Horizontal Well Workforce Study

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The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) is pleased to release our updated 2021 report on the results of a study conducted on its behalf by Yager Management Ltd.

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, educators, and other stakeholders, of the types of workers and skills required to sustain development activities.

The first report was published in 2014. It has now been updated to reflect changing geological opportunities and technological advances.

To determine the workforce required, PSAC approached Yager Management Ltd. to study three representative-type wells:

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.