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Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs

16 – 17 September 2014

Banff, Alberta, Canada | The Rimrock Resort Hotel

About this workshop


The Grosmont to Nisku Devonian succession in Alberta is estimated to contain 508 billion bbl (80.8 billion cubic metres) of bitumen (ref. ERCB ST98, 2012).  Recovering just 20% of the resources within the Grosmont would increase Canada's oil reserves by almost one-half.  Since late 1970’s there have been a number of production pilots in the Grosmont testing various thermal recovery techniques, including steam flood, in situ combustion, electric heating, and cyclic steam stimulation, with increasing activity over the last few years.   In addition to the Grosmont, the Leduc bitumen reservoir is currently being evaluated by testing a gravity drainage process employing electrical heaters. The primary focus of this workshop will be on Alberta’s bitumen-bearing carbonates, plus some technologies for recovering heavy oil from carbonate reservoirs elsewhere.  Areas of interests for discussions will be mainly in geology, reservoir engineering, drilling and completion, operations and production history.


The intended audience of this workshop is reservoir, production, operation, drilling & completion engineers, geologists, and geophysicists.

Workshop Details

Workshop Format

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical ‎presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to ‎discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.‎
Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and ‎lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the ‎press are not invited to attend.‎


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not ‎requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations ‎will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the ‎technical program committee for public release, but no other information.‎


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will ‎not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).‎

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.‎

One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development ‎for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and ‎awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE. ‎