Mini Symposium at the 2018 Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show

When:  Sep 12, 2018 from 07:30 AM to 01:00 PM (MT)
Associated with  Lloydminster Section

The Lloydminster Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show are pleased to host a Mini Symposium to be held in the Prairie Room at the Lloydminster Exhibition during the 2018 Oil show September 12, 2018

IMPORTANT: Registration is now closed.  Remaining seating is available at the door on a first come basis.


7:30am Doors Open

8:00am Addressing Impacts of Methane Regulations with Technological Solutions

Government energy regulators are demanding substantial greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from industry. While CO2 is a major concern, the need to address large methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is intensifying. This presentation will discuss some key points of the present and draft provincial and federal regulations, how they may impact oil and gas operations, and how operators can identify technological solutions that can be adopted in the field in response.

The talk will share examples of technologies from SRC’s database of nearly 400 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction technologies and profile SRC’s Centre for the Demonstration of Emissions Reductions (CeDER), a mobile field-ready platform that can be used to evaluate the performance of emissions reduction technologies in real-world field environments.

Erin Powell, P.Eng, Ph.D. - Team Lead, Process Development - Saskatchewan Research Council

Erin Powell is the Team Lead, Process Development at the Saskatchewan Research Council. She leads a team of engineers and scientists that provide applied RD&D, scale-up, demonstration, and validation of value-added processing technologies for commercial application, achieving impacts in a wide range of industries. This includes niche areas such as partial oil upgrading, resolving challenges in oil and gas surface operations including emulsions and fouling, oil sands, oil shales, coal liquefaction/gasification, energy and water use optimization, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction technologies.

 9:00am Post-CHOPS: What Happens to the Wormholes?

The CHOPS process involves the growth of high permeability channels (wormholes) into the reservoir. The wormholes provide improved access to the reservoir, thereby substantially increasing oil production rates. Field evidence and laboratory experiments indicate that wormholes tend to persist as stable high-permeability flow channels throughout the duration of the CHOPS process.

The existence of wormholes in the reservoir needs to be taken into consideration in the design of post-CHOPS recovery processes. One of the key issues is the stability of wormholes during the re-pressurization phase of any follow up process to CHOPS. For example, wormholes could remain as stable high permeability flow channels to deliver injected fluids into a reservoir or they could collapse to improve conformance for fluid injection.

This presentation describes the results of laboratory experiments testing the stability of wormholes under conditions that could be destabilizing such as cold and hot water circulation, heating, and pressurization with hydrocarbon gases (methane, ethane).

Ron Sawatzky - Principal Researcher - InnoTech

Ron Sawatzky is a Principal Researcher with InnoTech (formerly Alberta Research Council) in Edmonton, with 30 years of experience working in research and development for heavy oil recovery processes. For many years he served as a team leader for the cold production research group at ARC. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2008-09.

10:00am CanaPux™: A Market Clearing Opportunity

Introducing CanaPux™ - A CN innovation under development for an environmentally secure and protected way of transporting bitumen or heavy crude. The concept is still in its early days, but this promising, innovative transportation solution has the potential to contribute to economic growth in Canada.​​

James Cairns - Vice President Petroleum & Chemicals - CN

James Cairns was appointed Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals in February 2010, based in Calgary. He oversees sales and marketing for CN's Petroleum and Chemicals business unit. Mr. Cairns joined CN in 1988 as a train order operator, before being promoted to rail traffic controller and then to team leader with CN's Customer Service Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He entered the Sales and Marketing world in 1997 as an Intermodal account manager in Toronto, and was promoted to director, Intermodal Sales in 1999. Mr. Cairns then successively held senior positions in Intermodal Wholesale, Petroleum & Plastics Marketing, and IMX operations. Until his promotion to vice-president, he had been assistant vice-president of CN's domestic intermodal since 2007. Mr. Cairns holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg and an MBA from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

11:00am HashGen™ - Mining Bitcoin Using Stranded Natural Gas

Heavy oil production is responsible for a significant percentage of vented and flared natural gas volumes in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. These volumes represent a major waste of Canada's non-renewable natural resources, poor environmental stewardship and also a major regulatory liability to oil and gas producers. Unfortunately traditional solutions cannot bring a market to these volumes as they are often sourced in remote locations and cannot sustain enough revenue to pay out the required capital investment. Upstream Data Inc. would like to present our new technology that is field proven to bring the market to any source of excess, surplus or otherwise wasted natural gas regardless of location. Our product is the HashGen(TM), a portable bitcoin hashing data center.

Stephen Barbour - President – Upstream Data Inc.

Steve Barbour P. Eng. is the President and owner of Upstream Data Inc., a company based out of Lloydminster, Alberta that is focused on bringing a market to stranded and wasted natural gas via bitcoin mining. Steve obtained a mechanical engineering degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2011 and worked as a production and facilities engineer for Husky Energy until 2016. After developing a passion for downhole tool design, Steve left Husky in 2016 to focus on product innovation relating to tools used in heavy oil artificial lift and extraction, particularly those related to progressing cavity pumps. Aside from operating Upstream Data Inc., Steve works as an independent contractor focused on developing, licensing and marketing innovative products for local oilfield service companies.

 12:00 Lunch



Prairie Room - Lloydminster Exhibition
5521 49 Ave
Lloydminster, SK S9V 0Y7


Mike McIntosh