This book examines heavy oil redevelopment efforts in western Canada using horizontal wells. More
Lower Cretaceous Mannville heavy oil pools located in east central Alberta were developed in 1980s and 1990s using mostly vertical and deviated wells. Many of these pools are being redeveloped using better quality horizontal wells as operators have gained technical and operational experience and learned to manage capital and operating costs. These operators enjoy success and are benefiting from a long life, low risk, and repeatable large infill inventory.
Redevelopment using horizontal wells should result in a low cost, incremental oil recovery beyond original estimates that provides long life, low decline production.
This book examines the success of this redevelopment efforts. Another aim is to find factors that contributed to the success of such efforts and what can be studied further to build on this improvement.