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Edition of Directive 040, AER Bulletin 2021-34

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OIl and Gas – Wells

The AER released a new edition of Directive 040: Pressure and Deliverability Testing Oil and Gas Wells. In the new edition:

  • guidance for minifrac tests, also known as diagnostic fracture injection test, has been updated to align with the current practice;

  • the exemption eligibility criteria for the initial pressure test requirement for new oil, gas and step-out wells has been expanded;

  • the requirement to conduct an absolute open flow deliverability test on new gas wells was removed; and

  • the requirement to conduct annual pressure tests for oil and gas pools under primary production was rescinded.

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