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New Edition of Directive 017, AER Bulletin 2022-05

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Oil Sands – Well Testing

On March 17, 2022, the AER released a new edition of Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations.

S. 12.3.9 contains well testing requirements for thermal in situ oil sands operations. These requirements have been modified. A program for testing each operating production well must be implemented and described in the project’s measurement, accounting, and reporting plan. The requirement to have one valid testing hour for every forty hours of operation was removed.

The measurement, accounting, and reporting plan is described and required by Directive 042: Measurement, Accounting, and Reporting Plan (MARP) Requirements for Thermal Bitumen Schemes:

(a)     Existing MARPs should be updated immediately and must be available for review when requested by the AER; and

(b)     Applications for new MARPs must meet these new Directive 017 requirements.

This change enables the collection of more representative well-level production data. It provides operators with additional flexibility in conducting their well testing programs while maintaining compliance with the existing proration factors specified in s. 12.3.10 of Directive 017.

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