Canada has over 170 billion barrels of oil recoverable with today’s technology, making it second only to Saudi Arabia as an oil resource country. There are an estimated 2.5 trillion barrels of bitumen in the Canadian resources which makes it possible to produce 2.5 million barrels of oil per day for over 200 years. In recent years though there has been a push to accelerate production from the oil sands, this could quintuple current output levels.
Wildwood SAGD Project – Phase 1
Surmont is proposing to construct and operate an approximately 12,000 barrel per day (bpd) Phase 1 project including a central processing facility, 2 initial well pads with approximately 6-7 well pairs per pad, and several water source wells, along with associated infrastructure such as roads and pipelines.
Surmont plans to use existing infrastructure and previously disturbed areas such as roads and utility corridors wherever practical for the Wildwood Project. Both steam and power will be generated on site using natural gas fuel. Water will be used for operations including steam generation. Water conservation is an important part of Surmont’s commitment to developing the resource responsibly.
The proposed Phase 1 Wildwood Project will develop about 22% of Surmont’s Wildwood leases.
Surmont Energy Ltd. Receives Alberta Government Approval Of Application For Its Phase 1 12,000 BOPD Wildwood Oil Sands Project
This animation was prepared at the completion of Phase 1 pre-FEED engineering work conducted in early 2015. FEED engineering will be commenced when project funding is put into place.
Wildwood Plain-Language Consultation Brochures
For decades, the oil sands were considered too expensive to develop on a broad scale. But technological advances in the 1990s improved energy efficiency, reduced operating costs and enhanced environmental performance. The low oil price environment of 2015 has caused reductions in oil sands capital and operating costs.
Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage or SAGD is a process used to remove bitumen from in situ oil sands deposits that are too deep to mine from the surface. At Surmont’s Wildwood Project, these oil sands are at a depth of about 460 metres.
The SAGD process involves drilling a horizontal well through the underground oil sands layer with this well located just above the bottom of the oil sands layer (called a “producer well”). A horizontal “injector well” is drilled a few metres above the producer well. The two wells together are generally refered to as a SAGD ‘well pair”. The process works by injecting steam in to the injector well so that the bitumen around the well pair is heated enough to flow by gravity into the production well below. The fluid in the producer well is transferred to a surface processing facility where the bitumen, steam condensate, produced water and gases are separated and appropriately treated.
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Map & Location
The Surmont lease consists of 19 contiguous square miles (50 square kilometres) of land located 65 kilometres south of Fort McMurray and is close to major regional highways. The property is in the heart of SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) development.
The Surmont lease is surrounded on all 4 sides by industry giants, including Suncor / Imperial Oil to the North, JACOS, Conoco / Total E&P to the East, Nexen / Statoil to the West and Statoil / PPTEP to the South.
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