review technologies currently in use as well as introduce new ones that are just being developed at TORP.

  • 2:00 p.m. – Break
  • 2:30 p.m. – CO2 EOR in the Wellington Field South Central Kansas Dr. Lynn Watney-Kansas Geological Survey

This presentation is focused on the Paleozoic-age Ozark Plateau Aquifer System (OPAS) in southern Kansas. OPAS is comprised of the thick and deeply buried Arbuckle Group saline aquifer and the overlying Mississippian carbonates that contain large oil and gas reservoirs. The study is collaboration between the KGS, Geology Departments at Kansas State University and The University of Kansas, Berexco, LLC., Bittersweet Energy, Inc. Hedke-Saenger Geoscience, Ltd., Improved Hydrocarbon Recovery (IHR), Anadarko, Cimarex, Merit Energy, GloriOil, and Cisco.

Attendees will receive an update on the progress of the three main areas of focus, 1) a field-scale study at Wellington Field, Sumner County, Kansas, 2) 25,000 square mile regional study of a 33-county area in southern Kansas, and 3) selection and modeling of a depleting oil field in the Chester/Morrow sandstone play in southwest Kansas to evaluate feasibility for CO2-EOR and sequestration capacity in the underlying Arbuckle saline aquifer.

  • 3:00 p.m. – Nanoparticle Stabilized CO2 Foam for EOR and Hydraulic Fracturing Applications, Dr. Reza Barati, KU Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

This presentation will focus on nanoparticle-stabilized CO2 foam systems for EOR and hydraulic fracturing purposes. A more stable foam system in the presence of crude oil was designed. Improved foam stability and rheological properties were observed due to modification of currently applied CO2 foam systems using these nanoparticles. This system has potential to improve CO2 EOR recoveries from heterogeneous carbonate reservoirs of Kansas.

  • 3:30 p.m. – An Alternate Method of Reducing SKIN in Oil and Gas Wells – Jason VanderKooi, BlueSpark Energy

Improving Well Connectivity Utilizing Electro-Hydraulic Stimulation Technology – Many wells experience a near-wellbore reduction in permeability at some point in their life that can drastically reduce their production rates.  This damage, or “skin”, doesn’t only occur during production (from material such as scale, fines and organics), but can also occur during the drilling or completion of the well.  A new method available to treat these wells is electro-hydraulic stimulation (EHS).  EHS tools utilize energy compression to generate thousands of repeatable, high-power pulses on each trip into the well.  EHS tools are run on regular wireline cable, with no special power source required.  They stimulate the well safely and effectively, using no surface pressure, chemicals or explosives.

  • 4:00 p.m. – Activated Environment for Recovery of Oil – A Breakthrough EOR Technology: Case Studies and Technology Overview – Tom Burghart, Glori Energy, Inc.

Research and best practices are most useful when applied in a real-world situation. In this 30 minute session, attendees will hear from the individuals who helped design and engineer innovative projects in the region.

  • 4:30 p.m. – Adjourn


This workshop is produced and presented by the University of Kansas Tertiary Oil Recovery Project (TORP). This program will benefit petroleum, production, reservoir, and completion engineers; production technologists; stimulation engineers; asset management engineers and managers; reservoir management; practicing geologists; and university staff and academia.

Event Sponsorship

KU TORP Technology Transfer event sponsorship and exhibition is a great way to get your company’s name out in front of an industry audience. Sponsorship and exhibition is a great way to generate leads or simply remind your customers your commitment to their success. KU TORP Technology Transfer Sponsorship puts your company’s brand in front of a decision-making audience.

2015 IOR Sponsor Comparison


2015 KU TORP IOR Floorplan Diagram



For each TORP Technology Transfer Division workshop, we have reserved a special block of rooms for the convenience of workshop attendees who need overnight accommodation.

Your participation in the official TORP room block allows us to negotiate these great rates and pass along the savings to you. Space is limited so reserve your room today.

TORP IOR Room Rate is $112

Registration deadline for rooms is April 12, 2015



Many attendees use TORP Technology Transfer workshops to fulfill continuing education requirements to maintain professional licenses. Every attendee will receive a Certificates of Attendance.


Would you like to attend this TORP Technology Transfer workshop but cannot afford to be away from the office for the day?

Now the KU TORP Technology Transfer Division offers all of its technology transfer events live, online, as they happen. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and your ready to go.

See the speaker live, get a digital version of the program manual, interact via live chat, and receive your certificate of completion – all from the comfort of office, your home, or even the field.

To participate via webinar simply select the webinar option on the registration page.


Member: $200
(membership is free – if you have ever attended a TORP event you are listed as a member and qualify for member rates)

Member Online (webinar workshop): $75

Student Member: $50

Student Member Online (webinar workshop): FREE (must have free membership and valid .edu e-mail address)



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