Shell’s operations in the Duvernay formation are focused on the Fox Creek (Kaybob) and Rocky Mountain House (Willesden Green) areas, and in the Montney formation (Gold Creek) near Grande Prairie, Alberta. Since spudding its first well in 2011, Shell has been steadily growing its premier position in the Duvernay to more than 365,000 net acres and 93,000 net acres in the Montney formation. Shell’s production in these areas ties into existing Shell-owned and third-party processing facilities. Shell employs approximately 350 staff and contractors to support these operations.
Shell is actively working in the Fox Creek Duvernay area, where select areas of its acreage are being developed with multi-well pads. In other areas, where Shell needs to better understand the resource, we continue to appraise and drill exploration wells. Since 2011, Shell has drilled ~120 wells in the Fox Creek area and is currently producing approximately 20,000 barrels of equivalent per day (boe/d). We continue to develop the Fox Creek area and have plans for a 2-rig program in 2018.
Meanwhile, we are conducting appraisal drilling in the Willesden Green Duvernay play, producing approximately 3,000 boe/d from ~20 wells. Finally, Shell is engaged in drilling in the Gold Creek area to the south of Grande Prairie, producing approximately 5,500 boe/d from ~30 wells. Shell continues to seek opportunities to grow its land base in core areas to further optimize its portfolio.
|Key Data (2017)||Value|
|Net Acreage||458,000 net acres|
|Type of Asset||Liquids Rich|
Shell puts the safety of its staff, contractors and communities first, and will not pursue operations in the Duvernay and Montney if they cannot be conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. In our operations, we are committed to Goal Zero – no harm and no leaks. We have stringent safety standards in place covering personal, process and transport safety and expect all our employees and contractors to meet these standards. We work relentlessly to share best practices, train our staff and strengthen our safety culture. Any safety incidents or near-miss events are thoroughly investigated, with lessons identified and communicated to staff/contractors, and, as appropriate, additional mitigations are put in place. Along with commercial and production indicators, Shell’s leadership constantly monitors safety performance across our sites in the Duvernay and Montney.