Delft Summer School

7th Delft Summer School

1-5 July 2019, Department of Geoscience and Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands

Polymer and Surfactant Enhanced Oil Recovery

This school covers the basics of enhanced oil recovery processes, which aim at lowering the mobility of water (polymer flooding) and/or at lowering the interfacial tension between the oleic and aqueous phases in the oil reservoirs (surfactant, alkali-surfactant polymer). These EOR processes are discussed from pore-level mechanisms to field-scale application, with an emphasis on simple, practical reservoir-engineering design tools and fitting simulation parameters to laboratory and field data.

Information regarding location/ travel to the course

The course will be taught in the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences of the TU Delft. The address of the faculty is: Stevinweg 1, Delft. The building is roughly 20 minutes walking distance from the town centre. Once you have exited the town centre by crossing the Sebastiaans bridge on the south side, the faculty is reached by walking along this road for another 10 minutes. A red cycling path leads directly to the university; this should be clearly visible. The front of the faculty building has a big sign which reads "Civil Engineering & Geoscience".

The starting time each day is 08:30AM.

Topics Covered

  • Pore-level mechanisms of polymer and surfactant flooding
  • SCAL analysis related to chemical EOR processes
  • Surfactant and Polymer screening: phase behavior and rheology
  • Target oil for EOR projects
  • Core flow tests in the laboratory
  • Modeling of polymer and surfactant flooding
  • Challenges for chemical EOR simulation
  • Geochemistry involved in chemical EOR (rock-fluid interaction)
  • Guidelines for selection of pilots for polymer and surfactant flooding


Prof. M. Delshad (University of Texas at Austin)

Mojdeh Delshad is the president/CEO of Ultimate EOR Services and a Research Professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Her expertise and research interests are in petrophysical property modeling, chemical, gas, thermal, conformance control, and low-salinity enhanced oil recovery methods, and simulation of EOR field projects, CO2 storage, and development of screening tools for EOR methods. She has about 90 refereed journal publications and co-authored 130 conference papers and 2 book chapters, all about EOR processes. She was awarded the SPE rank of “A Peer Apart” for reviewing more than 100 technical papers. She received the SPE distinguished member Award in 2014.

Prof. G.J. Hirasaki (Rice University)

George J. Hirasaki had a 26-year career with Shell Development and Shell Oil Companies before joining the Chemical Engineering faculty at Rice University in 1993. At Shell, his research areas were reservoir simulation, enhanced oil recovery, and formation evaluation. At Rice, his research interests are in NMR well logging, reservoir wettability, surfactant enhanced oil recovery, foam mobility control, gas hydrate recovery, asphaltene deposition, and emulsion separation. He received the SPELester Uren Award in 1989. He was named an Improved Oil Recovery Pioneer at the 1998 SPE/DOE IOR Symposium. In 2016 he was awarded the Offshore Technology Conference Heritage Award and the Lucas Medal from the SPE/AIME. He was the 1999 recipient of the Society of Core Analysts Technical Achievement Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST).

Dr. S. Masalmeh (Shell)

Shehadeh Masalmeh is currently working as an EOR and SCAL Expert with ADNOC. Previously, he worked as a principal EOR reservoir engineer at Shell Technology Oman. Masalmeh holds a PhD in Physics from Leiden University and joined Shell in 1997, where he worked in the SCAL team and then had several international assignments. His research interests include fluid flow in porous media, wettability, hysteresis, chemical and gas EOR. Masalmeh has authored and co-authored more than 60 papers for symposiums and journals and he holds several patents. Masalmeh is Shell principal technical expert in SCAL and subject matter expert in EOR. Masalmeh is the recipient of the 2015 SPE Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award.

Prof. W.R. Rossen (Delft University of Technology)

William R. Rossen is Professor in Reservoir Engineering in the Department of Geoscience and Engineering, Delft University of Technology. He has more than 120 journal publications and has delivered invited lectures and taught courses worldwide. Prof. Rossen’s current research focuses on the use of foams for diverting fluid flow in porous media and sweep improvement in EOR. Prof. Rossen was named Best Instructor at Delft University of Technology in 2011. In 2012 he was named an IOR Pioneer at the SPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, Tulsa, OK, USA. He is a Distinguished Member of SPE.

Prof. A. Skauge (University of Bergen)

Arne Skauge is Professor of Reservoir Engineering at the University of Bergen and Director of CIPR (Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research) Uni Research, Bergen, Norway. His research interests include enhanced oil recovery, multiphase flow in porous media, special core analysis, and reservoir modeling. He has been involved in many EOR pilots, including Single Well Tracer Tests (SWTT) for surfactants and gas EOR, foam gas shut-off, WAG, and FAWAG. Skauge has supervised more than 110 MS and PhD students at Norwegian and international universities and published more than 200 reservoir engineering papers. He holds a Foundation CMG (Computer Modeling Group) chair in EOR.

Registration and fee

  • $2500 attendees from industry
  • $1000 academic staff and Post doc researchers
  • $600 PhD students and Post doc researchers

To register, please send an email to 

We can admit limited number of participants. People who register earlier will have priority. Registration deadline is 15 April 2019.

The program can be found on this page.




The Delft Summer School on Polymer and Surfactant Enhanced Oil Recovery is organized by the Department of Geoscience and Engineering.

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Registration deadline is 15 April 2019.