Implementing an Integrity and Risk Management Process

Posted by Dennis Simons, President, Intelligent Data Solutions on Nov 8, 2016 2:12:15 PM

We’re all aware of the regulatory requirements E&P companies face with regards to safely operating and maintaining pressurized equipment.  In western Canada alone we have the alphabet soup of ABSA, TSASK, and BCSA to deal with.  This can lead to significant challenges and costs.

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Top 10 Tips to Preparing an Annual EPAP Declaration

Posted by Raffi Barsoumian on Sep 14, 2015 10:21:00 AM

This blog post is by Zedi's Senior Regulatory Compliance Lead, Raffi Barsoumian

It’s that time of the year again; no, not taxes, EPAP. Are you ready? Do you have a method or a process in place? Although there are many steps involved, the following will give you a glimpse of what an effective EPAP process looks like.

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Adding Staff or Adding Contractors: What Makes Sense?

Posted by Clement Gaudet on Jun 30, 2015 2:45:00 PM

This blog post is by Zedi's Chief Operating Officer, Clement Gaudet

In today’s business environment, the competition for talent is fierce. Executives are challenged with providing resources for their businesses and are considering alternatives to filling their needs with staff. The evolution of outsourcing options has broadened, and makes it possible to meet staffing objectives by augmenting their employee base with contractors or managed services.

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Upcoming Changes to AER Directive 017

Posted by Bill Cheung on Apr 17, 2015 4:07:00 PM

This blog post is by Bill Cheung, Senior Measurement & Regulatory Advisor for Zedi and former Senior Engineer with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

The AER has initiated a project to revise Directive 017: Measurement Requirement for Oil and Gas Facilities

The revisions are scheduled to be released in Spring 2015.

To watch a video of "New Changes to AER Directive 017" presented by Bill Cheung please click here or on the image below.

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When You Need to Perform Gas and Liquid Analysis Sampling in Alberta

Posted by Bill Cheung on Oct 20, 2014 3:03:00 PM

This blog post is by Bill Cheung, Senior Measurement & Regulatory Advisor for Zedi and former Senior Engineer with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has specific rules for oil, gas, and related hydrocarbon sampling and analysis in Section 8 of Directive 017. This covers the type of sample to be taken, the analysis procedure, and what the resulting compositions are to be recorded.

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Zedi Chats: ROI and Optimization for Smaller Wells

Posted by Zedi Chats on Jun 4, 2014 4:10:00 PM

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Zedi Chats - Why Optimization is Important

Posted by Zedi Chats on May 29, 2014 3:58:00 PM

In "Why Optimization is Important", Zedi's Director of Artificial Lift Evan West explains why producers should be engaging in optimization processes for their wells. The short answer? Ever-changing well dynamics require frequent changes to production techniques. The slightly longer answer? Watch and find out.

Click below to watch the video

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Questionable Fuel Volume: Are You Reporting Fuel Correctly?

Posted by Raffi Barsoumian on May 20, 2014 3:53:00 PM

As per Directive 017 section 4.3, all gas usage, such as instrumentation, catadyne heaters, chemical pumps, tank heaters, line heaters, treaters, dehydrators, pump jack motors, generators, compressors, plungers etc., must be reported as fuel gas use on a per-site basis, even if the gas is vented afterwards. Fuel gas usage that is less than 0.5 103m3/day may be estimated, except dilution gas. Dilution gas is fuel gas that is mixed with acid gas that is flared. All dilution gas must be continuously measured regardless of the volume.

From my EPAP audits, I have seen pages and pages of the dreaded three words in the CAR reports “Questionable Fuel Volume” smeared all over.

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Zedi Chats: Defining Artificial Lift Optimization

Posted by Zedi Chats on May 8, 2014 3:05:00 PM

"Defining Artificial Lift Optimization" is the introductory video for Zedi Chats on the subject of artificial lift and optimization. In this introduction, Director and Market Manager of Artificial Lift Evan West defines what we mean when we talk about artificial lift and optimization for oil and gas wells. In particular, the term "optimization" has come to have many meanings in the industry, many of which overlook the fundamental reason it exists: optimization = optimal ROI.

Click below to watch the video.

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What You Need to Know About the New AER Measurement Schematics Regulation

Posted by Bill Cheung on Feb 4, 2014 2:47:00 PM

This blog post is by Bill Cheung, Senior Measurement & Regulatory Advisor for Zedi and former Senior Engineer with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)

On September 11 of this year, producers in Alberta will be subject to new measurement schematics regulations as part of Directive 017. We are less than 9 months away from the regulation taking affect, leaving producers with several questions about they need to do to remain compliant. In this blog post, I hope to give answers to some of those questions to help you get there.

What facilities do I need to create measurement schematics for?

Producers must have a well detailed measurement schematic for all active facilities, with no grandfathering for active facilities. Any reactivated facility must have an up-to-date schematic within three months of reactivation or after the implementation period, whichever is later.

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