Leduc - pivotal to our history
Conventional oil
When Imperial began drilling on Leduc No.1, we had no idea it would become the oil well that revolutionized Alberta. Imperial's landmark discovery of oil at Leduc on February 13, 1947, revealed an enormous and unsuspected source of crude oil that marked the beginning of Western Canada’s great oil development.

Conventional oil

Norman Wells at sunset

Imperial is one of Canada’s largest producers of conventional crude oil and natural gas. We produce about 34,000 barrels of crude oil and natural gas liquids and about 250 million cubic feet a day of natural gas.

Conventional production in Western Canada is at a mature stage, and to help keep this part of our business profitable, we focus on three main areas:

  • Cost control
  • Maximizing production of our existing oil and gas fields
  • Pursuing projects with the potential for strong returns

Our Norman Wells operation
Imperial’s Norman Wells operation is located in the Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River about 150 km south of the Arctic Circle. It is the most northerly producing oilfield in Canada, and many of the wells are drilled from six artificial islands constructed in the Mackenzie River.

In 2008, we drilled new wells at Norman Wells and continued deep natural gas drilling along the Alberta foothills and northeast B.C., and also maintained the shallow-gas programs in southeast Alberta.

Learn more about our other conventional operations and contact information of interest to the community by clicking here.