In December 2018, we updated two of our directives: Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting and Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations. The updates included new requirements to reduce methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry. While the updated requirements in Directive 017 took effect immediately, the new edition of Directive 060 comes into effect on January 1, 2020, including methane reduction requirements.
The series of videos that follow help explain what you need to do to comply with these new requirements. Videos 1 and 2 are for those involved in production accounting and quantifying and reporting emissions. Video 3 is for those involved in environmental planning, facilities planning, and regulatory compliance. Before you begin, remember:
- Watch the videos in order.
- You’ll need audio to watch the videos.
- Review Directive 060, Directive 017, Manual 015: Estimating Methane Emissions, and Manual 011: How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER.
Module 1: Methane Emission Reductions Volumetric Reporting (9 minutes)
Understand the updates to the definitions of fuel gas, vent gas, and flare gas, that gas volume reporting is based on equipment operation and facility events, and that new facilities need to be built to align meter placement with the updated definitions of fuel gas, vent gas, and flare gas. (view module in new window)
Module 2: Methane Emission Reductions Measurement, Monitoring, and Reporting (19 minutes)
Here, you’ll get to know the emissions categories you’ll need to report, the different methods of quantifying emissions, how to allocate emissions for facility IDs and sites, and what emissions data to report in Petrinex and OneStop. (view module in new window)
Module 3: Methane Reduction Retrofit Compliance Plan (8 minutes)
Understand what a methane reduction retrofit compliance plan is, why it’s important to keep it updated, what it must include, and how the plan can be put in place as efficiently as possible. (view module in new window)