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    Imperial Seeks to Expand SA-SAGD Pilot

    Imperial Oil held an open house on August 25th to invite members of the Cold Lake community to learn about and discuss the proposed Mizaghe development, reports the Cold Lake Sun.

    Pumpjacks at the Imperial Oil Cold Lake Facility. Image courtesy of the Cold Lake Sun
    Pumpjacks at the Imperial Oil Cold Lake Facility. Image courtesy of the Cold Lake Sun

    The proposed solvent assisted steam-assisted gravity drainage (SA-SAGD) project would be the Imperial’s first commercial application of this process in the area. Should the company decide to move forward with the project, construction on the 45,000bbls/day facility would begin in 2019.

    One of the main concerns for the attendees at the meeting was the technology being used for the project. This method was chosen because the wells will be tapping into the Grand Rapids formation, and research suggests that the SA-SAGD process would be “more amenable to SAGD recovery.” Moreover, since 2010, Imperial has been operating a SA-SAGD pilot project in the area. Senior media advisor, Pius Rolheiser, commented that “the results of the pilot so far have been very encouraging, and that’s part of what gives us the confidence to move forward with further development work on the potential Midzaghe project.”

    Public consultation surrounding this project began with aboriginal communities earlier in the month, and the feedback gathered from those talks and the open house will form part of the application to the AER. “What the regulator decides is, is this project in the public interest and should it be allowed to proceed,” Rolheiser said. “The opinions of stakeholders and feedback from stakeholders and their input is critically important to that.”

    To read the full article from the Cold Lake Sun, click here.

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