The target of Saleski is the Devonian-age Grosmont formation. The Grosmont reservoir is different from the oilsands because the bitumen is contained within Devonian-age dolomites and limestone rocks as opposed to cretaceous sands.
This difference in the reservoir rocks means that there are challenges in exploring for and producing bitumen from Grosmont. But Grosmont is a compelling opportunity. The bitumen hosted within the carbonate trend is estimated to exceed 70 billion cubic metres.
Although there are currently no economic projects producing this resource, it is receiving a great deal of industry interest, and there are operating pilot projects. The Grosmont, along with other Devonian carbonates, such as the Leduc, are also the target for Granor, House, and Orchid.