Grande Prairie Alberta Oil and Gas

Grande Prairie region is home to some of Canada’s top oil and gas companies. The city located in northwest Alberta, Canada within the southern portion of an area known as Peace River Country. It is located at the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 40, approximately 456 km northwest of Edmonton. The city is surrounded by the County of Grande Prairie No. 1. 

Grande Prairie is in the centre of two major liquid rich natural gas and plays, the Montney and Duvernay, two of the most significant plays in North America. The output from the Montney has doubled since 2012 and now comprises a third of Western Canada’s natural gas production. It is projected to make up more than half of the country’s output by 2040. The Duvernay extends under 130 000 square kilometres (km²) of Alberta, or 20% of the province. Importantly, the Duvernay Shale is rich in natural gas liquids, including condensate, which is often mixed with bitumen from the Alberta oil sands so the bitumen can be thinned and shipped in oil pipelines.

As a regional service hub, Grande Prairie is home to many major oil and gas regional headquarters and oilfield service companies. Companies such as ARC Resources, Canadian Natural Resources, Schlumberger, and Trican, as well as many local entrepreneurs, operate out of the region, servicing oil and natural gas activities in northwestern Alberta, northeastern British Columbia and into the Northwest Territories. This large market aids in economic stability, keeping companies and employees working during periods of world economic uncertainty. Grande Prairie is in an enviable position with ongoing new investment and interest in value-add and diversification opportunities, leveraging our region’s existing strengths.

Grande Prairie Oil & Gas Permit Download

Wells Drilled 2021

Oil & Gas Facility Permits 2021

Map of Grande Prairie

The red are the areas that were active drilling in 2021.

Grande Prairie Oil & Gas Companies

The largest oil & gas company in the Grande Prairie region is ARC Resources Ltd. They are the largest pure-play Montney producer and one of Canada’s largest dividend paying energy companies, featuring low-cost operations and leading ESG performance. ARC’s investment-grade credit profile is supported by commodity and geographic diversity and robust risk management practices around all aspects of the business. ARC’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ARX.

Operators in Grande Prairie by Wells Spud 2021

Operatator Wells Drilled 2021
ARC Resources Ltd108
OVINTIV CANADA ULC48
Tourmaline Oil Corp44
Canadian Natural Resources Limited39
NuVista Energy Ltd.37
Paramount Resources Ltd.37
Birchcliff Energy Ltd.30
Pipestone Energy28
Advantage Energy Ltd.23
Whitecap Resources Inc.20
Longshore Resources Ltd.19
Hammerhead Resources Inc.17
Spartan Delta Corp17
Grizzly Resources Ltd16
Kelt Exploration Ltd15
Strathcona Resources, Ltd.13
ANEGADA OIL CORP.10
Rising Star Resources Ltd.9
Ridgeback Resources7
CONCOURSE PETROLEUM INC.6
TAQA North Ltd.6
CANAMAX ENERGY LTD.5
Cenovus Energy Inc.5
Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd5
ARCHER EXPLORATION CORP.4
Insignia Energy Ltd.4
ORLEN Upstream Canada Ltd.4
AMICUS PETROLEUM INC.3
Enercapita Energy Trust3
Prairie Thunder Resources Ltd.3
Sinopec Daylight Energy Ltd3
Cardinal Energy Ltd2
KADEN ENERGY LTD.2
SHIELD ENERGY LTD.2
2060547 ALBERTA LTD.1
Canadian Coastal Resources Ltd1
Corex Resources Ltd.1
Glenogle Energy Inc1
Hitic Energy Ltd1
Spoke Resources1
SURGE ENERGY INC.1

Drilling Contractors in Grande Prairie by Wells Spud 2021

The drilling contractor in Grande Prairie region is Precision Drilling Corporation (formerly Precision Drilling Trust). They take precise aim at the oil and gas fields of North America. It is Canada’s largest drilling contractor with a fleet of more than 310 drilling rigs, more than 150 service rigs, 20 snubbing units, and 11,300 pieces of rental equipment. Its contract drilling and completions and production units provide drilling services, equipment supply and repair, wastewater treatment (about 80 units), and on-site catering and management. Precision Drilling’s LRG Catering subsidiary manages more than 85 camp facilities catering to oil and gas crews in remote drilling locations.

Drilling Provider Wells Drilled 
Precision Drilling Corporation212
Ensign Energy Services Inc.121
Horizon Drilling Inc71
Nabors Canada ULC43
Fox Drilling Inc33
Savanna Energy Services Corp.23
DC Drilling Inc18
Twilight Drilling17
Stampede Drilling Ltd11
Excalibur Drilling Ltd10
Lasso Drilling Corp7
Nabors Drilling Canada Limited7
Predator Drilling Inc5
Ironhand Drilling Inc4
Boart Longyear Canada3
Ensign Drilling Inc.3
Horizon Drilling Inc.3
Savanna Drilling Corp.3
AKITA Drilling Ltd.2
Fox Drilling Inc.2
Dc Drilling Inc.1
Nabors Drilling Limited1
Stampede Drilling A Division Of Matrix Energy Technologi1

Oil & Gas Field in Grande Prairie by Wells Spud 2021

Kakwa area of Alberta which includes Montney natural gas, Dunvegan light oil in Alberta’s Deep Basin. The Alberta Deep Basin is a multi-objective tight natural gas sand play area with up to 15 separate lower Cretaceous liquids-rich natural-gas-charged sand reservoirs. … In aggregate, Tourmaline has in excess of 1.5 bcf/d of natural gas processing capability within this plant network.

Field Wells Drilled
KAKWA105
WEMBLEY98
ELMWORTH82
KARR61
POUCE COU56
VALHALLA43
WAPITI20
PROGRESS14
ANTE CREE13
SINCLAIR11
GORDONDAL10
RESTHAVEN9
LATOR8
MIRAGE8
BEZANSON7
DIMSDALE6
LA GLACE5
CINDY4
GORDONDALE4
GRANDE PR4
PUSKWASKA3
UNDEFINED3
WORSLEY3
BILAWCHUK2
BONANZA2
EAGLESHAM2
SAXON2
BEATON1
CECIL1
DOE1
GRIMSHAW1
LEDDY1
RAINBOW1
SMOKY1
STURGEON1
TEEPEE1

Oil Play in Grande Prairie by Wells Spud 2021

The number one formation drilled in the Grande Prairie region is Montney Formation. The Montney Formation is a stratigraphical unit of Lower Triassic age in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in British Columbia and Alberta. It takes the name from the hamlet of Montney and was first described in Texaco’s Buick Creek No. 7 well by J.H. Armitage in 1962.

Terminating Zone Wells Drilled 
MONTNEY FM396
CHARLIE LAKE FM76
SPIRIT RIVER FM24
DOE CREEK MBR21
CARDIUM FM14
DOIG FM11
DUNVEGAN FM8
FALHER MBR7
WABAMUN GRP7
BELLOY FM5
DUVERNAY FM3
HALFWAY FM3
WILRICH MBR2
WINTERBURN GRP2
BANFF FM1
DEBOLT FM1
LEDUC FM1
MOULTON SD1
MUSKEG FM1
POUCE COUPE MBR1

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