By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 1 -- BlackPearl Resources Inc., Calgary, plans to inject steam in the second quarter of 2011 at a steam-assisted gravity drainage pilot at Blackrod in Alberta’s Athabasca area.
BlackPearl expects pilot results in late 2011 and would apply for a 40,000 b/d commercial development in the 2012 first quarter. The project involves 9° gravity oil in 18-26 m of pay in the Lower Grand Rapids formation on 30,080 net acres (OGJ Online, Mar. 30, 2010).
Since receiving regulatory approval for the pilot last October, BlackPearl has drilled a horizontal well pair and water source, water disposal, observation, and monitoring wells. The company has 100% working interest and is operator of the project.