The Twenty-Second SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from April 18th through April 22nd, 2020. This biennial conference has been hosted by The Mid-Continent Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1978 and continues to be one of the strongest IOR-focused conferences in the industry.  The 2020 Conference will be held at Tulsa’s Renaissance Hotel.

The theme for IOR 2020 is Back to Basics; Moving Forward Into The Future.  It is apparent that the extended period of low oil prices in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s resulted in a significant reduction in the number of new graduates of Petroleum Engineering securing employment in Industry as well as drastically reducing the number of students enrolling in Petroleum Engineering.  This resulted in a large age gap in the mid-range of professional ranks that perpetuated itself until circa 2011.  Furthermore, over the past decade Unconventional Resources has commanded the attention of a large percentage of ranks with industry coming up to speed and having to reexamine and adapt fundamental primary petroleum equations from drilling to artificial lift. The net result of this equation is that recent vintage Petroleum Engineers have not been exposed to IOR – EOR recovery methods.  The combination of these two events could result in setting-back the science of IOR – EOR; the majority of ranks with IOR – EOR experience is approaching retirement age, the mid-range group essentially does not exist and the younger Petroleum Engineers have only been minimally exposed to IOR – EOR applications

The phrase Back to Basics does not indicate an intention to change or scale-back SPE IOR 2020 but rather to expand the Conference to be more inclusive of Petroleum Engineers that have not been exposed to IOR – EOR applications and techniques.   This expansion includes areas in topics such as Gas Injection Flooding, Modern WaterFlooding and Treatment, various recent topics inside CO2, Chemical and Thermal Flooding as well as Novel Technologies involving CO2 Sequestration.  The phrase Moving Forward into the Future will include expanded Field Case Histories, Reservoir & Field Management and Unconventional Reservoirs in IOR – EOR in order to find out what worked and what didn’t –engineers need to know what-works-what-didn’t in order to make informed decisions not only on their Conventional Reservoirs, but their Unconventional Reservoirs as well.