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Invitation for Feedback on Revisions to Directive 040

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Release Date: June 02, 2021


We are seeking feedback on a new edition of Directive 040: Pressure and Deliverability Testing Oil and Gas Wells. The proposed changes modernize Directive 040 by removing unnecessary oil and gas well test requirements and updating well test guidance to align it with today's well testing practices. The key changes we have made and are seeking feedback on are as follows:

  • Modernized and updated guidance for minifrac tests, also known as diagnostic fracture injection tests (DFIT), pressure gauge information, and drill stem tests.
  • Increased the exemption eligibility criteria for the initial pressure test requirements on oil, gas, and step-out wells.
  • Rescinded the requirement to conduct an absolute open flow (AOF) deliverability test on new gas wells.
  • Rescinded the requirement to conduct annual pressure tests for oil and gas pools under primary production.

To provide feedback on the proposed revisions to Directive 040, complete the comment form available on our website and email it to @email or mail it to the Alberta Energy Regulator, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4. Feedback will be accepted through Sunday, July 4, 2021.

All feedback received will be reviewed and may be used in finalizing Directive 040. All of the comments provided through this consultation will form part of the public record and, at the discretion of the AER, any comment received may also be attributed to the specific individuals providing it. Personal information provided with comments will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The AER may use the personal contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback.