Weil Group has pioneered the approach of seeking helium as the sole, constituent gas product from its helium projects. It uses unique research and algorithmic analysis techniques in discovering significant, multi-BCF helium reserves between its various projects. Weil evaluates optimal geological settings and gathers data through seismic acquisition, well control information and comprehensive well and pressure testing within wells it drills within its fields. Using software tools to assimilate multiple data points for reservoir life, production flows and gas delivery rates, facilities are sized and commissioned to bring new helium resources to the market.
The Mankota Field is a large anticline located in Southwest Saskatchewan that Weil brought on production in mid-2016. Weil procured the helium purification technology from Germany’s Linde Engineering, commissioning the first ever Membrane – Pressure Swing Adsorption plant for the production of ‘Grade A,’ pure helium, with inlet feed of 10 million cubic feet of gas per day. Production from the Field is from a deep, high-porosity/high-permeability Cambrian sandstone reservoir. Absolute open-flows in this sandstone measured 170 million cubic feet of helium-bearing gas per day. There are two existing wells on the anticline and additional wells are planned in 2017/2018 to augment helium reserves and production.
The Knappen Field, in Alberta, is a large helium-bearing anticline Weil will operate in a joint venture with a working interest party. The Knappen project, and Weil’s Sapphire project, represent the first helium ever produced within the Alberta province. Prodigious flow tests from Ordovician carbonates and Cambrian sandstones indicate a very large resource with additional development potential. During 2017, Weil will commission a plant with 12-15 million cubic feet per day inlet capacity producing ‘Grade A’ helium.
The Sapphire Field is a large anticline with high helium-bearing gas found in Ordovician carbonates and Cambrian sandstones. Given strong test results coupled with extensive seismic over the structure, Weil, throughout 2017, is developing this field as a potential tremendous helium resource in the Alberta Province.
The Rudyard Field is a northwest-southeast trending anticline located north of the town of Rudyard in Hill County, Montana. Production from the Field is from Ordovician and Cambrian fractured carbonates. Weil intends to dual complete both formations of helium-bearing gas out of this and subsequent wells in 2017-2018. The Field is located just east of the Sweetgrass Arch which represents the conduit for helium migration into Weil reservoirs.
Weil is evaluating several other Fields within which it is determining the extent of geological anti-cline setting that contains significant helium resource potential. Weil is collaborating with several strategic partners in these efforts.