CHOA Annual General Meeting will begin at 11:00 am with the R&P Luncheon at Noon
Well Automation – Optimizing in your sleep
Historically, teams of engineers monitor SAGD wells several times a day and send directions to field operations to optimize the wells and manage constraints throughout the facility. In a world of volatile oil prices and changing regulation, operators have had to keep head count the same (or lower) as SAGD well count increases. Well optimization has thus become an ever increasing challenge! It is imperative that the industry transform itself and render the old way of optimization obsolete if it is to remain competitive.
Automating SAGD optimization processes can help the operators achieve greater efficiencies and profitability. The application of soft sensors and well automation allow these processes to be optimized continuously in real time, allowing wells to be managed closer to their ideal targets with less variability.
Several operators have realized improved reliability and increased production through automation. In this technical panel, SAGD industry representatives will discuss learnings from the application of automation on SAGD well pairs and also discuss what the future may look like.
Jag Badh, Athabasca Oil Corp
Scott Guilcher, Suncor Energy
Japan Trivedi, University of Alberta