In 2014 a UK Government Report (The Wood Review) outlined how the UK should Maximise Economic Oil Recovery (MERUK). Within the important role played by EOR was highlighted and this led to the creation of a UK Pilot EOR Workgroup. The purpose of this workgroup was to identify EOR knowledge application opportunities through a screening of all UK oil fields. The Pilot EOR work identified a significant potential for EOR knowledge application.
Subsequently in 2016 the UK’s Oil and Gas Authority developed an EOR Strategy and Delivery Programme to progress opportunities. The Aim of the OGA’s EOR Strategy and EOR Delivery Programme was to:
In addition, the UK’s OGA Asset Stewardship Expectations encourage the assessment of EOR. In consultation with the industry, the OGA has developed stewardship expectations across the oil and gas lifecycle, for operators and licensees. Companies must understand the recovery technical limit and current predicted recovery, and then evaluate and select future recovery options (new wells, improved oil recovery, enhanced oil recovery) to maximise economic recovery. They must also identify the associated technology and/or production strategies required to maximise economic recovery.