Successful Exploitation of Heavy Oil and Oil Sands

Instructor: S.M. Farouq Ali, University of Houston, Cullen College of Engineering 
Date: March 9, 2021, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (1 day) 
The e-course link will be sent two days in advance of the course 
CPD: 8

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Registration closes: March 4, 2021 at 4:00pm

This course will review:

  •  Heavy oil and oil sands resources
    • Typical properties and geological setting; comparison with other resources 
  • Exploitation method
    • Range success 
  • Brief discussion of thermal properties of rocks and fluids
  • Steam injection-based processes 
  • Cyclic steam stimulation under different operating conditions 
  • Field experience in California, Venezuela, and Alberta 
  • Steamflooding- follow-up to cyclic steam stimulation
  • SAGD- Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage- mechanism, successes, failures; variations 
  • Other recovery methods:
    • In-situ combustion
    • Electrical heating 
Course Objective:

It is intended to present a balanced view of oil recovery from heavy oil and oil sands reservoirs, primarily in Alberta, with discussion of experience in California, Venezuela and other countries. The recovery methods that have been successful will be discussed with a brief review of failures. Simple calculations will be used to illustrate the salient points. The current status of heavy oil and oil sands will also be discussed. 

Who should attend?

Geoscientists, geophysicists, managers, and engineers. The course does not require any background beyond an interest in heavy oil and oil sands, and some familiarity with geology.

About the Instructor

Dr. S.M. Farouq Ali is a Distinguished Profession of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston. Previously he was at Pennsylvania State University, University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary. He has worked on thermal recovery and EOR for nearly 60 years and has worked on many projects worldwide. Dr. Farouq Ali has been honored for his research by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was awarded honorary doctorates by two major Universities in Russia. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.



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