Petroleum History Society Luncheon
Noon, Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The Pinnacle of Success: How Western Canada’s Petroleum Future was Led by E&P in “Fizzy” Rocks
by Dr. Christian Viau – Geological Advisor – Aspenleaf Energy Ltd.
The Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin has two main layers – a deeper one dominated by limestones, dolostones and related shales (a.k.a. fizzy rocks) and a shallower one made up of sandstones and shales. Early exploration focused on the latter with mixed results but it was only once the deeper Upper Paleozoic section started to be probed that the action really started. Hints of its potential were revealed with the 1920 discovery of Norman Wells. The major discoveries at Turner Valley in 1924 and 1936 were in thrusted carbonates. Finally Leduc in 1947 opened the floodgates of production from the Devonian. Canadian expertise in this type of reservoir grew over the years and came to be recognized worldwide. Research efforts in industry, academia and government by people like Ted Link and Eric Mountjoy led to many additional discoveries. Chris will explore the evolution of this facet of our industry.
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