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Sheena Xie|Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute

Sheena Xina Xie, - Senior Research Scientist
Lab Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Sheena is currently a senior research scientist and the lab manager for EORI.  She mainly works on utilizing enhanced oil recovery techniques to improve the oil production from mature fields in Wyoming. Some of those techniques include: enhanced oil recovery by injection of solution gas and injection of water with different salinity and compositions; enhanced oil and gas recovery by chemical stimulation around wellbores; wettability of rock/crude oil/brine systems; coalbed methane water disposal; artificial lifting of geothermal fluids; and CO2 underground injection evaluation. Previously she has worked as a project manager/senior engineer at the Intertek Westport Technology Center, a research professor and senior research engineer at the University of Wyoming, an advisory engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory, the principal investigator and the R&D scientist at the Correlations Company, and a research engineer at the China National Petroleum Corporation. She received her PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming.  She is a member of the Pi Epsilon Tau (PET) National Petroleum Engineering Honor Society and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She is also a lifetime member of the Society of Core Analysts.

Ph. D, Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming
M.Sc., Porous Media Fluid Mechanics, the Academy of Sciences of China
B.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, Southwestern Petroleum Institute, China 

Professional Experience

Project Manager/Senior Engineer and Technical Consultant, Intertek Westport Technology Center
Senior Research Engineer/ Research Professor, University of Wyoming
Advisory Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
R&D Consultant, Correlations Company
Research Scientist, University of Wyoming
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wyoming
Research Reservoir Engineer, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)

Selected Publications (* Peer Reviewed)

*Loahardjo, N., Xie, X. and Morrow, N.R.: “Oil recovery by sequential waterflooding of mixed-wet sandstone and limestone,” Paper presented at the 10th International Symposium on Evaluation of Reservoir Wettability and Its Effect on Oil Recovery.  Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Oct.26-28, 2008. Energy and Fuels, 2010, 24(9), 5073–5080.

Pu, H., Xie, X. and Morrow, N.R.: “Low Salinity Waterflooding and Mineral Dissolution,” Paper SPE134042 presented at the 2010 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Florence, Italy, September 20-22, 2010.

Loahardjo, N., Xie, X., Winoto, W., Buckley, J. and Morrow, N.R.: “Change in wettability associated with increased oil recovery by sequential waterflooding,” Paper presented at the International Wettability Symposium, Calgary, Canada, September 6-9, 2010.
*Xie, X. and Economides, M.J., “The impact of carbon geological sequestration,” Jour.  Natural Gas Sc. and Eng.Vol.1, Issue 3, September 2009, 103–111.

Weiss, W.W., Xie, X. and Weiss, J.W., “A field test to increase gas flow from Aquifer storage wells by surfactant treatment,” Paper SPE 125867 presented at the 2009 SPE Eastern Regional Meeting held in Charleston, West Virginia, September 23-25, 2009.
*Xie, X., Liu, Y., Sharma, M.M. and Weiss, W.W., “Wettability alteration to increase deliverability of gas production wells,” Jour.  Natural Gas Sc. and Eng., Vol.1, Issues 1-2, July 2009, 39-45.

Morrow, N.R., Xie, X. and Loahardjo, N.: “Oil recovery by sequential waterflooding with oil reinjection and oil relocation,” Pub. No. WO/2009/126663; International Application No. PCT/US2009/039825. Dec. 15, 2009.

Morrow, N.R., Xie, X. and Loahardjo, N.: Patent UWYO.15USP1,”Single well diagnostics and increased oil recovery by oil injection and sequential waterflooding,” Filing date: July 18, 2009. Application No. 61/226,709.

*Economides, M.J. and Xie, X., “Critical issues: Climate change – What does the research mean?” Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2009, Vol. 105, No. 6. 20-25.



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