Get to Know the Montney—a Little or a Lot

The Montney is ranked among the largest and most attractive resource plays in North America. As areas of the play transition from appraisal to development, the focus is now on capitalizing the Montney’s potential.

At Canadian Discovery Ltd. (CDL), we’ve been studying the Montney since its inception. Whether you’re just getting started in Canada, or currently operating in the Montney, we help identify opportunities and risks by answering important questions: What are the controls on reservoir development? How can sweet spots be predicted? How do effective porosity and hydrocarbon saturation impact original gas-in-place (OGIP) and potential ultimate recovery?

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A Resource Play Stacked with Potential

The Montney is referred to as a “world class” resource play, and in terms of impact, it is often compared to the Eagle Ford shale play in south Texas. It is currently being explored and developed for all hydrocarbons, including NGLs, oil and gas.

Zone thickness, significant gas and condensate initial production rates and reserves per section, along with sheer size of the fairway and presence of stacked reserves, define the huge potential for this play.

Montney/Doig—A World Class Resource Play

Resource density. Stacked resource up to 300m thick.

Large areal extent. Extends over 50,000 square miles.

Exceptional “fraccability.” Low clay content, low Poisson’s Ratio and high Young’s Modulus.

Exceptional fracture stability. Fractures stay open due to very low proppant embedment.

High permeability. Formation is dominated by siltstones allowing natural fluid flow.

Overpressured. Indicative of high gas in place.

High recovery factors. Up to 50% of resource is estimated to be recoverable.

Repeatability. Widespread “blanket” style deposit provides for more repeatable results

Modified from Birchcliff Energy Presentation, November 2015

Montney Key Features and North American Perspective from the Discovery Digest's 2015 Western Canada Activity Summary

Why Invest In the Montney

The reasons are simple:

  • The zone contains liquids-rich natural gas, making it more lucrative than many other natural gas resource plays.
  • It has a thick, regionally extensive gas-charged section with multiple reservoir zones.
  • Potential resource volumes are exceptional, with marketable gas and liquids in the range of 449 tcf* and 15.5 bbls* respectively (Energy Briefing Note, National Energy Board, November 2013).
  • Technical knowledge is growing with each completion. As of 2015, there were 2,800 wells on-stream and 2.8 bcf/d plus 52,000 bopd (Discovery Digest's 2015 Western Canada Activity Summary).

Location and Montney Facies Map

Montney Graph

Want to Learn More About the Montney?

CDL maintains the largest independent store of publicly available Montney data, intelligence and expertise. To date, we have completed five regional integrated Montney geoscience studies and over 30 Montney consulting projects. We’ve analyzed close to 700 cores, correlated over 8,000 wells and evaluated over 7,000 hydrogeological tests. Plus we’ve published over 50 Montney technical reports, evaluated 6,000 Montney completions and developed reliable, type-curve derived Montney EURs for all relevant horizontal wells!

Explore some of our Montney work below or contact us to discuss new projects and test drive our datasets.


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  • Montney Regional Hydrodynamics Project III—As with most resource plays, it's all about the rock! CDL's integrated approach to pressure, fluid chemistry and geothermics provides key insights for play success. The 2018 update incorporates knowledge from the additional 3,500+ Montney wells that have been drilled and completed since 2014.

  • Montney Tight Gas Project—This project integrates core, cuttings, petrology, petrophysics, hydrodynamics and production characteristics with a range of analytical data to assist resource exploitation, calculate GIP and determine the role of pre-Triassic and intra-Montney structure on facies and thickness trends.

  • Regional Montney Stratigraphy and Core Descriptions—An interactive, GIS-enabled study. Industry's go-to source for quality tops. Includes 38 regional stratigraphic Montney cross-sections and 576 Montney core descriptions.

  • Montney Gas Liquids Project—This study defines the facies types and trends, reservoir characteristics and controls within the study area (T55-75, R22W5–13W6), with an emphasis on areas prone to higher ratios of NGL/condensate and/or oil/volatile oil production.

Discovery Digest Articles

Canadian Resource Play Quarterly Well Productivity Report

Quarterly Results Comparison to December 31, 2015

Productivity in eight significant Canadian resource plays is compared between Q4 2014 and Q4 2015, and activity and production is tracked from 2007 to 2015. The variation between and within each play is illuminated against a background of lower commodity prices and the resulting economic uncertainty.

Montney Completions Kicked Up a Notch

Kakwa, AB

Kicking Horse increases frac intensity by employing more stages, more proppant and more fluid resulting in an estimated IP90 of 1,560 boepd at Kakwa.


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