«Tormod Skauge is a senior researcher focusing primarily on water-based EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery). He is particularly excited about fundamental mechanisms of action and the influence of pore-scale phenomena on large scale flow behavior. During the last 12 years he has worked at different scales of EOR from micromodel experiments to core floods and large slabs. Projects in recent years have included:
- Polymer characterization (rheology, NMR, flooding)
- Polymer stability (mechanical, thermal and biological as a function of temperature, salinity, type of polymer, Mw)
- Injectivity (pressure build-up, degradation and flow characterization in linear and radial flow experiments)
- In-situ rheology ( as a function of Mw, salinity, rheological behavior, viscoelastic effects)
- Flow characterization (Non-Newtonian flow, blocking agents)
- Influence of viscoelasticity and rheological behaviour on unstable displacement (heavy oil)
- Structure-Activity Relations (SAR) of polymers (in cooperation with chemical producers)
In line with the CIPR philosophy he works both as project leader and performs experiments in the laboratory (core floods, rheology, NMR, chromatography, microfluidics) in addition to simulation studies (Eclipse, STARS). As a part of different projects he has supervised or co-supervised several PhD and Master students. Skauge holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Bergen (2006) and has industrial background as a reservoir engineer from Norsk Hydro (later StatoilHydro and now Statoil). In StatoilHydro he was project leader for a major surfactant-polymer flooding pilot project which included polymer and surfactant qualification, injection design, logistics and economics.
Recent project involvement (2015-16):
Improved Understanding of Polymer Flooding (Statoil), Improving microbial selective plugging technology through experimentally based modelling and simulation - IMMENS (RCN), Mariner EOR – Polymer Flood Qualification (Statoil), Microbial Water Diversion Technology for Enhanced Oil Recovery in Sandstone and Carbonate Reservoirs – MORE-SAC (Research Council of Norway (RCN) with GOE-IP, Total, VNG, ConocoPhillips), Polymer Injectivity (Shell and PDO), Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) for Associative Polymers in Porous Media Flow (BASF), Viscoelastic Surfactant flow in porous media (Wintershall), Waterflood and enhanced waterflood of extra heavy oils - Phase II (Total).