Are you curious about the sources of Saskatchewan’s oil production? Look no further! In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 oil pools in Saskatchewan for the month of April. Leveraging data from the Canadian Petroleum Registry and the Saskatchewan Oil Reserve Summary Reports from 2020, we’ll provide an overview of the top three pools, their vital statistics, and locations. Let’s begin!
Weyburn Midale Beds Pool
Leading the pack this month is the Weyburn Midale Beds Pool, with an impressive average production of 23,332 barrels per day (approximately 3,709 cubic meters per day) from around 742 unique wells. Discovered in 1954, this pool boasts an estimated Original Oil In Place (OOIP) of 292.734 million cubic meters. The average net pay is 5.92 meters, with a porosity of 15.32% and oil density of 880 kg/m3. Located just south of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the map below highlights (in green) its precise location.
Rush Lake Sparky Sand Pool
A close contender for the top spot is the Rush Lake Sparky Sand Pool, with an average production of 23,251 barrels per day (approximately 3,697 cubic meters per day) from about 33 unique wells. Discovered in 1971, this pool holds an estimated OOIP of 36.563 million cubic meters. Offering an average net pay of 9.50 meters, a porosity of 25%, and oil density of 978 kg/m3, many producing wells employ the innovative Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) technique due to its high oil density. Situated just south of Lloydminster and west of the Saskatchewan/Alberta border, check out the Saskatchewan Geological Survey Map for more details.
Viewfield Bakken Sand Pool
Claiming the third spot is the Viewfield Bakken Sand Pool, with an average production of 21,825 barrels per day (approximately 3,470 cubic meters per day) from around 2,414 unique wells. Discovered more recently in 2003, this pool holds an estimated OOIP of 664.924 million cubic meters. The average net pay is 7.85 meters, with a porosity of 10.24% and oil density of 804 kg/m3. Positioned east of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the map below showcases its location.
To discover more about Saskatchewan’s oil and gas pools visit the Saskatchewan Geological Survey website today!
The Top 10!
Please note: Due to current Saskatchewan legislation, certain Enhanced Oil Recovery Projects (EOR) are classified as confidential. As a result, some pools, such as Onion Lake North Cummings Sand Pool, Lashburn East Waseca Sand Pool, and Edam East Lloydminster Sand Pool, are affected by this legislation and their specific volumes cannot be publicly verified.
However, using data compiled from the Canadian Petroleum Registry we created the following table highlights the top 10 publicly available oil pools and their respective production volumes for April 2023:
|#||Pool||Avg. Oil (bbl/day)||Producing Wells|
|1||Weyburn Midale Beds Pool||23,332||742|
|2||Rush Lake Sparky Sand Pool||23,251||33|
|3||Viewfield Bakken Sand Pool||21,825||2,414|
|4||Dodsland Viking Sand Pool||17,881||2,435|
|5||Frobisher Beds (Misc)||12,218||645|
|6||Viking Sand (Misc Area 2)||11,543||1,455|
|7||Spruce Lake East Waseca Sand Pool||9,304||14|
|8||Steelman Frobisher Beds Pool||7,756||277|
|9||CACTUS LAKE BASAL MANNVILLE-BAKKEN SAND POOL||7,001||359|
|10||Cummings Sand (Misc Area 1)||5,533||72|
**Information is provided using a variety of public data sources. Every attempt is made to ensure accuracy of this data, but we cannot 100% verify all data points. Use at your own risk.