Our Grand Rapids pilot project is located in the Greater Pelican region, about 300 kilometres north of Edmonton, Alberta. The project is adjacent to our Pelican Lake Wabiskaw operation and existing facilities.
In December 2010, we drilled our first pilot steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) well pair in the Grand Rapids formation in the Greater Pelican Region. The pilot evaluated thermal recovery of this large oil resource and in 2011 we achieved first production at the Grand Rapids pilot.
In December of 2011, we submitted a joint regulatory application and environmental impact assessment to the Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Environment and Water for a commercial SAGD operation. The proposed project is expected to have a maximum production capacity of approximately 180,000 barrels per day, constructed in phases over the estimated 40-year life of the project.