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Project Description


There are good reasons to target cold heavy oil for the introduction of new technologies:
• Current commercial technologies will leave approximately 90% of the resource in the ground which is a sizable prize;
• The fact that 90% is not recovered implies that important volumes of the resource are still at or near original oil saturation;
• Heavy oil is a higher quality product that commands a higher price than bitumen from oil sands;
• Heavy oil is produced in in areas that possess a significant infrastructure dedicated to the oil and gas industry. Cost of development is therefore lower than in undeveloped northern regions;
• Heavy oil is mobile at reservoir conditions due to its viscosity. The fact that oil is mobile is a degree of freedom that does not exist in the oil sands;
• Until recently, there have been few technology development programs targeting heavy oil in western Canada. Many interesting ideas have simply not been tried in the field and the probability of success may be a higher than in a well-studied area


The scope of CHOTAP includes Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS), cold primary production of heavy oil and bitumen (e.g. Peace River and Wabasca), and secondary and tertiary production (e.g. waterfloods, polymer floods, CO2 EOR, etc.).
The program will identify industry needs and search for technology solutions. It will screen and demonstrate technologies aimed at the following benefits:
• Improved resource characterization
• Reduced production decline
• Improved reservoir numerical modelling
• Optimized economics
• Improved water management
• Reduced environmental impact
• Other solutions as specified by the Steering Committee

Program Description

The program will follow a natural progression over 18 months from identifying industry needs and seeking solutions, to screening the best opportunities, and laying the foundation for field demonstration and implementation. Key program elements are as follows:
1. Technology Information Session – This will be a public “lunch and learn” event to announce the program and to outreach to new participants.
2. Executive E&P Committee – This committee will provide overall governance of the program.
3. Executive Technology Committee – This committee will provide direction to PTAC with respect to technology topics and criteria and will guide the contents of the workshop, the presentation series, the Request for Technologies and the showcase.
4. Industry Challenges Workshop – This workshop, which will be open to the industry, will be an opportunity to define industry needs in a way that will guide the search for technology solutions.
5. Request for Technologies – This understanding of industry challenges will provide the foundation for a Request for Technologies that will solicit solutions from technology providers worldwide. Submissions will be screened to a short list and selected technology providers will be invited to present at the Technology Showcase.
6. Technology Interviews Series – Approximately once per month, one technology solutions will be presented to a group small enough to allow meaningful discussion and debate of technical merits. These events will be by invitation but will be available to all CHOTAP participants.
7. Technology Showcase – This event will allow approximately 8 solutions to be presented and discussed with CHOTAP participants with a focus on determining the scope, location and interest in a demonstration trial.
8. Final Report – The final report will capture and summarize CHOTAP activities with particular emphasis on technologies identified by the program. It will allow participants to consider joint demonstration trials of technologies that meet their needs.


• Industry Challenges Workshop
• Technology Presentations and Debate Series
• Request for Technologies
• Technology Showcase
• Final Report

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