TORP has developed a research facility at the University of Kansas equipped to handle laboratory experiments specifically related to oil recovery. The aim of TORP research is to evaluate the full potential of the oil recovery processes in the region. This includes tertiary oil recovery as well as more standard technologies such as waterflooding.
In addition TORP conducts research and development designed to create new, and refine existing processes being used in the oil and gas industry. TORP also investigates the application of reservoir engineering and geology for characterization of Kansas oil reservoirs then disseminates information about tertiary oil recovery processes, water-flooding and reservoir management to the Kansas oil industry.
TORP also has a long history of research and field applications related to gelled polymers. Gel polymer treatments are nothing new to the mid-continent; however, post-1997 treatments in Kansas Arbuckle producing wells have proven to be more effective in controlling water production and increasing oil production than earlier treatments.
Led by TORP Director, Jenn-Tai Liang, TORP research utilizes two full-time senior professionals in charge of six post-doctoral level researchers and more than a dozen graduate students.
TORP’s current key research areas include:
- Carbon Sequestration & Improved Oil Recovery
- Nano Technology for Oil and Gas Applications
- Flow Assurance
- Chemical Injection for Enhanced Oil Recovery
- Sequestration of CO2 produced from ethanol plants in geologic formations while improving oil recovery
- RPSEA funded Near Miscible CO2 Application Project to Improve Oil Recovery for Small Producers
- RPSEA funded Characterization of Potential Sites for Near Miscible CO2 Applications to Improve Oil Recovery in Arbuckle Reservoirs
- DOE funded Field demonstration project in collaboration with the Kansas Geological Survey
- Nano scale chemical delivery system for oil and gas applications in collaboration with ConocoPhilips
- Controlled release technologies derived from drug release research in collaboration with the University of Kansas Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Dynamic wax deposition modeling
- Scale inhibition
- Hydrate inhibition
- Biosurfactants produced from agriculture waste streams for wettability alternation in collaboration with Idaho National Lab
- Alkali/surfactant/polymer injection to improve oil recovery in collaboration with the University of Kansas Department of Geology
- Polymer gels for water shutoff and conformance control