Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • Major In Situ Oil Sands Producers
  • Independent In Situ Producers
  • Any Oil Sands Producers Using SAGD And Other Thermal Recovery Techniques
  • E&P Companies Looking To Invest In Oil Sands
  • Ministries & Departments Of Energy
  • Geological Institutes & Surveys
  • Environmental & Regulatory Authorities
  • Service & Technology Providers

With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...

  • Heavy Oil
  • Oil Sands
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Thermal Heavy Oil
  • Operations
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Environmental
  • Processing
  • Facilities
  • Engineering
  • HSE
  • Water Treatment Technology
  • Water Management
  • Sustainability
  • Unconventional
  • Canadian Operations
  • Heavy Oil
  • Thermal Heavy Oil
  • Upstream
  • R&D
  • Technology
  • HSE & SR Manager
  • Manager Oil Sands Technology
  • Oil Sands OE
  • Oil Sands OPS
  • Planning & Development
  • Project Planning
  • Environmental Policy


  • Water Treatment Technology Providers
  • Water Recycling Companies
  • Water Logistics & Pipeline Companies
  • Water Separation & Filtration
  • Wast Water Disposal Companies
  • EPCs (Engineering, Procurement & Construction)
  • Environmental Consultancies
  • SAGD Technology Suppliers
  • Solvent Producers
  • Chemical Suppliers
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities
  • Investment Firms

In Situ Oil Sands Water Treatment & Re-Use Optimization 2014

Water conservation in Alberta's in situ oil sands industry has always been a topic of both great concern and innovation but the recent implementation of Directive 081, has now made it mission-critical. Consolidating various aspects of water management requirements for thermal in situ oil sands operations, the directive sets strict two key restrictions that are now driving operator water innovation plans; water disposal limits and detailed requirements for reporting injection facility water streams.

Many of the opportunities for improving water re-use and environmental impact have been instantly realized by industry operators, with many pioneering brand new water management approaches and re-use technologies. Case studies in the past 12 months include operators reaching 98% water reclamation for use as feedwater for conventional drum boilers and utilizing innovations in evaporator systems, cleaning procedures and chemical programs to ensure disposal streams are cost-effectively minimized. Additionally, applications in thermal recovery, solvent co-injection and air injection are expected to soon reduce water use on a commercial scale.

The mission of In Situ Oil Sands Water Treatment & Re-Use Optimization 2014 is to facilitate the sharing of operators' very latest water treatment and disposal plans to drive down the collective costs of meeting Directive 081. It will analyze upcoming and proven brackish and used-water treatment technologies and evaluate boiler technologies for optimal steam generation to reduce the percentage of water used and explain case studies showing how operators are cost-effectively sourcing and disposing of water within in situ oil sands production.

Day 1 will focus on treatment and steam generation starting with a keynote presentation on how operators are optimizing and reconfiguring SAGD plants to reduce waster disposal and meet Directive 081 requirements. Case studies on the very latest treatment techniques will then be assessed focusing on optimal boiler feed quality, ceramic membranes, evaporators, innovations and scale prevention techniques. How to avoid down time incurred by boiler fouling and pigging to reduce costs will also be addressed.

Day 2 will focus on water sourcing and disposal, starting with a presentation showing how an operator has moved from mainly fresh and mainly brackish water without compromising economics during in situ production. Disposal treatment requirements and cost effective waste options will then be assessed followed by production techniques for reducing water use and techniques for reducing GHG emissions and the environmental footprint of water management.



Treatment of Alberta's in situ oil sands-produced water is becoming increasingly challenging...

...because of the high scaling and fouling potential and increasing requirements from Directive 081. As a result, operators are innovating recovery technologies for water usage reduction and applying the very latest used water treatment techniques to reduce the percentage of water disposed of.

The In Situ Oil Sands Water Treatment & Re-Use Optimization Congress will bring together the water treatment, facility and process experts in the oil sands operating industry to share their best practices for optimizing water usage and reducing the percentage of water disposed.

  • REDUCING DISPOSAL: How operators are optimizing and reconfiguring SAGD plants to reduce water disposal percentage and meet Directive 81 requirements
  • BRACKISH WATER USE: Analyzing sourcing solutions and the implications of brackish water use in SAGD
  • WATER QUALITY - STEAM GENERATION: Examining the feasibility of increasing PPM silica in boiler feed to reduce softening requirements and OTSG operating costs
  • RECYCLING: Assessing the operating costs and effectiveness of the latest treatment technologies being used to recycle water for steam generation - membranes, evaporators, crystallization
  • BOILER OPTIMIZATION: Assessing how to safely reduce tube fouling and pigging frequency to maximize running time and avoid extensive down time costs
  • WATER SUPPLIES: Identifying brackish and non-oil and gas industry water sources for in situ production to reduce reliance on fresh sources
  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Examining techniques and initiatives for reducing GHG emissions and the overall environmental footprint of water management

The Oil Sands Water Management Series was the original event focused specifically on in-situ water use when it was first launched in 2011 and for the past 4 years, has addressed the ever-evolving issues and challenges facing in situ operators, helping to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in many Athasbasca oil sands operations.  


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