Water Use & Quality
Water is integral to our operations. It is also an essential natural resource for communities, ecosystems and economic development.
We use water to drill and complete wells, to develop and operate facilities and to produce oil from oil reservoirs and from bitumen deposits using steam-assisted gravity drainage.
- Most of the water used in our steam-assisted gravity drainage oil sands operation is reused, treated water. To obtain the small fraction of additional water needed for the process, we draw from a series of deep underground sources, targeting water that is unfit for human consumption and unsuitable for agricultural or livestock purposes.
- In the liquids-rich Montney area of northeast B.C., drilling and completing a well can require up to 500,00 barrels of water. A recent pilot tested various technologies to allow for the use of very salty produced water as an alternative to freshwater.
ConocoPhillips' global water sustainability position, water strategy and onshore well management principles are the foundation of our water management efforts in Canada. These efforts have included assessing and improving our water use efficiency through improved technology and management practices.