SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium 19 - 21 Nov 2019 The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Banff, Alberta, Canada


Monday, November 18

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Flow-Control-Devices for Thermal Recovery Operations
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Kousha Gohari; Mazda Irani; Oscar Becerra Moreno

This 1-day course is an introduction to design and optimization of Flow-Control-Devices (FCDs) in horizontal wells in Thermal Recovery Operations. The interaction between reservoir and FCD, and design charts created to evaluate the response of the FCD are discussed.


  • Different types of the Flow-Control-Devices defining their characteristic curves, and Operating Principles of FCDs.
  • The review of previous use of the Flow-Control-Devices in Canadian SAGD projects: pros and cons.
  • Understanding the critical flow in orifice, venturri and several other types of FCDs.
  • Effects of steam quality on Inflow- Control-Devices (ICD) and Outflow-Control-Devices (OCD).
  • Liquid Pool modeling: a method to calculate the liquid pool level from temperature profile in observation wells will be discussed, and an algebraic equation for liquid pool depletion based on wellbore drawdown, subcool and emulsion productivity is generated and discussed in practical examples. A minimum subcool concept (or target reservoir subcool) is discussed and calculated as a function of skin and pressure draw-down. 
  • Liner-Deployed FCDs modeling: The formulation and physics govern restriction-type (Nozzle and Orifice), frictional-type and several other types of FCDs are presented. The FCD and liquid pool systems are coupled, and pressure drop across the FCD and liquid pool are compared through examples. 
  • Tubing-Deployed FCDs: There will be a presentation on, pros and cons, how to identify wells for tubing deployed FCDs, points to consider and several key design parameters. Examples will be used.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • Become familiar with fundamentals of multi-phase flow in pipe
  • Be able to read and understand the FCD characteristic curves
  • Be able to optimize a FCD for a given producer
  • Be able to carry out simple nodal analysis for SAGD producer
  • Become familiar with fundamentals of steam trap control and minimum subcool concept
  • Understanding benefits and limitations of implementation of FCDs for SAGD producer


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18:00 - 19:30

Tuesday, November 19

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Opening Keynote Panel: The Canadian Thermal Industry – Oil Rich/Pipeline Poor Van Horne A
Moderator(s) Linda Blair, EVRAZ; Barkim Demirdal, Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Opening Keynote Panel

This keynote session will look at Canada’s thermal industry from a local, national, and global perspective, and the challenges we face getting our product to market. The world needs our oil for transportation, housing, consumer products, the reduction of energy poverty in developing countries, and much more. As an industry we constantly improve our technology and methods of thermal extraction. We operate under the world’s highest regulatory and environmental standards to meet energy demand in a safe and sustainable way. And yet our market access options are limited and faced with obstacles. Why aren’t we acknowledged for leading the world with our HSE policies and high environmental standards? When will our efforts be enough to show our government and the world that we should be the supplier of choice? Where do we fit into the current political landscape? And when will market access issues be solved?

Keynote Panelists:

  • Mike MacSween, EVP Upstream, Suncor Energy
  • Deborah Yedlin, Chancellor, University of Calgary
  • Gordon Lambert, CEO, Alberta Energy Regulator


Mike MacSween
EVP Upstream
Suncor Energy

Deborah Yedlin
University of Calgary

Gordon Lambert

Gordon Lambert
Alberta Energy Regulator

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 12:00
01  Casing and Well Design Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons John V Krener - Chevron, Bruce Thornton - Osum Oil Sands Corp
This session will explore the effects of thermal cycles on tubulars and connections; presenting ideas and concepts to consider for thermal well design.
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1030 198682 Drilling Framework for Defining Thermal Cycle Severity and Assessing Impacts on Thermal Well Intermediate Casing System Integrity D. Dall'Acqua, M.A. Chartier, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.
1030-1100 198701 Completions Enhancement of Current Methodologies Used for Tubular Connection Product Line Validation J. Xie, C-FER Technologies; J. Xie, PetroChina Tarim Oilfield Company
1100-1130 198699 Completions Evaluating Temperature Rate Near the Wellbore Considering Slow Warm-up Case for a SAGD Producer Well with Different Completion Configurations Using Dynamic Flow Simulations C.B. Nascimento, Schlumberger; B. Demirdal, J.G. Gauthier, Canadian Natural Resources Limited
1130-1200 Lessons Associated with the Implantation of Strain-Based Full Scale Testing and the Thermal Well Connection Evaluation Protocol N. Santi, E. Hanna, Tenaris
Alternate 198684 Drilling Sources of Strain Localization in Thermal Wells and Managing the Risks They Introduce through Engineering Design S.M. Miller, M.A. Chartier, G. Meijer, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.; K.T. Smith, CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC
12:00 - 13:30
13:00 - 13:30
Lunch Presentation Van Horne A

Lunch Presentation:

Overview of CSA Z624 – Well Integrity Management for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Systems

Presenter: Isaac Khallad, CSA Z624 Technical Committee Chair

13:30 - 15:00
02  Thermal Isolation Technology Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Mark Andrew Chartier - Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc, Doug Hollies - Remedy Energy Services
Thermal stimulation provides unique challenges when considering zonal isolation. Large temperature excursions in operating steam injection and production wells necessitate a fit for purpose solution for maintaining a seal between the thermally stimulated zone and overburden formations. Ensuring long-term zonal isolation is traditionally done using cement which must isolate gassy and unconsolidated overburden formations despite changes in chemistry and severe mechanical loads imposed by casing expansion. This session will provide a view into novel techniques and technologies for improving wellbore conformance and long-term-post-production isolation in thermal wells.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 199787 Completions Silicate-Activated Geopolymer Alternatives to Portland Cement for Thermal Well Integrity E. van Oort, M. Juenger, The University of Texas At Austin; M. McDonald, National Silicates; X. Liu, Nalco Champion
1400-1430 198683 Drilling Quantifying 2D and 3D Fracture Leakage Pathways Observed in Wellbore Cement after Uniaxial Compressive Loading X. Yang, E. Kuru, M. Gingras, Z. Lin, University of Alberta; S.S. Iremonger, J. Taylor, J. Grey, Sanjel Energy Services
1430-1500 198919 Completions Foam Formulation for High Temperature SAGD Applications L.A. Adetunji, A. Ben-zvi, A. Filstein, Cenovus Energy
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
03  Near-Surface Casing Corrosion on Thermal Wells Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Emad Hanna - Tenaris, Ronny Lee - Canadian Natural Resources Limited
This session is dedicated to highlight the importance of monitoring and mitigating near-surface casing corrosion on Thermal wells. Presence of condensate water, oxygen, high temperature and salts create the perfect environment for casing corrosion. Utilizing techniques like Casing pressure tests, logging tools, and excavation provided evidence that in many cases corrosion occurs within a few years of the well’s life. These studies share experiences evaluating various high-temperature coating systems, liquid inhibitors, and also the effect of OCTG material selection using various corrosion resistant alloys as Cr13 and Inconel vs conventional carbon steel to provide protection on these thermal wells. Our presenters will shed more lights on Corrosion failure patterns, film characteristics and mechanisms that were investigated by surface analysis techniques to determine the corrosion behavior. Please join us to learn more about these safe, environmentally friendly, self-healing and cost effective solutions.
Time Paper # Presentation
1530-1600 198688 Completions Application of High Temperature Coatings for Near-Surface Corrosion Mitigation on SAGD Wells M.A. Habib, I.A. Khallad, ConocoPhillips Canada; V. Savino, ConocoPhillips USA
1600-1630 Mitigation of Near Surface Corrosion Using Potassium Silicate B.W. Temple, Imperial; D. Guo, M.J. McDonald, National Silicates
1630-1700 Using Externally Coated Casing to Mitigate Shallow External Corrosion S. Pruett, Aera Energy LLC
Alternate 198703 Production & Operations Corrosion Failure and Control of Carbon Steel and Anti-Corrosion Performance Evaluation of Candidate Materials in Thermal Applications J. Li, C. Sun, H. Zeng, J. Luo, University of Alberta; M. Roostaei, M. Mahmoudi, V. Fattahpour, RGL Reservoir Management
Alternate 198921 Drilling Lifetime Tubular Design: Combining Effects of Corrosion and Mechanical Wear Z. Liu, R. Samuel, A. Gonzales, Y. Kang, Halliburton
17:00 - 19:00
19:30 - 21:30
Bowling Social Event Banff Springs Bowling Centre

Bowling Social Event

The SPE social event is held alongside the Symposium for attendees to get active and meet new people in a relaxed setting.

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Wednesday, November 20

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:00
Opening Keynote Van Horne A
Moderator(s) Linda Blair, EVRAZ; Raina May, MEG Energy

Keynote Presentation:

Enhancing Operations in Oil and Gas through Artificial Intelligence

Presenters: Kyle Christie and Zaman Forootan, Deloitte

09:00 - 10:00
04  Instrumentation/DTS/DAS Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Joel Colucci - Stream-Flo, Jesse Stevenson - Variperm Canada Ltd.
The instrumentation in your well is primarily there as a means to optimize production, but often is critical to ensure well integrity or to determine failure locations and mechanisms. In this session we will investigate the deployment and value of fiber optics from these two perspectives.
Time Paper # Presentation
0900-0930 Application of DTS Fiber in a Greenfield SAGD Start-Up C. Bergeron, Harvest Energy; G. Wozney, GRW Engineering
0930-1000 198685 Completions Prognostics Thermal Well Management-A Review on Wellbore Monitoring and the Application of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) for Steam Breakthrough Detection M. Soroush, RGL Reservoir Management/University of Alberta; M. Roostaei, V. Fattahpour, M. Mahmoudi, RGL Reservoir Management; D. Keough, Precise Downhole Services Ltd; L. Cheng, K. Moez, University of Alberta
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
05  Flow Control Devices Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Kousha Gohari - Baker Hughes, Gina Wozney - GRW Engineering
This session has presentations on Evaluation of Flow Control Devices in thermal application based on testing and field implementation.
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 198700 Completions Evaluation Implementation and Operations of an FCD for SAGD Producer Wells D. Zhu, H. Heukelman, N. Neeteson, RGL Reservoir Management; S. Thompson, Athabasca Oil Corporation
1100-1130 198698 Completions Horizontal Steam Injection Liner Deployed Flow Control Device Design Development and Testing T.L. Gorham, J.C. Sims, Chevron Energy Technology Company; R.S. Buell, Chevron Energy Technology Company (retired); H. Heukelman, B. Fermaniuk, RGL Reservoir Management; R. Miller, RGL-Pacific Perforating Inc.
1130-1200 198696 Completions Best Practices in Design of Steam Splitters for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Injection Wells C.B. Nascimento, N. Gomez Bustamante, Schlumberger; M.A. Melo Llanos, Consultant
Alternate Flow Control Device Testing for NCG Coinjection Optimization A. Tuttle, Variperm Canada Ltd.
12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
06  Geomechanics Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Lawrence Jonker - Alberta Energy Regulator, Todd Anthony Zahacy - C-FER Technologies
This session will focus on the role that formation geomechanical properties have on the design and life-cycle integrity of thermal wells. This will include an overview of the relationship and interaction between formation geomechanical properties and wellbore design and integrity during the design, construction, operation, decommissioning and post-decommission phases of a thermal well’s life. The session will also include a presentation on how geomechanical simulation methods can be used to improve thermal well design and maintain structural and isolation integrity.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 Geomechanics 101-Basic Concepts for Understanding Its Effects on Thermal Well Integrity and Design P.J. McLellan, McLellan Energy Advisors Inc.
1400-1430 198693 Drilling Geomechanical Simulations to Design Well Integrity T.J. Boone, Y. Yuan, BitCan G&E Inc.
1430-1500 Geomechanical Numerical and Experimental Studies to Address Complex Challenges of Thermal Well Behavior E. Hamza, R.J. Chalaturnyk, University of Alberta
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:30
Breakout Session

Breakout Group 1: Role of Geomechanics on Thermal Well Design and Long-Term Integrity

Moderators: Todd Zahacy and Lawrence Jonker

Location: Edward Beatty

This interactive breakout session will allow attendees to explore and expand on the topics presented in session six: Geomechanics, as well as other topics related to the interaction and the role that formation geomechanical properties have on the design, construction, operating practices and long-term integrity of thermal wells.

Topics that may be explored include: key geomechanical factors (i.e., mechanical, thermal, compositional and pore fluid properties) that should be considered in the well design (e.g., wellbore orientation, trajectory and cement system selection and placement practices); how formation properties affect the initial ‘as-built’ quality of the constructed well; how the downhole isolation barrier elements and structural components are affected by the operating practices and thermal-mechanical loading (e.g., recovery strategy, heating and cooling rates); how characterization, monitoring and simulation tools can be used to assess and mitigate geomechanics-influenced damage mechanisms, susceptibilities and the risks of associated with such failures; and considerations for the late-life (thermal), post-steam, decommissioning and post-decommissioning phases of the well’s life.

Breakout Group 2: External Casing Corrosion in Thermal Wells

Moderators: Blair Temple, Ronny Lee, Scott Pruett and Tanner Ottaway

Location: Van Horne A

External casing corrosion can pose a significant threat to casing integrity, if present, therefore monitoring for it is required. Well design, installation and operational strategies can also play a role in introducing corrosion especially in casing strings that are classified as primary pressure barrier, namely intermediate or production casing. This breakout session will provide an opportunity to hear and express specific cases and the associated risks from a broad perspective. We will be discussing the different techniques used to identify the corrosion behavior and the underlying factors that contribute to inception and development. We will discuss specific concepts and strategies around assessing the risk and which mitigation strategies are working or not working well. This session offers an excellent platform for collaboration with peers who are actively working these issues and introducing others to the risk factors within this subject. We encourage attendees to bring specific conditions, examples, experiences, and questions. We look forward to a great discussion.

Breakout Group 3: Liner integrity, Key Metrics from Design to Installation to Operation

Moderators: Mark Chartier, Kousha Gohari, Jesse Stevenson and Gina Wozney

Location: Baron Shaughnessy

Liner integrity is one of the leading causes for expensive workovers, redrill and sidetrack operations.   As thermal design has matured, and increasingly challenging pay is encountered, designs continue to evolve.  What key failure mechanisms are currently causing wells to fail prematurely, and how are they being evaluated or what enhancements to design have been made to address those issues.  Are they working? And what new challenges and risks do those changes create?  Several companies have deployed flow control devices (FCDs) as a means to improve productivity or deal with hot spots, and mitigate steam coning related failure, which will be a focal point of the discussion.  How do FCDs change the design basis considering sand control, installation loading, and operating methodology?  In this session we will provide a forum to discuss the evolution of liner design, highlight new challenges and the ways they are being addressed.  We’ll lay it all on the table and allow the attendees to drive towards key issues based on their experience, and is being done to make the next step forward. 


Thursday, November 21

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:00
Opening Keynote Van Horne A
Moderator(s) Trent Pehlke, Suncor Energy; Maxim Skliarov, Husky Energy

Keynote Presentation 1:

Methane Emissions Reduction, Summary of Requirements

Presenter: Lindsay Campbell, Alberta Energy Regulator


Keynote Presentation 2:

Aera Ambassador Program - Humanizing Our Industry

Presenter: Tanner Ottaway, Aera Energy LLC

09:00 - 10:00
07  Global Strategies for Maintaining Well Integrity Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Justin Novak - Cenovus Energy, Barkim Demirdal - Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Regardless of the type of well or operation, the main purpose of well integrity is to properly select and maintain barriers to ensure safe operations over the life of a well. This session will discuss, from a global perspective, well integrity challenges encountered in extreme downhole environments, look at evolving barrier selection as production strategies change in mature fields, and explore how well integrity management systems can be utilized to effectively manage well integrity programs over the life cycle.
Time Paper # Presentation
0900-0930 198687 Completions Well Integrity Issues-Extreme High-Pressure High-Temperature Wells and Geothermal Wells (A Review) T.D. Phi, R.M. Elgaddafi, R.M. Ahmed, C. Teodoriu, University of Oklahoma; M. Al Ramadan, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
0930-1000 198690 Completions Double Barrier Strategy for Heavy Oil Producer Well in the South of Oman W. Shizawi, A. Al Nairi, A.D. Cooper, K.S. Mahrazy, P. Putra, Petroleum Development Oman
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:30
08  Barrier Management and Sand Control Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Wendy Maria Akins - CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC, Scott Pruett - Aera Energy LLC
Competent and reliable barriers within oil and gas well service are critical to protecting people, property, and the environment. Developing strategies and components that can meet the challenging and diverse environment of thermal service requires focused solutions through failure analysis and field trials. Strategies and design improvements to mitigate known and potential barrier failures will be discussed. This session will also present a field study and its findings on performance and reliability differences between three sand control types within the same field; slotted liner, precision punched screen, and wire wrapped screen.
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 Case Study on the Performance of Slotted vs Precision Punched vs Wire Wrapped Liners S. Pruett, Aera Energy LLC
1100-1130 Thermal Gate Valve Overpressure Analysis and New Design J. Colucci, S. Brennan, Stream-Flo
11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 15:00
09  Best Practices for FCDs in SAGD Wells Van Horne A
Session Chairpersons Colby Sutton - RGL Reservoir Management, Blair Wesley Temple - Imperial
This session highlights advancements on the evaluation, design, implementation, performance assessment, and re-design of Flow Control Devices (FCDs). Discussions will highlight modelling methodologies, optimizations for completions designs, erosion risks and mitigations, and product performance and benchmarking. The ‘Case Study’ focus will highlight direct field results and lessons that can improve profitability for both the operator and service provider.
Time Paper # Presentation
1300-1330 198681 Completions Field Application of Tubing Deployed Inflow Control Devices (ICDs) to Repair Liner Failures in SAGD Completions-Diagnosis, Design, Deployment and Outcome M. Saeedi, J. Cowle, Pengrowth Energy Corporation; R. Cross, West Rock Energy Consultants Ltd.; J. Stevenson, A. Tuttle, Variperm Canada Ltd.
1330-1400 198704 Completions An Overview of the Field Performance of Tubing Deployed Flow Control Devices in the Surmont SAGD Project K. Nespor, J. Ortiz, J. Morter, J. Chacin, ConocoPhillips; U. Romanova, J. Bilic, K. Gohari, O. Becerra, Baker Hughes
1400-1430 198695 Reservoir Description & Dynamics SAGD Circulation Strategy Utilizing Flow Control Devices J. Batias, Total; J. Ortiz, K. Nespor, ConocoPhillips
1430-1500 198697 Completions Effective Reservoir Management with Flow Control Devices for SAGD Producer Wells in Mackay River G.A. Rosi, D. Zhu, RGL Reservoir Management; D. O'Hagan, Suncor Energy