Statoil holds several oil sands leases in NE Alberta that will be developed using steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Ultimately, hundreds of well pads will be needed to recover this resource over the lifetimes of the projects.
Statoil commissioned Ausenco to complete the DBM and EDS studies* for an optimised well pad template design, building on our considerable SAGD well pad experience for leading oil sands operators.
Ausenco designed four production modules (control and pipe rack modules for injector and producer wellheads) and five process modules. These can be added in multiples for pads ranging from three to nine SAGD well pairs.
The template maximised operations efficiency by standardising equipment and layout. It reduced the overall installed cost through a reduction in materials required and modular assembly. The design also provided an environmental benefit through a more compact surface footprint.