Special Volume on the Montney Play

We are excited to announce the publication of a Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology special issue on the Montney play, co-edited by Tristan Euzen, Tom Moslow and Mark Caplan. This first volume comprises 13 papers focusing on Tectonostratigraphic Framework, Sedimentology and Reservoir Architecture. The second volume will include 9 additional papers covering rock and fluid properties as well as development strategies of the Montney Play and will be available online this summer.

Preview and download the manuscripts of Volume 1

Eric Delamaide acknowledged for outstanding services as a Technical Editor at ATCE

Eric Delamaide of IFP Canada has been acknowledged for outstanding services as a Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal.

The award will be presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) held in Amsterdam Oct. 27-29, 2014.

Find out more about the SPE Annual Technical Conference here.

Daqing (China)

IFP (a member of the EOR Alliance) was contracted in 1985 to perform screening studies for the giant Daqing field (China), the producing at high water-cut following several years of water injection. IFP recommended polymer flooding to increase the production and reduce the water-cut and subsequently performed the geology, reservoir engineering and laboratory studies for the design of two polymer flood pilots (Chauveteau, Combe, & Dong, 1988).

The two pilots proved highly successful (Wang, et al., 1993) (Delamaide, Corlay, & Wang, 1994) and the polymer flood was later extended to the whole field. Daqing is now the largest polymer flood in the world.

Pelican Lake (Canada)

IFP (a member of the EOR Alliance) proposed the first polymer flood in a heavy oil reservoir in 1995 in the Pelican Lake field. This thin (5 m average) giant reservoir (6.4 billion barrels OOIP) contains high viscosity oil (over 1,000 cp) and has mostly been produced through primary depletion using horizontal wells. The first pilot failed because of operational issues but a second pilot in 2005 proved highly successful (Delamaide, Zaitoun, Renard, & Tabary, 2013), with the production in the central producer going from less than 10 bopd to over 360 bopd. After almost 8 years of continuous injection the central well in the pilot is still producing over 150 bopd with a water-cut of less than 70%. Following that success the polymer flood has been extended to most of the field, making Pelican Lake the second largest polymer flood in the world after Daqing.

Bramberge (Germany)

The Bramberge field in Germany is being waterflooded and producing at high water-cut. The challenges in this reservoir are the large variations in salinity due to a mix between the initial reservoir water (120 g/L TDS) and injection water (33 g/L) as well as the high hardness of the injection water. In spite of this, a surfactant-polymer formulation exhibiting high recovery was developed for the field (Tabary, et al., 2012) and adsorption was reduced to acceptable levels by using appropriate adsorption inhibitors. The project is proceeding and a field pilot is planned.

Confidential (Malaysia)

Foam was selected by the operator to improve the performances of a WAG process. A formulation generating a stable foam with goof rheological properties and stability in reservoir conditions was designed (Chabert, et al., 2013). The next step in the process should be a pilot test.

IFPEN launches Dolphin™, an experimental research project with industry

In collaboration with six industrial partners, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) has just launched the DolphinTM research project, which aims to examine the impact of chemical enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes on water management system.

EOR could play a key role in increasing the quantity of oil extracted from a field. In a context of rising oil prices, it becomes a major challenge for oil operators. Chemical recovery uses viscosifiers and surfactants, in particular, making it possible to produce up to 20% more hydrocarbons from an oil field.

One of the problems raised by the development of chemical EOR is the impact of the products used on the water cycle. This means that it is important to study the compatibility of EOR processes with fluid separation technologies, to develop appropriate solutions to facilitate the treatment of produced water and to define the conditions for reinjection of water into reservoirs for the purpose of enhanced recovery.

To this end, IFPEN, working with Petrobras and Statoil, has just finalized an 18-month preliminary study in the laboratory designed to gain a clearer understanding of the impact of chemical EOR on surface water treatment facilities. Given the technical hurdles that still need to be overcome, IFPEN is now launching an ambitious research program open to oil operators via the creation of the DolphinTM project. In addition to Petrobras and Statoil, IFP Technologies Canada, OMV, Shell and Wintershall have already joined DolphinTM.

Scheduled to last three years, DolphinTM should make it possible to study the impact of chemical EOR on the production system as a whole, in conditions representative of oil fields, and, more specifically, assess the compatibility of chemical EOR substances with treatment additives, along with their impact on well performance, surface installations and reinjection processes.

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a public-sector research, innovation and training center active in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. Its mission is to provide public players and industry with efficient, economical, clean and sustainable technologies to take up the challenges facing society in terms of climate change, energy diversification and water resource management. It boasts world-class expertise. IFPEN has been strongly involved in chemical EOR for more than two decades and develop innovative solutions based on state of the art laboratory and modeling facilities. Learn more at www.ifpenergiesnouvelles.fr.

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IFP Energies nouvelles recognized as one of the world’s top innovators

07 October 2013 

For the third year running, IFPEN has earned a place in Thomson Reuters’ list of Top 100 Global Innovators

For the past three years1, IFPEN has been one of the world’s 100 most innovative organizations according to the “Global innovators” list drawn up by Thomson Reuters. This year, nine major French industrial groups and three research bodies (IFP Energies nouvelles, French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) and French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)) were singled out, making France the 3rd most innovative country, behind the USA and Japan.

To be included in the list, the innovation value of an organization is assessed on the basis of four parameters: the volume (number of patents), the patent-filing success rate (ratio between patent applications and patents granted), the international scope of the patents and, finally, their influence (number of times an original patent is cited by other applicants).

The award is due recognition of the quality of IFPEN’s policy of innovation and industrial development, aimed at protecting the results of its research and promoting technology transfer to industry, in order to support the competitiveness of French and European companies.

IFPEN, the leading patent filer among French research bodies

According to the latest INPI ranking of patent filers in France (2012), IFP Energies nouvelles is among the top 11 national patent filers. That puts IFPEN among the top three research bodies in France, with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS). When adjusted to account for workforce, IFPEN climbs to number one.

In addition, IFPEN is the 11th largest French patent filer in the United States (with 75 patents granted in 2010) and has a portfolio of over 12,200 active patents.

IFPEN published 176 patents in 2012 (and created 880 ownership rights), i.e. 12% more than in 2010. These results are the fruit of a constant innovation process, aimed at transferring technology to industry and creating both value and jobs.

IFPEN, the leading patent filer in the field of renewable energies

Of the 176 patents filed in 2012, 88 concern new energy technologies: biofuels, marine energies, biobased chemistry, alternative powertrains including hybridization and electrification, CO2 capture/conversion, etc.

When adjusted to account for workforce, IFPEN is the leading patent filer in the renewable energy sector.

This confirms IFPEN’s commitment to the energy transition and its determination to promote the emergence of new industrial processes across France.

1 Included in Thomson Reuters list of “Global innovators” in 2011, 2012 and 2013. 

For further information: www.top100innovators.com

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