March (b) 2020
Reminder: reporting and submissions (in the DDS) for wells in the AER’s IWCP must be completed by March 31, 2020 to ensure or restore compliance.
Please let us know if you would like some help in facilitating this for you.
Benoit Update: COVID-19
We sincerely hope that everyone has been and continues to remain safe during this very difficult time. In light of these recent events, like many, Benoit has enabled our staff to work remotely. We will continue to provide our services and, as always, will do our very best to meet or exceed deadlines set by you, our valued clients.

Projects that we were working on last week have continued to be worked on this week. Our monthly compliance monitoring packages that we prepare for clients (the Integrated Compliance Management Program) will also continue during this time.

We are committed to providing you with safe, reliable, and uninterrupted service. If you require some help or have any questions, please let us know. We'd be happy to help in any way that we can. Take care everyone.
AER: New version of Thermal In Situ (TIS) Water Publication
On February 10, 2020, the AER released a new version of the Thermal In Situ (TIS) Water Publication , which tracks each company's water use and recycling in Alberta's in situ oil sands.

There are no changes to reporting requirements. The format of the TIS publication has been updated to better align with rec ent updates to Directive 081: Water Disposal Limits and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes.

Alberta Energy Information Bulletin 2020-01: MRF Drilling & Completion Cost Enhancement Project Go-Live
On January 29, 2020, AE announced that an updated format for the Modernized Royalty Framework (MRF) Drilling and Completion Costs (DCC) submissions will be ready for users to access in the Petrinex on February 6, 2020. Information Bulletin 2019-02 provides the context for these changes. After February 6, 2020, BA User Security Administrators (USAs) will need to modify the DCC roles and user access to allow the assigned users to access the new functionality. DCC submissions annual deadline is April 30, 2020  

A copy of Information Bulletin 2019-02 and 2020-01 can be found here.

SK: Oil Analysis Disclosure Question – Removed (IRIS)
On February 5, 2020 the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) announced that the oil analysis disclosure question will no longer be asked. Pursuant to the revised Directive PNG017, there is no longer an obligation to conduct an oil analysis on a new oil well completion. However, the ER can still request an operator to conduct an analysis.

Additional information can be found here .
Integrated Compliance Management Program (ICMP) at Benoit
Did you know that Benoit provides a service which covers our regulatory application, liability management ratio and evaluation services under one umbrella?
 Under this program, Benoit acts as a “regulatory arm” for your company by receiving and responding to all compliance related matters on your company’s behalf, usually for only a few hundred dollars per month.

As your regulatory designate, in addition to our regulatory application service, Benoit conducts a number of additional services including, but not limited to:

  • Inactive Well Compliance Program Monitoring
  • Liability Management Rating Forecasting
  • DDS Entry for Well/Completion Details
  • Flaring Notifications
  • Well Test Data Submissions
  • Gas Conservation Economic Analyses
  • Monthly VRR calculations/updates for Enhanced Recovery Schemes

If you're interested in this service or would like to discuss this further, please contact us or visit our website for more information
SK: BT 2020-001 New Pipeline Regulations and Directive
On January 20, 2020, the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) announced that The Pipelines Administration and Licensing Regulations (PALR) and Directive PNG034: Saskatchewan Pipelines Code (Directive PNG034) came into effect. The new Regulations and Directive, together, replace The Pipelines Regulations, 2000, which has been repealed.

A copy of BT 2020-01 can be found here.
SK: BT 2020-002 Amendments to OGCA and OGEMR
On February 12, 2020 the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) announced that Amendments to The Oil and Gas Conservation Act (OGCA) and The Oil and Gas Emissions Management Regulations  (OGEMR) came into force, in support of Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy.

A copy of BT 2020-02 can be found here.
SK: BT2020-003 Updated version of Directive PNG009
On March 6, 2020, the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) announced that an updated version of Directive PNG0009: Public Notice Requirements came into effect. Key changes are related to the public notice and responsibilities of applicants/objectors.

A copy of BT 2020-03 can be found here.
SK: BT 2020-004 Facility Licence Requirement for Sites Flaring Gas
On March 4, 2020, the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) announced that in addition to meeting the requirements of Directive S-20, facilities flaring and/or venting greater than 900 m 3 /day of gas containing greater than 10 moles/kilomole of H2S are required to submit additional data at the time of licencing as part of the facility licence application.

A copy of BT 2020-04 can be found here.
Well Testing Services at Benoit
To support Benoit's regulatory application and compliance related submissions, Benoit now utilizes an in-house well test analysis expert, Mr. Reza Ali, C.E.T.

Mr. Ali has over 30 years of experience specializing in domestic and international Flow and Build-Up, Production Data and DFIT Analyses. 

If you would like a well test analyzed or if you would simply like more information on our well testing services, please feel free to contact Robyn (at 403.263.3690) or Jason (at 403.874.6769). You may also contact R eza Ali directly at 403.454.0430.
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