Our estimated processing time for this application is 52 business days. See our timeline spreadsheet for updates.
Purpose of the Application
A company with a thermal in situ oil sands project must measure, account for, and report its oil sands, crude bitumen, derivatives of crude bitumen, and oil sands products. It must do the same for products obtained or used in the recovery of oil sands, crude bitumen, and oil sands products. Section 20(1)(k) of the Oil Sands Conservation Act governs the methods the company can use, as well as the standard conditions for converting measurements.
Each company must complete a plan for documenting this information in its measurement, accounting, and reporting plan (MARP). We must review its plan before issuing an approval.
Our requirements for this application are detailed in Directive 042: Measurement, Accounting, and Reporting Plan (MARP) Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes. In addition to Directive 042, applicants must also adhere to
- Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations (measurement devices)
- Directive 007: Volumetric and Infrastructure Requirements (accounting and reporting)
- Manual 011: How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER
Submit an Application
Companies must submit their applications to ThermalInSitu@aer.ca.
- We review the application to ensure that it complies with the appropriate legislation, directives, and manuals (listed above).
- If we approve the application, the company must keep an updated copy of its MARP at its facility, including any subsequent amendments.
- We audit MARPs on a regular basis. The plan must be made available to our staff upon request.