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.
Morning Workshops 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
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.
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.
Afternoon Workshops 1:00 pm – 5:10 pm
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.
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.
Agenda is subject to change.