Technical Support, Consultation, and Research
Providing Resources and Expertise
Improving Oil Recovery
Enhancing Petroleum Refining Flexibility

Improving and Upgrading Heavy-Oil Production



In order to increase the production capacity and extend the viable life span of Kuwait’s oil reservoirs, the identification and development of optimal oil recovery technologies are needed. Working in line with the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) Strategy for Improving Oil Recovery and Unconventional Oil, the program seeks to find economically viable technologies for enhancing oil recovery and develops a better understanding of asphaltenes deposition.


For conventional reservoirs, the program focuses on examining chemically modified water flooding (CMWF), and addresses the problem of asphaltenes deposition and its impact on well production and develops technologies to mitigate this problem. For unconventional reservoirs, the focus will be on developing capabilities in advanced geological and geochemical techniques, contributing to the development of these techniques and conducting specialized studies related to Kuwait’s heavy oil reservoirs.

Program Thrust

  • Delivery of Alkaline Surfactant Polymer (ASP) Formulation for Saline Water Flooding: Assess the effect of water salinity on oil recovery, with the objective of determining the maximum salinity that can be tolerated in chemically modified water flooding aimed at enhancing oil recovery from conventional oil reservoirs.
  • Optimization the Formulation of Solubilizers and Demulsifiers for a Cost: Effective Mitigation and Remediation of Asphaltenes Deposition and Emulsion Formation: Offer a detailed characterization of the asphaltenes and emulsion problems; screen and develop asphaltenes solubilizers and demulsifiers; and screen the effectiveness of potential solvents for asphaltenes removal.
  • Development of Technologies for Enhancing Heavy Oil/ Tarmat Recovery and Improved Formation Characterization Techniques: Maximize oil recovery from heavy oil reservoirs in Kuwait, and improve the understanding of oil reservoirs through improved simulation, imaging, and advanced core characterization techniques.


  • Phase behavior for fluid samples.
  • Core flooding for assessing two - phase fluid dynamics in a porous media.
  • Water chemistry for a detailed analysis of water samples.
  • Slim-tube system for miscible gas injection.
  • Advanced analytical and imaging facility.
  • Upgrading of the geochemistry detection and finger-printing laboratories