SPE/CHOA Slugging it Out Conference 9 - 10 Sep 2020 Virtual Conference [MDT; UTC-6]

Agenda | All times Mountain Daylight Time (UTC -6)

Wednesday, September 09

10:00 - 10:10
10:10 - 11:30
Opening Keynote Session
Moderator(s) Mary Hansen, McDaniel & Associates; Glenn Thoben, Spartan Controls; Xin Zhang, Cenovus Energy
Speaker(s) Brian Hamm, McDaniel & Associates Consultants; Patrick Bryden, Scotia Capital Inc.



  1. In a World Where Capex is Opex, the Oil Sands Factory Reigns Supreme
  • Brian Hamm, McDaniel & Associates Consultants
  1. The Rise of ESG and it’s Importance in Canada’s Energy Future
  • Patrick Bryden, Scotia Capital Inc.
  1. Joint Q&A
11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:30
Session 2: Subsurface and Field Development Optimization
Session Chairpersons Shaista Jivraj, Athabasca Oil Corporation; Nick Tumu, Obsidian Energy: Jeremy Walter, CMG; KC Yeung, Partners Energy Development Corp.

Technological advances to further optimize thermal oil production allows for more economical oil production and increased recovery factors. This session focuses on optimizing field development through technology and an increased understanding of subsurface challenges.  Discussions will review infill development, machine learning, and the application of electrical heating with SAGD.


  1. Brownfield Development – The Infill Journey at Long Lake
  • Monica Bereznicki, CNOOC International
  1. Not Just For Unconventionals: Machine Learning in SAGD
    • Tyler Schlosser, McDaniel & Associates Consultants
  2. Application of Electrical Heating Technology to Improve SAGD Operation in Heterogeous SAGD Reservoirs 
    • Changfeng Xi, PetroChina


13:30 - 14:00

Thursday, September 10

10:00 - 10:05
10:05 - 11:45
Session 3: World of Tomorrow
Session Chairpersons Farid Ahmadloo, Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Richard Chan, Suncor Energy; Kent Qin, Husky Energy; Tom Wnorowski, Serafina

The expectations of today’s energy companies are no longer limited to simply supplying energy demand. Alberta heavy oil producers are facing ever focused scrutiny on its social and environmental impacts by the governments, citizens and investors. This session is focused on CCS and beyond combustion technologies as viable options to considerably reduce GHG emission intensity.


  1. Over Five Million Tonnes of CO2 Sequestered at the Quest CCS Facility
    • Nial Smith, Shell Canada Energy
  2. Future-Proofing Heavy Oil & Bitumen Beyond Combustion
    • Bryan Helfenbaum, Alberta Innovates; Paolo Bomben, Alberta Innovates
  3. Capture Carbon, Economically Today
    • Brett Henkel, Svante
11:45 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:00
Session 4: Project Update
Session Chairpersons Stephan Foust, Suncor; Sara Lagos, CNRL; Kris Stephansson, Imperial; JY Yuan, MEG Energy

As usual, we keep the best for last. This year, we have updates from Imperial Oil on SA-SAGD in Cold Lake, JACOS on Startup Program at Hangingstone Expansion, and PetroChina on NCG Injection for Pressurizing Top Gas at MacKay River.


  1. Grand Rapids SA-SAGD: Extending the Life of a Mature Asset
    • Kris Stephansson, Imperial
  2. Hangingstone Expansion – Field Management During Production Limitations
    • Kim Nguyen-Wong, JACOS
  3. Case Study: NCG Injection and Co-Injection to Pressurize the Top Gas of the McMurray Reservoir at MacKay River Commercial Project
    • Ricardo Munoz, PetroChina
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:30
Session 5: Panel Session - How Much Does the Industry Really Know About Shutting in SAGD Production?
Moderator(s) Richard Chan, Suncor Energy
Speaker(s) Michael Chan, Greenfire Oil and Gas; Dave Butterwick, Cenovus Energy; Monica Majcher, CNOOC International; Mark Anderson, Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Javier Sanchez, ConocoPhillips; Abilash Mende Anjaneyalu, Tiffany Wong, Suncor Energy; Jin Wang, Suncor Energy

Thermal recovery processes such as SAGD are optimal when carried out in steady state conditions. However external factors (such as low oil prices, wildfires, surface facility interruptions, etc.) can require shutting in production, often on a full field basis for extended periods of time. This panel discussion will seek to better understand the implications of shutting in production as well as the subsequent restart of production operations. Several of the most experienced SAGD operators, representing over 80% of industry production, will share their learnings and best practices that have been developed over the past two decades of commercial SAGD operations.



15:30 - 16:00