Advanced Oil Recovery Methods

The world’s oil fields have an expected average recovery rate of less than 50 %. With an increasing global demand for oil and difficulties in finding new major oil fields the research in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) is more needed today than ever.

The Advanced Oil Recovery Methods (ADORE) project led by CERE encompasses five focus areas - Reactive Transport, Phase Behavior, Flow in Porous Media, Rock Mechanics and Numerical Methods - with the common objective of producing research that will ultimately help adding to recoverable hydrocarbon reserves via novel or improved EOR methodologies. The project includes technologies which represent a huge potential for enhancing oil recovery but also at high costs and high risk. Examples of such technologies are the use of surfactants (chemical flooding) and in situ combustion (thermal recovery).
While the overall aim of the ADORE project is to raise understanding of EOR processes, the project also lays the foundation for several more applied projects at CERE, particularly with application in Danish chalk reservoirs. The EOR challenge is highly relevant for Danish oil fields where the expected average recovery is less than 30 %.

The project is based at CERE, while including three DTU departments: DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Informatics and DTU Mechanical Engineering. Furthermore, the Danish geotechnical institute GEO participates.

The project is carried out in collaboration with Stanford University and University of Southern California. PhD students under the project will spend up to six months in USA.

Overall coordinator is Professor Erling H. Stenby.

ADORE is planned for 2007-2013. The project is sponsored by the Danish Research Council for Technology and Production, DONG Energy and Maersk Oil.


Erling Halfdan Stenby
Head of Department, Professor
DTU Chemistry
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