SPE Workshop: Enhancing Life Cycle Costs of Thermal Wells Through Drilling and Completions 13 - 14 Jun 2017 BMO Centre, Calgary Stampede Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Monday, June 12

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Borehole Surveying Awareness

Angus L. Jamieson

This course will focus on the methods and tools of borehole surveying, their use and quality, and their impact on well placement, production, and collision risk.

Directional drilling challenges are increasing as we aim for more distant targets, thinner reservoirs and the need to optimize production at minimum cost. This course will help you understand the issues affecting wellbore placement and the risks to HSE and the costs of getting it wrong.

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Tuesday, June 13

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:45
Opening Remarks and Keynote

Opening Remarks and Keynote - John Graham, Suncor Energy

Presentation: Why are SAGD Wells Not All Created Equal: Asset Design Criteria for Drilling and Completing Suncor’s Wells Through the Lifecycle


09:00 - 10:30
Session 1- Drillling: Directional Drilling
Session Chairpersons Owen Hnatiuk and Gregori Colomine, Nexen Energy ULC

With depressed commodity prices, maximizing recoverable resources has become critically important to increasing project value and accurate cost-effective wellbore placement is fundamental to this process. This session discusses recent advances in SAGD ranging technologies, wellbore positioning survey techniques and the use of empirical data to increase positional certainty.  


1. Why Your Wells Are Not Where You Think They Are

  • Angus L. Jamieson, University of the Highlands and Islands

2. A New Well Positioning Technique for SAGD Applications

  • Sean Hinke, Halliburton

3. Absolute Wellbore Placement via No-Access Ranging from Surface

  • Clinton Moss, Scientific Drilling International
09:00 - 10:30
Session 1 - Completions: Thermal Well Design
Session Chairpersons Kurtis Thompson, MEG Energy; Mitch Stretch, Schlumberger

This first session of the workshop is intended to focus on well design for full life cycle operating scenarios and to consider the range of well completion selection strategies, but from a more rigid “manufactured” design perspective to allow cost effective repeatability. The manufacturing approach versus the trade-off required to ensure a broad range of operating conditions will be discussed. "Thermal Well Design Optimization for the Life of the Well" includes topics such as:

  • Equipment selection strategies and fit for purpose design
  • Equipment standardization and efficiencies
  • Value-added design though cross-discipline integration
  • Well Design Operating Envelope and Barrier maintenance strategy: Cap Rock to Wing Valve 


1.  Driving Wellhead Efficiencies through Team Collaboration

  • Dean Piquette, Wood Group

2. Application of Vacuum-Insulated Tubing VIT in Thermal Oil Sand Projects

  • Mirko Zatka, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

3. Vacuum Insulated Coil Tubing VICT

  • Darren Johannson, Majus Canada Ltd.
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
Session 2 - Drilling: Drilling Operations
Session Chairpersons Arnie Canonigo, Meg Energy and Jeff Arvidson, Devon Energy

SAGD drilling operations have many opportunities for efficiencies due to the repetitive nature of the process. This session will explore some technologies and techniques that have compressed drilling schedules without compromising quality or safety.


1. Operational Efficiency

  • George McHardy, Nabors

2. Lodestone Active Ranging System

  • Clinton Moss, Scientific Drilling International

3. Maximizing Extended Reach Drilling Efficiency With Unconventional Thinking

  • Sean Hinke, Halliburton
11:00 - 12:30
Session 2 - Completions: Artificial Lift Strategies
Session Chairpersons Adam Welty, Armour Valve and Blair Neil, Exceed Oilfield

This session will focus on thermal artificial lift strategies and the on-going studies to improve production. Potential topics for this session will include alternative ESP deployment, jet pump applications, gas lift strategies, metal to metal PCP, and pump run life studies.


1. Using Improved Engineering Models, Field Monitoring and Data Analytics to Optimize ESP Utilization

  • Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies

2. Considerations and Challenges for Artificial Lift in SAGD Environments

  • Leon Waldner, Nexen

3. Advancements in Rigless Coiled Tubing ESP Deployment

  • Clint Jones, Petrospec
12:30 - 13:00
Keynote Lunch Sponsored by: Hunting Energy Services

Presenter: Sophia Chan and Isaac Khallad, CSA Group

Presentation: CSA Standard -The Development Process and Application


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13:30 - 15:00
Session 3 - Drilling: Cement Operations and Technology
Session Chairpersons Bryan Hnatiuk and Jaleh Zadeh

This session will examine developments and advancements in understanding and design of cement properties for thermal applications to optimize the cement integrity.

A quality primary cement job in thermal wells exposed to multiple thermal cycles is critical for casing support, zonal isolation, mitigation of gas/fluid migration, and general long-term well integrity.

The challenges and results of established cementing processes in new and large-scale thermal applications, such as batch mixing cement slurry and foam cementing, will be discussed. New insights into cement design considerations relative to cement properties, behaviors, cement sheath integrity, and formation interaction in thermal environments will also be presented. 


1. Using Foam Cement in Areas of Major Losses to Reduce Risk of Cap Rock Integrity in the Oil Sands

  • Troy Abs, Suncor Energy

2. Collaborative Approaches to Improving Cement Design for Thermal Wells

  • Trent Kaiser, Noetic Engineering

3. Cement Design Properties and the Effects of Enhanced Hydration Prior to Cement Placement

  • Kelly Soucy, Magnum Cementing Services
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3 - Completions: Workovers
Session Chairpersons Colby Sutton, RGL and Pat Webb, Devon Energy

This topic will focus on thermal workovers; their problems and solutions.  Discussions will focus on sand cleanouts, well control, stimulation, liner repairs, vent flow, and problematic wells.


1. Intermediate Casing Failures:  Diagnosis, and Repair Strategies

  • Patt Webb, Devon Energy

2. Optimizing Underperforming Horizontal Producers

  • Tim Gorham, Chevron

3. Regaining Control of Blowouts from Thermal Wells

  • Dwight Bulloch, Capstone
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
Session 4 - Drilling: Thermal Well Construction – Casing and Liners
Session Chairpersons Doug Hollies, Codeco and JP Martin, Tenaris

Understanding the mechanical limits of casing and liners is critically important for drilling engineers during installing and cementing operations. The effect of these installation loads on the structural stability of casing and liner in thermal applications has been mostly theoretical to this point.  In this session, we look to open the door on some thermal testing to failure and installation load envelop management, which will provide valuable insight for your thermal well design.


1. Selection and Installation of Casing Connections for SAGD Wells

  • Terry Marion

2. Installing Liners Safely and Quickly Using Dynamic Surface Load Limits

  • Spencer Taubner, Noetic Engineering

3. Casing Connection Challenges - Fatigue and Over Torque

  • Jonathan Olsen, Tenaris
15:30 - 17:00
Session 4 - Completions: Design and New Technologies
Session Chairpersons Matt Crockett, Suncor Energy and Jonathan Heseltine, C-FER Technologies

Emerging technologies have the potential to improve operational efficiencies and cost competitiveness throughout the thermal well lifespan. This session will focus on innovative technologies and designs that benefit wellbore diagnostics, remediation, resource recovery, completions, and workover operations.


1. Downhole Heating - A New and Robust Re-Creation of a Proven but Ignored Technology 

  • J.M. Karanikas, Salamander Solutions/Shell

2. Optimized Fluid Placement for Matrix Stimulation  

  • Armando Sanchez, Wavefront          

3. New High Temperature Casing Patch Installations  

  • Blair Temple, Imperial Oil
17:00 - 18:00

Wednesday, June 14

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 5 - Drilling and Completions: Re-Entries and Re-Drills (Panel Discussion)
Session Chairpersons Blair Stengler, Devon Energy and Matt Crockett, Suncor Energy

Industry experts present and discuss the best practices for either re-entering or re-drilling underperforming thermal wells:

  • Completions – Casing assessment and preparation for re-entry
  • Re-Drilling Operations  - Liner removal, sidetracking and whipstocking
  • Recompletions -  What techniques and technologies are available to return the wells to service? 


1. Thermal Well Assessment and Preparation For Re-Entry 

  • Rick Stahl, Northern Blizzard

2. Re-drills 

  • Vince Boucher, Suncor Energy

3. Drilling SAGD Wells…Now vs Then: A Directional Perspective

  • Ryan Quigg, Weatherford

4. Panel Discussion Comparing Re-drills and Re-entry 

  • Moderator Marius Bordieanu, Suncor Energy
09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 6 - Drilling and Completions: New Thermal Production Systems
Session Chairpersons Stephen Lai, Pason Systems and Mitchel Stretch, Schlumberger

Steam is not the only way to stimulate or produce a heavy oil or bitumen reservoir. There are a variety of additives and processes that are being used to enhance production that may alter the sub-surface operating conditions that define our current well structures.

Solvent enhancement of the steam through processes like NSolv, SAP, ES-SAGD, SA-SAGD, LASER are either in service or getting close to commercial development. More non-steam stimulation systems, such as like VAPEX, THAI, ET-DSP, and ESEIEH, look to change the oil in the reservoir and allow production at much lower temperatures.

This session looks at how these processes affect our modern well designs, completion systems and workover routines.


1.  Multi Lateral Development Assessment

  • Gary Gill, Consultant

2. Radio Frequency Reservoir Heating (ESEIEH) 

  • Shirish Deshpande, Suncor Energy (Derik Ehresman)

3. The Carbon Cost: How Carbon Taxes Could Affect In-Situ Economics

  • Jared Wynveen, McDaniel & Associates



11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 7 - Drilling and Completions: Operational Project Execution Efficiencies
Session Chairpersons Jeff Arvidson, Devon Energy and Gregori Colomine, Nexen Energy ULC

Operational efficiency for Drilling and Completions in Major Projects is essential for profitability affects the payout of each individual development phase. Come and learn what various companies are doing to decrease cost through operations efficiency and organization of their work flow to decrease costs. Could you adopt any of these in your project?


1. Integrated Wellpad Consolidation – Using Single and Dual Parallel Rows of Wells

  • Ashley Leroux, iTS

2. New Thermal Wellhead that Provides Dual Barrier Protection and Eliminates Welding

  • Ryan Miller, Nexen

3. Moving With The Times

  • Kirk W. Parker, Akita Drilling Ltd.



14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 8 - Drilling and Completions: Production Optimization
Session Chairpersons Gina Wozney, GRW Consulting Ltd. and Colby Sutton, RGL

The ability to produce thermal wells effectively has many different aspects to it and each area will play a part in making In-situ Oilsands projects successful:

  • Liquid level conformance
  • Pump design and reliability
  • Sand retention system effectiveness
  • Thermal efficiency systems

Various technologies like flow control device, sand control systems, artificial lift types and insulated tubing/ casing systems are all being used differently in many different thermal development fields. How these systems are used will define the ultimate profitability of the projects. 


1. Wellbore Simulation for Production Optimization

  • Raj Bal, Madala Software

2. Sand Control Design and Evaluation Experiments for Optimal Thermal Production

  • Mahdi Mahmoudi, RGL Reservoir Management

3. Optimizing the Long-Term Economics of High Curvature ESP-Lifted Wells using ESP Reliability Data 

  • John Graham, Suncor Energy; Craig Radke, C-FER Technologies