The target of the Hoole project is the Grand Rapids formation of the Cretaceous Mannville Group. Grand Rapids is a newer play than the more commonly exploited McMurray formation, but it is being produced commercially, and there are many proposed projects in the vicinity of our Hoole project.
In the Hoole area, Grand Rapids was deposited as shoreface sand with net pay ranging from 10 to 28 metres. This environment is laterally and vertically homogenous—an advantage in SAGD developments. At Hoole, the Grand Rapids formation is capped by thick shale, the Joli Fou, which will act as a seal to contain the steam used to produce oil.