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 Monitoring effectiveness of steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) operations

Challenge ID:

HCP-3303

Originator:

Onshore: Hatfield

Title:

Monitoring effectiveness of steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) operations.

Theme:

ON 3.3: Subsidence monitoring - Reservoir management

Consortium Lead:

C-CORE

Interviewed Company:

C-CORE

Geography:

ON.REG.03 - Canada

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Need to identify effectiveness of steam chamber operations (e.g. with long linear horizontal drilling activity at depths of 100 - 700m). Track / monitor the distribution of injected steam based on reservoir model, surface thermal profile, and ground movement. Determine if the expected volume of bitumen produced based on water use.

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Optimization could lead to increased oil production, reduced costs of steam production; and reduces waste-water. Goal is reduction of steam-to-oil ratio.

Thematic information requirements:

Surface motion (horizontal and vertical)

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Limited InSAR. Reservoir models. Drill/well logs.

What kind of solutions do you envisage could address this challenge?

High-resolution thermal maps. Improved InSAR capability in vegetated environments.

What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need?

Are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?

Resolution is too low at the moment - need thermal imaging with resolution of several metres.

Challenge Classification

Impact on Lifecycle (0=none, 4=high):

Climate / Topography / Urgency:

Pre-license:

1

Climate class:

Generic climate

Exploration:

2

Topographic class:

Not specific

Development:

2

Seasonal variations:

Any season

Production:

4

Impact area:

Cost reduction, Increased production

Decommissioning:

3

Technology urgency:

1 - Mid-Term (5-10 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:

Daily

Data currently used:

LiDAR

Airphotos

High resolution imagery

InSAR

Spatial resolution:

Basin

Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Within a week

Geographic extents:

License

Existing standards:

None


 

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