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Heavy Oil Innovation – Challenges and Solutions in a New Era
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When: June 5-2018
11:30-1:00 pm
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club
319 5 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0L5
Contact: Jill Sugars
403-269-1755 ext 300

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Heavy Oil Innovation – Challenges and Solutions in a New Era

Presented by: The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC)

Registration begins at 11:15 am

Presentation begins at 11:45 am

At first glance, heavy oil enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and methane emissions technology have little in common. A deeper dive reveals that not only are methane emissions a key challenge for future heavy oil production, but there are real parallels in the development, validation and commercialization of new technologies for both.

At this event, SRC industry experts will share the latest advancements in heavy oil EOR technologies, how industry will benefit from a new emissions technology testing and demonstration mobile platform, real-world case studies about new industry technologies and more.

Interested in hearing more? Visit SRC’s Technology and Innovation Theatre (Booth 1212, Halls A, B, C) at the Global Petroleum Show, June 12-14. View the schedule.


New Technologies in Heavy Oil EOR

SRC is working with industry to evaluate new, improved and enhanced oil recovery processes, including high-temperature surfactants and solvents as additives to steam, in-situ electrical heating, and post-CHOPS steam and flue gas injection. Learn about these new developments in surfactant and solvent testing and how we use numerical simulation to scale up lab results to the field.

Verifying Methane Reduction Technologies in the Lab and Field

Government energy regulators are demanding substantial greenhouse gas reductions from industry in the next five to ten years. While CO2 is a major concern, there is an increased need to focus on and address the large methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. As a response to the needs of industry, SRC established the Centre for the Demonstration of Emissions Reductions (CeDER), a test and verification program that provides mobile real-world testing, demonstration and verification of emissions reduction technologies.

Post-CHOPS Well Test Centre: Real-World Case Study

Hundreds of millions of barrels of heavy oil are still in the ground in Saskatchewan with currently no way to extract it. Existing heavy oil in Saskatchewan is produced using a production technique known as Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS). Thousands of wells where this technique has been used are coming to the end of their useful life, having produced only seven to 10 percent of the Original Oil in Place. New technologies and processes are urgently needed to address the estimated 20 billion barrels of oil remaining.

Learn about the Post-CHOPS Well Test Centre and how its using these wells to provide field and pilot-scale testing, monitoring and validation for new Post-CHOPS technologies. We’ll share a real-world case study of this program in action.



Mike Crabtree

Mike Crabtree is SRC's Vice-President of Energy. He holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering and previously served as Chief Commercial Officer at Carbon Engineering Inc. in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to this, he was the founder and CEO of Oilflow Solutions Inc. and has also held various senior roles with Schlumberger. In addition to business development and leadership, he has international experience in converting research and development into fully commercial technology. Mike is recognized for driving business growth for both global leaders and startups in the oil and gas, green energy and environmental sectors.


Erin Powell

Erin Powell is the Team Lead, Process Development Group for SRC’s Energy Division. She holds multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Erin leads a team of engineers and chemists that provide expertise in greenhouse gas emissions reduction technologies, technology validation, surface operations for oil and gas, oil partial upgrading, renewable fuels and bioprocessing, as well as energy and water optimization.    


Muhammad Imran

Muhammad Imran is the EOR Field Development Manager for SRC’s Energy Division. His areas of expertise are semi-analytical and numerical modelling of solvent vapour extraction (SVX) processes and thermal-SVX (TSVX) processes. He has published papers in the area of Vapex technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, and a Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree in chemical engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto. He is a professional member of APEGS and a member of SPE and CHOA. 



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