The West Ells region covers 9,856 contiguous gross and net hectares and is located within the Athabasca oil sands region between townships 94 to 96 and ranges 17 and 18 west of the fourth meridian.
A 10,000 bbl/day commercial SAGD application to construct the first phase at West Ells was submitted on March 31, 2010. The Company received approval on January 26, 2012. With the completion of an all season road at the end of September, which provides full access to the West Ells facility location, construction began on Oct. 2, 2012.
The first phase of the West Ells SAGD project will proceed in two phases of 5,000 bbl/d each. Modular expansions will increase production in phases. According to our Management assumptions, West Ells is expected to be capable of producing greater than 100,000 bbl/d of bitumen from the Wabiskaw zone over a period of 18 years with a productive life of over 50 years.
The West Ells area will be developed in phases to help control costs, implement improving technologies and capture efficiencies.