Directive 056

Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules

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Release Date: May 01, 2014

Effective Date: May 15, 2014

Replaces the previous edition released on Sep 01, 2011.

Released with AER Bulletin 2014-17.

Change Log

What's New
March 10, 2016 New FAQs on Application Audit Submissions added to Facilities Technical, Pipelines Technical, Wells Technical, and Participation Involvement
January 19, 2016 New FAQ on licence extension added to Facilities Technical, Pipelines Technical, and Wells Technical FAQs.
March 13, 2015 New FAQ, "When applying for the installation of a free-standing liner and filling out Schedule 3.1, do I identify the pipe specifications of the existing pipeline or the proposed liner?", added to Pipelines Technical FAQs
January 29, 2015 New FAQ's have been added regarding ABSA, Pop Tank, Spacing, and Tank Heater.
May 1, 2014 Requirements for the Peace River area have been added to section 8.
June 17, 2013 All documents have been, or are in the process of being, rebranded under the Alberta Energy Regulator.
March 26, 2013 New Tool – Energy Development Category Type Calculator for Surface Equipment
Helps identify which category type should be used when applying for a Facility application based on surface equipment and inlet information.
September 19, 2012 Urban Centres question removed from FAQs - Participant Involvement.
June 13, 2012 Sour Gas Planning and Proliferation Requirements question added to FAQs - Participant Involvement
March 20, 2012 Equipment Spacing Exemptions questions added to FAQs - Facilities Technical.
January 3, 2012 Checklist for 21 Day Temporary Surface Pipelines for Well Testing Purposes (June 2008) has been removed. This has been updated and incorporated into Directive 077.
December 14, 2011 Wells Technical FAQ's have been added regarding Bottomhole location changes
November 21, 2011 All sections of the FAQ's have been updated as a result of the release of the revised edition of Directive 056.
October 25, 2011 The documents "EUB Reference Tool for Sour Service Conversion of Existing Carbon Steel Pipelines" and "Interpretation of Sour Service Material Requirements for New Pipeline Construction" have been removed from Directive 056 Tools - Pipelines. Questions regarding these issues can be directed to
October 6, 2011 Pipelines Technical FAQ's have been added regarding Environmental Requirements
September 1, 2011 New edition of Directive 056 released. In effect September 26, 2011
August 5, 2011 Wells Technical FAQ's have been added regarding Drill Cutting Sample Changes

Supplemental Information

Participant Involvement information requirements, and other related documents that are linked below have been issued in conjunction with Directive 056 (formerly Guide 56). These links will be updated as more documents become available.

I. Directive 056 Tools

H2S Conversion Calculator [XLS]
This simple Excel spreadsheet allows the user to convert H2S concentrations between units of percentage (%), parts per million (ppm) and moles per kilomole (mol/kmol).

Energy Development Category Type Calculator for Surface Equipment [XLS] 
This simple Excel spreadsheet helps identify which category type should be used when applying for a Facility application based on surface equipment and inlet information.


Process Clarification for Surface Facility Licensing Issues
(January 2008) Provides the most common licensing oversights associated with the facility licensing process


Reference Tool for Directive 056: Instructions for Increasing H2S Partial Pressure of Existing Oil Effluent Pipelines
(June 2009) Addresses self-disclosure and pipeline licence amendment applications to increase the licensed limits of H2S content or maximum operating pressure for existing oil effluent pipelines licensed prior to January 1, 2008

Reference Tool for Interpreting Pipeline Pressure Control and Overpressure Protection Requirements
(March 2007) Clarifies the requirements of Canadian Standards Association Z662-03: Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems, Clause 4.14.1

Process for Pipeline Applications of Fiberspar, Flexpipe, Flexcord or Flexsteel Composite Pipes
Updated April 2016, to reflect CSA Z662-15 and Pipeline Rules AR 91/2005

Process Clarification for Licensing Pipeline Amendments
(Field Inspections, Records Corrections, Self-Disclosures) (January 2004 revised August 2010)
This protocol clarifies the requirements for submission of pipeline licence amendment applications (identified by ERCB field inspectors or licensees as having licensing noncompliances).

Checklist for Minimum Technical Requirements for Pipeline Applications
(September 2003) This document provides technical guidance for an applicant submitting pipeline applications.

II. Directive 56 Schedules September 2011 edition

Schedule 1: Applicant General Information

Schedule 2: Facility Licence Application

Schedule 2.1: Working Interest Participants - Facilities

Schedule 2.2: Gas Plants - Facilities

Schedule 2.3: H 2 S Information - Facilities

Schedule 2.4: Compressors/Pumps - Facilities

Schedule 3: Pipeline Licence Application (updated: February 2011)

Schedule 3.1: Pipeline Segment Identification (updated: February 2011)

Schedule 3.2: Technical/Environmental Information (added: February 2011)

Schedule 4: Well Licence Application

Schedule 4.1: Working Interest Participants - Wells

Schedule 4.2: Multiwell Pad Location

Schedule 4.3: Well H2S Information

III. Participant Involvement Information

EnerFAQs: A series of documents dealing with topics about the energy industry

AER Brochure: Understanding Oil and Gas Development in Alberta 

Letter from the CEO of the AER

IV. Other Supporting Documents

GB 2003-22: Clarification of Energy Application Process: When May an Applicant Request a Hearing with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board?

Integrated Application Registry (IAR)
Access this system to check the status of applications.







Licence Extension

Participant Involvement


If after careful study, you have a specific question not covered in Directive 056 or available as a Frequently Asked Question, please contact the Infrastructure Authorizations at:

Phone: (403) 297-4369
Fax: (403) 297-4117