Exploration Review

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...
Exploration Review
August 29, 2018
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.
Exploration Review
June 20, 2018
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...
Exploration Review
April 25, 2018
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...
Exploration Review
March 20, 2018
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,...
Exploration Review
January 24, 2018
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....
Exploration Review
December 13, 2017
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...
Exploration Review
August 24, 2017
Potential in Underdeveloped Areas
Large areas of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin are yet to be tested with modern completions technology.
Exploration Review
April 20, 2017
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...
Exploration Review
March 23, 2017
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...
Exploration Review
January 26, 2017

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