World Heavy Oil Congress Highlights Environmental Sustainability

    EDMONTON, March 4 /CNW/ - Edmonton's position as a global leader in heavy
oil will be highlighted when it plays host to the 2008 World Heavy Oil
Congress (WHOC) March 10 to 12 at the Shaw Conference Centre, according to dmg
world media, host of the premiere event.
    Bringing together hundreds of heavy oil and oil sands professionals from
around the globe, The World Heavy Oil Congress is comprised of a Technical
Conference, consisting of 144 technical papers, a Business Conference,
featuring senior level executive's from leading companies worldwide, and an
Exhibition, featuring the latest technologies, products and services in the
heavy oil industry.
    "We are delighted to bring to Edmonton such an important Congress that
will address the technological, strategic and environmental challenges along
with solutions to bring this rich resource to world markets," said Simon
Mellor, Commercial and Business Director, dmg world media. "During the
inaugural WHOC conference held in Beijing in November 2006, it became apparent
that the technological and environmental challenges facing the industry need
to be examined further.
    "Moreover, this year we will be focusing on sustainability and new
technologies within the industry to support environmental efforts. The theme
for the Business Conference is The Challenges of Managing Success. With strong
demand for the uses of heavy oil comes enormous responsibility to manage
sustainability not just from an environmental and social perspective, but also
with respect to supply, including manpower, infrastructure, as well as goods
and services," comments Mellor.

    There will also be Sustainable Development presentations in the Technical
Conference. These include:

    -  Effective Strategies for Managing Oil Sands Tailings Based on Inexact
       Optimization Technologies - 2008-147
       Xiadong Zhang, University of Regina

    -  Zero Emissions and Water Friendly SAGD Projects - 2008-359
       Alfred Fischer, Quadrise Canada Corporation

    -  Inhibition of Biogenic Sulfide Production Through Indigenous Bacteria
       and Amended Nitrate in Western Canadian Heavy Oil Fields - 2008-362
       Qian Tan, University of Regina

    -  Ensuring Operations Integrity with RFID Technology - 2008-384
       Linus Hakimattar, IBM Global Business Services

    -  Results of the Drilling Cuttings Reuse and Recycling Program of
       Petrolera Ameriven, A Mix Company of PDVSA, operating the Huyapari Oil
       Field in the Ayacucho Area of the Orinoco Heavy Oil Belt - 2008-446
       Alfonso Arrocha, Ameriven

    -  Oil Sands Industry's Options to Cope with Reduced Greenhouse Gas
       Limits plus Tightening Natural Gas Supplies - 2008-490
       Paul Koppel, Fluor Corp.

    "As a global port to the oil sands, Edmonton plays a prominent role in
energy development. This role promises to grow as our city hosts the World
Heavy Oil Congress. Our experts look forward to sharing ideas with other
global industry leaders during the congress." said Edmonton Mayor Stephen
    Registration for WHOC, its conferences, technical tours and social
events, is open and available at
    For registration information, please contact Amy Arch at (403) 209-3575
or by email at
    For media requests, please contact Shauna MacDonald at (403) 585-4570 or
by email at

    Dignitaries may be available for media interviews on the subjects of
global heavy oil and the World Heavy Oil Congress. To book pre-event
interviews, please contact Shauna MacDonald, Brookline Public Relations by
email at, or by phone at (403) 585-4570. Media
accreditation will be given to qualified media to attend WHOC. You may contact
Shauna MacDonald for those details as well.

    About the World Heavy Oil Congress

    The World Heavy Oil Congress is the world's premier international
technical and business conference and exhibition specializing in the heavy oil
industry. The importance of bringing heavy oil to the global market in order
to satisfy the world's thirst for energy is becoming increasingly key. The
technological and strategic challenges that arise in bringing this rich
resource to fruition will be tackled at the World Heavy Oil Congress by
producing countries and expert professionals within the industry. Hosted by
the City of Edmonton, Supported by the Government of Alberta, and organized by
dmg world media and CNPC-Alberta Petroleum Centre (CAPC), the World Heavy Oil
Congress will be held March 10 - 12, 2008 at the Shaw Conference Centre in
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Shauna MacDonald at (403) 585-4570 or by email

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