Traditional recovery methods are at the backbone of our company. Honed over time, these technologies keep our business running and give us the flexibility to invest in new ideas and methods. With a strong history of proven results, conventional technologies provide the stability we need to keep doing what we do well.
Historically, wells in the Western Canada region were drilled vertically, which limits the amount of oil or gas-bearing rock accessed by each well. Horizontal drilling shifts this by 90 degrees.
A horizontal well, which would really look like a giant “L” as it goes down and is then pushed parallel to the ground, provides access to a greater portion of the target rock formation and potentially more natural gas or oil reserves. Because each horizontal well accesses more of the reservoir rock, fewer wells are needed and less surface land is needed for development, and the development footprint is reduced.
In our Western Canada business unit, where our assets are mature and very well developed, our horizontal drilling program is unlocking new potential. In 2012, the majority of the wells drilled in the area were horizontal, and returned great results.
Fugitive emissions are those small amounts of gases or vapours that are unintentionally released by oil and gas operations.
We were one of the first oil and gas companies in Canada to use an infrared video camera to identify sources of fugitive emissions that could be missed by other detection methods, including the naked eye. The tool pinpoints the location of a leak so our operations teams can work to quickly remedy the situation. Finding these types of leaks makes our workplace safer, reduces our greenhouse gases and reduces costs.