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The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) announces the release of Directive 081: Water Disposal Limits and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes, which consolidates various aspects of water management requirements for thermal in situ oil sands schemes. The directive sets out water disposal limits and requirements for water reporting to PETRINEX. The disposal limits will require operators to recycle produced water efficiently and ensure that all make-up sources are effectively used. Frequently Asked Questions and Stakeholder Feedback and ERCB Responses on the draft directive are also made available on the ERCB website.
ERCB Information Letter (IL) 89-05: Water Recycle Guidelines and Water Use Information – Reporting for In Situ Oil Sands Facilities in Alberta, and ERCB Bulletin 2006-11: Water Recycle, Reporting and Balancing Information for In Situ Thermal Schemes are rescinded simultaneous with the release of this directive.
In conjunction with the directive, the ERCB announces a new, interactive website publication of monthly and annual water use at all commercial thermal in situ schemes. The TIS water publication includes the following, on a scheme basis:
In addition to the above, data used in the publication can be exported by users to an Excel spreadsheet.
The publication is available on the ERCB website http://www.ercb.ca/data-and-publications/activity-and-data/thermal-insitu, along with Frequently Asked Questions to assist users.
Directive 081 is available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca. Printed copies of the directive may be purchased from ERCB Information Services, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW; telephone: 403-297-8311 or 1-855-297-8311 (toll free); fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Terry Abel, P.Eng.
Oil Sands and Coal Branch