enhanced
oil
recovery

extending the life
of mature fields

Historic photos of Texas gushers depict some oil comes out by itself, but the rest must be helped along by pumping, water injection or enhanced oil recovery (EOR). This allows us to extend the life and get more production from existing assets, known as base business. Chevron invests heavily in base business, much of it in EOR. Already, years of investment in technology and efficiency—including oil and gas projects—have flattened Chevron’s natural decline curve for existing assets from 14 percent to less than 2 percent over the last several years. Chevron’s goal of growing production depends on a strong-performing base business, and that means a big role for EOR

New oil discoveries grab headlines. But enhanced oil recovery technologies aim to recover billions of barrels already discovered, yet historically beyond reach.

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Putting the heat on oil through thermal EOR — or steamflooding — puts billions of barrels of oil within reach for Chevron.

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how steamflooding works

See how Chevron is using Steamflooding - an EOR technology and process used to increase recovery from heavy oil reservoirs.

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A below-ground look at waterflood/polymer injection.

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waterflood/ polymer/ surfactant

Adding surfactants to the polymer-water blend scrubs oil from the reservoir like dish soap loosens grease from pots and pans.

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A below-ground look at waterflood/polymer/surfactant injection.

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An overview of Chevron’s base business operations.

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Chevron's steamflooding technology captures, conditions and distributes water to local farmers for agricultural use.

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technology topics

managing our assets

Automation enables Chevron to operate more safely, reliably and efficiently; reduce costs; recover more resources; and better manage risks.

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drilling

Subsea mudlift and horizontal drilling are technologies being deployed to meet business needs, strengthen our base business and grow daily production.

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economics of innovation 

Technology has always been the backbone of Chevron operations—and it's differentiating our performance in times of low commodity prices.

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