Horizontal Drilling Workforce Study

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) is pleased to report the results of a study conducted on its behalf by MNP LLP. In late 2013, PSAC recognized the need for a more accurate picture of workforce requirements created by the new generation of resource play wells that employ horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing.

This report aims to increase the understanding by members, government and educators of the types of workers and skills required to sustain development activities.
To determine the workforce required, PSAC approached MNP LLP to study three representative-type wells:
• A Horn River deep tight gas well typical in northeast B.C.;
• A natural gas liquids well from central Alberta;
• A tight oil well from southeast Saskatchewan.

While the actual equipment and services required for each of these wells is similar, the access costs, the depth and length of the horizontal well, and the number of hydraulic fracturing treatments are all different resulting in varying costs and total employment requirements.

To read the study, click here.