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Consultancy

I am offering consultancy services either by themselves or in conjunction with courses/workshops.

The most efficient system is to have a course/workshop of three to five days followed by another two to five days of consultancy work. When ISC consultancy is involved, generally, there is an initial ISC course/workshop followed by the use of SelectEORTM software for choosing an oil reservoir for ISC, and finishing with an analysis of how one can design the ISC pilot and go from pilot to commercial operations for that specific reservoir. When EOR consultancy is involved, generally, there is an initial course on evaluation of EOR potential using SelectEOR software, followed by the hands-on use of SelectEOR software for choosing the most appropriate EOR/IOR methods for several reservoirs belonging to the participants; in this case the data for those reservoirs have to be prepared in advance by the participants and checked by the instructor.   

Selection criteria for choosing the appropriate oil reservoir for application of ISC process will be provided separately for heavy oils, very light oils (HPAI process) and for THAI process. Please note that THAI process is not commercially proven yet. So far 6 field THAI pilots/projects have been conducted in 3 countries and very important lessons have been learned. Based on that, consultancy services for selection of the reservoir and design/monitoring/evaluation of a field THAI pilot are offered.

Past ISC consulting work: India, Malaysia, Brazil, Ecuador, Surinam, Russia, Netherlands, USA, Romania, Canada, China and Japan.

Highlight-India: Guidance from pilot to commercial development for Balol-Santhal ISC projects.

Past EOR potential evaluation consulting work: Malaysia, Albania, Canada, USA, Colombia, Surinam, Gabon and Sudan.

How the consultancy services can be conducted:

  • Turn-key projects (from A to Z)
  • Time-based consultancy work as per your needs
  • Guidance on how-to-do  and/or review of your final work regarding the selection of the ISC as an EOR method and the design of the ISC pilot for a certain oil reservoir  OR  guidance on how-to-do  and/or review of your final work on evaluation of EOR/IOR potential for your reservoirs of interest; (review of your SelectEOR reports)

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Courses/Training

I am providing the following five courses:

1) General ISC Course; 2) Understanding Toe-To-Heel Air Injection (THAITM) – Clues for Developing New In Situ Combustion Technologies;  3) Evaluating the EOR Potential of Oil Reservoirs; 4) Heavy Oil Recovery Methods and 5) Oil Recovery by CO2 Injection

1) General ISC Course

This is a 2-3 day course. When intended for ISC application to heavy oil reservoirs it is a two day course, while when additionally presenting the ISC for light oil reservoirs, it is a 3-day course. A perusal of the ISC Table of Contents and of the instructor’s biomay help you to decide if you are interested in this course; we also provide a one-day course and a 0.5 day course with approximately the same Table of Contents but reduced according, to the time available for the course.  So far the ISC course has been presented in Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Russia, Japan, China, Canada and Romania.

2) Understanding Toe-To-Heel Air Injection (THAITM) – Clues for Developing New In Situ Combustion Technologies

This is a one-day course. The use of horizontal wells in combination with ISC is the main focus of this course. Both uses of horizontal wells in old fields (where an ISC was implemented) and uses of horizontal wells in newly developed ISC processes are covered. These new processes comprise of COSH, top-down ISC, THAITM and CAPRITM processes. Details are provided on Toe-to-Heel Air Injection (THAITM) as an evolving technology involving short-distance oil displacement. A critical mass of information has emerged after more than 8 years of field testing. So far, the course has been presented twice. This course involves discussion of these lessons pertaining to THAITM in the following areas:

  • Development of the process
  • Basic mechanisms
  • Laboratory testing
  • Field testing: piloting and semi-commercial operations
  • Consistent in-situ upgrading of the produced oil
  • Status of current development and limitations
  • Criteria for application
A perusal of the THAI Table of Contents may help you to decide if you are interested in this course.

3) Evaluating the EOR Potential of Oil Reservoirs

This workshop is based on using the software SelectEORTM for this purpose. The duration is flexible, between three days and five days. A perusal of the SelectEOR Table of Contents and of the instructor’s expertise may help you to decide if this is right for you. So far this course has been presented in Canada, Colombia, Malaysia, Sudan and Dubai. I am conducting this workshop as an Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) consultant; AITF owns the SelectEORTM software. Therefore, the job will be carried out based on a contract between your business and AITF; for more information and details please email to Manuela Valencia.

Note: As mentioned, these courses can be presented in conjunction with consultancy services occurring immediately after the course. When the courses are presented separately they are charged as courses – higher daily charge – while when presented with consultancy services they are charged as normal consultancy activity.

4) Heavy Oil Recovery Methods

This is a two-day full course. The use of horizontal wells in combination with thermal processes is a focus of this course.  Therefore, the course also covers the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) process and the essential elements on using in situ combustion (ISC) with horizontal wells; some information on the toe-to-heel air injection (THAI) process will be provided.  Essential aspects of cold heavy oil production (CHOPS), focusing on production mechanisms (foamy oil and sand production), as well as stimulation of these mechanisms, will be discussed.  The course will also cover the various applications of steam injection involving Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS), steam drive, and hot water flooding. Various design details, implementation and field implementation will be reviewed.

A perusal of the  HO Recovery Table of Contents  may help you to decide if you are interested in this course. So far, the course has been presented three times, twice in Canada and once in Colombia.

5) Oil Recovery by CO2 Injection

This is a one-day course.  It covers mostly miscible flooding for light oils, with an emphasis on the robustness of the method; it also deals with extension of this method to fractured rocks.  CO2 injection as an immiscible method for heavy oil recovery is also discussed.  For more details please see the Biographical Sketch of the instructor and outline of the course.

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