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Thermal Well Heavy Oil/Oil Sands Integrity

26 – 27 November 2012

Banff, Alberta, Canada | The Rimrock Resort Hotel

Technical Agenda

Sunday, November 25, 1730-1900

Welcome Reception

Monday, November 26, 0800-0930

Opening Session: Keynote Speaker


Session II: Thermal Well Abandonment

Session Chairs: Shaun Zimmer, Husky Energy; Tim Bibby, Southern Pacific Resource Corp.

This session will focus on various aspects for remediating vintage thermal wells. Topics will cover identification, analysis and abandonment considerations of different thermal well types in oil sands areas.


Session III: Thermal Well Design

Session Chairs: Sonya King, ConocoPhillips Canada; Alejandro Bello, Statoil Canada

With the constant emergence of new oilfield technologies, well construction professionals have an obligation to be aware of the ever changing landscape. This will enable them to identify the next potential “game changer” to optimize and strengthen future well designs.


Session IV: Cementing I–Practices

Session Chairs: Scott Thompson, Statoil Canada; Mark Banman, Total

Cement integrity is critical for isolating zones, supporting casing, and preventing fluid migration to surface. A good cement job involves choosing a suitable blend and placing it effectively. This session focuses on cementing practices that ensure best possible placement.

Tuesday, November 27, 0800-0930

Session V: Panel Discussion with the ERCB

Session Chairs: Jeff Arvidson, Devon Energy; Ian Cameron, Pure Energy Services

What is new with Directive 051? The first new draft for the ERCB’s Directive 051 since March 1994 was just released in August 2012.  Learn about the changes and how they may impact your day-to-day operations for meeting Wellbore Injection Requirements. This panel session will provide additional time for questions and discussion with regulatory and industry representatives.


Session VI: Material Properties & Integrity

Session Chairs: Jeff Gerlitz, MEG Energy; Isaac Khallad, Cenovus

In this session we will discuss overall integrity of the thermal wellbore, its specific components, and design properties including material selection and geometries.


Session VII: Thermal Casing Connections

Session Chairs: Doug Hollies, Codeco Energy Group; John Van Vliet, Noetic Engineering

Presentations will investigate key factors in the design, selection, and installation of casing connections in thermal environments.


Session VIII: Cementing II–Properties Considerations

Session Chairs: Bryan Hnatiuk, Devon Energy; Sarah Whitton, Schlumberger

This session will examine the importance of cement properties and explore why various elements of cement design are critical to long term zonal isolation.