Heavy Oil One-Day Course

Introduction to Heavy Oil:


  • What is heavy oil?
  • How was it formed?
  • What makes heavy oil heavy?
  • Basics on heavy oil reservoirs
  • Locations of heavy oil deposits. Could discuss Canada, Venezuela, USA, others

Why the growing interest in Heavy Oil?


  • Review supply and demand?
  • Global issues and impact on heavy oil development


Brief overview of Heavy Oil recovery methods:

  • Cold Production and Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS)
  • Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS)
  • Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)
  • Vapor Assisted Petroleum Extraction (VAPEX)
  • Toe to Heel Air Injection (THAI)
  • Hybrid recovery methods

Economics and Markets for Heavy Oil:


  • Why is heavy oil profitable?
  • Traditional and emerging heavy oil markets

Opportunities and Challenges for heavy oil development

The SPE-Gulf Coast Section office is located at 10777 Westheimer, Suite 335, Houston, TX  77042

·          Take Beltway 8/Sam Houston Tollway to the west side of Houston.

·          Exit at Westheimer & go west on Westheimer.

·          Our building is at the corner of Westheimer and Walnut Bend St., approximately 3 lights west of Beltway 8.

·          Take a left on Walnut Bend.

·          Take a left into the parking garage driveway & then a right into the parking garage. 

·          You may park free in the parking garage on the 1st floor in Visitor's Parking.

·          Call Kathy MacLennan, SPE Gulf Coast Section Liaison at 713.779.9595 ext. 613 if you need help.

Location: SPE GCS Office
10777 Westheimer Road
Houston , TX 77042

Date: Oct. 17, 2006, 8:30 a.m. - Oct. 17, 2006, 5:30 p.m.