Agenda: New Technology For In Situ Oil Sands Facilities 2017

DAY 1: Tuesday 30 May, 2017

UNDERSTAND THE AER'S VISION REGARDING CARBON EMISSIONS TAX & TECHNOLOGY TO INVEST IN TO SECURE TAX REBATE BENEFITS

8:50 Chair's Welcome Welcome & Opening Remarks

Chaired by: Ashutosh Nischal, Process Engineering Manager & Director of Innovation and Development, WorleyParsons Canada

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR'S VISION ON A REDUCED CARBON FUTURE

9:00 Incentivizing Innovation And Investment In New Technology To Reduce Carbon Emissions From Oil Sands Facilities

  • AER strategy for 2017/18 to improve regulatory effectiveness and industry performance for Oil Sands operators
  • What is the AER's role in the implementation of the Government's Climate Leadership Plan?
  • How can the AER support Oil Sands Operators Can Reduce Carbon Costs and Innovation?

Cailee Ellis, Director Industry Operations In Situ, Alberta Energy Regulator

9:30 Question And Answer Session

IN SITU OIL SANDS OPERATOR PANEL: KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION

9:40 Benchmarking Strategies For Reducing Operating Costs Of Oil Sands Facilities While Meeting Carbon Emission Reduction Targets And Remaining Profitable

  • Incorporating the impacts of the new carbon tax and pricing regimes into facilities planning: Learn how to minimize costs on new build and installations
  • Applying the new carbon reduction criteria to the design and selection of equipment for oil sands facilities
  • Sharing new ideas and solutions for reducing production and operational costs
  • How to keep costs down and find good prices on equipment
  • Outlining examples of emission reduction programs
  • Evaluating ROI on new technology investment
  • Investing in other technologies outside of the oil industry to help obtain carbon credits to reduce carbon footprint
  • Sharing a greenfield SAGD project developer's view on what needs to be achieved in cost reduction targets

Moderated by: Ashutosh Nischal, Process Engineering Manager & Director of Innovation and Development, WorleyParsons Canada

Dan Burt, GHG Specialist, Enterprise Technical & Environmental Engineering, Suncor Energy

Alex Burton, Manager - Category Management & Strategic Sourcing, Brion Energy

Mark Smith, CEO, Surmont Energy

Craig Pichach, Vice President, Operations, Andora Energy

10:20 Morning Refreshments & Networking In The Exhibition Area

NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR REDUCING SAGD EMISSIONS

WHAT'S AVAILABLE NOW & WHAT'S ON THE HORIZON?

ECONOMIC POTENTIALS & EFFICIENCIES OF OIL SANDS OPERATIONS: PROCESSES & TECHNOLOGIES

10:50 Assessing The Potential Of Emerging In Situ Technologies And Processes To Improve Economic Competitiveness And Reduce Emissions Of Oil Sands Operations

  • Identify technological pathways that aim to reduce production costs as well as emissions
  • Show that emissions and cost reduction objectives are not mutually exclusive
  • Show how technology configurations that meet minimum costs and emissions objectives can achieve potential reduction of bitumen supply cost by 34-40% and reduce fuel-derived emissions from in situ oil sands production by more than 80%
  • Assess how oil sands production can grow without emissions reaching the cap of 100 MtCO2eq/year

Dinara Millington, Vice President, Research, Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI)

11:20 Questions & Discussion

OXY-FUEL COMBUSTION

11:30 Remote Steam Reheat Using Direct Contact Oxy-Fuel Combustion

Alberta's SAGD operators produce saturated, high pressure steam in a central processing facility (CPF) and distribute it via pipeline to well pads in the vicinity where it is injected into heavy oil-bearing formations to mobilize and produce in-situ bitumen. The saturated steam exits the CPF at 100 quality (100Q) but loses energy and drops in quality (i.e. some steam condenses) as it is transmitted from the CPF to the injection wells.  This lost energy is not transferred into the formation to heat the bitumen and therefore causes a drop in the overall Steam-Oil-Ratio (SOR) efficiency for the SAGD operation.  It can also limit the practical distance from the CPF that well pads can be supplied with steam. Praxair has been developing a novel direct contact, oxy fuel-fired technology for in-line reheat of low quality steam at the SAGD injection well pad. 

  • This presentation will describe the configuration and benefits of the technology along with the results from recent pilot testing at a high pressure steam host in Texas. 

Dr. Gregory Panuccio, Associate Director of Combustion Applications R&D, Praxair

11:50 Questions & Discussion

EVENT EXCLUSIVE: CONOCOPHILLIPS CANADA  & SAIT

ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE IN OIL SANDS IN SITU WATER TREATMENT & STEAM GENERATION 

11:55 First Look Into A Project ConocoPhillips Is Leading Through COSIA With SAIT To Build A Lab-Scale OTSG

Jointly led by ConocoPhillips Canada's Technology Lead Dave Rowley, P. Eng., & SAIT's NSERC Industry Research Chair for Colleges, Oil Sands In-situ Steam Generation & Advisor, Dr. Vita Martez in partnership with members of the Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), to advance ConocoPhillips proprietary lab-scale once-through steam generator (OTSG) technology that mimics commercial scale equipment with tube fouling/pigging  and related challenges, currently in operation in the oil sands.

The overall goal is to offer solutions to:

  • Transform the energy sector (oil sands) industry in the area of in situ steam generation by developing best-in class practices for achieving process, energy, and water recycling efficiencies; reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Enhance environmental performance 
  • Impart Applied Innovation and Education to next gen professionals

Dave Rowley, Technology Lead, ConocoPhillips Canada

Dr Vita Martez., Industry Research Chair, Oil Sands In-situ Steam Generation & Scientific/Technical Advisor, SAIT

12:25 Questions & Discussion

12:35 Networking Lunch In The Exhibition Area

EVAPORATOR TECHNOLOGY

1:35 Evaluating How The Latest Evaporator Innovations Have Led To Increased Reliability And Decreased Cost When Treating High Temperature Produced Water

  • Examining how innovations in evaporator designs have increased efficiency in handling high concentrations of silica in produced water
  • Modifying evaporator designs to avoid accumulations of non-volatile and non-soluble heavy oil
  • Minimizing high levels of evaporator fouling to increase reliability and minimize interruptions in steam and subsequent oil production

Ed Breland, Engineering Manager, Osum Oil Sands Corporation

Martin R. Godfrey, Industry Technical Consultant, Oil Field Chemicals, NALCO Canada

2:00 Questions & Discussion

COGENERATION TO PRODUCE HEAT & LOWER EMISSIONS

2:10 Advanced Cogeneration Technologies to Reduce SAGD GHG Emissions

  • Alberta is ideally positioned for cogeneration as oil sands provide a large heat sink for cogeneration of heat and power
  • Current conventional cogeneration will lower SAGD crude GHG intensity but is still higher than conventional crude
  • More advanced cogeneration would use fuel cells
  • The more advanced types are Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • How they work and how hey could reduce SAGD GHG intensity to match conventional crude will be presented.

Song P. Sit, PhD, Senior Associate, CESAR

Dr. Kunal Karan, Associate Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary

2:40 Questions & Discussion

2:50 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking In The Exhibition Area

BRIEFING LED BY THE SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

3:20 Testing And Validation Of New Partial Upgrading Technologies

With renewed interest in partial upgrading technologies and government offers to support partial upgrading initiatives by SAGD operators, a structured approach for generation of baseline performance data for competing technologies may be key for securing funding.

  • Gain an understanding of SRC's past and present R&D in partial upgrading
  • Learn what worked well, what didn't, and what is changing with new partial upgrading technologies
  • Learn about the value from establishment of a more structured methodology for testing and validation

Darren Anweiler, Process Development Team, Saskatchewan Research Council

3:50 Questions & Discussion

ENHANCED SOLVENT INJECTION VS. STEAM INJECTION: PANEL DISCUSSION

4:00 Discover The Commercial Viability Of Using Solvents For Oil Recovery As Opposed To Steam Techniques - Determine Cost Vs. Performance

  • Quantifying the extent to which solvent-assisted co-injection can reduce water requirements
  • Balancing the costs of solvent procurement to steam generation to assess the business case for using this method

Moderated by: Ashutosh Nischal, Process Engineering Manager & Director of Innovation and Development, WorleyParsons Canada

Panelist : Cailee Ellis, Director Industry Operations In Situ, Alberta Energy Regulator

Panelist : Darren Anweiler, Process Development Team, Saskatchewan Research Council

4:30 Questions & Discussion

NEW NON-THERMAL RECOVERY TECHNOLOGIES |LIME-SOFTENING TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS |ELECTROSTATIC FILTRATION TECHNOLOGY

4:35 Discussing Innovative Methods To Maximize Efficiency And Reduce Costs In The Short And Long Run

  • Assess the viability of new non-thermal recovery technologies as a low carbon alternative to conventional SAGD methods
  • Discover latest modifications to lime-softening water treatment to maximize efficiency per unit of water in the treatment process
  • Review new pilot developments in electrostatic filtration technologies to clean water for less and reduce costs in the long-run

Moderated by: Ashutosh Nischal, Process Engineering Manager & Director of Innovation and Development, WorleyParsons Canada

5:05 Questions & Discussion

5:15 Closing Remarks For The Day

5:20 - 6:20 Networking Drinks In The Exhibition Area

Day 2: Wednesday 31 May, 2017

HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE LATEST MODULARIZATION TECHNOLOGY FOR FOOTPRINT REDUCTION & COST-EFFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION; OVERCOME DOWNTIME THROUGH EFFICIENT PIPELINE INSTALLATION AND INSPECTION

9:00 Opening Remarks for Day 2 And Recap Of Day 1

EVENT EXCLUSIVE: VIRTUAL REALITY & SAGD BREAKFAST BRIEFING

Assess How The Very Latest Generation Of Virtual Reality Simulations Are Promising Improvements In Oil And Gas Efficiencies For SAGD Operators Without Increasing Costs and Environmental Impacts

  • Understand how innovations in modelling can optimize solvent-assisted SAGD processes, including decisions on how much solvent to  inject, when do you inject, at what temperature and what pressure.

Zhangxing (John) Chen, Industrial Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation, University of Calgary

9:30 Questions & Discussion

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ANDORA ENERGY'S BATTERY SCALE SAGD PROJECT

9:40 Providing An Overview Of The Andora Energy Strategy Of Battery Scale SAGD Projects To Lower Capital And Operating Costs While Mitigating Reservoir, Safety, Project Scale And Environmental Risk

Highlights of Andora Energy's Project: Learn More In A Dynamic Visual Presentation On May 31

  • Andora Energy has thus far derisked the Bluesky formation in the oil sands region of 7-30-91-12W5 through reservoir characterization, Sawn Lake SAGD pilot facility design, construction and pilot operating results with a one year ramp up to reach an average production of 606 barrels per day at an iSOR of 2.2 during the first seven weeks of 2016
  • The facility incorporates the 3200bopd AOSTRA/Suncor Dover high temperature separation train which does not use diluent for oil water separation. Patented technology provides a path way for conversion of the pilot to a full commercial facility meeting Alberta Energy Regulator water recycle requirements
  • The Andora SAGD battery concept provides an analog for other in situ projects seeking the ability to react to variable market conditions, mitigate risk and provide for more organic asset development.

Craig Pichach, Vice President, Operations, Andora Energy

10:10 Questions & Discussion

10:20 Morning Refreshments & Networking In The Exhibition Area

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: MOVE BARRELS USING RAIL

10:50 Innovative Methods for In Situ Oilsands Operators to Maximize Revenue Using Rail

  • Addressing the revenue advantages of using rail to move undiluted or under-diluted that gives operators a higher netback price
  • Evaluating the facility changes and lower CapEx that can be achieved because treater and other components may be eliminated or simplified with a rail-delivery strategy vs a pipeline-deliver strategy
  • Referencing barrels from First Nations that move in this fashion

John Zahary, President & CEO, Altex Energy

11:20 Questions & Discussion

'BUILDING FACILITIES FOR CHEAPER'

COLLABORATIVE APPROACH FOR STABILIZING MANPOWER, MATERIALS PRICES & COST EFFECTIVE DESIGNS

MODULARIZATION: OSUM OIL SANDS CASE STUDY

11:30 Learn How To Build And Install Facilities Cheaper

Costs are dramatically reduced through less construction and a reduced footprint. This can be taken further through innovative technology and new methods of construction and fabrication; attendees can:

  • Re-evaluate every aspect of the facility on how it can be reduced to save costs through minimal construction.
  • Reducing CapEx and OpEx through the better project management practices
  • Reviewing alternative ways to reduce costs through combining older and simple facilities designs with modern essential technology

Henk-Jan Van Klinken, Director of Projects, Osum Oil Sands

12:00 Questions & Discussion

12:10 Networking Lunch In The Exhibition Area

FUTURE MODULARIZATION TECHNOLOGY

1:10 Reviewing How New Modularization Technologies Can Reduce Expenses And Decrease Construction Time

  • Understand how novel modularization techniques and technology attempts to reduce size, time and cost at SAGD facilities. Attendees will:
  • Unlock the potential of modularization technology to simplify facilities and reduce cost and footprint
  • Learn and address the benefits of construction in Canada or abroad for cheaper and efficient fabrication
  • Addressing the simplification of facilities through a 'factory mode ' compatible with all locations and terrains

Hakim Aalam, Project Engineer Oil Sands Development & Execution, Nexen Energy

1:40 Questions & Discussion

MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE SOLUTIONS

1:50 Management Of Chance (MOC) Solutions For Oil & Gas, Automated Process Modelling (APM)

  • How does APM impact production through analysis of existing business processes
  • Identification of proceeds inefficiencies and bottlenecks where they exist
  • Clarification of the right processes for improvement and optimization to deliver bottom-line gains

Brian Darragh, CEO, Code Expert Canada

2:10 Questions & Discussions

INNOVATION IN FACILITIES DESIGN

2:15 Approaching New SAGD Facilities Designs with Maintenance In View For Facilities Footprint Reduction and Operational Costs

As facilities become more complex with increasing production rates, the cost of maintenance, manpower and materials puts constraints on budgets. Evaluate new approaches to facilities designs with maintenance in mind for cost saving

  • Identify innovative and simplified facilities design approaches that can handle increased production rates
  • Benchmark and evaluate new technologies that can reduce maintenance and construction work
  • Dig deeper with Drilling, Completions, Reservoir Engineering, Production, Construction and Operations clients for their needs in an optimized facility

Panelist: Henry Kong, FEL Engineering Lead, ConocoPhillips

Panelist: Hakim Aalam, Project Engineer Oil Sands Development & Execution, Nexen Energy

Panelist: Brian Darragh, CEO, Code Expert Canada

EVALUATING THE LATEST PARTIAL UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES FOR OPTIMIZED PRODUCTION RATES & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

THERMAL CRACKING CASE STUDY

2:45 Thermal Cracking Technology for Optimized Partial Upgrading Pilots: Review Technological Advancements and New Compositions

Hear about innovative ways to unlock production potential in Alberta's oil sands via breakthrough developments in thermal cracking; attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how this technology fits in with the governments vision for Alberta
  • Review results on the success rate of this technology in making oil pipe-able to optimize targeted revue
  • Identify how this technology can optimize your production rates and overall profitability

Dr. Maen Husein, Professor, Calgary University

3:15 Questions & Discussion

3:25 Chair's Closing Remarks

3:40 End of the New Technology For In Situ Oil Sands Facilities 2017

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