Femi Talabi, Cenovus researcher, and Darcy Cretin, superintendent at Cenovus, answered questions at a recent open house.
Cenovus Energy is planning for 2012. They recently updated the community about plans for the Weyburn field during an open house.
New operations include a natural gas liquid plant. The company expects to add six to eight full time employees for the entire operation at Weyburn and have hundreds of contractors on site.
They are also expanding their CO2 injection by upgrading wells and installing new pipe lines and well heads to bring CO2 to the injection wells. They expect to add 40 new wells, raising production by about 2,000 barrels per day after about six months to a year.
Darcy Cretin, Operations Superintendent for Cenovus's Weyburn field, explains the history of the Weyburn field.
"This entire field has been here for 60 years. In about the mid 60's we started a water flood. After about 40 years of doing that we were reaching the end of the life of the water flood, so we started the CO2 flood. We import CO2 from North Dakota and we inject it into the reservoir, and it acts like a solvent to help recover more oil. We've been doing that for about 12 years now."
Cretin estimates the Weyburn field to continue to produce for approximately 30 years.