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Mar 2, 2021 | 12:37 1 I've started the process to acquire a gas well that is on our property from the Orphan Well Assn. The well's location is such that it could supply gas to our two yards. So far the process seems surprisingly straight forward. The main requirements are liability insurance and possibly a bond to cover future reclamation costs.
I would be interested in any advice from others on this forum. It seems wrong to be eliminating gas production right beside where it is being used. Don't know if it makes a difference but this is in Alberta. Reply With Quote
jazz's Avatar Mar 2, 2021 | 12:59 2
Quote Originally Posted by Happytrails View Post
I've started the process to acquire a gas well that is on our property from the Orphan Well Assn. The well's location is such that it could supply gas to our two yards. So far the process seems surprisingly straight forward. The main requirements are liability insurance and possibly a bond to cover future reclamation costs.
I would be interested in any advice from others on this forum. It seems wrong to be eliminating gas production right beside where it is being used. Don't know if it makes a difference but this is in Alberta.
Is the gas dry and low H2S? Usually it needs to be scrubbed first but maybe thats for residential use.

Something like a gas grain dryer might be ok. Reply With Quote
Mar 2, 2021 | 13:27 3 Good for you.
Get the test reports and confirm there is gas there first.
Is it wet or dry gas.
Is it sweet or sour.
Are there any existing facilities on site or is it just a well head.
Depending on what you learn it will effect what additional equipment you need.
Spend the money with a consulting petroleum or facility engineer once you get the test reports, or production data, an hour or two will be worth it. Reply With Quote
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  • Mar 2, 2021 | 13:33 4 I don’t think your can use it for commercial purposes, personal only? Reply With Quote
    Mar 2, 2021 | 13:37 5 Regulator should have the reports I mentioned. Reply With Quote
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    Mar 2, 2021 | 16:55 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Happytrails View Post
    I've started the process to acquire a gas well that is on our property from the Orphan Well Assn. The well's location is such that it could supply gas to our two yards. So far the process seems surprisingly straight forward. The main requirements are liability insurance and possibly a bond to cover future reclamation costs.
    I would be interested in any advice from others on this forum. It seems wrong to be eliminating gas production right beside where it is being used. Don't know if it makes a difference but this is in Alberta.

    Keep us posted how it goes, I got one I keep wondering about too. Might be easy enough to get ownership of the well and liability but suspect it might be a bit of a gong show to use the gas with regulations. Do you have the mineral rights on the location? Reply With Quote
    Mar 2, 2021 | 17:32 7 Good replies guys. The well had been shut in since 2017. The gas is sweet and it was making something over 2 decks/day ngas. It would run the place for a month with 4 days production.

    It also makes some water and there are facilities including a water separator on site.
    I don't have the mineral rights, they are probably with the province. Could sell the gas but would need a $10000 license which I think is waived if only for agricultural use.

    I'm not sure how economically feasible it will be right now but in the long term might be cheap insurance for a heat source. Reply With Quote
    jazz's Avatar Mar 2, 2021 | 17:37 8
    Quote Originally Posted by Happytrails View Post
    Good replies guys. The well had been shut in since 2017. The gas is sweet and it was making something over 2 decks/day ngas. It would run the place for a month with 4 days production.

    It also makes some water and there are facilities including a water separator on site.
    I don't have the mineral rights, they are probably with the province. Could sell the gas but would need a $10000 license which I think is waived if only for agricultural use.

    I'm not sure how economically feasible it will be right now but in the long term might be cheap insurance for a heat source.
    How are you getting the gas from the well head to your farm, or are you going to build something near it? Reply With Quote
    Mar 2, 2021 | 17:50 9
    Quote Originally Posted by jazz View Post
    How are you getting the gas from the well head to your farm, or are you going to build something near it?
    This well is half way between 2 yards that are just over 1 1/2 miles apart. I plan to plow in black plastic to connect the yards. There is an abandoned 4" pipeline that runs by the well and both yards but using it would probably be too easy lol. Reply With Quote
    Mar 2, 2021 | 18:21 10 We buried our own 2 inch plastic line between 2 sheds. The plastic gas line Includes a 12 guage electrical wire - for line location later down the road. It was laid in along the pipe with both ends exposed. I assume that its a legality to use it. Could be wrong. Reply With Quote
    Mar 2, 2021 | 19:25 11 Please keep us updated as I have a well that is not producing about 1000ft from my house Reply With Quote
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  • Mar 2, 2021 | 19:30 12 I hope it's dry gas, because a freeze in would not be fun. Kudos for giving it a whirl, would love to drill my own and not be reliant on the grid. Please keep us updated. Reply With Quote
    Mar 2, 2021 | 19:30 13 I would think you will need some kind of agreement or lease with the royalty owner. I would imagine the province needs to have it metered to collect their royalties and carbon tax.

    Hope it works for you. If it is sweet gas and you take the gas out slowly the moisture is often not an issue. Reply With Quote
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  • Mar 2, 2021 | 21:58 14 Very cool that you’re trying for this.

    Too bad around here it’s mostly tired old oil wells on our place. The orphan well fund is starting to clean up one of the wells on our place. There was a dry hole drilled 20 years ago on our land and they’ve been still working at reclaiming it. Had zero contamination but is probably pushing a half million in cleanup expenses already.

    Interesting that they would make you post a bond when the original owner obviously didn’t .....................

    Let us know how you make out. Good luck🍀 Reply With Quote
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