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Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules

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Release Date: May 01, 2014
Effective Date: May 15, 2014

Replaces the previous edition released on September 01, 2011.  
Released with AER Bulletin 2014-17.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive sets out the requirements and procedures for filing a licence application to construct or operate any energy development that includes facilities, pipelines, or wells, and serves as a reference document about the rules that govern energy development in Alberta.

This directive may not cover all situations. Operators, licensees, and applicants must be familiar with all provincial and federal legislation related to energy development. If a unique situation arises for an energy development proposal not covered in this directive, contact the AER’s Customer Contact Centre for further direction.

 

What's New
Oct 24, 2017 Addition of an Emissions section and update to the Pop Tank section of the FAQs - Facilities Technical
Jun 08, 2016 The following three documents have been removed from the Directive 056 webpage under Supplemental Information > Directive 056 Tools: (1) Process Clarification for Surface Facility Licensing Issues, (2) Reference Tool for Directive 056: Instructions for Increasing H2S Partial Pressure of Existing Oil Effluent Pipelines, and (3) Process Clarification for Licensing Pipeline Amendments.
Mar 10, 2016 New FAQs on Application Audit Submissions added to Facilities Technical, Pipelines Technical, Wells Technical, and Participation Involvement
Jan 19, 2016 New FAQ on licence extension added to Facilities Technical, Pipelines Technical, and Wells Technical FAQs.
Mar 13, 2015 New FAQ, "When applying for the installation of a free-standing liner and filling out Schedule 3.1, do I identify the pipe specifications of the existing pipeline or the proposed liner?", added to Pipelines Technical FAQs
Jan 29, 2015 New FAQ's have been added regarding ABSA, Pop Tank, Spacing, and Tank Heater.
May 01, 2014 Requirements for the Peace River area have been added to section 8.
Jun 17, 2013 All documents have been, or are in the process of being, rebranded under the Alberta Energy Regulator.
Mar 26, 2013 New Tool – Energy Development Category Type Calculator for Surface Equipment 
Helps identify which category type should be used when applying for a Facility application based on surface equipment and inlet information.
Sep 19, 2012 Urban Centres question removed from FAQs - Participant Involvement.
Jun 13, 2012 Sour Gas Planning and Proliferation Requirements question added to FAQs - Participant Involvement
Mar 20, 2012 Equipment Spacing Exemptions questions added to FAQs - Facilities Technical.
Jan 03, 2012 Checklist for 21 Day Temporary Surface Pipelines for Well Testing Purposes (June 2008) has been removed. This has been updated and incorporated into Directive 077.

Participant Involvement information requirements, and other related documents that are linked below have been issued in conjunction with Directive 056 (formerly Guide 56). These links will be updated as more documents become available.

I. Directive 056 Tools

H2S Conversion Calculator [XLS] 
This simple Excel spreadsheet allows the user to convert H2S concentrations between units of percentage (%), parts per million (ppm) and moles per kilomole (mol/kmol).

Energy Development Category Type Calculator for Surface Equipment [XLS] 
This simple Excel spreadsheet helps identify which category type should be used when applying for a Facility application based on surface equipment and inlet information.

Pipelines

Reference Tool for Interpreting Pipeline Pressure Control and Overpressure Protection Requirements 
(March 2007) Clarifies the requirements of Canadian Standards Association Z662-03: Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems, Clause 4.14.1

Process for Pipeline Applications of Fiberspar, Flexpipe, Flexcord or Flexsteel Composite Pipes 
Updated April 2016, to reflect CSA Z662-15 and Pipeline Rules AR 91/2005

Checklist for Minimum Technical Requirements for Pipeline Applications 
(September 2003) This document provides technical guidance for an applicant submitting pipeline applications.

II. Directive 56 Schedules September 2011 edition

See the Forms drop-down

III. Participant Involvement Information

EnerFAQs: A series of documents dealing with topics about the energy industry

AER Brochure: Understanding Oil and Gas Development in Alberta 

Letter from the CEO of the AER

IV. Other Supporting Documents

Integrated Application Registry (IAR) 
Access this system to check the status of applications.

Schedule 1: Applicant General Information

Schedule 2: Facility Licence Application

Schedule 2.1: Working Interest Participants – Facilities

Schedule 2.2: Gas Plants – Facilities

Schedule 2.3: H2S Information – Facilities

Schedule 2.4: Compressors/Pumps – Facilities

Schedule 3: Pipeline Licence Application

Schedule 3.1: Pipeline Segment Identification

Schedule 3.2: Technical/Environmental Information

Schedule 4: Well Licence Application

Schedule 4.1: Working Interest Participants – Wells

Schedule 4.2: Multiwell Pad Location

Schedule 4.3: Well H2S Information

Compliance Assurance

Facilities
Facility Applications
Application Audit Submission
Facilities Technical

  • Pop Tank
  • Tank Heater
  • Spacing

Wells
Well Applications
Application Audit Submission
Wells Technical

  • Preparatory Work
  • CO2 Wells Drilled To Evaluate Formations
  • Geo Exchange Wells
  • Drill Cutting Sample Changes
  • Lahee Classifications and Geologic Confidentiality
  • Road Allowance
  • Bottomhole Location Changes

Licence Extension

Participant Involvement
Application Audit Submission
Participant Involvement Technical

  • Coal/CBM
  • Confirmation of Nonobjection
  • Public Information
  • First Nations Consultation
  • Sour Gas Planning and Proliferation Requirements

Pipeline
Pipeline Applications
Application Audit Submissions
Pipeline Technical

  • Submitting a Licence Amendment Application to Install a Free-Standing Liner
  • Surface Pipelines
  • Permanent Bi-Directional Flow Pipeline
  • Environmental Requirements
  • Thermal Production Pipelines