Alberta Site Rehabilitation Program (SRP)
Western Petroleum Management is a 100% federally recognized Indigenous Oil & Gas prime contractor since 2005.
We can identify wellbores to be abandoned & prepare abandonment programs & AFE as well as manage all aspects of onsite wellbore abandonment. Full turnkey abandonment service is available
We can prepare applications & plan and the execution of the field work
We can take care of decommissioning of all onsite facilities and/or the removal, marketing and sale of used equipment
Liability Management Ratio (LMR)
We can supply financing to abandon wellbores, and reduce liability & increase asset value as well as propose wellbore & facilities abandonment programs
WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK.
MLC is land development management company creating communities throughout Edmonton and area. In 2018 we engaged Western Petroleum Management to help us in the reclamation of a problematic well in one of our neighbourhoods.
Bernie and his company have been instrumental in helping us navigate, understand and resolve this difficult issue. I have no reservations endorsing Bernie, his company and services and would readily use him again at the next opportunity.
In 2018 and 2019, Torxen received AER approval to participate in the 2-Stage Resin Plug Pilot Program to evaluate new technology provided by Rite-Way Abandonment Technology. The 8 wells pilot program would evaluate an innovative dump bailer system that does not require a wireline or slick unit to deploy and would also use a 2m two stage resin cap on top of a modified bridge plug instead of an 8m cement cap on top of a regular bridge plug (modified bridges were used on 4 monitoring wells). Once the resin had set (5-7 days), a CCL/impression block was run to top of plug to confirm the 2 meter resin plug placement. A 7 mPa, 10 minutes stabilized pressure test (digital) performed. Torxen/WPM conducted 2 pressure tests during a 3 month monitoring period to confirm the resin plugs were holding.
Below is the summary/feedback for the 8 (4 monitored & 4 non-monitored) Torxen wells.
BASIC WELL INFORMATION:
Candidate wells criteria: Sweet gas vertical, 114.3mm casing, no history of SCVF or gas migration issues, good cement integrity with cement to surface.
- Monitoring Well: 100/11-06-018-16W4/00 (W0270564)
- Monitoring Well: 100/08-09-015-14W4/00 (W0235400)
- Monitoring Well: 100/15-18-019-15W4/00 (W0262077)
- Monitoring Well: 100/13-21-016-15W4/00 (W0247941)
- Non-monitoring Well: 100/07-16-021-13W4/00 (W0275463)
- Non-monitoring Well: 100/13-16-015-14W4/00 (W0270408)
- Non-monitoring Well: 100/16-30-015-15W4/00 (W0267707)
- Non-monitoring Well: 100/09-35-015-15W4/00 (W0291209)
All of the 8 wells resin plugs pressure tested and the AER was satisfied with the results.
The 2-stage resin system worked remarkably well – simple, fast, safe, and reliable.
The resin product and additives were delivered to the wellsite in premeasured plastic pails for simple, consistent, and exact mixing proportion/ratio required for proper plug setting.
Mixing was quick (~5 minutes), the mixture was poured into the assembled Rite-way bailer. The floatation device was attached to the bailer and then the bailer was dropped into the wellbore. Torxen’s FLS timed the delivery system return to surface under 1.5 hours, consistent – no issues.
In 1 case, there was an early resin deployment issue:
100/16-30-015-15W4/00 – non-monitoring well
The 2mm glass disc shattered on the deployment tool before hitting the bridge plug, the resin deployed early (~200 meters), and the bailer floated to surface.
As per the AER’s request; WPM ran a gauge ring and confirmed the depth and that resin plug was on top of the bridge plug. A second 2-stage resin plug was deployed with the Rite-Way dump bailer as per the AER’s request. WPM Q&C process analyzed this issue and redesigned the glass disc on the deployment tool to solve future early resin deployment accidents. Torxen was satisfied how WPM’s QC handled and resolved this issue/incident.
The WPM worked with safe Standard Operating Practices. Their staff were very knowledgeable, safe, and efficient at deploying the 2-stage resin with Rite-way dump bailer. Efficiencies results:
- Completed 4 (possible up to 6) locations in 1 day utilizing the 2-stage resin/Rite-way bailer vs. 2 locations with the conventional wireline/cement dump bailer. Improved operations by ~50%.
- Elimination of carbon footprint – no extra Torxen FLS personnel/truck
- Minimal equipment – doesn’t require wireline/slickline unit
- Easy to use for consistent volumes and plug setting requirements (resin& additives premeasured)
The 2-stage resin bailer job costs under $1,000/well, price decreases with more volume. The conventional 8 linear meters of cement jobs with wireline/slickline is approx. ~$1,200, not that much of a cost difference but the other added cost savings below shows the resin bailer is more cost effective and efficient:
- Lower costs due to minimal equipment – doesn’t require wireline/slick unit (~1,000 – 1,500/day)
- No extra personnel Torxen FLS daily costs (~1200/day) + travel km/time (~300/day) for deploying with the Rite-Way’s dump bailer.
Torxen can see financial savings and time efficiencies utilizing this new technology for upcoming abandonment projects where we can batch larger well counts in the ABC program.
2-STAGE RESIN ADVANTAGES
Dump bailed class “G” cement is not a superior barrier for permanent zonal and wellbore abandonment as the slight shrinkage of cement during the setting process can allow gas to bypass a cement column. The 2-stage resin exceeds the qualities of dump cement:
- Uniform weighted plugs
- Zero permeability
- Physical properties: stronger compressive & tensile strength and shear bond than cement
- Plug longevity
Ambient temperature ~15 degrees – projects need to be executed in summer to fall for best results with the resin plugs.
Candidate well restrictions: Sweet gas vertical, 114.3mm casing, no history of SCVF or gas migration issues, good cement integrity with cement to surface. Torxen’s well selection process for these criterias required complete well file reviews, DDS verifications for SCVF/GM history, and wells with known casing failure histories recorded in WellView were excluded. This is part of Torxen’s standard process for abandonment program reviews. Cement integrity and SCVF/GM issues could be verified prior to abandonment but the casing failures/collar leaks encountered could only be identified and addressed during the abandonment execution.
Other well types inclusion that Torxen would like to apply this technology to:
- Oil and deeper wells
- Casing failures
- SCVF interventions
- Option of capping 2m resin plug on top of a long cement plug in casing integrity repairs
The non-routine application could be simplified/grouped/blanketed for operators to apply for in the ABC program.
From the results of the pilot program, utilizing the 2-stage resin technology with the Rite-Way Dump Bailer is safe, more operationally efficient, and very cost effective for abandonment executions than the conventional wireline/slickline unit with cement bail system.
Bounty has contracted Western Petroleum Management Ltd. (WPM) to perform drilling, completions and abandonment operations for our company since 2009. WPM has extensive knowledge in these areas and has provided Bounty with diligent staff who are committed to seeing the project through to its conclusion.
WPM has a very strict approach to cost control and manages projects efficiently. WPM is committed to meeting safety and environmental regulations, policies and best operating practices.
WPM willing takes on demanding projects and has delivered on their commitments to Bounty. Bounty looks forward to continue to work with the professionals at WPM in future projects, and is confident in our recommendation of WPM.
Adanac Oil & Gas Limited has contracted Western Petroleum Management Ltd. (WPM) to perform a well conversion project, and abandonment operations on several of its wells since 2016.
The WPM staff have extensive knowledge in these areas and were committed to seeing the projects through to their conclusion. They managed the projects very efficiently with good cost control and were committed to meeting safety and environmental regulations, policies and best operating practices.
Adanac will not hesitate to work with WPM again with future projects and highly recommends them.
On behalf of Valparaiso Energy Inc., we would like to thank you for your excellent performance, service and cost efficiency with respect to the well abandonments and site reclamation completed on our behalf.
Western Petroleum Managements innovative business model with regards to abandonments and the efforts of your team in working with the AER and your suppliers, was instrumental in the successful abandonment of 100% of our wellbores and the ultimate recovery of substantial funds from the AER. To achieve this without any up front financial capital requirements from Valparaiso was truly remarkable.
Marksmen Energy Inc. engaged the services of Western Petroleum Management (WPM) to abandon five wells in the Alder Flats area of Alberta. The work was completed on time and within budget and at a lower cost than the deemed liabilities assigned by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). WPM is very much aware of the impact of AER’s Lease Liability Program (LLR) program on oil and gas companies and they know how their abandonment and reclamation work can help in improving companies LLR ratio.
The management team led by Bernie Cabot and Mark Shumlick have the necessary experience, training and safety programs in place to do the work safely, efficiently and effectively.
Marksmen was involved in the planning of the project from initial discussions and specifications, site evaluation, AFE preparation, selecting sub-contractors, completion of the work, entry of the abandonment data in the AER’s DDS system, as well as the sale of equipment from the leases. It was a team effort every step of the way. WPM has the necessary experience and knowledge to make the right decisions. Additionally, WPM has in-house expertise to perform a number of the tasks on their own.
Mark was the on-site supervisor and he worked extremely hard to keep all the sub-contractors organized and on track. He was very good at providing daily progress reports and involved Marksmen in all of the day to day decisions that came up and worked with us on a collaborative basis to resolve any technical issues that needed discussion. Mark’s leadership and backup support from his management in the office was instrumental in the successful completion of our abandonment program.
WPM also provides assistance in the demobilization and sale of all surplus equipment. They provide a service where they source buyers for our tubing, rods, pump-jacks, tanks, separators and other surplus equipment. WPM works with their many contacts in the surplus equipment business to market our equipment.
The abandonment, reclamation and surplus sales services provided by WPM is a great one stop turnkey service from start to finish. Marksmen is proud to be associated with WPM and we do not hesitate to recommend them to do wellsite abandonments, site reclamation and salvage operations to other companies.
Western Petroleum Management Ltd has provided project management services for Korea National Oil Corporation’s oil sands operations in N.E. Alberta since 2006. WPM has supplied excellent services including management of all operations related to surveying, OSE application, construction/reclamation of access roads and coring locations, and all aspects of drilling, coring and proper disposal of drilling waste fluids. The WPM team were very diligent and paid particular detail to regulatory, safety, environmental, project cost control and technical issues. This ensured that our winter drilling campaign(s) were completed on time and under budget which is commendable given the historical inflationary conditions and lack of experienced personnel that have been observed within the heavy oil industry in Western Canada. Awarding project management contract(s) to WPM was the right decision for our company.
I would personally recommend the services that Western Petroleum Management can provide Oil & Gas industry and in particular the oil sands industry.