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Directive 086: Reservoir Containment Application Requirements for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Projects in the Shallow Athabasca Oil Sands Area

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Release Date: December 16, 2016
Effective Date: December 16, 2016

Released with Bulletin 2016-32.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive provides application requirements (in addition to those in Directive 023: Guidelines Respecting an Application for a Commercial Crude Bitumen Recovery and Upgrading Project and Directive 078: Regulatory Application Process for Modifications to Commercial In Situ Oil Sands Projects) for new scheme approvals and amendments to existing scheme approvals for steam-assisted gravity drainage projects within a specific area of shallow bitumen deposits (see figure 1 in this directive).

These additional application requirements relate to assessment of caprock integrity for containment of injected steam and heated reservoir fluids within the target reservoir. This directive does not deal with the wellbore aspects of fluid containment since these are addressed in

Directive 086: Stakeholder Feedback and AER Response [ PDF ]

Figure 1: Shallow Area (Shape file) [ ZIP ] 

Feedback and documentation from Draft version of this Directive

Technical Documents [ ZIP ]

External Feedback [ ZIP ]

AER Responses to External Feedback [ ZIP ]

All Documents [ ZIP ]