Geomechanical enhancement of the oilsands can provide a more uniform and faster start-up which leads to higher production rates. Thermal operators have achieved dilation with steam, water and other fluids during start-up to increase porosity and permeability in the reservoir. As the industry develops more challenging reservoirs with thinner pay and more heterogeneity, dilation can also be used to increase permeability and promote well conformance.
This panel of industry experts will present their experience with dilation in thermal projects and share their insights into the considerations required to bring this technology to other thermal projects.
Erfan Sarvaramini is a geomechanics consultant with GLJ petroleum consultants. Erfan holds a Ph.D. degree in Geomechanical Engineering with a focus on hydraulic fracture modeling and characterization of tight hydrocarbon reservoirs in Western Canada. For the past 10 years, Erfan has been employed in the development of novel simulation technologies for characterizing geomechanical behavior of hydraulically stimulated reservoirs and deep underground solid waste disposals. Erfan has presented his contribution to the field of geomechanics and hydraulic fracturing at over forty international conferences and has authored several articles in a number of internationally recognized journals.
Peter Thomsen is the Reservoir Engineering Manager at Canadian Natural. Peter has experience with field operations, production, exploitation, geomechanics and reservoir engineering. He has worked on thermal recovery of Clearwater bitumen, at Primrose and Wolf Lake, for the past 15 years. Peter supports leveraging first principles and technical work to improve business results.
Dale Walters has 20 years of engineering experience, participating in large reservoir and geomechanical engineering studies throughout the world within a multi-disciplinary team environment. He has conducted multiple geomechanical and caprock integrity projects both in Canada and abroad. Coupled reservoir and geomechanical experience includes steam stimulation projects of heavy oil reservoirs, compaction of sandstone and chalk reservoirs, compaction induced seismicity, modeling fracturing in unconventionals and jointed media, produced water reinjection, waterflood fracturing, stress dependence of fractured reservoirs, sand production and wellbore stability. He is a Technical Manager at CGG focusing on reservoir geomechanical consulting. He is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGGA and holds BSc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil and Geotechnical engineering from the University of Calgary.
Dr. Yanguang Yuan began his career in Beijing, China and completed his Ph.D. in Oklahoma. He was employed as a research scientist with Imperial Oil for 2 years before founding BitCan in 2000. His career has taken him around the world as a researcher, consultant, scientific author and speaker in the field of Petroleum Geomechanics. He has developed BitCan’s FUSETM technology (Fast and Uniform SAGD Start-up Enhancement), and championed their total solution to formation containment integrity, and is now developing a new heavy oil recovery process being pilot-tested.