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GHG Emissions Reduction or More Profits? NCG Co-Injection May Give You Both
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2:45 registration Begins 3:15 CHOA AGM 3:45 Technical Panel

When: April 12-2018
3:00-6:00 pm
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club- Devonian Room
319 5th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0L6
Contact: Jill Sugars
403-269-1755 ext 300

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 GHG Emissions Reduction or More Profits? NCG Co-Injection May Give You Both

The oil sands industry is continuing to face increasing cost and environmental pressures. Since the downturn, many companies have successfully achieved cost cutting measures from operational efficiency gains. The next steps to improving profitability will come from innovative technology deployment that increases production, and reduces the cost of carbon compliance.

Co-injection of non-condensable gases (NCG) with steam is an immediate and lower cost opportunity that has the potential to improve SAGD oil production rates, while reducing steam-oil ratios and greenhouse gas emissions.

NCG co-injection technology has been applied in a variety of field trials. Its applications range from thermal insulation in mid-life SAGD to pressure maintenance in late-life SAGD, and thief zone management.

In this technical panel, SAGD industry representatives will discuss recent learnings from NCG co-injection trials, including implementation strategies and results.


Presented By: 

Trevor Phenix

Over the past 12 years, Trevor has had the opportunity to have been directly involved in 16 operating thermal projects representing the operator, service provider or financing facilities. This experience is encompasses reservoir, production, development and facility engineering roles.  Most recently Trevor has started utilizing this extensive cross discipline expertise to help create Hive Innovations, an infrastructure solutions provider with a focus on developing facilities that maximize reservoir value through the accelerated execution of fit for purpose designs.  Trevor is also the principal engineer and co-founder of Top Analysis, a software company specializing in thermal exploitation design, performance and industry regulatory surveillance.

Perspective: The TOP Analysis Software solutions allows for an expedited compilation and analysis of SAGD enhancements such as gas co-injection. With the support of this tool, Trevor was able to quickly summarize industries utilization of gas co-injection, draw some general expectations of performance and implications from its utilization as well as find some unique schemes for alternative gas injection enhancement options.

Brennan Kulba

Brennan Kulba is currently a reservoir engineer at Suncor Energy and is working on sub-surface technology development for both operating and emerging assets. Brennan has been at Suncor since 2010, with previous roles including reservoir development, Firebag production, reliability and natural gas operations. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2010.

Perspective: Brennan will be sharing Suncor’s experience with NCG. At a high level this will include a summary of NCG pilots, Suncor’s plans for implementation on a commercial scale, and expected benefits.

Adil Fakirani

Adil Fakirani (P.Eng.) has worked for ConocoPhillips’ Surmont project since 2012 with experience in well completions, well integrity, and reservoir engineering. Over the last three years in a reservoir engineering role, Adil has been heavily involved in the study and implementation of NCG co-injection for improving SAGD performance at Surmont.

Perspective: The use of NCG co-injection in ConocoPhillips’ Surmont SAGD project for improving thermal efficiency, providing pressure support, mitigating thief zones, and allowing steam reallocation.

Michael Holmes

Currently a reservoir engineer at Cenovus Energy, Michael Holmes is responsible for optimizing the development of the Christina Lake SAGD project. Michael has been at Cenovus since 2014, with previous roles including operations engineering at the company’s Foster Creek SAGD project, reservoir optimization, and technology development. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in 2014.

Perspective: Cenovus’s experience with NCG is in late life – both coinjection (rampdown) and 100% NCG injection (blowdown). Michael will go through some of Cenovus’ learnings and operational data from our first pads to reach this stage of life.



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