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Canada's Black Gold Bitumen Bonanza
A Geological and Operational Overview of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area
Over half of the oil produced in Canada today comes from the Athabasca Oil Sands Area. Much of the resource and current commercial-scale production is hosted within the McMurray–Wabiskaw...
August 29, 2018
What’s Lurking in the Clearwater at Marten Hills?
The Emerging Clearwater Heavy Oil Play on the Edge of the Oil Sands
A new cost-effective Clearwater heavy oil play is emerging at Marten Hills in an area traditionally known for large-scale, capital-intensive oil sands SAGD operations.
June 20, 2018
Waterfloods Making a Splash in Tight Oil Reservoirs
Cardium and Viking Waterfloods
Most tight oil reservoirs in Western Canada are in the primary exploitation phase. Recovery factors are low, and large volumes of oil are left behind. Waterflooding has the potential to...
April 25, 2018
The Power and Pitfalls of Public Information
Well Data 101
One of the benefits of working in the Canadian upstream petroleum industry is the bounty of high quality public data that can be used for planning and comparison purposes at a variety of...
March 20, 2018
2017 Western Canada Activity Summary
Hazy with Periods of Sunshine
The 2017 activity summary for Western Canada reviews drilling, production, completions and land sale results. The focus is on the five most active plays—Montney, Spirit River, Cardium,...
January 24, 2018
Making Merry with Montney Oil
Montney Distal Shelf Oil
Oil and liquids production from the Montney Distal Shelf plays is at an all-time high. This production is concentrated in several discrete areas within the larger Montney gas play....
December 13, 2017
Power Plays of the Past
Whatever Happened To... ?
Hot plays come and go in the oil patch—sometimes with surprising speed. Commodity prices, technology and costs play a role in determining the staying power of a play. This article...
August 24, 2017
Into the Void
Potential in Underdeveloped Areas
Large areas of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin are yet to be tested with modern completions technology.
April 20, 2017
Glauconitic and Upper Mannville Lithic Channels
May the Lith be With You!
Glauconitic and Upper Mannville lithic channels have become viable oil prospects with modern horizontal drilling and completions technologies. A multi-disciplinary approach to exploration...
March 23, 2017
2016 Western Canada Activity Summary
An Unforgettable Year
This 2016 exploration summary of Western Canada reviews the drilling activity and results in seven plays being developed with horizontal drilling and multi-staged fracs. The Montney and...
January 26, 2017
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