Vista carried out the comprehensive FEED, detailed design, procurement and project management for a Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) pilot project near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. The project’s prime purpose is to determine if SAGD was a viable technique for production within a particular heavy oil reservoir at that location.
As the pilot facility is being installed to confirm a method for designing a commercial-sized facility, the facility was designed to minimize capital expenditures at an increased operating cost. The anticipated life of the facility is 6 months to 2 years. A fit-for-purpose approach was adopted for this project to minimize capital expenditures in line with the limited operating life and the objective of the pilot plant, including the use of pre-existing equipment. As a result, many of the usual design criteria applicable to other SAGD projects did not apply to this project. Vista’s past experience with heavy oil projects was critical in being able to meet the client’s needs.