Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Geochemistry
Instructor: Barry Bennett
Date: March 5, 2021, 8:30 am-1:00 pm (0.5 days)
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Registration closes: March 2, 2021 at 4:00pm
1) Biodegradation and the origin of heavy oil:
i. Biodegradation and its impact on physical and chemical properties
ii. Geochemical degradation schemes
2) Geochemical analysis:
i. Sample collection and storage
ii. Sample preparation and recovery of hydrocarbons
iii. Instrumentation; GC-FID, GCMS and GCMSMS
iv. Quality assurance / quality control - validating geochemical data
3) Heavy oil and Bitumen Viscosity:
i. Problems and solutions for physical property measurements
ii. Impact of Storage time decay
4) Geochemical Applications:
i. Viscosity profiling, Baffles vs. Barriers
ii. Production allocation
iii. Horizontal well placement
iv. Time lapse SAGD
v. Thermal proxies
The course is designed to introduce geologists and engineers to the concepts of biodegradation and the origin of heavy oil, along with the methods employed to characterize oil quality in terms of oil physical and geochemical composition. The course also describes the importance of strict quality assurance and quality control protocols for geochemical analysis and physical property measurements. The natural heterogeneities that are encountered in the fluid properties in heavy oil and bitumen reservoirs may be exploited by a number of tools which will be discussed during the course. The attendee will gain a sound base in geochemical knowledge and ability to recognise biodegradation in petroleum and assess degradation levels. The attendee will also develop an understanding how to exploit reservoir fluid composition heterogeneities as problem solving tools.
Who should attend?
The course introduces exploration and production geoscientists and engineers to the practical problem-solving possibilities of analyzing and understanding heavy oil and oil sands petroleum fluid property heterogeneities in-reservoir. Geoscientists with existing experience in heavy oil and oil sands reservoirs who may require exposure to the latest advances in geochemical applications.
Dr. Bennett has over 30 years research experience in petroleum geochemistry and analytical chemistry in areas of petroleum exploration and production. In addition, he has implemented a number of analytical protocols based on solid phase extraction in several research projects to maximize the value of this technology. He received his BSc in Geology from Aston University in Birmingham, M.Sc. in Organic Petrology and Organic Geochemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and his Ph.D. in Organic Geochemistry from the University of Bristol. Barry introduced laboratory quality control procedures and protocols to acquire high quality, reproducible and accurate geochemical data. His current interests are linking petroleum reservoir geochemistry with petroleum engineering, oil production issues and the origin of the heavy oil and oil sands of Alberta. Barry is currently a Consultant Geochemist for Western Canadian and Global projects.
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