Spoolable Surface Pipeline

Spoolable Surface Pipeline

to Transfer Produced Water

Crew is the first Canadian energy producer to receive regulatory approval from the OGC to install and operate a next-generation, spoolable temporary surface pipeline for produced water transfer, confirming Crew’s commitment to improving efficiencies and reducing emissions. The pipeline allows for the safe and environmentally responsible transportation of produced water, dramatically reducing the trucking of water in Crew’s area of operations, significantly reducing emissions and enabling a reduction in fresh water use.


Prior to utilizing Primus technology, produced water was moved primarily by trucks or temporary above ground High Density Polyethylene (“HDPE”) pipelines. HDPE proved more time consuming due to the number of connections required. Primus is a portable, temporary, environmentally sound, and economically viable alternative for transferring produced water assets. After strict testing, Primus technology has been implemented successfully on two Crew completions.


In 2021, Crew transferred 363,566 m3 of water via Primus Line across three different well pads, which has significantly reduced truck traffic, emissions, road maintenance, land disturbance, and both capital and operational costs. Through the use of Primus, 35,662 of heavy haul truck trips have been eliminated, 1,090 tCO2e emissions saved, and ~212,000km of road travel eliminated *.

Crew’s spoolable surface pipelines have reduced truck traffic by 5.3x the circumference of the globe.

* Results reflect the total benefits realized from using the spoolable technology as of December 2021.


trucks with two way traffic removed

~212,000 km

of truck traffic saved

~1,090 tCO2e

tonnes of CO2 emissions saved

3-32 Pad Example

3-32 Pad featured the use of Crew’s spoolable temporary surface pipeline.

Another successful project where Crew featured the spoolable surface pipeline was for the transfer of 110,000 m3 of produced water to the 3-32 pad during completion of the 3-32 pad in Q1 2021.


  • Completion in 10.4 Days
  • 7,333 two-way truckloads were removed from the road, equivalent distance of 3 trips around the globe.
  • ~146,540km of truck traffic saved.
  • ~329 tCO2e eliminated.

BEFORE:  ~20km trucking route reflecting the 3-32 trucking operation plan

AFTER: ~10.3 km (combined total) temporary pipeline route showing 3-32 above ground pipeline operation plan