2015 CSCE Annual Conference Regina - Building on our Growth Opportunities Conference
Mr. Hossein Souri
Northern Alberta is well known for its Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) sites. These are oilfield sites used for heavy oil production consisting of central processing facility, well pads and source water wells. In many cases the access roads to these facilities crosses water courses, wetlands and flowing fens (muskeg). In order to design and construct the roads for these sites, various permits from Alberta Environment including AER and ESRD must be obtained and many regulatory requirements shall be met. In addition, these sites usually require designing two separate systems for collecting clean and potentially contaminated surface water. Among other things, designing the surface water drainage system is another challenge that these SAGD projects are confronted with. Described herein are the design strategies that were invoked to meet the regulatory requirements faced by a real-life SAGD project in Northern Alberta.