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306, 2020

PIRAMID Version 4.5.10 Now Available

June 3rd, 2020|

We are pleased to announce that PIRAMID™ version 4.5.10 is now available for download. This new version completes the upgrade of PIRAMID’s probability models to a new calculation engine, and provides a number of other performance enhancements and bug fixes: Calculation windows now display the number of pipeline sections that will be calculated Societal risk estimation using F-N curves now considers collateral damage to adjacent pipelines The probability of ignition model for adjacent pipelines has been improved Unused inputs for the plain dent probability module have been suppressed A fix of an issue preventing [...]

2303, 2020

Update on C-FER’s COVID-19 Response

March 23rd, 2020|

Operational Continuity and Contingency Plans At C-FER, we are strictly following the recommendations of our local health authorities to manage the situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping the health and well-being of our employees, their families, our clients, and the community at large is our top priority. Recent travelers and personnel with vulnerable health conditions were identified during the early stages of the alert. A self-isolation policy was promptly implemented. Special safe-work protocols were defined to minimize exposure of people on site and mitigate the likelihood of spreading the virus. Measures to minimize [...]

603, 2020

Learn about C-FER’s sour service capability

March 6th, 2020|

Correct qualification and material selection is even more important when equipment is exposed to H2S-contaminated or other sour gas atmospheres. These environments are both highly toxic and corrosive. Many materials and products are susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement and stress corrosion cracking. The risk of catastrophic failures significantly increases. C-FER provides clients with a wide range of sour service testing capabilities that help to understand and minimize various failure mechanisms. Our Special Environments Laboratory, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive containment test facilities. Testing is accessible via two walk-in Special Environment Chambers. [...]

1302, 2020

New release of C-FER’s ESPBend software now available

February 13th, 2020|

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. About ESPBend ESPBend helps companies investigate the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP equipment deflection and reliability. Users can perform detailed engineering stress and [...]

1302, 2020

How engineering analysis and field run-life data can be coupled to predict the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP reliability

February 13th, 2020|

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 reliability data analysis methods were used to correlate the calculated housing stress and curvature of ESP components with the [...]

1411, 2019

How to enhance tubular connection product line validation

November 14th, 2019|

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, Jueren Xie of C-FER Technologies and Junfeng Xie of PetroChina have completed parametric FEA case studies with various sizes and weights of tubular connections. They conducted a review on the [...]

2908, 2019

Risk-ranking thermal wells for integrity – ePoster Presentation

August 29th, 2019|

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 optimal benefit; and a means to support the transparent identification, communication and tracking of risk levels and actions related to [...]

2808, 2019

How to optimize SAGD production with AICV – ePoster Presentation

August 28th, 2019|

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. Details of the test program, and the principles that make up the AICV technology, are presented in a paper co-authored by Steven [...]

2808, 2019

How flow control devices may benefit Geothermal Applications

August 28th, 2019|

This year, C-FER will be presenting a paper entitled, An Introduction to Flow Control Devices and the Potential Benefits to Geothermal Applications. Geothermal operators face several significant challenges in creating and maintaining optimal production from their wells. One of these challenges is the uniform distribution of both injected and produced fluid to and from the reservoir. Preferential production of fluid from one zone of a reservoir can result in thermal drawdown, reducing the temperature of the produced fluid. Additionally, the formation of direct pathways between injection and production wells, commonly referred to as "short-circuits", [...]

2708, 2019

How a new FCD can optimize thermal SAGD operations

August 27th, 2019|

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 Daniel Booy. The paper will be presented [...]



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