SPE Virtual Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium 30 Nov - 3 Dec 2020 Virtual Symposium and Exhibition [MST, UTC-7]

Agenda | All times Mountain Standard Time (UTC -7)

Monday, November 30

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Sand Control Fundamentals
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Mahdi Mahmoudi, Vahid Fattahpour

This course reviews fundamental sand control design for oil development. It goes on to detail the mechanisms, applications, and challenges of various sand control options in both vertical and horizontal applications. It mainly focuses on a practical project requiring the participant to apply what they have learned by selecting, designing, and presenting the most appropriate sand control completion for several case study wells for both cold primary and thermal applications.

Course Topics: 

  • Why Do We Need Sand Control? – Consider the potential impact of sand production over the life of a well and the consequent importance of sand control.
  • Review of Geomechanics and Geoscience: This section reviews the fundamentals of geomechanics and geoscience for heavy oil developments.
  • Corrosion: Review the basics of material selection for sand control and field examples of screen/liner failure due to corrosion.
  • Erosion: Review various erosional models and their application to sand control design, and review of field examples of screen/liner erosion.
  • Plugging: Discuss the plugging mechanism and show examples of different screen/liner plugging from extracted sand control screen/liner.
  • Mechanical Integrity: Discuss various well integrity designs and considerations.

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08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Flow-Control-Devices for Thermal Recovery Operations
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Mazda Irani

This 1-day course is an introduction to design and optimization of Flow-Control-Devices (FCDs) and to thermodynamics and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) in horizontal wells in Thermal Recovery Operations for both SAGD and SA-SAGD. The interaction between reservoir and FCD, and design charts created to evaluate the response of the FCD are discussed. The following topics will be covered:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Effects of Steam quality on Inflow- Control-Devices (ICD) and Outflow-Control-Devices (OCD). 
  • Flashing effect in FCD for both SAGD and SA-SAGD applications
  • 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. 

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Become familiar with fundamentals of phase behavior modeling 
  • Be able to carry out simple phase-equilibria calculations 
  • 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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Tuesday, December 01

09:00 - 10:30
Opening Keynote Session - Pandemic Pandemonium – Keeping Wells Healthy During Challenging Times
Moderator(s) Ian Peleshok, Alberta Energy Regulator; Trent Pelke, Suncor Energy
Speaker(s) Steve Spence, Osum Oil Sands Corp.

Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic many thermal and unconventional producers internationally have had to shut in wells for extended periods, operate with a reduced budget, and a reduced workforce capacity. In times of limited capital and people resources, well integrity is not always the highest priority for operating companies. Yet at the same time, we as an industry operate under the world's highest regulatory and environmental standards. This keynote will further explore topics related to the pandemic and well integrity prioritization, industry collaboration, AI and other technological initiatives, ruling governments changing, and the industry rebounding from this pandemic.


Steve Spence
Osum Oil Sands Corp.

11:00 - 12:30
01  Casing and Well Design
Session Chairpersons Nick Fournie - Cenovus Energy Inc, John V Krener - Chevron ETC
Thermal operations present unique challenges for well tubular and connection selection in order to provide reliability and integrity over the life cycle of the well. This session will present ideas and concepts to consider for thermal well planning and design. The presentations will include an operator sharing their challenges and lessons learned for a recent steam flood pilot, recommendations for a consistent approach to premium connection testing specification supported by Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modeling, and a methodology in regards to thermal connection product line qualification. Please join the discussion to share ideas and experiences.
Time Paper # Presentation
1100-1130 203869 Completions Well Integrity Issues In Steam Flood Injection Wells, Karim Small Field Cluster A. Ariwibowo, A.M. Al Sulti, Y. Al Aufi, M. Mirza, Medco LLC
1130-1200 203861 Completions P-PLE Practical Product Line Qualification A. Hamilton, Evraz Inc NA
1200-1230 203857 Drilling Effect Of Specimen Length On Structural And Sealability Evaluation Of Tubular Connections In Thermal And Hpht Wells J. Xie, C-FER Technologies
Alternate 203862 Drilling Making The Case For The Use Of Effective Tension In Casing Design To Eliminate Approximations And Wall Thickness Limitations C.E. Murphey, SPE; K.E. Ruddy, Oil & Gas Consulting Partners; K. Ruddy, SPE
Alternate 203860 Advanced Cement Mechanical Integrity For Thermal Wells M. Vu, A. Bois, A.M. Badalamenti, CURISTEC
13:30 - 15:00
02  Flow Control Devices and Sand Control
Session Chairpersons Raina May - MEG Energy Corp, Linda Blair - Evraz Inc NA
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 203856 Completions Liner Deployed Flow Control Devices In SAGD Infill Producers M. Hardcastle, R. Holmes, Connacher Oil and Gas; F. Abbott, Connacher Oil and Gas Limited; J. Stevenson, Variperm Canada Limited; A.S. Tuttle, Variperm Canada Ltd
1400-1430 203870 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Performanceanalysis Of Infill Wells Adjacent To Sagd Well Pair: Non-condensable Gas (ncg) Breakthrough M. Irani, Ashaw Energy; A.S. Tuttle, Variperm Canada Ltd; J. Stevenson, Variperm
Alternate 203866 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Investigating The Performance Of Various Fcdgeometries For Sagd Applications K. Gohari, Consultant; J. Ortiz Arango, Conoco Phillips; A.M. Abraham, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.; O. Becerra Moreno, Baker Hughes; M. Irani, University of Calgary; K. Nespor, ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd; J. Sanchez, conocophillips; A. Betancur, University of Calgary; J.J. Bilic, Baker Hughes Canada; K. Duong, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.; F. Bashtani, JV Ashaw Energy & BHGE
Alternate 203865 Completions Single And Multi-phase Flow Loop Testing For Characterization And Optimization Of Flow Control Devices Used In Sagd: The Effect Of Viscosity And Gas-to-liquid Ratio On Tool Performance Y. Yusuf, RGL Reservoir Management Inc./ University of Alberta; M. Roostaei, M. Soroush, RGL Reservoir Management Inc.; G.A. Rosi, RGL Reservoir Management Inc; K. Berner, N. Tegegne, F. Mohammadtabar, RGL Reservoir Management Inc.; H. Izadi, RGL Reservoir Management Inc./ University of Alberta; D. Zhu, M. Mahmoudi, V. Fattahpour, RGL Reservoir Management Inc.; D. Nobes, University of Alberta
Alternate 203859 Reservoir Description & Dynamics An Innovative Modelling Approach In Characterization Of Autonomous Inflow Control Valve Performance To Maximizing Oil Recovery In Heavy Oil-sagd Application I. Mohd Ismail, V. Mathiesen, InflowControl; A.M. Abraham, E. Ranjbar, F. Zarei, J. Walter, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.

Wednesday, December 02

09:00 - 10:30
International Panel Session
Moderator(s) Mahdi Mahmoudi, RGL Reservoir Management; Scott Pruett, AERA

Design and operating thermal wells is a key part of developing heavy oil field around the world. There are several challenges with thermal well design and consideration to generate and inject steam in heavy and ultra-heavy oil bearing formations. Several projects have successfully implemented thermal recovery around the world with their own unique design and challenges. In this session we hear from the experts from each geographical region on their experience on implementing thermal well design and their challenges and how they overcome their specific challenges. This session aims to promote awareness and Interest through discussion of common and unique challenges in each region.

11:00 - 12:30
03  Failure Detection and Analysis
Session Chairpersons Mark Andrew Chartier - Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc, Doug Hollies - Remedy Energy Services Inc.
Time Paper # Presentation
1200-1230 203854 Completions Challenges From Well Shut-in Amid The Oil Downturn: Long Term Impacts On Near Wellbore Skin Buildup And Sand Control M. Soroush, University of Alberta; M. Mahmoudi, M. Roostaei, RGL; H. Izadi, University of Alberta; S. Hosseini, RGL; J.Y. Leung, University of Alberta; V. Fattahpour, RGL Reservoir Management Inc
13:30 - 15:00
Breakout Session 02 - Infill Well Challenges/Sand Control
Moderator(s) John Krener, Chevron; Patrick Nolan, Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Jesse Stevenson, Variperm Canada Ltd.
13:30 - 15:00
Breakout Session 01 - Shut-ins and Suspensions
Moderator(s) Barkim Demirdal, Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Jesse Gore, CNOOC International
13:30 - 15:00
Breakout Session 03 - Monitoring Tools
Moderator(s) Maxim Skliarov, Husky Energy; Gina Wozney, Harvest Energy

Thursday, December 03

09:00 - 10:30
Ask the Experts Panel Session
Moderator(s) Kousha Gohari; Bruce Thornton, OSUM Corp.
Speaker(s) Russ Bacon, formerly Imperial; Barkim Demirdal, Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Zach Linkewich, formerly Greenfire Oil and Gas; Andrew MacPherson, AER; Gina Wozney, Harvest Energy; Mirko Zatka, formerly Shell

Join us for an interesting and informative session where you can ‘Ask the Experts’ on anything related to Thermal Well Integrity and Design.

Our esteemed Panelists are all experienced in many aspects of Thermal Well Design and Integrity with over 25 – 40 years of ‘know how’ in CSS and SAGD. Take this opportunity to tap into their valuable knowledge base and challenge them to assist you with your Projects and challenging problems.


Russ Bacon
formerly Imperial

Barkim Demirdal
Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Zach Linkewich
formerly Greenfire Oil and Gas

Andrew MacPherson

Gina Wozney
Harvest Energy

Mirko Zatka
formerly Shell

11:00 - 12:30
04  Surface Casing Vent Flows
Session Chairpersons Jonathan Gordon Olsen - Tenaris Canada, Ian Kyle Peleshok - Alberta Energy Regulator
Surface casing vent flows can often be a challenging well integrity problem, especially with thermal operations. The following presentations will discuss methods for ensuring thermal wells do not leak through preventative measures, diagnostics, and remediation.
Time Paper # Presentation
1130-1200 Characterizing Sources of H2S in Surface Casing Vents from Thermal S.O. Mundle, University of Windsor
1200-1230 Experimental Evaluation of a Radial Casing Expansion Surface Casing Vent Flow (SCVF) Remediation Technique for Thermal Wells M.A. Chartier, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc; J. Graham, Suncor Energy; M. Wolanski, Suncory Energy
13:30 - 15:00
05  Case Studies
Session Chairpersons Jesse Stevenson - Variperm Canada, Mahdi Mahmoudi - University of Alberta
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 203868 Production & Operations Analysis Of The Performance Of Various Wellliner Completion Strategies In Surmont K. Gohari, Consultant; J. Ortiz, ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Ltd; K. Nespor, ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd; J. Sanchez, conocophillips; A. Betancur, University of Calgary; M. Irani, Ashaw Energy; F. Bashtani, JV Ashaw Energy & BHGE; N. Sabet, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY; S. Ghannadi, Ashaw Energy; A.M. Abraham, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.; J.J. Bilic, Baker Hughes Company; O. Becerra Moreno, Baker Hughes
1400-1430 BlackGold Injector Recompletions to Optimize Steam Distribution and Reservoir Sweep G. Wozney, GRW Engineering
1430-1500 Operational Constraints South Ratqa 60MBOPD Heavy Oil Project A. Al-Bahri, Kuwait Oil Company
Alternate 203864 Completions A Mathematical Model To Predict Solvent/steam Flashing In Pure Solvent Or Solvent/steam Coinjection In Horizontal Producers M. Irani, F. Bashtani, N. Sabet, Ashaw Energy Ltd.; K. Gohari, Consultant