Enhanced Oil Recovery - EOR
Also called "tertiary recovery."
Thermal recovery uses heat to thin the oil to make it easier to extract and is popular in California. Gas injection, common throughout the United States, can either push out oil or thin it. CO2 EOR is considered the most promising technique. Chemical injection uses polymers or surfactants to improve oil flow and is not common in U.S. oil production.
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