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  • Data integration improves oil sands characterization


    M. Fustic, L. Skulski, W. Hanson, D. Vanhooren, P. Bessette, D. Hinks, L. Bellman and D. Leckie

    The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how a multidisciplinary team integrates a variety of measured rock and fluid characteristics in order to interpret and map reservoir heterogeneities impacting SAGD operation. It also illustrates that data integration unavoidably leads to non-uniqueness of interpretation that requires evaluation of different geological concepts by active participation of many team members. A comprehensive integration of data is fundamental to achieve efficient development of a multibillion-dollar oil sands project. Nexen Inc. and OPTI Canada are joint-venture partners developing the $6.1-billion Long Lake Project in the Athabasca oil sands region of northern Alberta, 40 km southeast of Fort McMurray. The Long Lake Project will upgrade bitumen into a premium, sweet synthetic crude oil at a significant cost advantage over competitive technologies, by virtually eliminating the need for externally purchased natural gas. To upgrade the bitumen, the Long Lake Project will use a unique combination of established and proprietary technologies.

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