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SPE Thermal Well Design & Integrity Workshop

18 – 20 November 2014

Banff, Alberta, Canada | The Banff Springs Hotel

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 18 November

Meeting Day 1: Thermal Well Integrity

Day 1 Chairperson: Isaac Khallad, ConocoPhillips 

0815-0900

Keynote Presentation: Fred Wasden, General Manager of the Carmon Creek Project, Shell Canada

0900-1030

SESSION 1: Regulatory and Case Studies

Session Chairpersons: Christian Hamuli, Suncor Energy; Trevor Ironside, MEG Energy

This session covers regulations pertaining to well integrity as well as some case studies demonstrating field examples of well integrity failure prevention, monitoring, detection, response, and repair.

1100–1230

Session 2: Casing and Connection Design (int + liner)

Session Chairpersons: Gregorie Colomine, Nexen ULC; Linda Blair, EVRAZ NA

In most thermal well designs the casing and the connection are both critical components of the entire well integrity envelope.  Additional to the typical engineering loads, these components must also withstand cycling thermal loads, fatigue, geomechanical stress, corrosion and other demands that are specific to thermal oil recovery schemes.  This session discusses casing integrity topics typical with heavy oil thermal recovery wells today. 

1330–1500

Session 3: Insulation Solutions

Session Chairpersons: Lars Hinrichs, Devon Energy; Blair Mackie, Summit Tubulars Corporation

Insulation materials such as those found in Vacuum Insulated Tubing (VIT) can reduce heat loss in SAGD operations, requiring less steam, and therefore making wells more efficient. This not only reduces GHG footprint and water usage per well, but can also protect the wellbore from additional thermal cycle fatigue. This session looks to better understand the effect of insulating materials on wellbore integrity.

1530–1700

Session 4: Thermal Effects on Well Design

Session Chairpersons: Juvenal Faria, Sanjel; Isaac Khallad, ConocoPhillips

Thermal loads need special consideration during the design phase in order to ensure the well will maintain its integrity for the well’s productive life.  This session will address some, alternative design approaches, the use of new technologies to minimize the effects of thermal loads, and tools that could be used to investigate well integrity failures.

wednesday, 19 November

Meeting Day 2: International Perspectives on Well Integrity & Design 

Day 2 Chairpersons: Todd Zahcay, C-FER Technologies; Uliana Romanova, Weatherford Laboratories 

0800–1000 

Session 5: Economic and Social Impacts of Heavy Oil Development

Session Chairpersons: Doug Hollies, Codeco Oilsands Engineering; Sarah Whitton, Schlumberger

A series of presentations from finance, mid-stream and journalistic standpoints will provide global insights on Alberta’s Oilsands developments. A Panel Discussion with these recognizable media and business personalities will provide further perspective on how the ever increasing in-situ thermal heavy oil production will affect the Canadian Economy and standing in the World’s Social Structure.

1030–1200

Session 6: The Americas

Session Chairpersons: Alejandro Bello, Statoil; Uliana Romanova, Weatherford Laboratories

This session provides an overview of the latest in design practices and well integrity solutions for thermal in-situ production in the Americas.

1300–1500

Session 7: Beyond the Americas

Session Chairpersons: Pedro Aleman, Statoil; Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies

While there has been significant growth in the number, size and types of thermal recovery projects in Western Canada in recent years, a wide variety of thermal recovery projects are being pursued in many other regions around the globe, including in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  The projects range from various forms of steam floods to in-situ combustion; from projects in highly developed, populated areas to projects in remote, isolated regions; from relatively shallow deposits to resources located at depths approaching 1000 m, some even below thick layers of permafrost; and from projects in fields with long histories of recovery pilots to projects in untested areas.  In this session, well design and integrity experience in thermal recovery projects being pursued in different regions around the globe will be shared and discussed. 

1530-1700

Session 8: Uncontrolled Releases - (SCVF) Surface Casing Vent Flow

Session Chairpersons: Ian Cameron, Quantum Petrophysics; Mike Mullaly, Encore 

While there has been significant growth in the number, size and types of thermal recovery projects in Western Canada in recent years, a wide variety of thermal recovery projects are being pursued in many other regions around the globe, including in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The projects range from various forms of steam floods to in situ combustion; from projects in highly developed, populated areas to projects in remote, isolated regions; from relatively shallow deposits to resources located at depths approaching 1000 m, some even below thick layers of permafrost; and from projects in fields with long histories of recovery pilots to projects in untested areas. In this session, well design and integrity experience in thermal recovery projects being pursued in different regions around the globe will be shared and discussed.

Thursday, 20 November 

Meeting Day 3: Sand Control and Production Technology 

Day 3 Chairpersons: Gina Wozney, Huskey Energy; Trystan Wall, Athabasca Oil Corporation

0800–0930

Session 9: Field Applications for Sand Control

Session Chairpersons: Trystan Wall, Athabasca Oilsands; Scot Buell, Chevron

"The Devil is in the Details". Critical to design and implementation of a sand control system is an understanding of what is being 'controlled' and how operating conditions impact the performance of the design.  Formation particle size, stability, and appreciating whether particles are left in the reservoir or produced is important to the selection of the sand control technique.

1000–1130

Session 10: Impact of Production Operations on Sand Control

Session Chairpersons: Barkim Demidral, Devon Energy; Will Remmer, CNRL

While proper mechanical design and installation of a liner is crucial to its long term success, the operational parameters that the liner is exposed to can also play a significant impact on its performance.  This session will examine elements of the operations component on sand control.

1230–1400

Session 11: Mechanical Design and Flow Control Considerations for Sand Control

Session Chairpersons: Fernando Gaviria, Suncor Energy; Marty Lastiwka, Suncor Energy

Compared to non-thermal applications, thermal sand control and flow control design can have additional requirements.  This session reviews some of these unique attributes whether from a design, installation, or operating perspective.

1430–1600

Session 12: Challenging Thermal Case Histories

Session Chairpersons: Gina Wozney, Husky Energy; Karl Miller, Husky Energy

This exciting session will cover case studies from difficult well operations along with associated lessons learned.