Tommy Lakes, Northern British Columbia, Canada

‘Home-Run’ system in the Tommy Lakes area


Tommy Lakes, Northern British Columbia, Canada


Sweet Gas

Project Scope:

Gas gathering system using a ‘home-run’ model


4” FP301


First leg - 8,000 meters (26,250 feet)


March 2010

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  • An 8,000 meter (26,250 foot) steel pipeline would have taken approximately 6 weeks to install.
  • The Flexpipe ‘home-run’ pipeline was installed and tested in less than 14 days which allows Marble Point to start producing the well almost immediately.


  • During the installation of this ‘home-run’ system, a crew of 4-6 pipeline personnel was required.
  • The construction of a steel loop-line would have required a crew of 12-15 labourers.
  • 4” FP 601 is a less expensive option than the 6” to 8” steel required for a loop-line system.
  • Capital acquisition costs were dramatically reduced due to the 7 to 10 meter ROW required to install Flexpipe. A 20 meter ROW is required to install a steel pipeline.


  • The smaller ROW, fewer people onsite, and less equipment greatly reduced Marble Point’s environmental footprint.
  • Using the existing 3 meter seismic lines was a cost-efficient and greener option than creating a new 20 meter right of way for a steel loop-line system.


  • Marble Point also has the option to apply for a 90 to 120 day test line using Flexpipe as a surface line to prove the well.
  • If the well is proven, it is very easy to plow the pipeline; if not, the pipe can be quickly respooled and used again to test another well.

Marble Point Energy, a Calgary based junior oil and gas producer, used 8,000 meters of 4” FP601 for the first leg of a ‘Home-Run’ system in the Tommy Lakes area.

Traditionally, ‘loop-lines’ are used for sweet gas tie-in systems, however, Marble Point determined that a large ID loop line.

(6” to 8” steel pipe) would be expensive, time-consuming, and would require a large investment of upfront acquisition capital costs. Millions of dollars would be required to acquire the land and clear the greater than 20-meter right-of-way. Instead, Flexpipe was used in the ‘home-run’ system connecting wells directly to a facility or compressor. Marble Point used its existing 3-meter seismic lines, clearing an additional 4 to 7 meters on either side. The approximately 7 to 10-meter ROW decreased land costs and dramatically reduced the company’s environmental footprint. The first line was installed, tested, and used within 14 days of the project kick-off, resulting in immediate cash flow for Marble Point. The company will continue to use the same process and Flexpipe to tie in the remaining 7 wells in the area.