Pools with good production practice (GPP) status can be produced unrestricted by rate limitations or gas-oil ratio (GOR) penalties. In the development of such resources, operators are expected to produce the wells in accordance with good engineering practices to optimize oil recovery. Enhanced oil recovery scheme areas are automatically granted GPP. Once granted, the AER may rescind GPP approval if new information or technology shows that production under GPP may affect conservation or the rights of other mineral rights owners in the pool.
A Directive 065: Resources Applications for Oil and Gas Reservoirs application must be submitted in accordance with section 10.060 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules for the approval to exploit a hydrocarbon resource under GPP. Producing intervals in the hydrocarbon pool must already have been on stream, with a clear idea developed of the production performance capability before this application is submitted.
The following outlines the critical information that the AER requires and that the applicant must follow to get GPP approval for a hydrocarbon pool. It contains links to relevant application submission procedures and guidance documents.
A GPP application must be submitted using the Digital Data Submission (DDS) system, which is available through “Systems & Tools” on the AER website, www.aer.ca.
Applications are registered using Integrated Application Registry (IAR), and all material related to an application is stored within this system.
All submissions made in relation to any application are held non-confidential by the AER and are accessible, upon request, by other interested parties.
All applications are published on the Public Notice of Application (PNoA) page on the AER website (www.aer.ca) to encourage public participation in the approval process.
Applications are initially reviewed for administrative completeness upon receipt at the AER. The application may be closed if significantly deficient of Directive 065 requirements. If the application is declared administratively complete, a technical review will be conducted to ensure that the application includes the following (supplemental information may be requested during the review period):
Other application process and approval considerations:
The processing time for this application is 65 business days and the AER aims to meet this target 95 per cent of the time. This timeline is made up as follows: