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How a new FCD can optimize thermal SAGD operations

As part of a Joint Industry Project focused on studying FCDs for SAGD operations, a new device was investigated that inhibits the influx of steam while allowing the flow of emulsion into a production well. This new device was tested in C-FER’s lab using a high temperature, multiphase FCD flow loop and a three-phase FCD erosion loop, and in the field at Cenovus and Suncor sites. Details of the test program and the performance results of the new FCD device are presented in a paper co-authored by Daniel Booy.

The paper will be presented at the upcoming SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta on October 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. The presentation will be at Palomino A-C. You will learn about the performance of this new flow control device, specifically its ability to limit steam breakthrough in thermal operations.  

The entire paper – Laboratory and Field Testing of a Steam-Limiting Flow Control Device Developed for Thermal Applications - is available through the 2019 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Daniel Booy is a Senior Research Engineer in the Production Operations department at C-FER. His focus is on experimental testing of flow control devices.

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