Hydrocarbon Storage Requirements
In light of the increased demand for hydrocarbon storage, the AER would like to remind industry of the following hydrocarbon storage requirements:
- Licensees must transfer hydrocarbon production fluids to an AER licenced facility that is authorized to accept this material as outlined in Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations and Directive 007: Volumetric and Infrastructure Requirements.
- Licensees transferring hydrocarbon production fluids to another licensee’s AER approved facility must meet custody transfer and delivery point measurement requirements as outlined in Directive 017.
- All production, receipts, dispositions, and inventories must be reported to Petrinex as outlined in and Directive 007.
- Unless otherwise authorized by the AER, the addition of above ground storage capacity to any AER licenced site must:
- Meet all storage requirements outlined in Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry and Directive 055 Addendum:Interim Requirements for Aboveground Synthetically Lined Wall Storage Systems, Updates to Liner Requirements, and Optional Diking Requirements for Single-Walled Aboveground Storage Tanks, including temporary storage duration limits.
- Not exceed Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules licenced or approved maximum values, or total design rates associated with all on-site equipment at the location.
- Meet all spacing requirements outlined in section 8.090(1) of the Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations or ID 91-03: Heavy Oil/Oil Sands Operations.
- Meet Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting requirements, including emissions and odour control.
Licensees remain responsible for ensuring all AER rules, regulations, and requirements are met.
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