Session 4: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.  Delegate Continental Breakfast


Session Chairman: Sudhir Parab – ConocoPhillips

Horizontal Falling Film SAGD Evaporator
Yaniv Schmidt – IDE Technologies Ltd.

The paper reviews the unique IDE horizontal falling film SAGD evaporator that provides a proven reliable, sustainable and economical solution for the growing SAGD water treatment challenges. The process design and unique mechanical structure of IDE’s SAGD Horizontal Falling Film Evaporator are based on over 4 decades of thermal water treatment experience, and incorporate proven innovations aimed at increasing plant availability and reducing the environmental impact.

For the last 5 years Yaniv Schmidt has been employed by IDE Technologies Ltd - previously as a Manager of an R&D project focused on the treatment of high salinity brines in the Thermal Process Department, and currently as a Marketing Manager in the Industrial Water Treatment business line. Yaniv has extensive experience in the design and operation of advanced thermal water treatment systems, based on MED (Multi Effect Distillation) and MVC (Mechanical Vapor Compression) technologies, and has represented IDE at various conferences. Yaniv has developed a patent-pending water treatment process - “Compound MED”, achieving higher water recovery by thermal technology.

Innovative MVR Evaporator Design for SAGD
Patrick Horner – Aqua-Pure Ventures

Mechanical Vapour Recompression (MVR) Evaporation is a standard method of recycling produced water in SAGD applications. MVR Evaporation is a highly efficient water distillation process for producing high quality distilled water from hard-to-treat wastewaters. Conventional MVR Evaporation technology makes use of a falling film shell and tube heat exchanger as the primary evaporator exchanger. The weakness of falling film MVR Evaporation include a high tendency for fouling and scaling, difficulty to clean and service, and high capital and installation costs due to the size of equipment required. Rising film cassette style heat exchanger are less prone to fouling and scaling, easier to clean and service, and has reduced capital and installation costs due to a significant reduction in the size of overall equipment. An added benefit of this technology is that it is well suited to modular construction. Modular construction reduces both initial and field construction costs as well as allows for facilities to be relocated with relative ease if required. The primary advantage of the rising film technology compared with conventional falling film is an increase in overall efficiency, reduced downtime for cleaning, and ease of construction due to a reduction in overall equipment size and modular construction. This paper profiles the performance of a rising film cassette style evaporator heat exchanger in a SAGD environment. This profile includes process conditions, heat exchanger performance data, typical scale composition, cleaning methods and frequencies, as well as a comparative analysis to the conventional falling film shell and tube exchangers.

Patrick Horner, VP Engineering, Aqua-Pure Ventures, is a Professional Chemical Engineer registered with APEGGA who has 15 years of experience with Oil and Gas Facility Process Design and Construction, Petro-chemical Plant Operation, and Industrial Wastewater Treatment. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. A key portion of Mr. Horner’s experience has involved the project management of new technology trials in both petrochemical and wastewater applications. He was heavily involved in the design and construction of the NOMAD 2000 units and led the development of the gas shale pre-treatment system. Mr. Horner has extensive knowledge of oilfield water chemistry and the associated problems with fouling as well as designing systems to work effectively in high fouling environments.

Performance of SAGD Produced Water Evaporator Designs and Water Tube Boilers
Gerardo Lara - Rentech and Bill Heins - GE Water & Process Technologies

This presentation discusses the operational history of evaporators and drum boilers for SAGD steam production. The information is based on operational data gathered over the past five (5) years. Also covered are some of the operational lessons learned during the past five years and planned improvements and modifications going forward.

Gerardo Lara is the Western Canada Territory Manager for RENTECH Boiler Systems, from Abilene, Texas. He is an Electrical Engineer graduated from UANL in Monterrey, Mexico with 20 years of experience in boiler design, engineering and process operations. He joined Rentech in 2001 as the process equipment chief engineer and he also supervised RENTECH’s field service department. In 2008 he transitioned into boiler basic design and sales. Gerardo’s expertise includes all relevant boiler codes and standards both American and Canadian as well as all the aspects of boiler design and operation, including furnace and combustion system design, heat transfer, water and steam quality, boiler internal circulation design, pollutant emissions (NOx, CO) and control systems. He has troubleshot and solved many boiler performance issues during his career.

Bill Heins is the General Manager of the Thermal Products business unit and a produced water evaporator / zero liquid discharge expert for GE Water & Process Technologies located in Bellevue, Washington. Bill is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Wisconsin and has been with GE, formerly RCC, for the past 22 years. Since joining the company, Bill has worked on the development and implementation of produced water evaporators, zero liquid discharge systems, Brine Concentrators, and Crystallizers. Bill pioneered the implementation of produced water evaporators and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) for the Alberta SAGD industry and has led GE in the execution of 18 such projects in Alberta, including eight in the past two years. Bill also holds numerous patents in heavy oil recovery and produced water evaporation.



SESSION: Geophysical Solutions
Session Chairman: Satinder Chopra, Arcis

Estimating Relative SAGD Production Rates from Static Seismic Data
David Gray - Nexen

Butler’s equation describes the expected rate of a SAGD well pair. Butler’s equation contains key reservoir parameters that, in recent years, have been estimated from seismic data. Taking these estimates from seismic data and inserting them into Butler’s equation gives us the ability to assess the relative rates that SAGD well pairs would produce from different parts of an oil sands reservoir. Furthermore, since seismic data is 3D and contains information between the wells, then a 3D volume
of relative estimated SAGD rates can be produced. This presentation will describe how this can be done using commonly available pre-stack seismic data and modern seismic attribute techniques.

David Gray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Geophysics from the University of Western Ontario (1984) and a Masters of Mathematics degree in Statistics from the University of Waterloo (1989). He worked in processing for Seismic Data Processors, Geo-X Systems and Veritas, and in reservoir and research for Gulf Canada, Veritas and CGGVeritas. He now works for Nexen, where he is a Senior Technical Advisor – Geophysics. He is responsible for geophysical reservoir characterization in the Technical Excellence Team within Nexen’s Oil Sands group. David is a member of SPE, SEG, CSEG, EAGE, CHOA, and APEGGA. He has published and presented more than 100 papers within these societies’ journals and conferences and holds two patents. He is a registered Professional Geophysicist in the Province of Alberta. In his spare time, David likes to spend time with his family, write and present technical papers, participate in volleyball and grassroots motorsports.

Seismic Response of High Permeability Zones in Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs
Larry Lines – Dept. of Geoscience, University of Calgary

Laurence “Larry” Lines received B.Sc. and M.Sc. geophysics degrees from the University of Alberta (1971, 1973) and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of British Columbia (1976). His industrial career included 17 years with Amoco in Calgary and Tulsa (1976-1993). Following a career in industry, Dr. Lines held the NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair in Applied Seismology at Memorial University of Newfoundland (1993-1997) and the Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Calgary
(1997-2002). From 2002-2007, he served as the Head, Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary. In professional service, Larry has served the SEG as Geophysics Editor (1977-99), Distinguished Lecturer, Geophysics Associate Editor, Translations Editor, Publications Chairman, as a member of The Leading Edge Editorial Board and as President in 2009. He served the CSEG as Editor and Associate Editor. Larry and co-authors have won the SEG’s Best Paper in Geophysics Award twice (1988, 1995) and have twice won Honorable Mention for Best Paper (1986, 1998). Larry is an Honorary Member of SEG, CSEG, and the Geophysical Society of Tulsa. Additionally, he is a member of APEGGA, CGU, EAGE, and AAPG.

Seismic to Simulation: Enhancing the Static Model with Reservoir Properties Derived from Seismic Data
Carmen Dumitrescu - Terra-IQ



Session Chairman: Rafael Gay-de-Montella – Transprocess Inc.

Clean Technologies for Produced Water and Frac-Flow Back for Reuse in Hydraulic Fracturing
Ariel Ginzburg – SAIT Polytechnic

This presentation will cover integrated water management in hydraulic fracturing. The Environmental Research Group, ARIS department at SAIT will report on a study aimed at consolidating Clean
technologies for the on-site treatment of frac flowback and produced water that may meet the water quality requirements for reuse and recycle operations. An additional outcome of this study is to identify the most effective sequence of clean technologies and treatment trains for an integrated management of frac flow back and produced water recycle.

Ariel Ginzburg is an applied researcher with the SAIT Polytechnic department of Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS). Over the course of time spent at SAIT, Ariel has consulted on several water treatment projects, primarily the scoping and evaluation of clean technologies for frac water treatment and re-use. In addition, Ariel plays an active consulting role on the new hydrofrac water treatment operator program at SAIT Polytechnic.

Performance of a New Production Water Treatment System for Recycle and Reuse
David Bubenheim

Dr. Bubenheim will present performance results from use of a new water treatment technology for treatment and recovery of wastewaters from traditional and non-traditional production.

Dr. David Bubenheim is a research scientist and technology developer. He has developed advanced regenerative life supports systems for NASA. Reliable and efficient waste treatment for recovery and recycle of resources is of particular relevance. Dr. Bubenheim has received R&D Magazine’s Best 100 New Technologies and the Best New Technology awards.

Floating Islands for Water Treatment
Mark Reinsel - Apex Engineering LLC

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 5: 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM


Session Chairman: Joan Embleton - University of Calgary

Cogeneration Options in the Oil Sands Industry
John Connor - Burns and McDonnell

Efficiency, economics, and environmental impacts are becoming increasingly important to be competitive in today’s market. Combined heat and power and cogeneration projects are one avenue for industrial users to capture additional benefits. This presentation will review the real environmental and economic benefits of cogeneration for various market segments, especially manufacturing and process industries and those in the oil sands and heavy oil industries. This will include a detailed evaluation identifying the potential operational and economic savings, environmental impact reductions, and reliability improvements relative to cogeneration capital investments. This evaluation also includes a discussion of key technical barriers for installation, including fuel supply, water availability and quality, transmission system interconnect, etc. This presentation will highlight the potential benefits of cogeneration utilization and their importance to oil sands and heavy oil producers to maximize operating and economic metrics.

John Connor, PE, PEng; Burns & McDonnell; Associate Process Engineer - Process & Industrial Group; Mr. Connor’s responsibilities include conceptual development, detailed design, construction support and commissioning for the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and specialty chemical industries. He has experience with a variety of refinery units and industrial utility systems including steam generators, steam turbines and combustion turbine generators. Mr. Connor currently serves as a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Single Burner Boiler Technical Committee; as well as the American Petroleum Institute’s RP-538, “Industrial Boilers for General Refinery and Petrochemical Service,” development task force. Mr Connor is a registered P.Eng. in Alberta.

To be announced

Determination of Thermodynamic and Transport Parameters of Naphthenic Acids and Organic Process Chemicals in Oil Sand Tailing Ponds Water
Xiaomeng Wang – Natural Resources Canada

Oil sand tailings pond water contains naphthenic acids and process chemicals. These chemicals are toxic and can seep through the foundation of the tailings pond to the subsurface, potentially affecting the quality of groundwater. As a result, it is important to measure the thermodynamic and transport parameters of these chemicals in order to study the transport behavior of contaminants through the foundation as well as underground. In this study, batch adsorption studies and column experiments were performed. It was found that the transport parameters of these chemicals are related to their molecular structures and other properties. The computer program (CXTFIT) was used to further evaluate the transport process in the column experiments. The results from this study show that the speed of the transport of naphthenic acids underground may be faster than some of the process chemicals investigated here.

Dr. Xiaomeng Wang is a Research Scientist at CanmetENERGY-Devon, Natural Resources Canada. She works for the water and tailings management team of the research center. Prior joining NRCan, Dr. Wang got her PhD degree in analytical chemistry from University of Toronto in 2008. Her current research is in the area of trace organic analysis as well as contaminant environmental fate studies during unconventional oil operations.



Session Chairman: Brian Doell

Radiofrequency Assisted Gravity Drainage of Oil (RAGD)
Ray Kasevich and Jeb Rong – JR Technologies LLC

Potential heavy oil applications of radiofrequency heating (RFH) related to SAGD operations will be presented including a brief background summary of RFH heavy oil recovery and related projects in the US. The potential applications include: 1) substituting RFH for steam in wellbores where production may be limited by water breakthrough; 2) wellbore pre-heating prior to SAGD operations; 3) the general use of RFH for complimenting SAGD applications. Conventional heavy oil reservoirs need only a small increase in temperature to decrease the viscosity of the oil to a level where it can be retrieved. RFH can provide the energy input required while offering the potential to eliminate one of the problems associated with steam, breakthrough of bottom water. RFH offers advantages over steam for this application because it can be implemented to preferentially heat the heavy oil reservoir without wasting energy on heating the bottom water. RFH also has the capability of further enhancing recovery through directed upgrading of the heavy oil in situ. RFH offers environmental advantages both from a reduction in use of water resources and carbon emissions, since it does not require water or chemicals. It can create directional heating patterns and provide selective heating for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Ray Kasevich, PE is a co-founder of JR Technologies LLC of Great Barrington, MA, specializing in innovative electromagnetic technology development in oil and gas recovery, environmental remediation and energy extraction processes. Mr. Kasevich is an expert in radio frequency (RF) and microwave applications. He has been developing, field testing and patenting radiofrequency technology for heavy oil and gas recovery, environmental remediation and extractive energy processing since 1987. Projects have included oil and gas recovery from Utah oil shale, California diatomaceous earth, Wyoming oil sands, Missouri oil sands, ongoing work in Kentucky oil sands, Canadian heavy oil deposits, as well as RF remediation of fractured bedrock.

Jeb Rong, PhD has over 25 years experience in high voltage, high power systems design. Prior to co-founding JR Technologies LLC, he worked on advanced power systems for electron beam accelerators and defense applications. Since joining JRT he has been developing, testing and implementing RF technology for oil and gas recovery, environmental remediation and other RF heating processes, as well as high voltage applications for hydrocarbon recovery.

Implementing Dewatering Technology to Minimize the Impact of In-situ Oil Sands Developments
Nicole Mikic - M-I SWACO

This presentation will provide an overview of our experience minimizing water usage and disposal volumes for core/ observation/water well drilling programs. Nicole Mikic is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGA working for M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger Company. She obtained her degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2000. She started her career with M-I SWACO
developing and implementing new technologies in waste management for the Oil & Gas offshore industry. Nicole is currently the Western Canada Manager for the Environmental Solutions segment focusing on drilling and waste management applications for both conventional and unconventional drilling. In 2012, Nicole and her colleagues received the Schlumberger Bronze Award for their work on implementing the technology she will speak about.

Drilling Fluid Solutions for Challenges in SAGD Drilling
Chudi Ibeziako - Q’ Max Solutions Inc.

Drilling challenges in SAGD wells are interval or hole section dependent therefore, solutions to the challenges must be approached per well interval. Some of these challenges include bitumen accretion, borehole stability, borehole cleaning, torque and drag, fluid re-usability and good cement bonds for zonal isolation. This presentation will explore the above drilling challenges and recommend drilling fluids approach to reducing or eliminating these challenges per wellbore interval based on Q’Max experience from drilling over 400 SAGD wells over the years.

Chudi Ibeziako, Ph.D. is currently the Canadian Technical Manager at Q’Max Solutions Inc., a position he assumed since July 2011. Chudi won a scholarship to study Petrochemical Engineering at the State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow, Russia in 1987 and graduated with a Master’s degree in 1993. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1997. On graduating from university he started his career as a Research Engineer for Ekochimt Ltd, a Moscow research firm specializing in lubricating oils and greases. In 2002 he moved to Calgary and a year later, joined Q’Max Solutions Inc. as a Research Engineer working in the lab on all types of drilling fluids. In 2004 he chose to broaden his drilling fluids experience and moved into an operational role to work as a well site Drilling Fluids Supervisor running many of the same systems he had been working with in the laboratory. For most of the next four years he worked on a wide variety of well types including vertical, deviated and horizontal as well as on various SAGD projects. In mid 2008, Chudi accepted a position in the office working as a Q’Max Staff Engineer where his responsibilities included, but are not limited to, conducting complex area studies and recommending drilling fluids design, supporting sales and field operations and conducting drilling fluid schools for field and office staff. He has authored and coauthored several technical papers in lubricant materials and drilling fluids.



Session Chairman: Prit Kotecha - Suncor

Market Potential in Western Canada for Salt Produced from Oil & Gas Related Waste Brines
Keith Minnich - WaterSMART Solutions Ltd

One of the notable characteristics of many oil and gas produced waters is the high concentration of dissolved salt, primarily sodium chloride. This presentation will summarize the results of an assessment of the salt market in Western Canada to investigate if there is a potential outlet for salt produced from oil and gas waste brines.

Keith Minnich received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan in Water Resources Engineering. Keith has held a variety of positions in engineering, project management, general management, and business development for water treatment companies. He has more than 30 years of industrial water treatment experience in the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia with an emphasis on recycle and reuse of water in the oil and gas industry. Keith is currently working as a water management consultant for WaterSMART Solutions, a Calgary based company committed to improving water management in Alberta. Mr. Minnich is registered as a professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and the Province of Alberta. He is member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

New Technologies for Management of Waste Brines within SAGD
David Pernitsky – Suncor

This presentation summarizes some of the successes and challenges experienced with SAGD brine management systems, as well as the bench-scale test results from an investigation into the solidification of waste brines as an alternative to MacKay River’s existing gas-fired rotary dryer ZLD equipment.

David Pernitsky is a Senior Process Engineer in Suncor’s Research Engineering group in Calgary, Canada, where his primary responsibility is to develop water treatment technologies for Suncor’s in-situ Oilsands operations. This strategy includes investigations of innovative produced water de-oiling, treatment and desalination technologies, brine and sludge management approaches, and opportunities for water re-use. David has 20 years of technical experience in water and wastewater treatment in a variety of industries. He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Reduced Liquid Discharge for Alberta SAGD
Charlotte Bessiere – Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies

The presentation will demonstrate the robustness of Veolia seeded evaporator process in Alberta in a Reduced Liquid Discharge operation.

Charlotte Bessiere is a Research Engineer for Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, specialized in the HPD Evaporation and Crystallization technology. Her background and experience is in Chemical Engineering and Environment.

Closing plenary session: 1:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. DELEGATE LUNCH

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