Ten years ago, news reports frequently cited peak oil as a looming problem facing our world. Technology and innovation has since been developed that allows us to tap into rocks that were previously deemed impossible to extract oil from, reversing this trend. The Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin has been a leader in this movement with entrepreneurs using new technology to develop our resources in a safe and reliable way. Ten years ago, news reports frequently cited peak oil as a looming problem facing our world. Technology and innovation has since been developed that allows us to tap into rocks that were previously deemed impossible to extract oil from, reversing this trend.
Cenovus Energy announced that it reached 1 billion bbl of cumulative production from its oil sands facilities in northern Alberta, becoming the first company to reach this milestone using SAGD technology. Steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) is a prime example of how structured research and development (R&D) has led to the commercial implementation of technology, helping unlock hydrocarbon resources to fulfill society’s energy demands.
Cenovus Energy announced that it reached 1 billion bbl of cumulative production from its oil sands facilities in northern Alberta, becoming the first company to reach this milestone using SAGD technology. Kevin Birn is part of the IHS North American Crude Oil Markets’ team and leads the IHS Energy Oil Sands Dialogue.
An improved occupational health and safety system comes into effect on 1 June to better protect Alberta workers and ensure they have the same rights as other Canadians. The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued two draft directives that will require upstream oil and gas operators to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas sites by 45% from 2014 levels by 2025. On 16 June 2017, the Alberta Oil Sands Advisory Group released its report Recommendations on Implementation of the Oil Sands Emissions Limit Established by the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan.
One of the most important environmental issues of openpit mining is the closure of mine pit lakes. This article from Mining Engineering provides an account by Gerry Stephenson, who was chief mining engineer of Canmore Mines and was instrumental in the reclamation of Canmore Creek Mine pit lakes. Among other things, Bill C-69 has replaced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, with an Impact Assessment Act, replaced the National Energy Board Act with a Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and made changes to the Navigation Protection Act. A new regulation includes provisions related to the timely abandonment of "dormant sites," a new site classification that refers to inactive wellsites operated by solvent companies. "I have some patients whose symptoms I can’t explain," physician Ulrike Meyer said, describing nosebleeds, rare cancers, and respiratory illness among a dearth of data.
It’s no secret that oil majors are among the biggest corporate emitters of pollution. What may be surprising is that they’re reducing their greenhouse-gas footprints every year, actively participating in a trend that’s swept up most corporate behemoths. The Canadian and Alberta governments and three energy companies said on 11 May that they will spend CAD 70 million (USD 51.14 million) to develop three new clean technology projects, aimed at cutting costs and carbon emissions in the country’s oil sands.
Don't miss our latest content, delivered to your inbox monthly. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter. The main goal of production logging is to evaluate the well or reservoir performance. Halliburton’s broadened paid family leave program offers eight weeks of bonding leave, which can be taken within 12 months from the date of childbirth or finalized adoption. Groups of students and young professionals generated digital solutions for an abandoned field in Norway using publicly available field data during a SPE hackathon event held in Bangalore, India.
The fourth industrial revolution is taking the oil and gas business by storm. Many companies have increased resources for big-data analytics and machine learning. Though no one sees physical oilfield services as in decline, development in these areas may take a back seat to artificial intelligence. An oil and gas startup has attracted the business with a major operator thanks to its ability to forecast whether production-enhancing chemicals will work as advertised. The evolution of horizontal drilling and multistage completions has changed matrix stimulation from the “more acid, better result” belief to effective lateral distribution and deeper penetration with less acid.
After protesters disrupted construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota by chaining themselves to construction equipment and pitching tents along the route, oil and chemical companies found a way to keep it from happening again. They made it a crime. An EPA plan would end oversight of methane leaks at oil wells, a move that risks undermining the climate sales pitch for natural gas. Texas regulators rejected a rare challenge to gas flaring in the state after an oil company argued that a flaring ban would force it to shut in wells, damaging the reservoir and reducing future oil production. Colorado regulators are moving to rein in Weld County in the era of Senate Bill 181, the law that gives more power to local governments to manage energy extraction. At issue is whether cities, counties, and towns can enact rules for drilling that are less restrictive than those at the state level.
This two–day course is an introduction to geomechanics principles and their application to assessing caprock integrity in thermal recovery projects including cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Numerous case histories from thermal recovery projects in Alberta will be discussed throughout the course. Participants will receive a course manual with some of the latest technical innovations in the industry, a comprehensive list of references, and a demonstration of geomechanical software for basic stress, wellbore stability and discontinuity slip predictions. To gain a better understanding of the geomechanical factors that affect caprock integrity and to learn how to develop field, laboratory, numerical modelling and monitoring programs for a typical thermal recovery project. This course will be of interest to engineers, geoscientists, technologists, project managers, environmental coordinators and regulators working on thermal and enhanced recovery projects.