Thermal Recovery

C-FER is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Thermal Well Design and Integrity Symposium. 

Digital Image Correlation (DIC) technology provides three-dimensional measurements of shape, global displacement and relative displacement (strain) on the surface an object using an optical method.

Generally, DIC systems involve two or more imaging sensors (cameras) to provide sufficient information to for the software to triangulate and track objects in three dimensions.

With the help of a randomized speckle pattern applied to the object’s surface, DIC systems can resolve displacements into...

Course Overview:

This course will provide attendees with an overview of wellbore thermal-hydraulics (i.e. coupled thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow).  Additionally, they will gain a greater understanding of technologies and analytical methods currently for SAGD thermal-hydraulic applications.

The objective of this course is to:

  • Provide an overview of the physics and thermodynamics associated with the design and performance of the injection and production wellbores in these...

The Industry Challenge

Operators need to understand the influence of wear on the performance and volumetric efficiency of Artificial Lift (AL) systems.  More than that, they need to understand the relationship between wear and cost, where sometimes spending more money on exotic materials is not the best approach. 

They also want to test technology in the lab, and not in the field where learning is much more expensive.  This is best accomplished with a full-scale laboratory apparatus that’s...

C-FER Technologies is proud to have two presentations at the upcoming 2016 SPE Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary.

Mr. Cam Matthews, C-FER’s Fellow, will present “A Study of Sealability Evaluation Criteria for Casing Connections in Thermal Wells.”  He will present the results from an experimental metal-to-metal seal investigation and describes their use to establish a simplified sealability criterion for premium casing connections.  The test results were used to characterize the relationship that...

This paper is part of the World Heavy Oil Congress proceedings found on proceedings.com.

The pdf file of this paper is in Russian. To purchase the paper in English, order SPE-149740-MS.

Abstract

Over the past decade, petroleum operators have shown increased interest in exploring and developing oil and gas reservoirs in both onshore and offshore Arctic areas. In many cases, the reservoirs are known to be overlain by massive permafrost layers on the order of 50 to 700 m thick. These conditions create unique design and operation challenges for production and injection wells from the...

Abstract

Over the past decade, petroleum operators have shown increased interest in exploring and developing oil and gas reservoirs in both onshore and offshore Arctic areas. In many cases, the reservoirs are known to be overlain by massive permafrost layers on the order of 50 to 700 m thick. These conditions create unique design and operation challenges for production and injection wells from the perspective of ensuring that well integrity will not be compromised by the inevitable thaw...

Abstract

During 2012, BakerHughes, ConocoPhillips and Nexen Inc. continued their research partnership [Waldner 2011] with a new experimental test program focused on the thermal performance of Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) systems for Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) applications, which was completed in the high-temperature flow loop at C-FER Technologies. 

Accurately monitoring the internal temperature of the ESP motor is a key consideration when trying to increase the operational...

Abstract

Oil and gas producers have shown renewed interest in developing reservoirslocated both onshore and offshore within the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canadaand Russia. In many cases, the hydrocarbon reservoirs are known to be overlainby a massive permafrost interval that extends over depths of up to 700 m belowthe surface active layer. These conditions create unique design and operationalchallenges for production and injection wells from the perspective of ensuringthat well integrity will...