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Does Heavy Oil Recovery Need Steam?

March 1, 2017

Date: Wednesday March 15, 2017
Time: 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: Calgary Petroleum Club
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Heavy Oil recovery traditionally starts with depletion drive and (natural) waterdrive with very low recoveries as a result.  As EOR technique, steam injection has been matured since the 1950s using CSS (cyclic steam stimulation), steam drive or steam flooding, and SAGD (steam assisted gravity drainage). The high energy cost of heating up the oil bearing formation to steam temperature and the associated high CO2 footprint make steam based technology less attractive today and many companies in the industry have been actively trying to find alternatives or improvements.  As a result there are now many more energy efficient recovery technologies that can unlock heavy oil resources compared with only a decade ago.  This presentation will discuss breakthrough alternatives to steam based recovery as well as incremental improvement options to steam injection techniques.  The key message is the importance to consider these techniques because steam injection is costly and has a high CO2 footprint.

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