Upstream Oil & Gas

C-FER is attending the 2020 Corrosion Conference & Expo.

We work with operating companies to push the limits of engineering constraints to improve performance in existing assets, and to develop new resources. We provide full-scale equipment testing and qualification, risk management and engineering consulting services. Our facilities can accommodate a wide range of specimen sizes and testing scenarios, including testing at high pressure and high temperature, and in explosive and toxic...

C-FER’s Craig Radke is presenting at the 2020 SPE Symposium: ESP Journey to the Future.

During the presentation, Craig will discuss how wellbore trajectory, reserve recovery and productivity can be considered in combination to optimize ESP designs and improve the run-life of ESPs in horizontal wells.

The presentation includes a case study on how a combined physics-based and data-driven analysis approach was applied to ESP-lifted fields. Craig will explain how finite element analysis and field...

C-FER Technologies is pleased to announce that ESPBend version 3.2.0 is now available for download. This new version includes the following additions:

  • Softlock option is now available
  • Improvements in the layout of the main window
  • Improvements in the layout and operation of the equipment system design view

Subscribe to ESPBend and gain ongoing access to the software Maintenance and Support Plan, and receive additional upgrades in the future.

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Industry has made efforts to establish a framework for the tubular connection product line verification in terms of the structural integrity and sealing capacity for high pressure/high temperature and thermal recovery wells. However, these frameworks are a work in progress.

In consideration of improving the confidence in the interpolation and extrapolation methods presented in the current standards and of applying the quantitative element analysis (FEA) methods to qualitative evaluation,...

The Industry Challenge:

Certain oilfields and recovery methods are sensitive to thermal gradients between the formation and injected/produced fluids. Examples include:

  • Permafrost Zones (i.e. thaw-induced subsidence)
  • Cyclic Steam and SAGD Operations (i.e. injected steam quality)
  • Deepwater Completions (i.e. to prevent hydrates)
  • Geothermal Applications

To reduce unwanted heat transfer, Operators may install Vacuum Insulated Tubulars (VIT); however, VIT technology poses several challenges that are...

On October 23, 2019, C-FER held the webinar, "What's that Tight Spot: Multi-finger Caliper Deformation Analysis."

During the webinar, we discussed:

  • Deformations – The “Tight Spot” – what is the “Tight Spot,” Causes and Why diagnosis is important
  • Tubular Deformations: Varieties and Root Causes
  • Using Multi-Finger Caliper Data to Diagnose and Quantify Deformations
  • Deformation Case Histories & Simulations

Additonal material is available below.

This webinar is intended for well integrity,...

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In collaboration with Devon Canada (now CNRL), we developed a tool to quantitatively risk-rank SAGD wells for subsurface barrier integrity based on identified damage mechanisms and associated, readily available influential attributes or proxy attributes.

Such a tool can aid significantly in identifying wells at a higher risk of casing and cement sheath damage or failure; the specific mechanism and barrier at risk; the associated diagnostic, mitigation steps and resources to deploy to achieve...

Flow control devices are used in SAGD wells to balance the oil inflow along horizontal wells and mitigate unwanted fluid breakthrough.

The newest generation of flow control devices for SAGD wells, Autonomous Inflow Control Valves (AICVs), can:

  • optimize oil production;
  • reduce SOR; and
  • significantly restrict the inflow of unwanted fluids.

To assess the performance of AICVs, we conducted testing in a full-scale high temperature laboratory flow loop that replicates SAGD production conditions....

As part of a Joint Industry Project focused on studying FCDs for SAGD operations, a new device was investigated that inhibits the influx of steam while allowing the flow of emulsion into a production well. This new device was tested in C-FER’s lab using a high temperature, multiphase FCD flow loop and a three-phase FCD erosion loop, and in the field at Cenovus and Suncor sites. Details of the test program and the performance results of the new FCD device are presented in a paper co-authored by...