Vertex provides on-site waste and well services to ensure strong logistical project execution to maximize project efficiency and minimize the risk-averse effects to environmental receptors from drilling waste and gas migration exposure. Vertex utilizes a drilling waste services team that manages drilling mud and waste. Vertex’s drilling waste team provides solutions that meet the highest level of regulatory compliance while keeping the most cost-effective and efficient disposal and monitoring operations in mind. Working closely with regulators, researchers, laboratories and drilling fluid groups, we create detailed drilling waste treatment and disposal plans to achieve all program goals.
Vertex’s gas migration (GM) and surface casing vent flow (SCVF) testing use the latest technologies including infrared methane detection and digital pressure/temperature logging to ensure accurate
test results and compliance with regulatory requirements. We are capable of completing GM assessments year-round due to the non-intrusive technology we use. Vertex is able to perform intrusive testing as well based on specific government regulation or client preference. Vertex takes great care to differentiate between true gas migration responses and false positives due to soil contamination or ambient interference such as wellhead leaks.
Eliminating potential liabilities including surface casing vent flows, gas migrations, groundwater contamination and soil contamination that is potentially associated with these non-productive assets is our goal.
Gas Migration (GM) and Surface Casing Vent Flow (SCVF) Services
Vertex helps clients adhere to the applicable well abandonment guidelines in North America by providing Gas Migration (GM) and Surface Casing Vent Flow (SCVF) services on active and abandoned wells. Our integrated service offering gives us the unique ability to combine Gas Migration and Surface Casing Vent Flow services with Environment Site Assessments, Environmental Inspections and Soil Sampling. Vertex environmental professionals are experts in their fields and can differentiate downhole casing failures from surface contamination issues. This expertise saves our clients from wasting valuable resources as surface contamination can easily be mistaken for gas migration with a false positive reading.
In addition, Vertex can provide a holistic approach to abandonments, integrating environmental services with GM, SCVF, Environmental Assessment and Cut and Cap activities.
How does Vertex’s service offering benefit my project?
- Vertex understands what constitutes a serious flow and is able to test producing, new drills and abandonments
- Vertex manages large GM & SCVF programs with project management software to ensure testing stays in front of service rigs
- Vertex integrates environmental expertise with GM & SCVF to allow for additional solutions on abandoned sites. With the right project planning, personnel can complete multiple aspects of an abandonment program. Including well testing, abandonment and reclamation certification.
- Vertex continues to evolve and innovate when it comes to the equipment we use and we continually look for new ways to incorporate better measurement tools into our process.
Why test for GM & SCVF?
- Mandatory within 30 to 90 days of rig release in Gas Migration Problem Area (Alberta Directive 20)
- Mandatory on all well abandonments in Saskatchewan
- Mandatory on wells without surface casing