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Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute to be Centered in Casper

April 21, 2015

The University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) will center its efforts in Casper, following a decision by the Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission at its quarterly meeting April 15.

The move is focused on a new strategy to build closer relationships with companies working to improve oil recovery in Wyoming.

As the institute transitions to Casper, certain activities will remain in Laramie, including applied research and the geographic information system data platform.

Tom Fitzsimmons, Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission chairman, praises the decision to move the institute away from purely fundamental academic research and toward the wellhead.

“Casper is the very best location in Wyoming for this institute,” he says. “Casper provides us with higher likelihood of filling key positions within the institute with professionals who have years of experience improving recovery along with a vast network of associates.”

EORI is one of several centers of excellence of UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER). SER is an interdisciplinary entity tasked with developing the fundamental knowledge, technologies and human resources necessary to solve the critical energy challenges society now faces. Each center of excellence serves as a hub to unite academia, government and industry to advance its focus area.

During the 2015 legislative session, state statutes were amended to expand and refine the scope and mission of the Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission and EORI. The new language reads:

“The mission of EORI is to facilitate a meaningful and measurable increase in recoverable reserves and production of oil and natural gas in Wyoming that may otherwise not be realized. Key to this is the effective and efficient transfer of relevant technology, information and knowledge to Wyoming producers. EORI believes that its mission is being met when producers consider EORI as a vital source of relevant technology, information, expertise and knowledge for Wyoming fields.”

The commission believes that by having a stronger presence at the center of the oil industry in Wyoming, EORI will better meet the new mission and continue aiding operators to increase the volume of recoverable reserves in Wyoming.

No exact timetable has been established for the transition, but the commission tasked the SER director and the current EORI staff with preparing specific cost estimates and identifying other issues to be addressed.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Rob Hurless, interim director of EORI, at (307) 766-6270 or

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