SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium 28 - 30 Nov 2017 The Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, Alberta, Canada


Monday, November 27

08:00 - 17:00
Considerations for Thermal Well Design
Instructor(s) Trent Kaiser, Mark Chartier
18:00 - 19:30

Tuesday, November 28

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 1: Opening Keynote Panel Session Cascade Ballroom
Moderator(s) Linda Blair, Evraz; Christian Hamuli, Resource Energy Solutions

Keynote Speakers:

Steve Laut, President, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Theresa Watson, President, T.L. Watson & Associates

Chris Seasons, Vice Chairman and Director, Arc Financial Corp.

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 2: Well Integrity Life Cycle Case Studies Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Wendy Akins, Nexen Energy ULC; Barkim Demirdal, Devon Energy

The life cycle of a well consists of three primary stages – design/construction, well operation/intervention and abandonment. Decisions made during design/construction can have broad implications to the barrier performance during well operation/intervention and even into the abandonment and post abandonment risk and liability of the well. Similarly, well operation/intervention practices and procedures also not only influence the life span of the well, but also the late life barrier performance and integrity.

Session 2 explores well integrity through the well life cycle with three case studies ranging from design/construction to well operation/intervention phases.


Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1030 Invited Presenter

Promoting Long-Term Tubular Integrity through a Holistic Approach to Casing Installation

D. Shute, Volant Products Inc; D. Dall'Acqua, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.

1030-1100 Invited Presenter

Safe and Optimal Start-Up of Pad 750 at MacKay River

M. Lastiwka, S.A. Young, Suncor Energy Inc.

1100-1130 Invited Presenter

Firebag SAGD Production Well Design, Workover Operations, and Production Optimization

A. Keller, Suncor Energy Inc.

11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 3: Tubulars and Connections Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Blair Mackie, Summit Tubulars; Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies

The well construction and application conditions place significant demands on the hydraulic isolation, structural integrity and accessibility functions that tubulars and tubular connections provide in thermal wells.  Connections are of particular focus as failures at connections have been noted to account for approximately 90% of the casing failures in both thermal and non-thermal wells.  In this session, presentations will be made on advancing the understanding of axial and rotational fatigue limits in premium connections and the impact on thermal wellbore design and service life; an investigation of low-cycle fatigue facture initiation and the use in a fracture-damage based design approach; and a proposed methodology for the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods for connection design optimization and qualification evaluations.


Time Paper # Presentation
1300-1330 188158

Verification of FEA Used in OCTG Connection Evaluations

G. Meijer, J. Nowinka, D. Dall'Acqua, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.


Invited Presenter

Physical Fatigue Testing OCTG Premium Connections, from Theoretical to Practical

A. Hamilton, Evraz Inc NA


Invited Presenter

Casing Materials Testing Supporting High-Temperature Post-Yield Design Approach

J. Powers, R.S. Buell, Chevron Corporation; R. Krishnamurthy, Blade Energy; G. Meijer, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.

14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 4: Corrosion and Scale Issues Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Isaac Khallad, ConocoPhillips; Warren Kozak, Husky Energy

Enhanced oil recovery methods have introduced new challenges to the oil and gas industry, one of those challenges being corrosion. Both the produced fluids and injected fluids can carry with them several components that contribute to corrosion, and the resulting damage, both on surface and downhole, is often amplified with heat.  This session will explore corrosion and casing damage over several types of thermal projects from around the world.


Time Paper # Presentation
1500-1530 188161

Studies of Aqueous Hydrogen Sulfide Corrosion in Producing SAGD Wells

T. Pehlke, University of British Columbia

1530-1600 188163

Investigation on Casing Damage in Liaohe Du66 Combustion Project

L. Zhong, China University of Petroleum, Beijing; L. Teng, Northeast Petroleum University; S. Zhang, F. Wu, E. Luo, and L. Liu, Liaohe Oilfield Subcompany, CNPC; D. Yu, Beijing Union University; D. Ji, University of Calgary; C. Wang and Y. Zhou, China University of Petroleum, Beijing

1600-1630 188160

Research on Damage Mechanism and Control Measures of Casing and Tubing Corrosion in High-Temperature Fire Flooding Wells

H. Long, S. Sun, H. Zhang, L. Wang, M. Liu,  Liaohe Oilfield of Petrochina

16:30 - 18:30
19:30 - 21:30
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Wednesday, November 29

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 5: Cement Integrity Over Life Cycle I Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Cam Geddes, Cenovus Energy; Julio Oliveira, Suncor Energy

A high quality primary cement is a critical component to ensure long term integrity of thermal wells. This session explores the implications of the variation of caprock properties and the geomechanical conditions across the Alberta Oil Sands in the cement design as well as a novel technique to understand and prevent cement failures in thermal wells. Finally, the session explores the use of a new product as a remediation method for surface casing vent flows.


Time Paper # Presentation
0800-0830 188166

The Development & Field Results of a New, Advanced Form of Sodium Silicate as a Cost Effective Solution for Treatment for Sustained Casing Pressure

M.J. McDonald, National Silicates Ltd.

0830-0900 Invited Presenter

Geomechanics and Alberta Oil Sands Caprock Variability in Cement Sheath Design

K. Glover, S. Priolo, C. Heinricks, Trican Well Service Ltd.

0900-0930 188151

Real Time Strain Mapping of a Cement Sheath; A New Tool for Understanding and Preventing Cement Failure in Thermal Wells

S.S. Iremonger, Sanjel Energy Services; B. Cheung, J. Carey, University of Alberta

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 12:00
Session 6: Cement Integrity Over Life Cycle II Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Jeffery Bushey, Schlumberger; Heath Charles, BlackPearl Resources

A high-quality primary cement is a critical component to ensure long-term integrity of thermal wells. This session explores the implications of the variation of caprock properties and the geomechanical conditions across the Alberta Oil Sands in the cement design, as well as a novel technique to understand and prevent cement failures in thermal wells. The session explores the use of a new product as a remediation method for surface casing vent flows.


Time Paper # Presentation

Invited Presenter

Innovative Surface Casing Vent Flow Testing and Analysis to Determine Well Integrity Status

R. Friesz, R. Doull, Doull Site Assessments Ltd.; B. Demirdal, Devon Energy

1030-1100 188150

Impact of Slow and Fast Warm-up Rates on Cement Sheath Integrity in SAGD Wells - Using Dynamic Flow Simulators for Early Time Analysis

C.B. Nascimento, Schlumberger Canada Limited; D. Barkim, Devon Energy

1100-1130 188152

Optimization of Cement Designs for Thermal Stimulated Wells by Means of Placement Techniques, Mechanical Properties Characterization and Well Life Simulations

K.S. Soucy, D. Chan, Magnum Cementing Services Ltd.

1130-1200 Invited Presenter

Satellite Monitoring of Cyclic Steam Stimulation without Corner Reflectors  

M. Henschel, J. Dudley, P. Chung, MDA Geospatial Services Inc. 

12:00 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:30
Session 7: Panel Discussion - Thermal Well Abandonment and End of Life Liabilities Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Barkim Demirdal, Devon Energy; Ian Peleshok, Alberta Energy Regulator; Kris Watson, NCS Multistage

The panel discussion at this year’s SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium is on wellbore abandonment design and the liabilities associated with them. The panel will discuss topics related to planning, learnings, knowledge gaps, timing of abandonments and monitoring. Panel members from different disciplines have been selected to ensure the discussion respects all aspects of the wellbore lifecycle.


Moderator: Barkim Demirdal, Devon Energy


Scot Buell, Chevron

Doug Goda, ConocoPhillips

Lawrence Jonker, Alberta Energy Regulator

Will Remmer, Candian Natural Resources Limited

Blair Temple, Imperial Oil

14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 17:00
Session 8: Break-Out Session Cascade Ballroom; Ivor Petrak Room; Alberta Room
Moderator(s) Uliana Romanova, Delta Screens; Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies

Break Out #1: Casing Deformation - Causes and Prevention

Casing deformation continues to be an active area of concern for thermal recovery applications.  This break out session will explore the mechanisms and risk factors that can lead to casing deformation. This will be followed by a discussion on current methods for detection, monitoring, and  analysis with a focus on risk assessment frameworks and mitigation. The format is table discussion to draw from the knowledge and experiences of all attendees.

Moderators: Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies; Raina May, MEG Energy; Linda Blair, Evraz; John Van Vliet, Noetic Engineering


Break Out #2: Primary Cementing Impacts On Long-Term Zonal Isolation and Well Integrity

Zonal isolation is critical to the integrity of a thermal well throughout its life cycle. The quality of the primary cement job on the well has long lasting impacts on the performance of that zonal isolation.  This session will present a case study where primary cementing quality across the pad differs from well to well despite applying the same cementing practices.  Attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss how they will use this information to 1) understand the reasons for variable cement quality among the wells in the pad, 2) determine the risks associated with the cement variability and mitigations that needs to be considered when starting-up and operating the wells, 3) identify risks and liabilities associated with abandonment of these wells and 4) develop a process flow to ensure learnings are incorporated on future pads to improve quality.

Moderators: Barkim Demirdal, Devon Energy; Cam Geddes, Cenovus Energy; Kris Watson, NCS Multistage


Break Out #3: Abandoned Well Thermal Compatibility

This session will centre around a wellbore integrity scenario due to a ghost hole that has penetrated the cap rock of a virgin bitumen reservoir. Discussions will surround mitigation strategies for abandonment (or repair) of the wellbore in order to minimize the impact on future resource recovery in the vicinity.

Moderators: Ian Peleshok, Alberta Energy Regulator; Blair Temple, Imperial Oil, Dejan Ristic D.M.R. Engineering

Thursday, November 30

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 9: Insulated Completions and Applications, and Near Surface Casing Integrity Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Scot Buell, Chevron; Marty Lastiwka, Suncor Energy

Vacuum insulated tubing (VIT) systems for steam injection applications are covered in this session.   Thermal VIT specifications, field applications, and design of slimhole VIT injectors are presented.


Time Paper # Presentation
0800-0830 Invited Presenter

Near Surface Casing Integrity

R.Hanson, Cenovus Energy

0830-0900 188154

Slimhole Steam Injector Wells with Insulated Tubings

P. Sachdeva, P.V. Suryanarayana, Blade Energy Partners; J. Damour, MAJUS; D. Johannson, Majus Canada


Invited Presenter

Vacuum Insulated Tubing Trial

B. Temple, Imperial Oil

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 10: Case Studies Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Raina May, MEG Energy; Krystle Drover, Cenovus Energy

This session will highlight in situ operating experience and investigation of thermal effects. The invited presenters will share the outcomes of learnings from various North American Thermal projects.


Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1030 Invited Presenter

Design and Operational Experience with Horizontal Steam Injectors in Kern River Field, California

S. Buell, Chevron

1030-1100 Invited Presenter

Source Identification and Flow Characterization of Surface Casing Vent Flows in SAGD Wellbores

M. Mund, ConocoPhillips

1100-1130 Invited Presenter

Reducing Infill Well Start-up Time and Cost byCombining LWD Resistivity Data with a Flexible Completion Design  

S. Thompson, Athabasca Oil Corporation

11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:00
Session 11: Liner Integrity and Flow Control Device Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Uliana Romanova, Delta Screen & Filtration; John Van Vliet, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.

This session will discuss thermal well liner integrity, zonal isolation, and flow control throughout the well life cycle from testing through installation and production.


Time Paper # Presentation
1230-1300 188148

Multi-Timescale Workflow for Optimizing Installation and Integrity of Extended-Reach Horizontal Liners

S.P. Taubner, J. Van Vliet, D. Dall'Acqua, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.

1300-1330 Invited Presenter

Seven Years of Experience Testing Flow Control Devices and Packers in the Horizontal Steam Injection Test Facility

S. Buell, Chevron

1330-1400 188149

Flow Control Devices for SAGD Applications: Lessons Learned, Best Practices, and Suggested Design Improvements

D.J. Saks, V. Lakshmanan, G. Ma, A.R. Singh, S. Park, Baker Hughes Canada

14:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 16:00
Session 12: Liner Integrity and Sand Control Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Doug Hollies, COSEI; Julio Oliveira, Suncor Energy

The need for long term sand retention and structural stability in the permanent portion of a horizontal well completion is critical to insitu thermal heavy oil production assurance. This section of the well has very little governmental regulation but a high degree of complexity and importance in overall capital efficiency for thermal projects.  This section offers a background review on sand control for thermal heavy oil and it welcomes a global thermal well construction viewpoint by discussing two case studies that discuss the successful application of a traditional and an alternative sand control device.


Time Paper # Presentation
1430-1500 188155

Understanding Sand Control for Thermal Heavy Oil and Bitumen Production Operations

U. Romanova, D. Michel, Delta Screens and Filtration, R. Strom, Calgary Rock and Materials
Services, and J. Stepic, JMS Geological Consultants



Design Optimization of Slotted Liner Completions in Horizontal Wells: An Analytical Skin Factor Model Verified by Computational Fluid Dynamics and Experimental Sand Retention Tests  

M. Mahmoudi, V. Fattahpour, D. Zhu, RGL Reservoir Managment; A. Nouri, M. Roostaei, J. Olson, C. Lange, S. Nejadi, University of Alberta; B. Fermaniuk, Regent Control Systems Ltd.

1530-1600 Invited Presenter

Suncor SAGD Mackay River Sand Control Screen Trial

M. Lastiwka, L. Briceno, Suncor Energy Inc.