Listen to Encana's management team discussing the company's Q1 2013 results in a live webcast and see the quarterly results documents.
Our operations in the Grande Cache area focus on extracting natural gas from deep basin tight gas formations using the latest technology in horizontal drilling and multi-zone hydraulic fracturing. New wells in this area produce on average two million to five million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of sweet natural gas.
To put this into perspective, one day's production from our Bighorn resource play (about 230 million cubic feet) would meet the natural gas needs of about 2,100 Alberta homes for one year.
As part of the Resthaven 8-11-60-3W6M gas plant expansion, which will add 200 (MMcf/d) to the existing 100 MMcf/d process, a water pit is being built adjacent to the seven- well pad site to collect spring runoff.
A dedicated water line is being installed from the water pit to this pad site to minimize trucking and tankage, which is necessary to haul and store water for fracture stimulation operations. Dedicated water lines are also being installed on a number of new pad sites being built nearby, which will be tied into the same water pit and will again minimize truck traffic for future completion operations.
The planned completion date for the Resthaven gas plant expansion is late June 2013.
Our staff's continued efforts to be good neighbours in the communities we operate in haven't gone unnoticed. One recent example of lending a hand in an emergency situation embodies the spirit of the Courtesy Matters philosophy.
On April 13 Encana's Kakwa plant night crew jumped into action after a call for assistance from Scott Webb, an Encana Operation's Safety Coordinator volunteering with the Grande Cache Fire Department. At approximately 9 p.m. the fire department was asked to assist a semi-truck that had jack-knifed on a hill leading up to the plant and came to rest 400 metres down the icy slope. Encana's Darren Campbell assisted the fire crew by providing coffee and a pick-up truck to haul chains up and down the hill. It took seven hours to get the highway cleared and traffic flowing again.
"Darren went above his normal duties at the plant to assist us. I would like to recognize him for his efforts and support towards the fire department," says Webb. "I believe even if I wasn't on the fire crew that night our staff would act no differently in a similar situation."
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