As shown in Figure S3.6 [Tableau], the number of producing bitumen wells increased along with in situ crude bitumen production from 3088 wells in 1995 to 12 443 in 2016. However, there was decline of 857 wells between 2015 and 2016.
As shown in Figure S3.7 [Tableau], 67.1 per cent of in situ production used steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), 15.9 per cent primary production, and 17 per cent cyclic steam stimulation in 2016. SAGD production, including experimental schemes, increased by 11.1 per cent and was responsible for 14.9 thousand cubic metres per day (103 m3/d) of the total growth in production between 2015 and 2016.
Average annual productivity of all in situ bitumen wells increased 9.2 per cent from 2015, reaching 17.8 m3/d in 2016; average well productivity by recovery method can be found in Figure S3.8 [Tableau].