A recent article on jwnenergy.com highlights how Cenovus Energy was able to complete its Christina Lake SAGD optimization project on time and under budget in 2015 – a rare accomplishment in the oilsands industry.
According to the article, much of the project’s success can be attributed to early engagement with vendors and contractors to ensure that issues surrounding constructability and operability were considered well in advance. The multi-disciplinary front-end planning was crucial to ensure that Christina Lake, an active project, could continue production safely and efficiently through the optimization process.
The article also lists other factors that contributed to the project’s success:
- thorough planning of shiftwork, which increased productivity of the workers in crowded work spaces
- encouraging collaboration between contractors
- drawing upon knowledge gained during the first phases of development to create standardized designs for some of the equipment.
The company’s strong, long-term relationships with local contractors and suppliers also ensured that the lines of communication remained open and strong over the course of the project. Says Cenovus project manager, Colin Gouthro: