In late January, Shell Canada signed an agreement with the Town of Fox Creek to purchase treated waste water for its exploration project in the area.
This agreement allows Shell Canada to purchase the town’s treated waste water and in exchange, Shell will fund engineering and a design study to upgrade and expand the town’s raw water facilities. The study will look at implementing new groundwater wells and installation of an extra pipeline from the facilities to the town of Fox Creek.
Brian Ceelen, Project Manager Waters, Fox Creek said “When we met with the town of Fox Creek, we quickly realized this could be a win for everyone involved and that we were aligned on our goal of minimizing our overall freshwater footprint and helping the town work toward securing its water supply for the future.”
Shell in Fox Creek:
- Shell’s Fox Creek asset is an emerging Liquids-Rich Shale exploration project within its Unconventionals portfolio.
- At this time, Shell’s focus is analyzing the data and early exploration production results for its Fox Creek asset to determine its long term plans. It is too early to tell what the future plans will be until we better understand the resource. To date, Shell has drilled 40 wells in the area and may drill an additional 12 wells throughout 2014.
- Goal Zero is Shell’s worldwide aim to operate with no harm to people and no significant incidents. Goal Zero is enabled by strict company standards, multiple required safety barriers, rigorous training and competency assurance, adherence to proven operating methods and a culture that requires workers, contractors and visitors to stop any unsafe activity.
- Shell conducts its operations in a manner that protects groundwater and reduces potable water use as reasonably practicable.
- In October 2013, our Fox Creek operation received regulatory approval to supply a four well pad with 100,000 cubic meters of the town’s treated waste water.
- The town’s waste water was sampled and the treated waste water passed all of Shell’s rigorous examinations and was deemed both safe and of high enough quality to use in Shell’s drilling operations.
- At this time, a deal was reached between Shell and the Town of Fox Creek. The deal involves a phased approach where the next year will be spent engineering and designing the study to upgrade the raw water facilities and developing infrastructure and plans to move ahead with the project.
- The Town of Fox Creek currently creates 1,000 cubic meters of waste water a day; that’s 365, 000 cubic meters of waste water a year. By reusing the treated waste water, this project will replace the use of 365,000 cubic meters of fresh water a year.
- Similar agreements between industry and municipal governments have been made in other parts of Alberta, but this is one of the largest amounts of treated waste water being reused by industry in the province. Within Alberta, Shell has also signed agreements with the Town of Edson and the City of Dawson Creek.
“At Shell, we’re always on the lookout for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and we work to reduce our potable water use as much as possible,” said Brian Ceelen.
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