​​10 pretty SAGD photos from Athabasca Oil Corporation

Image: Athabasca Oil Corporation

Athabasca Oil Corporation continues work to ramp up production to design capacity at its 12,000 bbl/d Hangingstone SAGD project, a process discussed in its annual presentation to the Alberta Energy Regulator, which was made public this week.

The report features several images of the project, some of which are below.

The project, which came at a capital cost of $708 million, is located about 20 kilometres south of Fort McMurray. It achieved first steam in March 2015, followed by first oil in July.

Previously the facility was expected to reach its nameplate capacity in the fourth quarter of 2016, but was interrupted by the Fort McMurray wildfires and unplanned downtime.

Athabasca says that volumes have been impacted in recent months by facility maintenance and ongoing pump conversions, which had largely been completed by the end of January.

“The project is expected to reach nameplate capacity of 12,000 bbls/d in 2018 with minimal maintenance capital expected within the first five years of operations,” the company said in early February.

Hangingstone averaged approximately 8,300 bbls/d in the fourth quarter of 2016, down from 8,830 bbls/d in the third quarter.

Athabasca plans to spend the bulk of its thermal oil capital spend this year at the Leismer project, which it recently acquired from Statoil.

“The capital program consists of $84 million at Leismer, $15 million at Hangingstone and an additional $6 million for maintaining Athabasca’s long dated thermal leases,” the company says.

Here are 12 pictures of the project’s facilities and well pads. All photos belong to Athabasca Oil Corporation.


SAGD facilities.


SAGD wellheads.

SAGD facilities.

SAGD well pads.


SAGD facilities.


Aerial of central processing facility.


Boreal forest.


SAGD well pad.


Overall project view.


SAGD facilities.