After performing a detailed assessment of the required gathering, processing, and transportation infrastructure, Solomon and GPMi build a logical case for industry change relative to infrastructure operations and management. The assessment is the fourth in a series of Resource and Infrastructure Assessment updates that address developing Western Canada unconventional tight and shale gas growth, analyzing the required new plant and pipeline infrastructure as well as the impact of this new infrastructure on the existing processing facilities and gathering systems. The assessment makes the following contributions toward understanding the situation in the North Montney and Shale:
- Develops an independent analysis of the area’s production and infrastructure requirements.
- Divides the area into seven logical subregions for detailed analysis.
- Analyzes the outlook for economic growth in the area.
- Forecasts production from existing reserves and developing resource to the year 2035 for gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and ethane.
- Analyzes the potential in developing North Montney and Shale gas and NGL, both of which are important components of the feedstock for still-developing West Coast liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.
- Examines the existing gas gathering and processing infrastructure and describes in detail areas where additional or modified capacity will be required for the forecasted volumes.
Develops an industry-integrated approach to reducing capital requirements, cycle times, and operating expenses, an approach that optimizes product recoveries both for the developing resource and the existing reserves.