Workshops

In conjunction with the COSIA – AI-EES 2016 Water Conference, we are pleased to offer four half-day learning workshops on mining and in situ oil sands water fundamentals and technical challenges, and on monitoring water quality impacts.

These workshops, held March 21, prior to the two-day COSIA – AI-EES Water Conference, will help bring new and recent professionals and students working in this area up to speed on current issues, technologies and approaches.

Each workshop is $200 and will include coffee and lunch. Space is limited, so please register early. Workshops may be canceled if an insufficient audience has registered, in which case registrars will receive a full refund for each workshop they had registered for.

 

Locations

101 & 201 – ConocoPhillips Office, 401, 9th Ave SW (3rd Floor Auditorium)
103 & 202 – Nexen +15 Center, 801 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3P7

Morning Workshops 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

ConocoPhillips Office 401, 9th Ave SW (3rd Floor Auditorium)

This course is essential for anyone new to the oil sands, offering an introduction to water issues in oil sands mining and in situ production. The course will provide a broad overview of the oil sands history, current development, and its global context, before focusing on water in the oil sands for mine and in situ production. Water in the oil sands will be explored in the context of obtaining, using, and cleaning it for reuse or return. Finally, the course will provide an overview of current and emerging water policy issues, and highlights current challenges/hot topics everyone new to the oil sands should be aware of.

Time
PLENARY
8:15am-8:30am
Course overview/introduction
8:30am-9:00am
Mine & In Situ full cycle (source to waste overview)
9:00am-9:30am
Overview of Mine & In Situ Development
9:30am-10:00am
In situ water treatment issues and solutions
10:00am-10:30am
Break
10:30am-11:00am
Mine water treatment issues and solutions
11:00am-11:30am
Reclamation & Water
11:30am-12:00pm
Regional water management

Nexen +15 Center 801 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3P7

Industry-defined research needs and challenges related to monitoring in the oil sands region.

COSIA has recently completed a two year strategic planning exercise to define gaps and opportunities related to accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in the oil sands. Environmental monitoring plays a critical role in evaluating performance, and a large proportion of the current external monitoring research is focused on areas and issues that are not actionable by the industry. The goal of this presentation is to enable better uptake of research results by clarifying some common misconceptions and better communicating end-user driven research needs related to key monitoring issues in the oil sands. It is hoped that research will be more actionable if there is better communication from industry about their context, concerns, objectives and realities. The focus of recent oil sands monitoring initiatives and research will be examined, with an emphasis on exploring opportunity areas and challenges related to monitoring in the oil sands. The objective of the presentation will be to contextualize oil sands monitoring research needs in terms of industry priorities for relevant, actionable research.

Time
PLENARY
8:15am-8:30am
Course overview/introduction
8:30am-9:00am
Current monitoring research in the OS and role of the Monitoring Working Group
9:00am-9:20am
Background on oil sands
9:20am-10:00am
What have we learned from external monitoring research
10:00am-10:20am
Break
10:30am-10:45am
Misconceptions and actionable research needs
10:45am-11:00am
Opportunity areas and gaps related to monitoring
11:00am-11:30pm
Designing effective monitoring programs
11:30am-12:00pm
Interpreting monitoring data

Afternoon Workshops 1:00 pm – 5:10 pm

ConocoPhillips Office 401, 9th Ave SW (3rd Floor Auditorium)

This course is a continuation of the Oil Sands 101 morning session. It is also relevant for those who already have an understanding of basic water use at in situ facilities. In Oil Sands 201, we will dive deeper into water issues extending from the basic flow sheet for standard through to zero liquid discharge (ZLD) designs. We will examine issues including boilers and boiler feed requirements, treatment options such as softening, reverse osmosis (RO), and emerging desalination as well as managing waste streams from concentrated brines, and lime sludge, to emulsions. The intent is to provide a more detailed examination of water use for in situ production and the challenges in obtaining, using and cleaning it for disposal or reuse.

Time
PLENARY
1:00pm-1:15pm
Course overview/introduction
1:15pm-2:00pm
An energetic review of SAGD steam production options. Energy requirements for typical WLS vs Evap systems and alternatives.
2:00pm-2:45pm
Overview of water chemistry and treatment outcomes required for various boiler options.
2:45pm-3:15pm
WLS systems operational review, challenges and optimization.
3:15pm-3:40pm
Break
3:40pm-4:10pm
Membrane treatment systems: Ultrafiltration and in line softening.
4:10pm-4:40pm
Membrane treatment systems: Reverse Osmosis and High Temp RO
4:40pm-5:00pm
In Situ water treatment wastes (e.g. Lime sludge, EBD, coke slurry, SAC regen, etc.)

Nexen +15 Center 801 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3P7

This course is a continuation of the Mining 101 Workshop held in the morning session or for those who have an understanding of basic water use at mine sites. In Oil Sands 202, we will dive deeper into design and ongoing operational issues including: planning and use of site water; depressurization management including salt accumulation; treatment (physical, chemical and biological) for reuse and/or discharge; and tailings management issues from the perspective of water (rather than clay) management. The course will also examine challenges including aquifer management, water liability as it may interface with mining financial security plan (MFSP) and finally review reclamation issues and the reconstruction of watersheds with good water quality.

Time
PLENARY
1:00pm-1:30pm
The regulatory framework for mine water
1:30pm-2:15pm
Tailings: Removing solids from a water stream (the solidification perspective)
2:15pm-2:45pm
Overview of water chemistry and treatment outcomes required for various boiler options.
2:45pm-3:15pm
Break
3:15pm-3:45pm
Current perspectives in pit lake water management and passive treatment.
3:45pm-4:15pm
Mine depressurization and other (e.g. runoff) water management.
4:15pm-4:30pm
Mine watershed reclamation
4:30pm-4:50pm
Review/presentation of modelling tools for water management currently in development or use in the oil sands.
4:50pm-5:10pm
Bio-treatment

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Agenda is subject to change.