Recent Projects • Duvernay Multi-Well Shale Gas Pads


Duvernay Multi-Well Shale Gas Pads


Development of the condensate-rich Duvernay shale gas field in Alberta, Canada


Engineering, Procurement, Project, and Construction Management of several multi-pads in the Alberta Duvernay Field (6-8 wells/pads). The project scope included installing inlet separation, condensate conditioner, compression, dehydration, incineration, and associated gathering and sales pipelines.


Project timelines are absolutely critical as the client required that the facility and pipeline be installed in conjunction with drilling and completion operations. Simultaneous operation (sim-op) requires flexibility in the facility's design and extensive coordination and communication with drilling and completion crews. Lease equipment and piping are designed as modules and shop fabricated to allow for timely installation of the equipment to reduce the shut-in period of the well. Protocol for the Facility commissioning is challenging due to the fracking technique utilized to complete the well. A Flow back period is required to recover the frack fluids during the initial start-up of the well. Temporary piping and sand separator must be designated as part of the facility to allow for the flow back of the well and options must be provided to switch the production from a temporary flow back period to permanent operation in a short timeline without the need to shut the well in.


Flexibility in the design of the equipment and process piping and layout of the facility to provide the opportunity to handle the frack fluid and work within the sim-op protocol was the key performance indicator that contributed to the successful completion of this project.