An emerging oil sands project
Our Grand Rapids pilot project is located in the Greater Pelican Region, about 300 kilometres north of Edmonton, Alberta. It’s adjacent to our Pelican Lake heavy oil operation and existing facilities. The oil at Grand Rapids sits about 240 metres below the surface – so deep that we have to use a technology, called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), to drill and pump the oil to the surface.
In December 2010, we drilled our first pilot SAGD well pair in the Grand Rapids formation. In 2012, we drilled our second pilot well pair and in early 2015, our third pilot well pair was drilled and completed. We’ve learned a considerable amount about the reservoir from these pilot tests. Data from these tests will be used to help determine our development plan for Grand Rapids.