Technological breakthroughs in horizontal drilling and multi-staged fracturing have made shale and other unconventional gas supplies commercially viable and have revolutionized Canada’s energy supply picture.
IRM has completions experience in many resource plays including formations such as the Montney, the Cardium, the Bakken, the Viking, the Duvernay, and others, drilling for both gas and oil.
Unconventional energy reservoirs include heavy oil, tight oil and gas, shale oil and gas reservoirs, and coal-bed methane.
The main challenge in heavy oil lies in the ability for a resource producer to extract, recover, produce, and sell heavy crudes within (often changing) economic guidelines and with minimal environmental impact.
Heavy oil recovery methods include primary production, thermal production, and cold enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The selection of any of these methods will depend on many factors, including the stage of reservoir production, formation and fluid properties, reservoir geology, available production and transportation facilities, and the underlying heavy oil economics in a particular region.
IRM has extensive experience in completing heavy oil wells efficiently and at lower costs than our peers.
With the costs associated with today’s completion operations, well organized completion programs and execution strategies are extremely important factors in the success of a well, or perhaps even an entire project.
IRM has executed completion operations on numerous coal bed methane projects, often completing up to 5 wells in a single day.
In liner/packer systems the horizontal section of the well is rarely cemented. Isolation between fracture intervals is provided through a series of external packers that seat themselves in an open hole environment. Innovative “ball drop” fracture systems on the market today provide an extremely effective and reliable system of selectively fracturing horizontal wells.
Please see this informative video by Packer’s Plus on their multi-stage fracturing equipment
IRM’s clients are kept abreast of completion operations through daily completion reports submitted by the Wellsite Supervisor which contains a summary of the operations and the tracking of daily and cumulative costs.
Strong wellsite supervision is a key component of successful completions operations.