Welcome to tertiary oil recovery program.
In this section you will learn about basic oil recovery and how other technologies recover oil when it becomes too expensive to simply pump it out of the ground.
What is tertiary oil recovery?
Black Gold – For most people born during the last one hundred years, oil or, “black gold” sits below ground in large caverns waiting to be discovered. If you are lucky, sweet crude oil will simply bubble to the surface after a missed shot hunting deer.
Unfortunately, oil discovery and use is rare. In reality oil resides in a rock. It sits in small spaces, or pores, that exist between the solid particles of rock. The area where oil exists is called the reservoir. To bring oil to the surface fluid must push the oil out of the openings in the rock and into the well bore.