Developments in Oil and Natural Gas Production Southwestern Ontario
- K.A. Oakley (Imperial Oil Limited)
- Document ID
- Petroleum Society of Canada
- Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- December 1963
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 151 - 159
- 1963. Petroleum Society of Canada
- 5.1.1 Exploration, Development, Structural Geology, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 5.1.2 Faults and Fracture Characterisation, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.6 Natural Gas
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Southwestern Ontario's oil and gas industry has had its fluctuations overthe past 100 years. At present oil production is in an extended maximum cycleand gas production is trending downward from a maximum cycle. Trends forecastinclude secondary-recovery and pressure-maintenance projects in Devonian andSilurian reservoirs, declining gas production through depletion of pinnaclereefs, and a stepped-up Cambrian exploration programme to find more fields likeClearville and Gobles.
The history of the oil and gas industry in southwestern Ontario stretchesback over more than 100 years. During this time, the production of both oil andgas has passed through several very severe cycles, until today oil productionis enjoying an extended maximum cycle while gas production appears to betrending downward from a maximum cycle. This paper presents a brief look at thepast, a review of present conditions and a forecast of possible futuretrends.
It was in 1857 that James Miller Williams found petroleum in quantitiessufficient to warrant setting up refining equipment at Ennis-killen. Thecommercial production of oil has been going on ever since. Gas production datesback to the discovery of the Kingsville, Haldimand and Welland fields in thelate 1880's. After all this time - 100 years since the first crude was producedand 75 years since the first gas - one might well ask what there couldbe left to say about such a long-established industry that would bear on thesituation today. Nevertheless, a brief survey of developments in southwesternOntario since the beginning may help to place recent events in their properperspective.
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