First-phase STP-McKay expansion planned

By OGJ editors

Southern Pacific Resource Corp., Calgary, plans to expand its STP-McKay thermal oil sands project west of Fort McMurray, Alta., to boost first-phase development to a design capacity of 18,000 b/d of bitumen.

The company plans to expand the central process facility now under construction by as much as 6,000 b/d based on a steam-oil ratio of 2.8. The project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (OGJ Online, July 19, 2011).

After 3 months of engineering design work, the company has decided to proceed with the first-phase expansion before proceeding with the second phase.

It will add steam generation capacity to convert an incremental 16,400 b/d of treated water to steam, raising the total to 50,400 b/d of water. An additional cogeneration turbine will be required. The rest of the facility expansion will be limited to piping modifications and small equipment additions.

SPRC will add the first-phase expansion approval to its application for a second phase, which it submitted last November and will modify to lower second-phase capacity to 18,000 b/d of bitumen from the proposed 24,000 b/d, leaving total capacity of both phases at 36,000 b/d.

The second phase will have a separate facility on the east side of the McKay River about 5 km east of the first-phase site.

SPRC expects to commission the first-phase central processing facility soon and to begin delivering steam to well pairs by the end of June. Wellbores will be steamed for 3-4 months before production starts.

Related Articles

Bakken field production reaches 1 billion bbl mark

04/28/2014 Citing data from IHS, Continental Resources Inc. reported that Bakken field has surpassed 1 billion bbl of cumulative light, sweet crude oil produc...

EIA: Marcellus gas production continues to outpace takeaway capacity

04/25/2014 Rising production of natural gas in the Marcellus shale play in the Appalachian basin continues to outpace the growth in the region’s pipeline take...

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count leaps to 1,861

04/25/2014 The US drilling rig count jumped 30 units to reach a total of 1,861 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 25, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. The US ...

Gazprom loads first oil shipment from Arctic’s Prirazlomnoye field

04/21/2014 JSC Gazprom Neft has loaded its first shipment of oil produced from Prirazlomnoye field, 60 km offshore in the Russian Arctic shelf. The field was ...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected