Senior Decision Makers From The Following Companies:

  • Oil Sands Producers
  • Major Oil & Gas Companies
  • Independent Oil & Gas Companies
  • E&P Companies Looking Towards Oil Sands For The Future
  • Ministries & Departments Of Energy
  • Geological Institutes & Surveys
  • Environmental & Regulatory Authorities
  • Service & Technology Providers

With the Following Job Titles:

CEOs, COOs Plus VPs, Directors, Managers of:

  • Facilities
  • HSE
  • Processing
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Water Treatment Technology
  • Water Management
  • Sustainability
  • Unconventional
  • Oil Sands
  • Canadian Operations
  • Heavy Oil
  • Thermal Heavy Oil
  • Upstream
  • Operations
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • R&D
  • Technology
  • Geoscience
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • HSE & SR Manager
  • Manager Oil Sands Technology
  • Oil Sands OE
  • Oil Sands OPS
  • Planning & Development
  • Project Planning
  • Environmental Policy
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geology


  • Water Treatment Technology Providers
  • Water Recycling Companies
  • Water Logistics & Pipeline Companies
  • Water Separation & Filtration
  • Wast Water Disposal Companies
  • EPCs (Engineering, Procurement & Construction)
  • Oil Field Service Companies
  • Environmental Consultancies
  • Law Firms
  • SAGD Technology Suppliers
  • Hydrogeological Surveying
  • Follow-Up Process Technologies (Electro-thermal & Radio-frequency)
  • Drilling Providers
  • Solvent Producers
  • Chemical Suppliers
  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities
  • Investment Firms
  • Market & Economics Analysts


CAPP forecast that oil sands production will nearly double by 2020 rising from 1.61m barrels per day last year to 3.16m bpd, driving on to reach 5m bpd by 2030.

This means one thing in particular for professionals working in SAGD: more competition for water.

To take full advantage of oil sands growth in Canada, operators are spending millions of dollars testing out new water treatment technologies to minimize the need for fresh water during steam generation and reduce the costs of recovery.

Continually evolving regulations from the ERCB and Alberta Environment combined with water scarcity mean there is increasing pressure on operators to re-use water resources and move towards zero-discharge SAGD operations. By keenly adopting innovative treatment technologies for using brackish and produced water in steam generation, lowering costs and significantly increasing re-use rate are achievable.Improvements in evaporation and hot lime softening technology mean that the options for improving water management for steam generation are growing. The question is which technology works most cost-effectively within the new ERCB directives? The answers can come only from regulators and from E&P companies delivering case-study based operating experiences on the best practices and techniques that are being successfully applied on a daily basis across the Athabasca region.

The third annual Oil Sands Water Management Initiative, was held in Calgary on January 30-31, and was re-researched and re-developed to build upon the learning points of last year and address the most current commercial learning challenges in relation to sourcing, treating re-using and disposing of water used in SAGD.

Over two days, the brand new speaker line up hosted E&P speakers from some of the most active companies in the region will share experiences on their water management strategies.

The initiative is the 3rd in the sell-out Canadian Oil Sands Water Management Series that has been attended by over 500 delegates and
speakers and will be once again be attended by all major companies 
producing oil sands in situ in Western Canada.

Busy Conference Area

Day one examined the latest techniques for emulsion separation and de-oiling to increase bitumen recovery, how E&Ps are moving from fresh water to brackish water and the treatment requirements that need met to enable the use of brackish water in steam generation. Day one also included an evaporator technology case study panel featuring presentations on evaporator technology, its integration into SAGD facilities and the latest developments in enhancing performance and reducing chemical consumption. Day one finished looking at water retention in the reservoir and how different steam qualities affect production, before regulatory update from the ERCB, discussing Directive 081 and with a live demonstration of the Thermal In Situ Water Publication.

Day two heard an open with case study on how an operator is using recycling best practices to minimize liquid discharge as well as mapping water sources and identifying alternative methods for water acquisition. Disposal zones for water used and produced in SAGD were also then be examined drilling down specifically into the disposal of blow down water and before a look at the use of alternative water sources for SAGD. Day two finished with an update on the regulations on groundwater monitoring and water conservation policy by Alberta Environment.


O&G Series

Brand New Features For 2013 include:

  • Increased Number Of Practical Case Studies : In 2013 there will be more acute attention placed on real-life success stories from E&P companies with an increased focus on transferable learning points that can be taken away and applied
  • Brackish And Produced Water Breakdown : Presentations in 2013 will provide solutions to the distinct challenges of both brackish and produced water to enhance applicability in the field
  • Facility Design Focus : Increased attention will be paid to the design aspect of treatment facilities to enhance learning on how to optimize re-use systems
  • Regulatory Directives Update: The very latest ERCB directives and calculations on re-use and disposal will be delivered to develop a road map on how to comply  

Practical solutions will also be delivered from E&P companies on the following key learning areas:


  • EMULSION AND DE-OILING : Assessing the latest techniques for emulsion separation and de-oiling to increase bitumen recovery and mitigate plant damage
  • ACHIEVING ZERO-LIQUID DISCHARGE : Examining how an operator has maximized recycling to achieve zero-liquid discharge during the in situ process
  • INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION : Discussing how operators can minimize capital and operating costs by sharing assets and by collaborating on non-competitive technologies
  • DISPOSAL : Examining what to look for when identifying zones for drilling disposal wells to ensure high discharge capacity
  • SOURCING : Exploring the productivity of source water aquifers in the Athabasca region and identifying new and innovative water sources to acquire the water critical to steam generation in SAGD