Projects and Initiatives


Projects and Initiatives


There are no current projects or initiatives.


Facility Experimental Flag Automation in PETRINEX

Completed in 2014: The AER has automated the Experimental flag on facilities in PETRINEX. At the same time, the flag was renamed Experimental Confidential to better describe its purpose.

The flag is activated to ensure that volumetric data is only displayed to the operator of the facility when experimental confidential wells are linked to the facility. Automating the flag ensures that the flag is activated and de-activated correctly.

For information on how the Experimental Flag Automation works in PETRINEX, please see the following registry tip posted on the PETRINEX website.

BSHIP (Improvements in Well Location Data Management)

Completed in 2012, the bottom and surface hole integrity project (BSHIP) improves the accuracy and completeness of well bottom- and surface-hole location data. The AER recognizes the potential impacts to industry as a result of this project and advises well licensees to review any changes in their data.

Guideline for Managing Issues on Well Location Data
The AER has created a guideline for licensees in the event of issues arising from the implementation of BSHIP. Please note that issues that are not related to BSHIP should be coursed through the regular process and channels.

To access a copy of this guideline, please click here: Guideline

Lists of Affected Wells
The complete lists of wells affected by the bottomhole and surface-hole initiative project (BSHIP) are now available to the public. These lists can be downloaded free of charge and are available in both PDF and Microsoft Excel file formats.

Wells affected by surface-hole coordinate changes: [XLS] [PDF]
Wells affected by bottomhole coordinate changes: [XLS] [PDF]
Wells affected by bottomhole unique well identifier (UWI) changes: [XLS] [PDF]
Vertical Wells : [XLS] [PDF]
UWI changes completed as of March 12, 2012: [XLS] [PDF]

Contact Information
If you have questions that are not addressed here, please e-mail us at

If a well licensee disagrees with any well location change made by the AER in connection with this initiative, it must advise the AER in writing by submitting an e-mail with the subject line “Well Location Change [Well Licence #] [UWI]” to identifying the reason for disagreement within 15 business days of receiving the list of affected wells. If a licensee does not notify the AER of its disagreement in accordance with the procedure noted above, the AER will proceed on the basis that the licensee agrees with the AER’s changes.

For any inquiries regarding surface hole changes, please send an e-mail to

Frequently Asked Questions (Last updated: September 12, 2011)
This list of questions and answers pertain to the bottom and surface hole integrity project (BSHIP). If you have questions that are not addressed here, please e-mail us at

For information on how changes implemented through BSHIP will flow into PETRINEX and the resultant changes on production accounting and volumetric submissions, please see the following registry tip posted on the PETRINEX website


Well and Licence Status Alignment

Well and licence statuses are updated in two separate systems: the petroleum information network (PETRINEX) and the AER’s digital data submission (DDS) system. To help licensees align these statuses, a well/licence status matrix has been developed and additional information added to several PETRINEX screens (see below). For more details on this project, completed in 2011, click on the link below.

Collection and Enforcement of Outstanding Legacy Oil and Gas Analysis Data Project

A review of AER records identified a significant amount of missing analysis data. As a result, a number of licensees were not in compliance with Directive 040. To remedy this situation, the collection and enforcement of outstanding legacy oil and gas analysis project was initiated. In this project, the then ERCB worked with affected licensees to assist them in submitting outstanding data. The project was completed in 2012.

For more information, please view the links below: