Feedsee Energy : Oil Sands : Analyzing porosity, permeability, fluid content, geological age, and probable productivity
The first Lexcore Services rigs are moving from the Fort McMurray area to the Peace River area to begin the second phase of Laricinia Energy's oil sands exploration project. "This next area of drilling near Wabasca is going to give our rigs the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential," said Dan Nanninga of Lexcore. The company's coring system is well suited for the exploration coring required for the massive amount of land poised for development in Alberta's oil sands. Oil sands companies evaluate oil sands by drilling evaluation holes and removing core samples, necessary in Alberta's expanding oil sands where traditional seismic exploration is not nearly as effective. Coring involves cutting a cylindrical sample out of the earth during drilling to allow geological analysis of what lies below. The geological analysis determines the location's physical characteristics such as porosity, permeability, fluid content, geological age, and probable productivity.