Unlocking the Physics and Chemistry of Bitumen, Water, Solvent, and Porous Media Interfaces- an Enabling Technology for New Production Process Development

The oil sands industry currently faces significant challenges. Its social license is in question at a time when environmental regulation is tightening, all coupled with depressed oil prices and high capital costs for new projects. In the near term at least, oil sands-related activity will likely not focus heavily on development of new large-scale surface-facility capital projects. Instead, the focus will and should be on developing and applying new technology to improve the effectiveness of ongoing sub surface operations. Improvements to ultimate recoveries from reservoirs, improvement in energy efficiency (i.e. reduced steam-oil-ratio) in heterogeneous reservoirs, and the ability to access the parts of current producing fields that have production challenges such as top gas and bottom water. New insights into these problems will allow for extension and improvement of existing thermal operations, provide access to top gas/bottom water zones that are currently second tier resources, and promote the development of next generation production technologies with significantly lower environmental impacts. One leading suggestion to achieve these goals is the use of solvents combined with alternative technologies for steam generation.

Extensional Rheological Role on the Viscoelastic Polymer Flooding: Unanswered Questions, Myth or Reality?

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Conference/Workshop

Investigating the Viscoelastic Polymer’s Rheological Influences on the Sweep Efficiency and Injectivity During Heavy Oil Recovery Applications

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Conference/Workshop

CSC Doctoral Scholarship

Haisheng Yu

Award

Engineering Research Award, University of Alberta

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Alberta

Hongbo Zeng

Award

FGSR Great Supervisor Award

Hongbo Zeng

Award

FGSR Great Supervisor Award

Juliana Leung

Award

Hatch Innovation Award, Chemical Institute of Canada

Hongbo Zeng

Award

U of A Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship

Haisheng Yu

Award

A geomechanically-constrained dynamic fractal wormhole growth model for simulating cold heavy oil production with sand simulation

Juliana Leung, Haisheng Yu

Conference Proceedings

Does Polymer's Viscoelasticity Influence Heavy Oil Sweep Efficiency and Injectivity at 1ft/day?

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Conference Proceedings

Evaluating the Performance of CO2 Foam and CO2 Polymer Enhanced Foam for Heavy Oil Recovery: Laboratory Experiments in Unconsolidated and Consolidated Porous Media

Japan Trivedi

Conference Proceedings

Extensional Rheological Data from Ex-situ Measurements for Predicting Porous Media Behaviour of the Viscoelastic EOR Polymers

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Intermolecular and Surface Forces at Solid/Oil/Water/Gas Interfaces in Petroleum Production

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie, Xinwei Cui

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Static and Dynamic Performance ofWet Foam and Polymer-Enhanced Foam in the Presence of Heavy Oil

Japan Trivedi

Scholarly Refereed Journal