TOPICS OF INTEREST
HEAVY OIL/TAR SANDS
Moving On: Shell and Marathon Oil Announce Major Divestment of Canadian Oil Sands
The deal will transfer nearly 2 billion bbl of reserves to Canadian Natural Resources while bolstering Shell's downstream and carbon-capture role in support of oil sand development.
Key Learnings From First 2 Years of a Full-Field CSS Development in Oman
The A East Haradh formation contains a 200-m-thick oil column of highly viscous oil, with viscosity ranging from 200 to 400,000 cp.
Nanoparticle Catalysts Upgrade Heavy Oil for Continuous-Steam-Injection Recovery
This paper presents an investigation into the effect of catalytic nanoparticles on the efficiency of recovery from continuous steam injection.
Radio-Frequency Heating Combined With Solvent Injection for Heavy-Oil Recovery
The most popular technology for producing heavy oil (HO) and bitumen is reservoir heating, mainly by steam injection.
Cost optimization in heavy-oil production can be achieved through numerical modeling to suggest general optimal strategies and development plans or by using proper real-time data acquisition … for prompt decisions while operations are ongoing.
Canadian Exploration Growing Again As Engineering Challenges Loom Large
SPE conferences in Calgary examine the challenges of finding and producing heavy oil and unconventional hydrocarbons at a time when Canadian producers are feeling exceptional price pressures.
SAGD and Fiber-Optic Distributed Acoustic and Temperature Sensing
Distributed temperature sensing (DTS) is the most common fiber-optic measurement used for steam-assisted-gravity-drainage reservoir monitoring.
Quadlateral Success Story in a Heavy-Oil Reservoir
This paper documents the success story of the first quadlateral completion for an Alaskan operator by use of stacked, rotatable, Technical Advancement for Multilaterals Level-3 junction systems.
To sustain the current level of heavy-oil production, which comprises roughly 12–15% of total production, process efficiency must be enhanced to control costs.
Chemical EOR for Heavy Oil: The Canadian Experience
Chemical enhanced-oil-recovery methods such as polymer and alkaline/surfactant/polymer (ASP) flooding are generally not considered suitable for oil viscosities greater than 100 or 200 cp.
Solvent-Enhanced Steamdrive: Experiences From the First Field Pilot
The addition of a hydrocarbon condensate to steam operations in heavy-oil and bitumen reservoirs has emerged as a potential technology to improve not only oil recovery but also energy efficiency.
Pilot Tests of New Enhanced-Oil-Recovery Technologies for Heavy-Oil Reservoirs
Thermal steam stimulation is considered the most effective of current methods for heavy-oil production. However, the method has problems with low coverage by steam injection and decreased efficiency.
Mikhail Chertenkov, Deputy CEO of Field Development Technology, Lukoil-Engineering
Q&A to discuss heavy oil production and some of the challenges of working in harsh environments.
24 March 2017
15 March 2017