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