The first phase of Husky’s Sunrise oil sands project is expected to produce about 60,000 bbl/day with first oil production in 2014.
Production will start using gas lift in the well bores, but during the project life the wells will be converted to mechanical lift to increase production efficiency.
Ausenco is designing all piping to permit integration of the Husky Energy Stream-Flo mechanical lift trees into existing gas lift well pad and field facilities. Ausenco completed the DBM and is working on the FEED (EDS)* for a typical well pad. The work can be applied to five additional well pads, resulting in engineering and design cost savings. Design work includes the electric submersible pump (ESP) platform and associated earthworks and pilings, wellhead piping changes, and piping and electrical well pad tie-ins.
Modularisation opportunities on the project are limited because the conversions will be implemented gradually through the project life. Nevertheless, the bulk of the necessary infrastructure additions will be stick built with off site fabrication to reduce field installation costs.
*DBM = Design Basis Memorandum. EDS = Engineering Design Specification