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Steam-Solvent, Solvent and Steam-Additive Processes for Heavy Oil Recovery

13 – 14 May 2014

Canmore, Alberta, Canada | The Radisson Hotel

About this workshop


Steam-solvent, solvent, and steam-additive recovery processes are emerging as the next generation of recovery technologies for heavy oil. 

This suite of technologies, when compared to today’s commercial steam-based recovery processes, offers the potential to improve environmental performance, improve economic performance, increase recoveries, and enable development of currently uneconomic resources. 

The prospective benefits of these processes have now been well established with both simulation and laboratory testing. However, a key remaining challenge is to develop the capability to reliably scale-up and capture these benefits in the field. 

Over the past several years, a number of field pilots and trials of these technologies have been initiated and are in various stages of design, construction, implementation, and evaluation.

This workshop will focus on sharing and interpretation of the results from various field trials and first commercial applications, the challenges that have been encountered in the implementation of these projects, and the challenges of reliably predicting field-scale performance.

Who Should Attend

The intended audience of this workshop is engineers, researchers, operations staff, geoscientists, and managers who are involved in the development and evolution of next generation in-situ recovery technologies for the oil sands. The workshop hopes to attract a balanced mix of disciplines to enhance the exchange of information, ideas, and technologies. Participants will be particularly encouraged to present their field testing results and plans.

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not ‎requested of speakers or panel members.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.