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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

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.

Session 2—Cold Lake Pilots

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, 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.

Session 3—Steam Additives

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.

Session 4—Strategic Importance to Alberta

The Alberta Government has been a strong supporter of solvent-hybrid and solvent processes because of their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This session will discuss the strategic importance of these processes to the Alberta Departments of Energy and Environment, how they fit with the funding mandates of Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) and the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), and the regulatory issues faced when piloting a novel recovery process.

Session 5—Athabasca Pilots Continued

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.

Session 6—Electrical/Solvent Processes

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.

Session 7—Solvent Only Processes

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.

Session 8—Scale Up

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.