April 2017

Bulletin 2017-11: 2017 AER Administration Fees
On April 19, 2017, the AER released Bulletin 2017-11, which details the AER industry levy to support the AER's operations.

Invoices to operators were mailed on April 19, 2017 and payments are due on May 19, 2017.    Do not miss this deadline as a 20% penalty is applied.
Benoit LMR Software Release- Beta Tester Solicitation
Thank you to the companies who have expressed an interest in beta testing our new product. We will be in touch with you shortly to discuss an appropriate time for an install.

If you are still interested in beta testing this product before its commercial release (without any cost to you), but have yet to contact us, it's not too late.  Any feedback you could provide us would be greatly appreciated and will likely be incorporated in the release.

For more information on this product, please click here or contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you!
MWHIP's in BC and Alberta
Over the last couple of years, there has been much confusion over the regulator's prescribed MWHIP's in BC and Alberta. 

As a general rule of thumb, both regulators convert wellhead injection pressures from a step rate injectivity test  to sandface conditions and then plot the data to determine the  fracture pressure at sandface.  However, there are some interpretation differences between the two jurisdictions.

In BC, the MWHIP is determined by multiplying the sandface fracture pressure by 90%, subtracting PHYD (10.5 kPa/m) and then adding a 200 kPa frictional component, regardless of the actual injection rate used to fracture the reservoir .  

In Alberta, the AER converts 90% of the sandface fracture pressure to wellhead conditions using the rate in which fracturing of the reservoir actually occurred.  In other words, unlike the OGC method, the frictional component of the calculation is typically not static, though we have had situations where the AER has prescribed an MWHIP using static injection conditions (ie. no frictional loss).

This is a very distinct difference and one that may reduce your anticipated MWHIP significantly.

Remember, in Alberta, this method for determining MWHIP is  used for disposal wells only, not injection wells. 

If you have any questions with respect to these methods, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We'd be happy to help. 

Bulletin 2017-09: Reporting Non-Emergency Releases from Pipeline Horizontal Directional Drilling
On April 3, 2017, the AER released Bulletin 2017-09, which outlines the method for reporting non-emergency surface releases from horizontal directional drilling.

AER's 2017-20 Strategic Plan
On April 11, 2017, the AER announced its 2017-20 strategic plan.  The full document can be accessed by clicking here.
SME Solicitation of Feedback: Changes to the Industry Administration Levy
The SME is requesting feedback on its proposal to expand the current industry levy to include licensed pipelines. 

Feedback must be received by May 1, 2017.  For more information on this notice of change and how to provide feeback, please click here.

New Public Lands Disposition Application Requirements Information Sessions

Alberta Environment and Parks and the AER will be hosting information sessions on April 27 (Calgary)  and May 10 (Edmonton) to discuss  changes to the  requirements for public land disposition applications . 

Registration in Calgary is now full, but be sure to check back to see if another session opens up in the future. For more information on these sessions, please click here.
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