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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

Technical Agenda

Session 1: Athabasca Pilots

Chairs: Litong Zhao, CNRL and Haibo Huang, Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures

Field piloting of steam-solvent co-injection processes has been conducted in the Athabasca McMurray formation by a number of companies including Suncor, Statoil, Connacher, JACOS, Cenovus, and ConocoPhillips. Many more field pilots are in operation or are in the planning stages. This session provides an opportunity for various companies to present their field pilot experience and discuss the importance of the field pilot testing results for larger scale implementation. Pilot planning, design, monitoring and operational learning will be discussed.

Opening Remarks

  • Tom Boone, ExxonMobil
  • Catherine Laureshen, Statoil

Connacher’s Learnings from the Algar SAGD+® Project
Edmund Lau,
Connacher Oil & Gas Limited

Designing a Solvent Co-injection Pilot: The Leismer Experience
Catherine Laureshen,

Session 2: Cold Lake and Peace River Pilots

Chairs: Nima Saber, Imperial Oil and Tom Boone, ExxonMobil

Several pilot and commercial scale steam-solvent and solvent processes have been implemented in reservoirs in the Cold Lake area where reservoir properties and recovery processes differ significantly from the Athabasca. Examples of piloted technologies include solvent assisted-SAGD, solvent addition to CSS, steam flood, and cyclic solvent processes.

This session will provide a platform for oil companies to share their experience of field piloting of such processes in Cold Lake including details of production data, surveillance data, operational learnings, planning and design.

Cold Lake Commercialization of Liquid Addition to Steam for Enhancing Recovery (LASER) Process
Colin Delaney,
Imperial Oil

Field Pilot Evaluation of Solvent Assisted SAGD: Design, Operation and Surveillance
Rahman Khaledi,
Imperial Oil

Solvent Enhanced Steam Drive: Peace River Pilot Design and Implementation
Marco Verlaan,

Session 3: Steam Additives/Alternatives to Solvents

Chairs: Chris West, BP and Marco Verlaan, Shell

A number of companies have been working on alternatives to solvents as steam additives and field trials have been carried out or are in progress or planned. This session will cover the range of activity to date and report on the results of the field trials that have been conducted.

Specialty Additives to Enhance Production in Thermal Operations
Jacob Gibson,
Baker Hughes

Giving a New Look to an Old Technology: Unlocking Oil Sands with Chemical Additives
Uriel Guerrero,

A Review of Steam Additives – What’s Happened and What’s New
Ian Gates,
University of Calgary

Session 4: Strategic Drivers and Enablers

Chairs: Catherine Laureshen, Statoil and John Nenniger, N-Solv Corporation

This session will examine some of the strategic drivers and enablers of solvent processes, from the point of view of the Alberta Department of Energy, industry and suppliers. 

Panel Discussion: Measurement
Panelists: Walied Haymour, Maxxam; Jide Akinlade, Statoil; Nima Saber, Imperial Oil; Tawfik Nasr, ConocoPhillips

ADOE’s Perspective on Solvent Processes
Mahendra Samaroo,
Department of Energy, Government of Alberta

Group Discussion: Strategic Drivers for Using Solvents

Session 5: Solvent Only

Chairs: Qi Jiang, Osum and Tom Boone, ExxonMobil

This session will focus on solvent-only processes where solvents, either heated or at ambient temperatures, are injected into the reservoir to mobilize the heavy oil or bitumen. The process offers enormous environmental advantages including greatly reduced GHG’s and no water consumption. The results and challenges will be presented from several pilot projects and simulation studies involving the injection of cold solvent, heated condensing solvent or mixture of solvent and non-condensable gases.

Mobilizing Cold Bitumen in a Fractured Carbonate
Daniel Yang, Laricina Energy

N-Solv Overview and Update on the Pilot Project
John Nenniger, N-Solv Corporation

Imperial Oil’s Cyclic Solvent Process Pilot
Balky Selvam,
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.

Session 6: Electrical/Solvent Processes

Chairs: Catherine Laureshen, Statoil and Gary Bunio, Suncor

A promising solvent hybrid process with low direct greenhouse gas emissions is the combination of electrical heating with solvent injection. This session will review the piloting of several such processes: the Enhanced Solvent Extraction

Incorporating Electromagnetic Heating (ESEIEH) process developed by Harris Corporation and a consortium of oil sands industry producers, and the injection of solvent with the Electro-Thermal Dynamic Stripping (ET-DSP) process.

The Only ESEIEH Day Was Yesterday, A Look Back and a Peek Forward at the ESEIEH Project
Mark Trautman, Harris Corporation

Electrical Heating of Oil Sands: Lessons Learned
Bruce McGee,
E-T Energy

Session 7: Scale Up

Chairs: Ian Gates, University of Calgary

Field pilot design requires an ability to scale up from laboratory experiments to field conditions and commercial scale implementation requires an ability to scale up from field pilot data to larger scale deployment. This session explores the role and importance of analytical modeling and numerical simulation in up-scaling experimental and pilot data.

Experimental and Analytical Modeling of Hexane Addition to Steam in SAGD
Moslem Hosseininejad, Laricina Energy and Moosa Rabiei, Nexen Energy ULC

Simulation of Lab Data for Prediction of Steam/Solvent Performance at the Field Scale
Xiaohui Deng, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures

Solvent Injection Modelling – Important Mechanisms and Their Impact on Lab & Field Scale Simulations
Anjani Kumar,

Session 8: Workshop Wrap-Up

Chairs: Gary Bunio, Suncor and Ian Gates, University of Calgary

At the end of two days our workshop wrap-up session will focus on group discussions designed to push future actions to the forefront of the conversation.

Group Discussion: What Will It Take To Make Solvent Processes Surpass Steam-Only?

Group Discussion: What Processes Do You Think Will Be Successful and Why?