Alberta releases new edition of Directive 017

Alberta releases new edition of Directive 017

On December 13, 2018 the AER released a new edition of Directive 017, which included the updates required to measurement and reporting systems for the reduction of methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry.

The major change in this new version of Directive 017 is the redefinition of the reporting of Fuel, Flare, and Vent to Petrinex monthly.  The table below shows examples of activities that are affected by the Fuel, Flare, and Vent definition changes, and the change in activity codes under which they need to be reported to Petrinex as of January 1, 2020:

This redefinition dramatically increases the complexity of reporting for Production Accounting staff, as it is no longer possible to just receive and report facility fuel meter numbers.  Starting January 1, 2020, companies will have to inventory every single fuel consumer at a wellsite or facility, and perform complex calculations for each wellsite or facility separately, to ensure reporting is correct and volumes balance with the facility fuel meter.

The AER also released Manual 015 as a guide on quantifying and reporting for those tasked with quantifying methane emissions required by Directive 060.  Manual 015 can be found at https://www.aer.ca/documents/manuals/Manual015.pdf.

Envirosoft has developed the necessary functionality within our Fuel-Flare-Vent ManagerTM application as a tool for Operations and Production Accounting to automate these calculations.  This involves:

  • Importing all metered fuel and flare volumes from the company Field Data Capture System.
  • Calculating theoretical fuel usage for all unmetered fuel, flare, and vent source volumes using defensible calculation methodologies.
  • Proration of all the estimated volumes using the theoretical fuel consumption volumes.
  • Addition of all the individual fuel, flare, and vent volumes for monthly reporting into Petrinex.
  • Output of all the disaggregated fuel, flare, and vent volumes by source type so that the mass of methane can be calculated, which is required by the new edition of Directive 060 (also released in December 2018).

To read the new edition of Directive 017:  https://www.aer.ca/regulating-development/rules-and-directives/directives/directive-017.

For more information on Envirosoft’s solution for compliance with these new requirements, please contact us at info@envirosoft.com.

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