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CHOA Technical Panel- A presentation by Reservoir and Production Committee

May 26, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm



Oilsands operators are under constant pressure to innovate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In Situ operators use a significant amount of natural gas and water to generate steam as part of the recovery process and continually strive to reduce their carbon footprint. Injecting solvents as a partial or complete replacement for steam is gaining traction within the industry as a technology that could greatly reduce the water and energy intensity of the bitumen recovery process. Wide adoption of incorporating solvents and steam additives into the SAGD or CSS process would allow the oilsands industry to continue to grow under increasing environmental and social expectations.

This panel of industry experts will present their experience with solvent based bitumen recovery and share their insights into the considerations required to bring this technology from concept to commercialization.

Tair Ibatullin

Tair Ibatullin is a Technology Lead with Suncor Energy in Calgary. In his current role, Tair is responsible
for leading ES-SAGD technology development project. Before joining Suncor, he worked in various
technology, reservoir, exploitation and production engineering roles with Statoil, Shell and CNRL in
Canada and in Norway. His areas of technical expertise include reservoir engineering and simulation,
thermal and solvent-based methods of bitumen production, EOR/IOR and technology development. Tair
has PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering and is a Professional Engineer, registered in the province of

Harvey Yarranton
Harvey Yarranton is a Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary and
is the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Heavy Oil Properties and Processing. He received his B.Sc.
(1985) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Between
degrees, he worked for Dome Petroleum Ltd. and Amoco Canada Ltd. in reservoir, production, and
operations engineering. His research interests include the phase behavior and properties of heavy oils
and solvents, the fundamentals and treatment of water-in-oil emulsions, and oil sands extraction and
froth treatment. He has published over 100 journal papers in these areas. He is an Associate Editor for
SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering and a 2019/2020 SPE Distinguished Lecturer.

Orlando Castellanos Diaz, Ph.D, P.Eng
Orlando Castellanos is a Technology Development Scientist at Dow Chemical supporting pilot
implementation of novel enhance oil recovery technologies around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and has eleven years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His
experience ranges from lab work, modeling, and simulation, to field implementation and
commercialization of technologies. Orlando is passionate about closing the gap between research and
sustainable viable technologies to help our current and future generations. He has more than 30
publications and international talks in the Middle East, Asia, North America and Europe. He loves to read,
wildlife photography, traveling, and enjoys teasing about its own Ping Pong skills.

Juliana Leung
Juliana Leung is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the
University of Alberta. She holds a BSc degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary, and
MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her professional
experiences include working as a reservoir engineer for over two years at Shell Canada Ltd. and summer
internships at the Sandia National Laboratories and ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in
Houston. Her research interests are in the areas of data analytics and modeling of multi-scale flow
processes in heterogeneous subsurface porous media. She is an associate editor for several journals,
including the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering.

Prince Azom
Prince is a senior reservoir engineer with Cenovus Energy, where he is responsible for developing solvent
and digital technologies for efficiently exploiting the oilsands. He holds a doctorate degree in Petroleum
Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a professional engineer with APEGA and a
chartered financial analyst. In his spare time, Prince is passionate about education and participates in
several organizations both locally and internationally that are redefining the future of education in an
Artificial Intelligence enabled world.

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May 26, 2020
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Jill Sugars – CHOA
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