Processing Technologies and Heavy Oil Challenges

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Oil producers involved in heavy-oil recovery face special production challenges. However, innovative drilling, completion, stimulation and monitoring techniques help make heavy-oil reservoirs profitable assets.

In this introductory course, participants will be exposed to the challenges in heavy-oil exploitation. They will be introduced to applications of various key technologies and their appropriate interpretations. Along with systematic workflows, participants will learn ways to reduce the lifting cost and make heavy-oil more economically viable assets.

• Evaluate and develop heavy oil/oil sands resources

• Understand the importance of heavy oil resources in today's world energy


• Contrast heavy oil resources as compared to conventional and other unconventional resources with aspects of finding, developing, and producing

• Understand the geology, critical attributes, and commerciality of the Canadian heavy oil  

• Collect the appropriate data and evaluate the critical geologic and reservoir parameters of various types of heavy oil/oil sands resources

• Recognize and evaluate the environmental challenges required to develop and produce heavy oil/oil sands resources

• Understand the process and methodology to evaluate, select, plan, design, and implement a heavy oil recovery project

• Become knowledgeable of the worldwide distribution and geologic setting of the more significant heavy oil occurrences

This introductory course on heavy oil exploitation is designed to benefit multidisciplinary asset teams including geologist, geophysicist, reservoir, drilling, production, and completion and facilities engineers. This course will also benefit all managers and department heads.

Day 1

o   Introduction

o   Conventional oils & their future

o   The nature of heavy oil

o   Global heavy oil development (onshore and offshore)

o   Industry trends & challenges

o   Overview of heavy oil geology

o   Heavy oil sampling

o   Heavy oil phase behavior and laboratory measurements methodologies

o   Heavy oil workflows


Day 2

o   Recovery processes overview

o   The primary recovery processes - Horizontal and Multi-Lateral Wells and Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS)

o   The non-thermal recovery processes - Water flood, Chemical Flood and Vapor Extraction (VAPEX)

o   Thermal recovery processes - Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS), Steam Flood, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), Fire Flood/In Situ Combustion

o   Newly developed recovery processes - Toe to Heel Air Injection (THAI), THAI with solid catalyst (CAPRI), Steam Solvent Based Hybrid processes


Day 3

o   Lifting methods - Gas Lift, Sucker Rod Pumps, Progressive Cavity Pumps (PCP) and Top Drive PCPs, Hydraulic Pumps, Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESP).

o   Well testing and metering issues related to heavy oil 

o   Sand management strategy and sand control techniques


Day 4

o   Basic heavy oil production and processing schemes

o   Emulsion control and treatment

o   Facilities design and operations for heavy oil processing


Day 5

o   Onshore and offshore heavy oil loading systems

o   Heavy oil transportation and storage options

o   Flow assurance in heavy oil production and transportation



  • All lectures are in colorful presentation
  • All lectures are interspersed with interactive discussion
  • All lectures include group discussion, case history and exercises
  • Actual major incidents as well as industry experience are reviewed
  • Participants receive a multicolor course manual
  • Pictures of real incidents and case history are shown
  • Videos on the subject are shown

daily 09:00 – 14:00