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New Edition of Directive 020, AER Bulletin 2022-14

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Regulatory Requirements – Well Abandonment

On April 25, 2022, the AER released a new edition of Directive 020: Well Abandonment. Regulatory requirements unique to this directive have been numbered. The following sections were clarified:

  • section 2.2 regarding AER notification;

  • sections 5.1.3 and 5.5.1.2 regarding remedial cementing of porous intervals and protected intervals; and

  • sections 5.3 and 5.4 regarding the setting of a permanent bridge plug and permanent packer.

Appendices 2 and 3 were removed. Licensees can see appendices 2 and 3 of Directive 087: Well Integrity Management for suggested procedures for testing gas migration and surface casing vent flow.

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