Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in 2022.

REGINA – If you have time next week, consider heading to Regina for the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference May 2-3, 2023. You can register here.

The event takes place at the Regina Delta Convention Centre.

The event is hosted by the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC), in conjunction with the Government of Saskatchewan.

There will be a trade show again held in conjunction with the show.

The business program includes a keynote address by Premier Scott Moe on May 2, followed by a conversation between Ken From, former CEO of both SaskEnergy and the PTRC, and Jon McKenzie, the incoming CEO of Cenovus Energy, Saskatchewan’s largest oil producer.

There will be a panel on carbon capture and storage which will include James Millar, president & CEO, International CCS Knowledge Centre; Adlai Majer, Director, New Energy, Whitecap Resources, and Rupen Pandya, President & CEO, SaskPower.

A panel on “Saskatchewan’s energy transition” will include Zach Maurer, executive director, Arizona Lithium; Kirsten Marcia, president and CEO, DEEP Corp.; Guy Lonechild, CEO, First Nations Power Authority; and Dave Allen, executive VP Exploration & Planning, North American Helium.

Ranjith (Ran) Narayanasamy, president and CEO of the PTRC, will have a conversation with Energy and Resources Minister Jim Reiter.

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Technical program

That’s the bulk of the business portion. The afternoon of May 2 and the whole of May 3 sees the technical program.

Topics on May 2 include:

  • Cradle to Grave: Considerations for Planning and Executing Full-Scale CCUS Infrastructure Projects
  • Can We Spend Fast Enough to Achieve Sustainability Goals?
  • Two Critical Conditions Necessary to Achieve Financial Success in CCS Projects
  • The Role of CCS in Reducing CCS Emissions: Canadian Outlook and Experience

There will also be sessions focusing on Saskatchewan’s burgeoning lithium sector, including presentations by two of the geologists whose work as been key.

Those topics include:

  • 25+ years of produced-water sampling in the Williston Basin (Canada-USA): to what end
  • Lithium exploration in Saskatchewan: New data from the 2022 sampling season as well as data from recent industry exploration
  • Lithium In Saline Brines (Duperow Aquifer) In Southeast Saskatchewan
  • Helium Systems in Saskatchewan: Working Towards a Better Understanding of the Geological Processes
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On May 3, topics include:

  • A Systematic Approach in Enhancing Entropy’s Proprietary Solvent: Creating an Innovative Pathway to the Future of Cost Effective CCS
  • Deciphering Optimal Carbon Dioxide Plume Geothermal Systems – Analogies from Oil and Gas Well Design and Engineering
  • Lashburn Carbon Capture Demonstration Project
  • Risk and Uncertainty in Subsurface Storage Volumes for CCS
  • More than CO2 Up the Flue: Critical Metal Potential of Saskatchewan Coal Ash
  • Risks and reward in developing geothermal resources in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin
  • The City of Regina Geothermal Project
  • Sustainable Geothermal Reservoir Energy Production, Conversion, Utilization and Energy System Integration in Saskatchewan Province
  • Federal Perspectives on CCUS and Carbon Management
  • Monitoring surface deformation over oil fields and CCUS facilities using Satellite InSAR
  • Simple Solutions Helping Reduce Methane Emissions – Case study
  • Quantitative Interpretation for Subsurface Evaluation in a CCUS Project
  • Let’s Just Skip the Communications Session: When CCUS Projects Fail
  • Application of Renewable Energy in the Form of Microstructures in Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Summary of Some Horizontal Well Polymer Floods in Heavy oil Pools in Saskatchewan: Insight into Future EOR Opportunities
  • Characterization of Complex Fracture Networks Using Tracer Tests in a Hydrocarbon Reservoir
  • Integrated Optimization of Hybrid Steam-Solvent Injection in Post-CHOPS Reservoirs with Wormhole Networks and Foamy Oil Behaviour Under Uncertainty
  • Hybrid Technologies Geared Towards Achieving Net Zero Emissions from the Production of Energy, Fuels and Chemicals

CCUS workshop

PTRC spokesperson Norm Sacuta said, “A big theme of it is going to be CCUS,” referring to carbon capture, utilization and storage. That happens to be one of the PTRC’s core specialties, as it backed the scientific research in the implementation of the Weyburn-Midale projects.

The day following the main conference will see a CCUS workshop held on May 4 at the PTRC’s office at the Innovation Place research park, University of Regina campus. This involves a separate registration of $650. Information can be found here.

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This conference comes at a time when interest is gathering steam.

CCUS stands for carbon capture, utilization and storage, and after literal decades of being implemented in Saskatchewan via the Weyburn and Midale Units, as well as Aquistore, the rest of the world is waking up to its promise. In Alberta, there are now numerous CCUS hubs in the works, the granddaddy of which is the Pathways Alliance which will bring CO2 from the largest oilsands producers to Cold Lake for geological storage. In Saskatchewan, Whitecap Resources is working with several Regina and Moose Jaw-area industrial operations, including Federated Cooperatives Ltd.’s refinery and ethanol facility, with the intention of pipelining it to the Weyburn Unit.

Thus, it’s time for Saskatchewan to share some of its experience, which is deep, both figuratively and literally. Thus, the Saskatchewan CCUS summit.

Topics for it include Introduction:

  • Global State of CCUS
  • Capture Technologies: An overview
  • CCUS Economics
  • CCUS Regulations, standards and tax incentives
  • Risk Management
  • Storage Site Screening, Selection and Characterization
  • Wells (Injection and Observation)
  • Measurement, Monitoring and Verification of Stored CO2
  • CO2 EOR
  • Closure and Post Closure
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