Heavy Oil Exploitation

Disciplines: Completions | Drilling | Production and Operations | Projects, Facilities and Construction | Reservoir

Course Description

This is a comprehensive overview of heavy oil exploitation covering full life cycle heavy oilfield development. The course highlights the key challenges associated with their development and their associated remedial measures.

The main topics covered include heavy oil chemistry, non-thermal and thermal recovery processes including SAGD, advanced recovery processes, well construction and completion, surface handling and processing, transportation and upgrading.

Learning Objectives:
  • Types and expectations of ESP teardowns and failure analyses
  • How to incorporate failure analysis into daily operations
  • Who should participate in the failure analysis process
  • ESP failure modes caused by various operating conditions
  • Vendor nomenclature and procedures for failure analysis
  • Determining root cause

Learning Level

Introductory to intermediate

Course Length

2 days

Why Attend

Due to unique chemical nature, heavy crude oils pose many technical challenges. Owing to its high viscosity and complex hydrocarbon chemistry, heavy oil asset development requires technical personnel to use innovative
approaches to enable it to flow in a porous formation and in the wellbore and flowlines, and finally, to treat and convert it into usable products.

Participants will be exposed to the full spectrum. This is a unique opportunity to gather an overview of all aspect of the full life cycle development.

Who Attends

This course is intended for engineers and chemists who are involved in heavy oil asset development. This course will also benefit the department head, asset and technology managers with an overview of various challenges and complexities involved in developing heavy oil fields.

Special Requirements

Students should have an existing understanding of ESP equipment and operations.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


Dr. Abul Jamaluddin completed his high school in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He then earned his B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). Consequently, he then earned both
MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary under commonwealth scholarship. He started his career as a research scientist and went on to lead the oil and gas related R&D programs at the
Noranda Research Center. In this position, his primary focus was production technology for Noranda's oil and gas E&P subsidiaries. He then moved on to the service industry briefly with Hycal Energy Research Laboratory Services
and then Schlumberger. In these roles, his responsibilities included business development and operations management in Americas, Middle East and Asia. Despite his accomplished industry career, he was involved in research including flow assurance, gas-injection, fluid phase behavior including acid gas, formation damage, heavy oil production operations. Later in his Schlumberger career, he was leading the capability development for practicing
industry professionals in North America.

Currently, Jamaluddin is part of the leadership team at the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences at KFUPM. His responsibilities include introduction of industrial best practices in all laboratories within the college and also create distinguishing capabilities to be one of the top Universities in the world. 3D visualization and collaboration, virtual reality based learning experiences, digital shallow test facility, geological outcrops are to name a few.
Jamaluddin was awarded 8 US patents and co-authored over 40 technical papers in refereed journals and over 100 conference papers. He has been named SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 2004 – 2005 and Distinguished Member in 2012. He received numerous recognition throughout his career. "Performed by Schlumberger Gold Medal," JCPT best paper award and two best paper presentation awards; by the Petroleum Society of CIM and the Gas Processors Association of America.