ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alberta – Airplane hangars. They are not typically associated with oil and gas other than they are sometimes strategically placed near remote oilfields and work camps for shuttling employees and contractors. But an exploration company building 4 of its own within close proximity of each other is unheard of. Until recently.
Earlier in 2012, there were industry rumors of an E&P building an airfield near Rocky Mountain House. This rumour evolved into a rumor about a new, very large play being discovered which would require enormous resources to develop and air transit to staff. Not so.
Truman Roosh, a geologist who consults for Cataract Energy, has come forward to debunk the rumors and report the truth. It seems the board and executives of Cataract are of the mind that with more detailed planning they can more accurately predict and produce oil and gas. With that presence of mind, Cataract has set forth a grand experiment in the Rocky Mountain House region of Alberta, to create a true, 1-to-1 scale geological map.
“When I was called into a meeting with a couple of executives and a board member, I was a little nervous. And when they told me what they were after, I was stunned. The logistics were incredible. The sheer manpower and resources required were stupendous.
It made almost no business sense, at least to me. So what do you say to something like that? I said ‘Lets do it!” – Truman Roosh, P.Geo.
Cataract has implemented a strategy of buying old warehouses and barns that can be feasibly moved and placed in an array over a target play to aid in weather-proofing the maps. There are no reported plans to provide facilities or heat to the complex due to skyrocketing cost predictions, but there will be electricity and light provided. Georgetta Forshamm, senior execution planner at Cataract speaks to the human resource expectations of the project.
“We’ll need to hire at least 50-60 artists to help Roosh color code his map, and possibly a team of geological techs and draftsman to make sure that his geographical measurements are correct.
It is a grand undertaking to be sure, but if we can prove it works, it will be the first time we get a real good look at the subsurface of a play anywhere in the world. Can you put a price on that? I don’t think so.” – Gerogetta F., worker
So far Cataract has built and covered about 130 acres of land over the primary target of the play. A special type of paper is being produced and treated with a waterproofing, longevity chemical derived from Seal Bone Powder sourced on the East coast. Crayola has been tasked with supporting the wax and paint needs, in conjunction with a recently developed tool being adapted by Dr. Mindsporge of Calgary notoriety. The project is expected to be completed in 2018, with a drilling program being put forward based on results for 2022 after an outside review panel has assessed the work and approved development.
Water cooler rumors abound that in light of the apparent lunacy of the project, and the low ratio of reward to cost it may create, Bendovus Energy has begun to move forward on a similar project if for no other reason than they can do it bigger and better than anyone else. Period.
And in true Bendovus Energy fashion, the well-respected company will attempt to be the best at this new 1-to-1 mapping technique by layering on top of the 2D map millions and millions of strategically placed, multi-coloured lego pieces, and in doing so converting it into a full-scale 3D geomodel of the target pool.
According to company officials, Bendovus plans to drill mock wells in the 3D geomodel in an effort to increase the chance of success for each well to 100%. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, Big Jimmy Claycake, goes on to say,
“The 3D geomodel is an evolutionary step in this process that Cataract Energy would have never thought of. Why? Because they are small, and we are big, and we own three-quarters of the mineral rights in Western Canada. That’s why.
Our 3D model would be a first of its kind. We will apply the full-scale 3D Geomodel idea to our oilsands and heavy oil properties as well. We plan to inject fluids into the model before our full-scale horizontal mock wells are drilled and produced so that we can get an idea of how fluid flows in the reservoir. We will do this because we are superior and almighty.” – Jimmy Claycake, Bendovus COO