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Heavy-Oil Recovery Processes 1: Cold Production, CHOPS, and Flooding

Course Code: N624
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration
1 days


This stand-alone, one-day course provides technical professionals with an overview of current upstream heavy-oil production technologies and introduces new upstream production technologies that have been developed in the last several years.  This course focuses on cold primary recovery processes such as Cold Production and CHOPS, plus some aspects of flooding.  Technology screening guidelines will be outlined and informative assessments of the various approaches will be provided. 

Part II is a separate course that address other recovery processes:  thermal (CSS, SAGD, steam flooding), solvents, electromagnetics, and in situ combustion.


The instructor is a bank of knowledge. Course is well organized for heavy oil entry level professionals

Duration and Training Method

One classroom day providing 0.8 CEU (Continuing Education Credits) or 8 PDH (Professional Development Hours)

Course Overview

Participants will learn to

1. Examine specific recovery processes such as Cold Production, CHOPS (Cold Heavy-Oil Production with Sand), and Flooding, that do not rely on heat or solvents
2. Provide a broad overview of heavy-oil recovery processes, for context and comparison
3. Review the properties of heavy oil and its current status in the world
4. Examine the various drive mechanisms required for heavy-oil recovery, such as foamy-oil drive
5. Describe the geomechanics and implications of sand production
6. Describe CHOPS’ implementation, completions, and workovers

1. Introduction - Outline
2. Our World and Heavy Oil
3. Overview of Heavy-Oil Recovery Processes
4. Drive Mechanisms and Foamy-oil Drive
5. Cold Production (CP) - no sand
6. Sand Control vs. Sand Management
7. Cold Heavy-Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS)
8. Geomechanics of Sand Production
9. Implementation and Workovers
10. Performance Comparison: CP vs CHOPS
11. Production and completion engineering aspects of CP and CHOPS
12. CHOPS in Horizontal Wells
13. Flooding

Anyone involved in heavy oil and bitumen recovery would find this course educational and instructional, but it is of particular interest to:
      • reservoir engineers, geologists, geophysicists
      • site personnel, engineering managers, facilities engineers
      • environmentalists, regulators

CEU: 0.8 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 8 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
RPS is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. We comply with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognised internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices.
We issue a Certificate of Attendance which verifies the number of training hours attended. Our courses are generally accepted by most professional licensing boards/associations towards continuing education credits. Please check with your licensing board to determine if the courses and certificate of attendance meet their specific criteria.