By any definition, 100 million is an impressive number.

Devon's Jackfish complex in Alberta reached 100 million barrels of cumulative production in early 2015 — seven years after the first Jackfish project began producing oil through steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD.

Jackfish now includes three facilities, each capable of producing 35,000 barrels of oil per day.

“In a relatively short time frame, the Devon team has transformed Jackfish into a world-class asset," said Rob Dutton, president of Devon Canada.

Team effort

“Back in 2008, there was a pretty steep learning curve for SAGD projects," said Craig Buchanan, vice president of Production. “As each project has been developed and brought online, we have honed our expertise and used it to make the next project that much better."

Buchanan noted that the projects collaborate as a district now.

“We share and plan between disciplines and teams more than ever before," he said. “That planning effort has helped to improve our project execution, improve safety, reduce costs and recover more oil."

Buchanan and his team are focused this year on reducing and controlling lease operating expenses. Two significant projects related to well pad design and capital management are under way to improve long-term performance and efficiency.