The Groundbirch asset includes two fields in the Montney formation: Groundbirch and Gundy. Shell has an 80% working interest in Groundbirch and a 100% working interest in Gundy.
The natural gas produced from the Montney formation is situated 2,500 meters below ground, trapped within a mixture of siltstone and shale. We use hydraulic fracturing, creating hairline cracks to unlock the natural gas that’s tightly trapped in the tiny pores of the rock.
Location: About 50 km south of Fort St. John, British Columbia
Products: Sales gas (methane), natural gas liquids and condensate
- Sales gas (methane) is used for heating homes and offices
- Natural gas liquids (NGL) include propane, butane and ethane. Propane is sold to domestic and United States distributors for heating, crop drying, auto fuel and petrochemical feedstock. Butane is shipped to refineries where is used as a gasoline blending component and as a fuel in products such as butane lighters and curling irons. Ethane is shipped by pipeline to petrochemical plants where it is used as a "building block" for a variety of chemicals and plastics.
- Condensate is used by refineries to produce gasoline and diesel fuel
Facilities: Shell’s Groundbirch venture includes facilities for water and fluid handling, oil batteries and gas processing.
Staff: The facility employs an average of 150 employees and contractors in the Fort St. John office and field, with an additional daily average of 100-300 field contractors.
Contact Information: 1-888-384-6465