Health, Safety and Environment
At Ember, safety comes first – without it, we don’t work.
Safety Comes First
We integrate safety into our entire business operations because nothing is more important than keeping our employees, contractors, and people in our communities safe.
We take a proactive approach to safety, focused on training and development. Our goal is to develop a high degree of situational awareness resulting in a culture of continuous improvement. We have mandatory employee participation and consultation in our comprehensive occupational health and safety management system. This allows us to identify high consequence risk environments and scenarios before they happen.
We continuously update our occupational health and safety protocols and policies as well as promote the physical, psychological, and social well-being of our people.
As a result of our rigorous safety policies, processes and systems, Ember maintains a Certificate of Recognition (COR) in Alberta, which signifies that Ember’s health and safety management system meets standards developed by the Government of Alberta.
We strive for a Total Recordable Incident Frequency (TRIF) of zero (0) and are proud to report that we reached our goal in both 2020 and 2022 for our employees.
Tools and Processes
- Our Code of Business Conduct policy guides our business and helps us continually assess how we can make our operations as safe as possible. It is reviewed and approved annually by our management and Board and acknowledged by our employees.
- We are incorporating the findings from our 2021 safety culture maturity assessment to better position safety within our operations and throughout the company.
- Ember’s Safety Committee actively monitors incidents, near misses, and pertinent hazards and applies findings from the Incident Management System to improve policies, protocols and review regulatory inspections and results.
- We use a variety of tools to identify and mitigate risks, including Standard Operating Procedures, Pre-Job Safety Meetings, Monthly Safety Meetings, Working Alone Monitoring System, and Emergency Response System.
Occupational Health and Well-being
Recognizing that health includes both physical safety and mental well-being, Ember has worked with external experts to increase investments in mental health resources to support our employees as they navigate challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also recognize the importance of raising awareness of mental health to reduce stigma. Our new internal campaigns have helped create a more inclusive culture for our employees.
Ember Health and Wellness Programs:
- The Employee Family and Assistance Programs provides employees and their families with access to medical, counselling and healthcare services.
- Our benefits programs include health and dental programs, health, disability and life insurance programs, and travel benefits programs.
- Ember also provides education and prevention programs to support the health of our employees and contractors.
100% Shallow gas
Shallow gas production is our singular focus. This means we have all eyes on our wells, all the time, allowing us to dedicate the requisite attention to operate at peak efficiency.
Our 11,000 shallow gas wells provide reliable production with minimal maintenance. Our real-time SCADA control systems allow us to instantly monitor our facilities and thousands of wells concurrently to troubleshoot potential problems before they occur, schedule regular clean-out of residual water to maximize production, and even remotely stop or start production. By minimizing routine site visits we reduce operating costs and diminish environmental impact from site traffic.
Clean Nitrogen Stimulation
Due to the simplicity of sweet shallow gas completions, wells can be completed and brought on production in a matter of days. The completion operation consists of Nitrogen (N²) injected at pressures above fracture gradient into individual perforations using a coil tubing unit and high rate Nitrogen pumpers. A typical Nitrogen stimulation injects between 60,000-100,000 cubic meters of Nitrogen into the well. No water, chemicals, hydrocarbons, or proppants are pumped into the well during the Nitrogen stimulation.