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Analytic Model for Estimating the Production of Bitumen From the ET-DSPTM Process With Economics and Comparisons to SAGD

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Analytic Model for Estimating the Production of Bitumen From the ET-DSPTM Process With Economics and Comparisons to SAGD

CETI 11-026

Authors: B.C.W. McGee, McMillian-McGee Corp.; L. Sullivan, Inflowential Energy Inc.; J. Backs, McMillian-McGee Corp.

Volume 1, Number 1



Abstract
The Electro-Thermal Dynamic Stripping Process (ET-DSPTM) has been commercialized as an environmental remediation technology to remove volatile soil contaminants, and deployed on over 50 sites in North America. However, the process found its roots in the oil sands industry. After nearly ten years of use, it has been adapted for the thermal stimulation and recovery of bitumen
from oil sand reservoirs. A proof of concept field Pilot(1) in the McMurray formation was conducted in 2007 by E-T Energy and was deemed to be successful. Since the first Proof of Concept Test, there have been numerous field tests that have advanced the technology towards commercialization.

This paper presents a simple analytical model that captures the production mechanisms associated with using the ET-DSPTM process in oil sands. It provides a theoretical basis from which to determine the production rates that might be anticipated from the process.

As well, simple economic calculations are presented, using the results of the model to demonstrate the economic potential of the process. Finally, in the interest of providing some perspective of
the ET-DSPTM in light of the SAGD process, publicly available performance metrics between the two processes are compared and reported in the paper.

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