Abstract

Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) production is a challenging environment where the economics are driven by optimization of the steam injection and oil production. An accurate metering system coupled with downhole pump information is required as is the reduction in physical intervention and operating expenditures.

Suncor’s Firebag team engaged themselves in this challenging endeavor over the last 4 years to build a strategy using multiphase flowmeter (MPFM) to (1) provide a compact and versatile solution for new wells, (2) comply with regulations, and (3) validate the metering performances of the MPFM against the conventional separator.

The goal of this paper is to address the learnings and challenges faced in the MPFM deployment under these high temperature and harsh line conditions. This knowledge sharing is expected to serve as a guideline for future users of this MPFM technology in SAGD applications particularly with Cold Weather Operations, Multiphase Sampling and High H2S environment, also considering Pressure-Volume-Temperature (PVT) Modeling.

From a practical point of view, the qualification, application and benefits of MPFMs in field conditions will be highlighted versus the conventional solution. A particular focus will be placed on the production optimization and reservoir management.

Additionally, the synergy between the downhole pump information and instantaneous MPFM flow rate measurements will be reviewed along with the positive impact on the production optimization. The benefit of the MPFM accuracy and continuous measurement is expected to improve the allocation factors applied to all wells and pads.

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