Division Profile
The Heavy Oil / Oil Sands Division was originally established in November 2007. The purpose of the division was to provide a forum for CSPG members and guests who are either employed and/or interested in learning more about the disciplines of heavy oil and oil sands. This division is focused on providing attendees the opportunity to learn more about the geology, technology, various projects and development in the heavy oil / oil sands industry. In addition, this forum will provide the attendee the chance to network with their peers and meet new contacts in the industry.

Upcoming Division Talk

The BioEOR Process for Improving Performance of Mature Heavy Oil Waterfloods
SPEAKER: Roland DeBruyn, Vice President, Engineering and Operations, Transworld Technologies Inc. 
LOCATION: Halliburton Training Centre, Room 1830, 645 – 7th Ave, SW, Calgary AB 
Wednesday March 14th, 2018 @ 8:00am

Communities of microbes live in many mature waterfloods, especially those producing heavy oil.  The microbes gain their energy by breaking down portions of the oil to smaller molecules, ultimately to methane.  This is a natural process, responsible for transforming lighter oils into basin-scale deposits of very heavy oil (examples:  Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, and Orinoco (Venezuela)), and biodegrading the oils present in numerous other oil reservoirs around the world.

The biodegradation process can be made to work in commercial time (“BioEOR”) by providing the microbes with chemical activators in dilute concentrations.  Once stimulated, the microbes will produce methane gas.  In conventional reservoir rocks, the new methane will serve as an effective and durable flow diversion agent, expanding the waterflood’s swept zone and increasing oil recovery.  Important aspects of this technology are its focus on stimulating native microbes where they already live, without inoculating with any new microbes, and without introducing significant chemical changes to the reservoir environment.  Field footprint is light and temporary, and deployment costs are low.

Waterfloods of heavy oil reservoirs must contend with oil viscosities significantly higher than those of conventional crude oils.  Consequences are increased water production and water handling expense, and reduced oil recovery.

BioEOR has recently been deployed into a small waterflooded Glauconite pool in the Jenner Field of SE Alberta.  This pool produces 19o oil with viscosity of about 70 cp.  First BioEOR injections were in June 2017.  Early results include production and injection responses that demonstrate flow diversion, and increases in oil production.
This presentation will review the biological foundations of BioEOR, and how microbial activation has worked at Jenner; describe the in situ flow diversion mechanism; and present early field results from the Jenner project.

Roland DeBruyn is Vice President – Engineering and Operations with Transworld Technologies Inc. in Golden, Colorado.  He joined TTI in 2013, and has more than 40 years of engineering experience in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. He has spent the past 15 years focused on the development and field implementation of enhanced coal bed methane and microbial enhanced oil recovery. Roland’s expertise includes reservoir engineering, project development, economics, application and regulation of new technologies, groundwater quality, and management of both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He is the co-author of several technical papers and co-inventor of numerous domestic and international patents.

Roland’s prior experience includes work at Luca Technologies, Fidelity Exploration & Production, Preston Reynolds & Co., Hallwood Petroleum and Dome Petroleum. 
He earned a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University of Calgary and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Breakfast Talk Division Sponsor

Breakfast Talk Business Card Draw and Speaker Gift Sponsor

Division Information


The division will host a breakfast session that will take place in the Halliburton Training Room which is located at Room 1830, 645 - 7th Avenue SW.  The forum will start at 8:00am and starts with a 10 minute introduction, followed by a 40 minute talk, and will conclude with 10 minutes to network. We are looking for sponsors for our continental breakfast. The sponsor will get promoted on our group email as well as at the event. During the introduction each sponsor will be able to talk for up to 5 minutes about their company, services and products. The sponsoring company will also be able to provide a business card draw.

The monthly forum will be the first Wednesday of each month. We expect to host additional events throughout the year to allow our attendees the opportunity to do more networking. Some of these events include a Christmas party and Stampede party. The events will be complimentary and will be sponsored by various service companies engaged in the heavy oil / oil sands industry.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, giving a presentation, sponsoring an events, or joining our mailing list, please contact of one volunteers or chairperson.

Chair: Randy Smith, ostalks@shaw.ca, (c) 403.968.9222