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Artificial Lift Techniques & Production Optimization Canada Congress

Last year, CAPP estimated that tight oil production in Alberta would reach 408,000 bpd by 2030. This year CAPP increased that prediction to 703,000 bpd by 2030. Indeed, the influx in Canadian tight oil production is evident with some unconventional oil producers boasting growth in reserves and production as high as 18% and 7% annually over the past 10 years with increased exploitation of oil fields such as the Duvernay, Montney and Bakken. However, in order for the full potential of these estimates to be realized, operators need to reduce production costs and plan for the full life cycle of the well ; from artificial selection, landing the pump, mitigating sand and gas hazards, to chemical treatments, automation, and EOR. It is believed that with time, production costs can be driven below $60/bbl in light, tight oil production. However, in order to achieve this operators must first optimize every stage of the production cycle.

The Artificial Lift Techniques And Production Optimization Canada 2014, taking place in Calgary on March 25 and 26, is the first congress designed solely for production professionals in Western Canada. The E&P-led congress will deliver a comprehensive technical agenda that seeks to reduce downtime and maximize recovery in Canada's low-perm, shale and tight oil plays such as the Cardium, Viking, Duvernay, Bakken, Slave Point, and Swan Hills. Production executives, VPs, managers and technical experts will be will evaluate primary production economics, equipment selection and field development to reduce production costs. Operators will be delivering case studies on how to optimize artificial lift and EOR techniques in shale and tight oil wells to lengthen production between workovers and maximize ultimate recovery.

Day one will focus on artificial lift selection and execution of ESP, PCP, jet pump, gas lift, and rod pumping in tight oil reservoirs. This will be followed by discussions on pump placement in the deviated section, pump rate and how to optimally manage pressure loss downhole and specifically outline the criteria for selecting the most cost effective, high return artificial lift method.

Day two will examine how operators are designing field development for the full lifecycle of production and evaluating EOR potential in tight oil plays. Case studies will examine chemical treatment and separator technology for mitigating operational hazards such as sand and fines migration, wax precipitation and gas locking to lengthen production between workovers and reduce downtime. Operators will outline successful applications of EOR schemes including water and gas flooding.

Production professionals at this event will learn how to maximize recovery and reduce downtime from costly workovers and equipment damage or failure, and cost effectively prepare for high initial rates and sharp declines by developing long-term production and field development including forecasting EOR.



For the first time in Canada, the Artificial Lift And Production Optimization Canada 2014 Congress will bring together experts from the WCSB...

...to deliver a 2 day summit focused entirely on production optimization for producers operating in the most lucrative unconventional oil plays such as the Cardium, Viking, Duvernay, Bakken, Slave Point and Swan Hills.

The Operator Led Initiative Will Deliver Case Studies Focusing On:

ARTIFICIAL LIFT SELECTION: Comparing rod pumps, PCPs, gas lift, jet pumps & ESPs to determine which yields the highest economic recovery at the lowest failure rate

LANDING THE PUMP: Evaluating best practices for lowering pumps into the lateral to increase production whilst minimizing wear on the curve

MITIGATING SAND AND GAS HAZARDS: Assessing strategies for controlling sand, fines and gas locking to reduce damage to surface equipment and prevent costly workovers

CHEMICAL TREATMENTS: Evaluating the use of inhibitors and dispersants to effectively reduce wax, asphaltenes and scale build up and ensure optimal run time of the artificial lift

AUTOMATION: Evaluating the accuracy of automation to remotely monitor and diagnose operational issues in surface and downhole equipment

WATERFLOOD & EOR CRITERIA: Evaluating results from EOR methods to assess their effectiveness in maximizing ultimate recovery in WCSB wells



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