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New Edition of Directive 007 and Manual 011 – Geothermal Amendments, AER Bulletin 2023-13

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Oil and Gas – Facilities

The AER released a new edition of Directive 007: Volumetric and Infrastructure Requirements (“Directive 007”) and Manual 011: How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER (“Manual 011”) as part of the geothermal regulatory framework implementation.

Directive 007 and Manual 011 have been updated to include volumetric and infrastructure reporting requirements for geothermal operations following the Geothermal Resource Developments Rules and Directive 089: Geothermal Resource Development (“Directive 089”).

Directive 007 has been updated to include reporting requirements for temperature data for geothermal wells and heat and power data for geothermal facilities. Codes have been added to Petrinex so that industry can input infrastructure data for geothermal wells and facilities. This revision also enables the AER to charge fees for late submissions and data discrepancies for geothermal activity reporting. Beginning February 2023, all geothermal well and facility operators must report geothermal activities monthly, starting with the January 2023 reporting month, using Petrinex in accordance with Directive 007 and Directive 089.

Manual 011 has been updated with information on using Petrinex to report geothermal activities that includes a new appendix summarizing reporting attributes for geothermal wells and facilities. Major changes and additions to Manual 011 were made in the following sections:

  • 1.3.3, “Fees”;

  • 2, “Submitting Using Petrinex”;

  • 3.4, “Facility Activity”;

  • 3.4.2, “Receipts and Dispositions”;

  • 3.5, “Well Activity”;

  • 3.8.3, “Missing Current Production Month”;

  • 5.8.5, “Facility Link”; and

  • Tables 1, 2, and 16 and appendices 1, 2, 7 and 11 (new).

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