May 04, 2015
CLOSED: Request for Proposals: Identification and Evaluation of New Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia's Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin

Geoscience BC is pleased to issue this Request for Proposals (RFP) for the "Identification and Evaluation of New Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia's Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin."

The technological marriage of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing (unconventional drilling) has revolutionized the oil and gas industry worldwide. In less than ten short years, the decline of oil reserves has not only been arrested, but actually reversed throughout North America. This ability to materially increase the stimulated reservoir volume has allowed the exploitation of tight reservoirs once deemed uneconomic, around pre-existing oil fields, now termed a halo play. The giant Pembina Oil Field in west-central Alberta is a premier example.

British Columbia has historically been recognized as a gas-prone province with the majority of its hydrocarbon production coming from natural gas. The recent advances in unconventional drilling have further expanded British Columbia's claim to being a gas-prone province with the generation of new unconventional plays in the Horn River Basin, followed by the Montney play, and now the Liard Basin. To date, resource oil plays (i.e. tight sands/carbonate/shales and halo oil plays) have languished in the Province.

Through the evaluation of reservoir characteristics, rock properties, hydrogeology, organic geochemistry, burial history, production history, and any other technical aspect deemed important by the proponent, this RFP looks to identify new exploration and exploitation fairways which can be accessed through unconventional drilling and completion methods. New opportunities should be evaluated for their resource potential. Consideration should also be given for the potential for vertical halo plays.

For more details on this RFP and proposal specifications, please download the following:

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail no later than 12 pm (Pacific) on Monday, May 25, 2015. All questions and communication should be to Christa Pellett, Project Manager, Geoscience BC.

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