Webinar Download "How to Design Successful Heavy Oil & Bitumen Recovery Processes: Important Considerations

Webinar Download "How to Design Successful Heavy Oil & Bitumen Recovery Processes: Important Considerations

Heavy Oil
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Technical Programs:
How to Design Successful Heavy Oil & Bitumen Recovery Processes: Important Considerations

Date: Tuesday June 16th, 2020
Speaker: Muhammad Imran, PEng, PhD,
Director of Operations, Saskatchewan Research Council - Mining and Energy Division
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Abstract:

The heavy oil and bitumen industry has gone through an important transformation in recent years, driven by a sustained period of low oil prices, heightened environmental pressures and declining production from conventional assets. Innovation is more important than ever as we search for new ideas and processes that are desperately needed to reduce the costs and carbon footprint of oil extraction. Traditionally, new processes can take more than 20 years from conception to commercial application. Today, we need to be able to compress the innovation cycle to three years or less.

In this presentation, we will discuss important considerations for designing and optimizing novel heavy oil and bitumen recovery processes, including chemical, solvent, thermal and hybrid processes. We will focus on large-scale physical modelling and numerical simulation, as well as share several examples of how using comprehensive scaled 3-D models has helped oil companies prevent costly mistakes in the field, saving many years of process development and testing.

We’ll also discuss aspects of process implementation, including proper techniques for collecting and characterizing oilfield samples and field monitoring during pilot implementation.


Speaker Bio:
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Muhammad Imran,

PEng, PhD, is the Director of Operations for SRC’s Mining and Energy Division. He has led many projects, including innovative proofs of concept; development and optimization of medium and heavy oil EOR processes; lab-scale equipment design; and physical, fluid flow, and wormhole modelling.

His major areas of expertise are vapour extraction (Vapex), solvent vapour extraction (SVX), thermal SVX (TSVX), heavy oil waterflooding, steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and steam–surfactant processes. He has a track record of research success with multiple publications in journals and conference presentations. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto.


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