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About this Podcast...

In this exclusive podcast interview, Oil & Gas IQ speaks with Val Brock, Manager EOR/IOR, at Shell International about the supermajor's pioneering work in enhanced oil recovery across the world.

Val leads Shell's global research and innovation organisation for enhanced and improved oil recovery methods. Texan-born but now based in the Netherlands, he has held various line and leadership positions including corporate planning/strategy and venture management.

In the course of the interview, Val touches on:

  • The essential differences between enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and improved oil recovery (IOR)
  • The three phases of oil field recovery and their characteristics
  • When and where EOR methods are applied
  • The three main families of EOR
  • The importance of early implementation of EOR techniques for production optimisation
  • "Top quartile recovery analysis" and taking the holistic life-cycle view of a field
  • The three categories of tools used to bring about top quartile recovery performance
  • Taking a value chain approach to co-generation of EOR components to reduce costs and carbon footprints


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