The major EOR technologies in use today are:

I. SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) — injecting heated steam to raise temperatures (lowering oil viscosity)

  • Extreme technical demands (heating plants required to make steam, installing insulation casing)
  • Cannot be used in compact rock
  • Huge energy consumption for steam production (up to 70% energy loss)
  • Extremely high infrastructure and maintenance costs
  • Not economical for wells deeper than 800m (2600 feet)
  • Large consumption and contamination of water
  • Rapid, permanent flooding (increased WOR) of the well
  • After extraction of some 30% of bitumen, the well produces 78-86% water and is no longer effective in producing oil
  • Production costs are estimated to be between $50-60/bbl, sometimes reaching $90/bbl or more
  • Great environmental damage

II. Hydrofracture — shooting water into the earth to create high pressure to push the oil out

  • Rapid, permanent flooding (increased WOR) of the well
  • Technical demands (pumps required often exceed 10,000 HP)
  • Limited possibilities of repeating treatment; economic feasibility rapidly declines
  • Enormous consumption of water and its subsequent contamination
  • Suitable only for lighter forms of crude oil
  • High costs

III. Polymer injection — shooting polymers into the ground, creating high pressure to push the oil up

  • Impractical, expensive, and the results are not predictable

Now, we introduce our ETCT technology:

NEW: Environment-friendly ThermoChemical Treatment (ETCT) — pumping chemical reagents that create high temperature AND pressure, lowering viscosity and pushing the oil out, with no pollution

  • No infrastructural investments
  • Production¬†immediately increases by 2-12x
  • Suitable for any type of well (horizontal, vertical, injection), at any depth, in any climate (including Arctic), with any water cut
  • Environmentally sound — no harmful by-products are released into the air, no water is polluted
  • Cleans the well of asphaltenes and paraffins, extending its productive lifetime
  • Suitable for old or heavily damaged wells
  • Usually reduces the water cut (WOR)
  • >98% energy efficient (negligible energy losses in the process)
  • Suitable for shale gas wells
  • Effects last for up to two years and may be repeated
  • Costs per barrel as low as USD 1.20, depending on wells selected

It is clear that ETCT is, by far, the most efficient and the least expensive technology for enhanced oil recovery on practically any oil field in the world.