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Enhanced Oil Recovery in Southeast Asia 01
30 November -0001


Enhanced Oil Recovery in Southeast Asia
Includes Vipel® Technology


Market Segments:  Chemical Processing
Composite Application: Brine storage vessel
Resin:  Vipel® F080
  bisphenol-A epoxy vinyl ester
Manufacturing Process: On-site filament winding
Diameter:  25 feet (7.6 meters)
Height:  16 feet (4.9 meters)
Capacity:  1,400 barrels (167,000 liters)
Installed:  2012
Location:  Province Riau, Indonesia



One of Southeast Asia’s largest oil fields needs the chemical resistance of Vipel® vinyl ester from AOC to improve oil recovery.
Vipel technology plays a critical role in one step of enhanced recovery at the Minas Oil Field in Province Riau, Indonesia. This field has been serving the world’s energy needs since the middle of the 20th Century and still has still significant oil reserves for owner Chevron Corporation. However, the oil in older wells is becoming more difficult to reach.
To increase production, Chevron turned to global engineering resource Technip to design a recovery system that uses cutting-edge technology. Technip provided engineering services, project management and construction of an advanced system that maximizes oil recovery.

The system injects a special, low-cost “surfactant” fluid in designated wells. As fluid from the “injector” wells floods the underground reservoir, oil is pushed toward a “producer” well where pressure is increased to more easily extract the remaining oil.