TORP works to evaluate the full potential of the oil recovery processes in Kansas. This includes tertiary oil recovery as well as more standard technologies such as waterflooding.
In addition TORP conducts research and development designed to create new and refine processes which are applicable to Kansas. TORP also investigates the application of reservoir engineering and geology for characterization of Kansas oil reservoirs then disseminates information about tertiary oil recovery processes, water-flooding and reservoir management to the Kansas oil industry. TORP has a thriving technology transfer program designed specifically for the regional oil and gas industry and actively interacts with the petroleum industry at large to provide technical assistance on field tests and demonstration projects. Finally TORP educates students and operators in the technology of tertiary oil recovery and efficient reservoir management.
TORP also investigates the application of reservoir engineering and geology for characterization of Kansas oil reservoirs then disseminates information about tertiary oil recovery processes, waterflooding and reservoir management to the Kansas oil industry.
TORP has also developed a research facility at the University of Kansas equipped to handle laboratory experiments related to oil recovery. They also regularly collaborate with oil and gas producers to implement field tests to demonstrate the feasibility of new technologies including CO2 injection, and chemical flooding.TORP employs two full-time senior professionals in charge of six post-doctoral level researchers and more than a dozen graduate students. The TORP team also includes several key individuals working on field demonstration and technology transfer projects.
Oversight for the project is accomplished by an advisory board that provides feedback and suggestions on research, field demonstration projects and the technology transfer needs of the industry. This group consists of representatives from the Kansas Oil and Gas Industry, service companies, the Department of Geology, as well as major oil and gas companies.