Tertiary Production

After using primary, secondary and tertiary oil recovery techniques, around 50 percent of the oil in the reservoir is recovered.

Tertiary, or enhanced oil recovery, can be expensive and involves the use of chemicals to mobilize trapped oil or heat to thin oil so it flows more freely. During this stage of recovery, the reservoir recovers an additional five percent to 15 percent of the oil.

The Tertiary Oil Recovery Program conducts research to find economic tertiary (third) methods to obtain additional oil from the reservoir.