The Future of energy

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Balancing energy, Water and Food Systems

“Evidence in the scientific community points to significant growing tensions across a number of key systems – in particular the inter-relationship between energy, water and food systems,” says Jeremy Bentham, VP Global Business Environment. “The world’s water, energy and food systems are tightly linked. Water is needed for almost all forms of energy production; energy is needed to treat and transport water; and both water and energy are needed to grow food.”

According to the World Economic Forum, the world could face a 40 percent shortfall between global fresh water demand and supply by 2030, if current trends continue.

The Dawson Creek Reclaimed Water Project is an example of how Shell is helping to face that challenge by working with the community. The facility, process and associated infrastructure will virtually eliminate our need to draw on local fresh water sources for the operation of our Groundbirch natural gas venture.

The project further treats a volume of municipal wastewater that was alternatively released into the Dawson Creek to a standard suitable for industrial and municipal uses. The project will supply water for Shell’s Groundbirch development and provide the City of Dawson Creek with additional reclaimed water for sale to other industry operators or for potential municipal use such as the watering of roads or sports fields.

Watch the video Shell at Dawson Creek: Minimizing our need to use fresh water for hydraulic fracturing

Fresh Water Through Innovation

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“Shell came forward with an innovative proposal to collaborate on a reclaimed water facility to treat municipal wastewater into something that can be used both by industry and the City,” says Mike Bernier, Mayor of Dawson Creek. “The project will benefit our community for decades to come.” 

The Dawson Creek Reclaimed Water Project further treats a volume of municipal wastewater that was alternatively released into the Dawson Creek to a standard suitable for industrial and municipal uses. The facility and associated infrastructure will help to meet Groundbirch’s future water needs, nearly eliminating the need to draw on fresh water sources in the area. In addition, the project takes approximately 100 water trucks per day off local roads, improving safety and reducing dust and noise.

The facility also provides the City with an additional source of revenue as reclaimed water is available to sell to other industry operators or to potentially use for municipal purposes such as dust control and the watering of sports fields.

Shell funded the majority of the multimillion dollar City owned facility as well as constructing the associated Shell owned pumphouse infrastructure and 48-kilometre pipeline to transport the water to our operations. The facility, designed to produce a 4,000 cubic metres per day of reclaimed water, was operational in May 2012. The part of the arrangement with the City of Dawson Creek, Shell will have access to up to 3400 cubic meters per day of the reclaimed water over the next fifteen years.

Watch the video Shell at Dawson Creek: Minimizing our need to use fresh water for hydraulic fracturing

Reducing Truck Traffic

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“At Groundbirch, we work closely with the local community to drive creative solutions for issues related to the oil and gas industry,” says Carson Newby, Shell Community Affairs Representative. “Traffic is an issue in the community. This is why we constructed the pipeline from the Dawson Creek Project to our Groundbirch operations to minimize truck traffic on local roads.”

The Dawson Creek Reclaimed Water Project includes a Shell owned and operated 48-kilometre pipeline west of Dawson Creek to our Groundbirch field. Utilization of the pipeline at design capacity removes over 100 water hauling trucks per day off of local roads that otherwise would be required to transport water to our Groundbirch operations. This equates to eliminating over three million kilometers a year in truck trips over the course of full gas field development. Taking these trucks off the road reduces area traffic, dust and noise for the local community.

Watch the video Shell at Dawson Creek: Reducing truck traffic and improving safety

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