Conference Detail - wednesday, july 24, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. OPENING PLENARY SESSION

Bob Tippee, Conference Director, Oil & Gas Journal


Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Government of Canada

Richard George, Former Chief Executive Officer, Suncor

Opportunities to Improve the Competitiveness of Alberta’s Oil Sands Products for U.S. Refineries
Duke du Plessis, Senior Advisor, Alberta Innovates: Energy and Environment Solutions

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. COFFEE BREAK

Session 1: 10:45 AM - 12:15 pm


Session Chairman: John Zhou – Alberta Innovates: Energy and Environment Solutions

The Mystery of Sub-Cool Control in Steam Based Thermal Gravity Recovery Processes
Dr. Jian-Yang Yuan - Osum Oil Sands Corp.

The impact of blending non-condensable gas while warming up a steam pipeline
Kevin Dorma – Ausenco Engineering

Finite volume simulation results are presented for the warm-up of a pipeline with steam blended with gas. The expected impact to warm-up safety issues is described.

Dr. Kevin Dorma is Senior Process Engineer with Ausenco. His experience with developing accurate numerical simulations for multiphase flow was applied to the problem of describing pipeline warm-up.

Oil Sands Hot Water Piping Systems Integrity Challenges
Mike Boire – IndConEng Consulting

This presentation will review the existing Hot Process Affected Water Recycle Systems (HPARWS) at Oil Sands mines and describe some management strategies being implemented.

Mike Boire received his BSc (Honors) degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Mike worked for a multi-national, engineered chemical manufacturer in industrial water treatment sales and product engineering in Eastern Canada for 10 years. He specialized in corrosion challenges in the Steel and Aluminium Industries presenting papers on this topic at NACE and CIM. Mike managed a Western Canadian water treatment coagulants manufacturing company for 13 years until 2006. He is an independent consultant based in Edmonton. Currently he is working with Fibreglass Solutions marketing FRP piping systems for oil sands applications and instructing at the University of Alberta in engineering management. Mike is an active member of NACE and APEGA.



Session Chairman: Paul Brown – IMV Projects

Reducing Bitumen Upgrading Costs and Emissions with Molten Sodium –Technology Update
John Gordon – Ceramatec Inc.

Bitumen upgrading with molten sodium is in development. The process removes sulfur, and metals, increases API gravity, and reduces the residue fraction while using little or no hydrogen and without hydrotreating. The process reduces CO2 and sulfur oxide emissions. This talk will present the latest results from the recently commissioned new laboratory.

Mr. John Gordon, Manager of Upgrading Development at Ceramatec Inc. has been developing technologies utilizing electrochemistry for over 25 years, most recently applied to oil upgrading. Mr. Gordon studied Extractive Metallurgical Engineering at Columbia University in New York then was a process engineer in Copper, Arsenic and Magnesium plants in Washington State and Utah before joining the R&D company, Ceramatec, 21 years ago. During that time he has been issued 36 US Patents had has about 50 more on file.

Bitumen Upgrader Residue Conversion to Incremental Synthetic Fuels Products
Steve Kresnyak and Jan Wagner– Expander Energy Inc.

During recent years there has been a significant change in market conditions affecting the oil and gas industry in North America. The introduction to the marketplace of natural gas from new sources has decreased the price of gas relative to crude oil and this is expected to continue well into the future. This change in marketplace conditions creates exciting new opportunities to maximize the benefit of “cheap” gas to produce value-enhanced liquid products using gas to liquids technology. One area where this can be of great importance is in bitumen upgrading and, in particular, the effective utilization of the hydrogen-deficient asphaltenes or other residues produced in the upgrading process. This paper discusses the use of a new process, FTCrude™, to convert the asphaltenes and other residues to synthetic fuel products using existing, commercially proven, technologies. The FTCrude™ concept is currently patented and patent pending worldwide and can be applied in a wide range of applications including Partial Upgrading, Full Upgrading and management of Heavy Refinery Bottoms. The process utilizes a combination of unconverted residue gasification, natural gas reforming and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis to produce high value naphtha, diesel and gas oil products. Technical and economic results of a case study based on the FTCrude™ concept for a 50,000 bpd full and partial bitumen upgrader will be presented and discussed. The economics of FTCrude™ over a range of natural gas and crude oil price scenarios is also discussed.

Steve Kresnyak is the President of Swiftsure Engineering Ltd., an engineering consulting company assisting clients engaged in upstream, downstream and offshore energy industry, primariliy in facilities areas of gas and oil production, gas and oil processing, refining and upgrading. Mr. Kresnyak has over 35 years EPC/EPCM experience and currently supports Worley Parsons (formerly Colt Engineering) in Calgary and globally as a Technical Specialist in front end development of gas, heavy oil and bitumen projects and technology development. Mr. Kresnyak has authored and presented several
patents and technical papers.

Jan Wagner is a Process Engineer with over forty years experience. Experience covers conceptual and detail design of crude unit, hydrotreating, delayed coking, heavy oil upgrading, offshore oil and gas production and processing, onshore gas plants, ethylene, fertilizers, food plants, cogeneration, NGL recovery, syngas derivatives (methanol, ammonia, Fischer-Tropsch, DME and hydrogen), utility and offsites for projects in Europe, Africa, North America and Australia. Jan published and presented numerous technical papers on gas processing, conversion and transportation including marine CNG, floating gas production and processing concepts, associated gas utilization and synthetic fuels production. Jan received his Master of Science degree in Process Engineering from Czech Technical University in Prague in 1967. Jan is also a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta and British Columbia. Jan currently works for WorleyParsons Canada as Principal Process Engineer responsible for
Gas Production, Gas Processing and Syngas Derivatives technologies and is associated with Expander Energy as Process Technology consultant.

Production of Hydrogen by Molten Salt Gasification of Carbon Compounds
Lyman Frost - Western Hydrogen Limited

Western Hydrogen Limited (WHL) is developing a new method of generating hydrogen. The new process is called Molten Salt Catalyzed Gasification (MSG) and allows the production of high pressure hydrogen, CO, and CO2 at ~2000 psi. The favourable chemical kinetics of the reactions allows the use of small reactors to generate large gas volumes in a continuous process. The advantage of the high pressure is the ability to directly produce a stream of pressurized hydrogen.

Mr. Frost has been involved in the development and commercialization of new technologies for over thirty years. During that time, he has led the start-up of companies in the energy area (i.e. fuel cells and reforming, package cogeneration, nondestructive examination, advanced materials, Fischer Tropsch). He is currently Chief Technology Officer of Western Hydrogen. Previous to coming to Western Hydrogen, Mr. Frost worked at the Idaho National Laboratory (a US Department of Energy laboratory) as Director of Alternate Fuels and Energy Systems. He has a BS degree in Chemistry from Clemson University and a MS degree from Purdue University.



Session Chairman: Angela Godwin, WaterWorld

The Economic Case for Sustainable Water Management in Oil & Gas Production
Steven Hopper – Veolia Water Americas, Industrial Business Group

The need for huge volumes of water is a growing challenge for oil and gas production. Managing the risks associated with access to water, regulatory requirements and production goals has become more challenging. Improvements in drilling and production technology have lowered operating costs, but the need for water management remains unchanged. Understanding and managing these risks associated with water management represents an economic and sustainable business opportunity for energy producers. The presentation will review three types of water issues that arise from oil and gas production and ways to turn risk into opportunity: 1) Controlling the stormwater runoff from disturbed areas 2) Obtaining sufficient freshwater supply for steam generation and 3) Managing the flowback and produced water from the well.

In his role as Executive Vice President, Industrial Business Group, Mr. Hopper manages business operations, growth activities and technology development for industrial clients across all major sectors in the Americas. This includes managing P&L activity for an approximate $200M business unit, consisting of 525 people serving approximately 100 clients through longterm contracts and partnerships. Mr. Hopper is an experienced business manager with experience in P&L management, operations and maintenance (O&M) management, fixed asset management, investment and risk assessment, service contract negotiations, business development, process engineering and construction management. He holds a Bachelors degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is also active in participating in Executive Programs at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

The Integrated Assessment of Water Resources for Unconventional Oil and Gas Plays, West-Central Alberta Project
Derek Brown – Strategic West Energy Ltd.

Regional water source inventory to support unconventional oil and gas activities in west-central Alberta.

Derek Brown (M. Sc., P. Geo.) is principal of Strategic West Energy Ltd., a resource development firm founded in 2007. The company provides strategic advice, operational, management and technical products and services for resource play developments. Strategic West’s consulting services specialize in regulatory affairs and policy issues, water management, hydrological fracturing community outreach, and geological field assessments focused on unconventional resource plays. Recent work includes participation in resource play and hydraulic fracturing Community Information Sessions in the Northwest Territories, Project Manager for West-Central Alberta Water Project, a regional water inventory in key resource plays of Alberta and various projects with the National Energy Board. This presentation is co-authored by Brad Hayes, president of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. and Ben Kerr, founder of Foundry Spatial Ltd.

Regional Water Sourcing Assessment for Marcellus Shale Hydraulic Fracturing in West Virginia
Jeffrey Hale – Kleinfelder

This presentation evaluates potential water sources for hydraulic fracturing in West Virginia on a regional basis. These include the Ohio River, its tributaries, groundwater and coal mine drainage. Optimization for a regional water sourcing strategy and the viability of coal mine drainage as a water source are also addressed.

Mr. Hale is a Senior Principal Professional and Hydrogeology Practice Leader with Kleinfelder an international science and engineering consulting firm. He is a Professional Geoscientist in Alberta and a Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania. Mr. Hale is also an adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. His professional interests include water resoures issues affecting the oil and gas industry and groundwater contamination and supply.

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. DELEGATE LUNCH

session 2: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Session Chairman: Derek Macdonald - Demac Energy Consultants

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Thermal Oil recovery projects to reduce the CO2 footprint
Michael Welch – Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd.

Thermal recovery technologies such as Cyclic Steam Stimulation, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage and Steam Flood are extremely energy intensive, requiring the combustion of fossil fuels to produce the steam necessary and resulting in emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Newer technologies such as Solvent Extraction may also require the injected medium to be heated to maximise oil recovery from the reservoir.

Michael Welch is an Industry Marketing Manager Oil & Gas with Siemens Energy Oil & Gas – Industrial Power. Mike graduated in 1986 from Loughborough University of Technology with an Honours Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He started his career as a Commissioning Engineer with ABB, before taking up a role at what was then Ruston Gas Turbines in Lincoln, UK, as an Electrical Applications Engineer, working on both Cogeneration and Oil & Gas projects. He then moved into Sales & Marketing of gas turbines in Cogeneration applications with Dale Power Systems, before returning to Lincoln to take up a role in the Business Development team as Market Development Manager for Cogeneration and alternative fuel applications, and presented several papers at international conferences on these subjects. Following the purchase of the Lincoln facility by Siemens, Mike joined the Oil & Gas Business Development group working on strategy and market analysis, and has recently been appointed to take on the role of Industry Marketing Manager, Oil & Gas, within the business unit responsible for both gas and steam turbines. Mike is a Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET).

AESO’s Long-Term Outlook
John Esaiw – AESO

This presentation will discuss Alberta long-term future demand and generation capacity and forecast uncertainty. John is an industry expert in electricity markets with over 15 years of experience in the areas of trading, business development support, corporate planning, forecasting, analytics and regulatory oversight. John is currently the Director, Forecasting for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). His core accountability is development of the 20 year long term transmission plan for the province of Alberta as well as oversight of market analytics, regulatory filing support, 20 year load and generation forecasts, macroeconomic outlook and long term market impact studies.

Advancement in OTSG Design Allowing Operation at 90% Steam Quality
Alex Berruti – Innovative Steam Technologies and Annie Sun – Suncor Energy

Operation of OTSG’s at a higher steam quality up to 90% offers significant operational advantages that result in improved plant efficiency and reduced operating costs. A novel approach to the OTSG design now allows for continuous operation at 90% steam quality using typical boiler feedwater quality. The OTSG improvement has been successfully applied to an existing Alberta based 65 MW OTSG.

Alex Berruti is a Senior Development Engineer, Enhanced Oil Recovery for Innovative Steam Technologies (IST). While at IST he has gained 20 years of extensive design and operations experience of OTSG’s. He has held positions of Project Engineer and Design Engineer with focus on mechanical design, structural analysis, water quality, acoustic analysis, CFD and FEA. In his current position, his responsibilities include the development and enhancement of OTSG’s for EOR/SAGD applications. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from the University of Waterloo and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.

Annie Sun is a Technology Development Lead, Oil Sands & In Situ Technology Development for Suncor Energy. She has 19 years of experience in the operation and design of refinery units, SAGD central processing facilities and well pads. In last ten years, she has been focused on feasibility studies, design, operations and development of Suncor In Situ facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China and a Master of Science degree from University of Calgary Chemical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer of APEGGA.



Session Chairman: Louis Chow – LCH Enterprise Ltd.

Challenges and Opportunities for Separation Technologies in the Oil Sands
Duke du Plessis, Alberta Innovates-Energy and Environment Solutions

Separation technologies have inherent advantages over conversion processes in the extraction and processing of oil, but extra heavy crudes like Oil Sands crude pose challenges. For, example solvent deasphalting is one well known separation technology that can offer advantages for other “bottom of the barrel” conversion technologies in terms of operating cost, capital cost, reliability and operability. However, recent work commissioned by Alberta Innovates- Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) and performed by Jacobs Consultancy shows that the effectiveness of conventional solvent deasphalting for the oil sands crude is limited by yield (which impacts both the economics and GHG emissions), contaminant segregation, as well as the chemical makeup and physical characteristics of the deasphalting products. Therefore, AI-EES in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is developing a new program to research and advance the development of separation technologies that build on the inherent advantages of separation processes while providing “game changing” performance, such as: • Removal or segregation of metals, chlorides and other contaminants • Reduction of naphthenic acid content • Maximization of yield • Improved extraction of oil from water and sand • Minimization of tailings This paper will offer insight into the AI-EES-NRCan quest to advance the development of new separation technologies.

Dr. du Plessis is Senior Advisor (Energy Technologies) with Alberta Innovates: Energy and Environment Solutions (previously Alberta Energy Research Institute-AERI) and Alberta Finance and Enterprise. He works with industry and government organizations in the areas of oil sands, upgrading, refining, petrochemicals, environment and clean energy technologies. Responsibilities include development of new and improved technologies, strategic planning, stimulating innovation and the growth of Alberta’s energy industry. Dr du Plessis has extensive experience in directing and managing research and technology development in the public and private sectors. His industrial experience includes process engineering at SASOL, South Africa (synthetic fuels) and oil sands piloting and process development in Alberta. Dr. du Plessis is a registered professional engineer and a member of various professional organizations including the Petroleum Society, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). He holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, Durban South Africa and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Framework for Selecting Candle Filter Technology for Removing Solid Fines from Scrubbing Liquids
Barry A. Perlmutter – BHS-Filtration Inc.

Removing acid gases from refinery off-gas streams is becoming more important as stricter environmental rules are being developed. One critical aspect of acid gas removal is the solid-liquid filtration technology that is used to keep the recirculating fluid free of solid contaminant fines. The need for filtration systems in scrubbing units has been well documented. Filtration provides the following benefits of keeping downstream equipment functioning properly, ensuring maximum scrubbing efficiency and meeting environmental rules. This paper discusses thin-cake candle filter technology that is used to remove trace amounts of solid contaminant fines from the recirculating fluid streams in amine, glycol and water scrubbers. These contaminants originate from various sources and are generally less than 1 micron in size, which makes their removal very difficult. Candle filter technology and the process of thin cake building, is a new approach for high-efficiency and cost-effective fines removal.

Barry A. Perlmutter is President and Managing Director of BHS-Filtration Inc., a subsidiary of BHS-Sonthofen GmbH. Barry has 30 years of technical engineering and business marketing experience in the field of solid-liquid separation including filtrationand centrifugation and process drying. He has published and lectured extensively worldwide and has been responsible for introducing and creating growth for many European companies and technologies into the marketplace. Barry began his career with the US Environmental Protection Agency. He received a BS degree in Chemistry from Albany State (NY) University, MS degree from the School of Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Petroleum Coke
Shu-Li Wang – CPC Corporation, Taiwan

Life cycle cost (LCC) analysis of petroleum coke indicates that the LCC of coke production is higher than the price of coke; the profits are obtained at the expense of environmental costs. The results show that if a higher CO2 price is imposed on coke production, it is unlikely that the producer will make any effort to reduce the CO2 emissions, since the variability impacts of processing expenses and carbon dioxide (CO2) price on LCC are relative similar.

Shu-Li Wang is a Senior Research Engineer at the Refining & Manufacturing Research Institute of CPC Corporation in Taiwan. She has 15 years experience in commercial fluid catalytic cracking unit operations and has been performing feasibility studies for various oilsands upgrading processes for the past five years. Ms Wang obtained a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University in Montgomery , Alabama, USA.



Session Chairman: Jeffrey Hale - Kleinfelder

Crude Oil and Chloride Impacted Groundwater Management along a Scenic River in Central Texas
Victor Barchers – Kleinfelder

This presentation will discuss practical yet innovative strategies applied to the mitigation of crude oil and produced water seepage to a scenic river in Texas. Techniques applied on this project range from passive adsorption of hydrocarbons to mass flux and dilution modeling of dissolved chloride. Limited access to the river and the steepness of the riverbank were challenges that had to be overcome for data collection and remediation activities.

Victor Barchers is a registered Professional Engineer working for Kleinfelder in the state of Texas. Victor has experience as an environmental consultant for projects including upstream oil and gas, retail stations, bulk fuel terminals, and chemical mixing facilities.

Modeling Study Approach for Managing the Water Quality in the Lower Athabasca River
Paul Craig - Dynamic Solutions International

The Athabasca River runs 1,231 kilometers from the Athabasca Glacier in west-central Alberta to Lake Athabasca in northeastern Alberta. The average annual flow just downstream of Fort McMurray is 633 m3/s with its daily average discharges reaching up to 4,700 m3/s. The Lower Athabasca River (LAR) runs directly through the main oil sands production areas. As such, it is an important resource to be understood and managed. The implementation of the Water Management Framework (WMF) for LAR by Alberta Environment requires the use of modeling tools to evaluate water quantity and quality objectives. The LAR Water Management Framework has established site-specific thresholds for surface water quality which require management actions to be initiated once the thresholds are exceeded, in order to mitigate environmental impacts. The Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) is a hydrodynamic model widely used to simulate instream water quality and sediment/toxics transport. The intent is to manage long-term cumulative changes in water quality within LAR. EFDC was be used to simulate water quality indicators identified in the Surface Water Quality WMF (SWQWMF) including Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), toxic metals, and traditional water quality parameters. A preliminary model has been developed but will be undergoing model domain expansion, re-gridding and Phase 1 calibration of inorganic sediments and water quality this year. Phase 1 bathymetry will be collected during the summer of 2013 for the entire model domain. These data will then be incorporated into the 2D model of the LAR. The Alberta Environment study approach and modeling efforts for 2013 will be presented with details on the model development and modeling tools being used.

Mr. Craig was a founding member of Dynamic Solutions-International LLC, which was started in 1998 in the United States. He is a registered Professional Engineer with over 34 years of experience in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering and is an expert in environmental hydrodynamics, hydrology, hydraulics and sediment transport.

Trace Element Mobility and the Role of Subsurface Heating
Jon Fennell – Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd.

Heating of the subsurface from industrial activities has the potential to mobilize certain chemical constituents into the groundwater environment. This presentation will highlight results from investigations into this phenomenon, including natural attenuation mechanisms.

Dr. Fennell is Vice President of Geosciences and Water Security at Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd. (a water, waste and energy management firm based in Calgary). He has over 26 years consulting experience in the resource sector with more than 20 years related to water management in the conventional and unconventional oil and gas sector. Jon received his B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985, M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Calgary in 1994, and Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Calgary in 2008. His areas of specialization include physical and chemical hydrogeology, groundwater- surface water interactions, environmental forensics, water supply and waste disposal, and risk assessment. Jon’s skills also extend to assessing the effects of climate change and land use on basin hydrology, and developing effective management strategies to ensure water security and sustainability. In addition to his company duties, Jon sits on the Board of Directors for the Bow River Basin Council (a water planning and advisory council under Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy).

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. COFFEE BREAK

Session 3: 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. SESSION 3

Lucian Pugliaresi - Energy Policy Research Foundation
Mark Routt - KBC Advanced Technologies
Bob Tippee - Oil & Gas Journal

opening networking reception - exhibit hall: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us as we open the 7th annual Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Technologies Conference & Exhibition. Enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while visiting the booths on the exhibit floor and networking with hundreds of oil sands and heavy oil professionals.



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