SPE/CHOA Slugging It Out Conference 17 Apr 2018 BMO Centre at Stampede Park Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Tuesday, April 17

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:15
08:15 - 08:40
Keynote Presentation
Speaker(s) Calvin Helin, President, Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd.

Keynote Presenter:

The First Nations-led Energy Corridor: The Eagle Spirit Solution for getting  Canadian Energy Resources to World Markets

Calvin Helin
Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. 

08:45 - 09:45
SESSION 1: Non Thermal Sponsored by: Wood
Session Chairpersons Stephan Foust, Athabasca Oil Corporation; Rich Stahl, Cona Resources; Nick Tumu, Bankers Petroleum
Speaker(s) Xin Zhang, Cenovus Energy; Jason Van Dusen, VP Engineering, Rifle Shot Oil Corp.



The Power of Multilaterals at Marten Hills

Xin Zhang
Cenovus Energy


Less is More? Phased, Short, Perforated Completions of Horizontal Monobores

Jason Van Dusen 

Rifle Shot Oil Corp.


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09:45 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:45
SESSION 2: International
Session Chairpersons K.C. Yeung, K C Yeung Canadian Enterprise; Jian-Yang Yuan, MEG Energy
Speaker(s) Xiuluan Li, RIPED, PetroChina; Nick Tumu, Bankers Petroleum; Ravil Ibatullin, Tatneft



History and Current Status of Heavy Oil Development and Technologies in China 

Xiuluan Li
RIPED, PetroChina

Challenges and Learnings from a Heavy Oil Project in Albania 

Nick Tumu
Bankers Petroleum

Development of the biggest European SAGD project  

Ravil Ibatullin
TAL Oil Ltd. 

11:45 - 13:00
Lunch and Comedian Sponsored by: GLJ Petroleum Consultants
Speaker(s) Kome Eto, Suncor Energy

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“It’s Alright to Laugh at Work”

Kome Eto
Suncor Energy

13:00 - 15:00
SESSION 3: New Technology Sponsored by: Spartan Controls
Session Chairpersons Mary Hansen, McDaniel & Associates; Glenn Thoben, Spartan Controls; Jeremy Walters, Computer Modelling Group
Speaker(s) Ian Gates, University of Calgary; Bruce Carey, Peters & Co.; Dave Shook, Dave Shook & Associates



Emerging Technologies in Oil Sands

Ian Gates
University of Calgary


Overview of History, Status and Outlook for Solvent Use to Recover Bitumen

Bruce Carey
Peters & Co.


Demystifying the IIOT for Heavy Oil

Dave Shook
Dave Shook & Associates


RF Heating: Results from a 100 kW Field Test

Damir Pasalic
Acceleware Ltd. 


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15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
SESSION 4: Project Updates
Session Chairpersons Richard Chan, Suncor Energy; Jarrett Dragani, Cenovus; Carmen Lee, Husky Energy
Speaker(s) Richard Smith, Imperial Oil; Shaista Esmail, Athabasca Oil Corporation; Christian Canas, JACOS



The Effectiveness of Flow Control Devices in the Leismer Asset

Shaista Esmail
Athabasca Oil Corporation


Update of Imperial’s LASER (Liquid Addition to Steam for Enhanced Recovery) Project at Cold Lake

Richard Smith
Imperial Oil


Update on JACOS Hangingstone Expansion Start-up

Christian Canas

17:00 - 18:30
Sluggin’ It Back! Networking Reception and Live Music Sponsored by: Innova Global

Recption Sponsored by:



Live Music Sponsored by:

Vance Alexander and Anthony Blaine have been providing a unique live music experience for all types of events since they founded New Soul Duo in 2013. In a short time, they have become one of Calgary’s most sought after live bands.  This energetic power duo performs the top billboard songs from every decade with a fresh new feel.  One of the most impressive aspects of New Soul Duo is their ability to deliver much more than a standard acoustic duo. They achieve the sound of a full band through harmonies, sweet guitar tones, kazoo, a one of a kind percussion drum setup.  


 Games Sponsored by:




Wednesday, April 18

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Overview of Pure-Solvent and Steam-Solvent Analysis and Design for Thermal In-Situ Operations Tillyard Conference Room
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Mazda Irani

This 1-day course is an introduction to thermodynamics and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) and tuning parameters to fit laboratory data. Different analytical models for oil rate predictions such as Butler-Mokrys (1989) and Dunn-Nenniger-Rajan (1989) models will be discussed.

The following topics will be covered:

Introduction to thermodynamics and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT): basic law such as: Clausius-Clapeyron Equation, Dalton's law, Henry's Law and Raoult’s law are explained and practical examples such as temperature reduction in chamber due to NCG injection, and temperature reduction at Azeotropic point in ES-SAGD process will be solved numerically.

Pure Solvent Modelling: processes such as VAPEX and Nsolv will be explained, and different theories explaining the pure solvent oil rates such as Butler-Mokrys (1989) and Dunn-Nenniger-Rajan (1989) models will be explained and compared to physical models. Concepts such as onset of asphaltene precipitation will be discussed.

Steam-Solvent Modelling: ES-SAGD process will be explained and Gupta-Gittins(2012) and Rabiei–Harding–Abedi (2017) models will be discussed and numerically compared.
Production Challenges in Solvent Operation: Liquid-pool model and concept will be explained and concern with steam trap control for Nsolv will be discussed and numerically explained.


Course Location:
Tillyard Conference Room 
715 5th Ave. Main Level SW T2P 2X6
Calgary, AB.