ERCB DIRECTIVE 55 PDF

The storage requirements in Directive apply to upstream petroleum facilities, well sites, and pipelines licensed or approved by the ERCB, including. Guide Storage requirements for the upstream petroleum industry Series: EUB Guide superseded Call Number: CA2AL ER 1 G55 SUPERSEDED Published: (); Interim directive Storage requirements for the. ERCB Directive Measurement Requirements for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations . Base Requirements for Gas Measurement.

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As part of this succession, the title page of this directive was changed to carry the AER logo. However, no changes were made direcyive the main body of this directive. To ensure this compliance, the AER is requiring any applicant seeking approval for an activity that direective be located within the boundary of an approved regional plan to meet the requirements below.

These directiev will be formally incorporated into the directive at a later date. A For an activity to be located within the boundary of an approved regional plan, the applicant must assess I whether the activity would also be located within the boundaries of a designated conservation area, a provincial park, a provincial recreation area, or public land area for recreation and tourism and, if so, whether the mineral rights associated with the activity are subject to cancellation; II whether the activity is consistent with the land uses established in the applicable regional plan or with any of the outcomes, objectives, and strategies in that same plan; and III how the activity is consistent and complies with any regional trigger or limit established under the management frameworks detailed under dorective applicable regional plan or any notices issued in response to the exceedance of a regional trigger or limit.

B The applicant must retain the information for requirement A at all times and dirextive it on request unless otherwise indicated below. The information must be sufficient to allow the AER to assess an application under the ditective regional plan. C The applicant must submit the information from requirement A if the proposed activity to be located within the boundary of an approved regional plan I is also within the boundaries of a designated conservation area, a provincial park, a provincial recreation area, or a public land area for recreation and tourism.

DIRECTIVE STORAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE UPSTREAM PETROLEUM INDUSTRY. August PDF

D If any of the criteria in requirement C are met, the application must be submitted as nonroutine. E If the applicant believes that its proposed activity is permitted under the applicable regional plan because it is incidental to previously approved and existing activities, the applicant must provide information to support its position.

The AER has no authority to waive compliance with or vary any restriction, limitation, or requirement regarding a land area or land use under a regional plan. Applicants that wish to seek this type of relief must apply directly to Alberta s Land Use Secretariat established under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act.

The stewardship minister may, on application and by order, vary the requirements of a regional plan. For more information, contact Alberta s Land Use Secretariat by phone at or by to For more information on the requirements above, refer to Bulletin: However, no other changes have been made to the directives, and they continue to have references to EUB.

As new editions of the directives are issued, these references will be changed.

Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry

Glossary of Storage Terms Appendix 2: General Requirements for Containment Devices Table 3. Explanatory Notes Figure 1. Equipment Spacing Diagram Figure 2. Initially, one section of the draft report that eventually became Guide 58 was on storage of oilfield waste. Through the public review of the draft report, it was recommended that the storage section be expanded to cover all materials used, produced, and generated by the upstream petroleum edcb.

As a result, the storage requirements were removed from the draft report and erccb as Guide Prior to publication, Guide 55 underwent stakeholder review through the Steering Committee.

DIRECTIVE 055: STORAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE UPSTREAM PETROLEUM INDUSTRY. August 2012

The Storage Committee recommended that the document be subject to eercb reviews. In the EUB initiated a technical review of Guide The Guide 55 Review Committee consisted of the following membership: As the overall issue of the emission of volatile idrective compounds from the upstream petroleum industry and their appropriate control is very complex and broad, the Guide 55 Review Committee recommended that this issue be reviewed independently of the Guide 55 process.

Should Guide 55 be the appropriate document to contain any requirements developed to address this issue for Alberta, they will be incorporated at a later date. Here the term upstream petroleum industry is limited to diretive, well sites, and pipelines licensed or approved by the EUB for the exploration, production, recovery, handling, processing, treatment, disposal, or transmission of hydrocarbon-based resources or any associated substances or wastes, but does not include oil sands mining operations or the underground cavern storage of natural gas.

The guide comprises a set of technical requirements designed to provide an acceptable level of storage practices for the upstream petroleum industry in Alberta. The intent of these requirements is to prevent soil, groundwater, and surface water contamination at upstream petroleum sites.

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The implementation of appropriate storage practices should reduce the long-term costs associated with decontamination activities and enhance the capability for upstream petroleum sites to be reclaimed to conditions suitable for the next intended land use.

Guide 55 establishes requirements that address primary containment storage devices, secondary containment systems, leak detection systems, spill prevention and loss control systems, weather protection, and operating procedures, maintenance practices, and inspection programs to maintain the containment systems, as well as associated documentation and record retention requirements. With respect to Guide 55, the term upstream petroleum is intended to apply to facilities, well sites, and pipelines licensed or approved by the EUB for the exploration, production, recovery, handling, processing, treatment, disposal, or transmission of hydrocarbon basedresources or any associated substances or wastes, but does not include oil sands mining operations or the underground cavern storage of natural gas.

Therefore, in almost all situations the storage of materials in tanks, containers, or other devices on a service EUB Guide See Appendix 1 for a glossary of storage terms. AMA administers the Alberta Fire Code AFCwhich applies throughout Alberta and regulates the storage, handling, dirrective, and processing of flammable and combustible liquids in buildings, structures, and open areas.

The Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta PTMAA has been delegated the responsibility for administering specific portions of the AFC, including the registration of storage tank systems containing flammable or combustible liquids. The AFC delineates the jurisdiction between upstream raw exploration and production processes and the downstream use of refined products. Specifically, Part 4 of the AFC does not apply to the storage and handling of raw production flammable or combustible liquids and the incidental storage and handling of hydrocarbon-based chemicals resulting from or direcitve during eercb oil or natural gas exploration, production, or transmission, as mandated under the scope of Guide Where upstream petroleum sites use refined fuels for supplying vehicles, aircraft, emergency generators, or other similar equipment, then the storage and handling of these fuels in storage tanks, containers, or other devices are subject to the requirements of Part 4 of the AFC.

In addition, storage tank systems for refined product use in these situations are subject to tank registration through the PTMAA. AENV regulates the storage of materials produced, generated, and used in activities or at facilities subject to notification, registration, or approval as specified in the Activities Designation Regulation under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act EPEA.

Subsection highlights the changes introduced in this edition of Driective 55, while Subsection outlines implementation dates for new or revised storage requirements.

For facilities, well sites, and pipelines that have 2 EUB Guide Any storage device installed shall meet the requirements presented in the edition of Guide The directivf of single-walled underground tanks where a synthetic liner or the natural impermeable soil conditions i. Any such systems installed between January 1,and January 1,must meet the requirements outlined in Appendix 2.

The use of concrete-lined earthen excavations with an underlying leakage monitoring system no secondary containment and the use of concrete as primary containment for lined earthen excavations or for bulk pads where there is potential for the stored materials to generate a leachate will no longer be allowed.

Any such systems installed prior to January 1,must meet the requirements of Appendix 2. For upstream petroleum facilities, well sites, and pipelines that were constructed and operating prior to January 1,approval holders or licensees have until October 31,to meet the secondary containment requirements, as outlined in Section dirfctive. For further details, see Appendix 2, Section 2. Licensees and approval holders are directed to Tables 2 and 3 on ditective 18 and 19 and to the appropriate section of Guide 55 that sets out the specific requirements for the storage devices identified above.

The implementation of storage systems alternative to the ones described within this guide requires EUB approval, as outlined in Section 2. For information pertaining to the application, approval, or licensing of upstream petroleum developments, refer to the following EUB documents: Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry covers oilfield waste management facilities and oilfield waste storage areas constructed on an upstream petroleum facility for the purpose of collecting oilfield or oily wastes from sites within the same production system Guide Oil Sands Primary Production: Note that Guide 55 does not apply to oil sands mining operations or to the underground cavern storage of natural gas.

Note that lime sludge being stored in a cell system that is part of a landfill on an upstream petroleum site must be designed, operated, and approved as an oilfield landfill see Guide However, lime sludge ponds at in situ oil sands plants are covered by EPEA approvals. Upon publication of the changes, the requirements currently in Section 8. All aboveground and underground nonpressurized storage vessels not registered ABSA are subject to these requirements. For storage of fuels e. The underground cavern storage of natural gas is covered under Section 26 1 b of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and Unit 4.

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The storage of sulphur on upstream petroleum sites must conform to the requirements of IL Approval holders or licensees wishing to implement storage systems alternative to the requirements outlined in this guide must include the design details in the application for the upstream petroleum development either an application for diretcive new development or for a modification to an existing one.

The application must contain sufficient information to substantiate that an equivalent level of environmental protection and safety will be achieved by the proposed storage system. If the application is made pursuant to Guide 56, then it must be filed as nonroutine. In addition to the specific measures addressed in Sections 5 to 9, the following environmental directjve and safety practices should be considered: Selecting a storage site that minimizes the potential for environmental concerns.

Implementing operating procedures, maintenance practices, and inspection programs to maintain the integrity of the primary containment device and any associated equipment such as valves, fittings, piping, or eercb. Implementing operating practices to prevent the buildup of static electricity during the transfer of flammable liquids.

Storing the materials in a manner such that a materials do not generate extreme heat or pressure or cause a fire or explosion, b materials do not produce uncontrolled fumes or gases that pose a risk of fire or explosion, c materials do not damage the structural integrity of a storage facility, and d incompatible materials are segregated to prevent contact even in the event of a possible release.

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Approval holders or licensees should include within their operating procedures proactive sirective to prevent the occurrence of these releases, such as plans and policies to prevent releases, as well as documentation of their frequency and the cause of occurrence in order to determine the overall program effectiveness. These measures should erfb contracted services, as contractors are often responsible for the loading operations that may result in intermittent releases.

Some of the measures that have proven to reduce release volumes and frequency include EUB Guide Measures that prevent spills and releases are the most effective in terms of both cost and environmental protection. This is recognized by Section of the Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, which requires all spills to be immediately contained, cleaned up, and reported to the appropriate agency, and Section 8. Failure to meet these requirements is considered a noncompliance event and will result in escalating consequences if not satisfactorily addressed.

For further information pertaining to the EUB enforcement process or release notification and site decontamination requirements, refer to the following EUB informational letters: Materials are expected to be consumed within a period of two years.

Oilfield wastes and empty barrels must not be stored for longer than one year.

In the majority of cases, products, materials, and wastes will usually move through the production system in less time. Where necessary, procedures should be implemented to minimize the inventory of empty barrels stored at the upstream petroleum site. Such devices may include aboveground tanks, underground tanks, container storage areas, lined earthen excavations, and bulk pads.

Proposed changes to the Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations are in progress. Examples include pop tanks and other emergency containment tanks, compressor oil drain tanks, wash water collection systems from floor drains, and pigging fluid catchment devices. Note that any spill, leak, or discharge from storage devices used infrequently must be recorded as part of the monthly documentation requirements, along with any corrective action that was undertaken to prevent the recurrence of a similar release.

If the characteristics of the site e. Specific operations associated with temporary storage are qualifies for it to be optional. Diking is optional in situations where plant turnarounds, construction operations, containment and cleanup of a spill, emergency conditions, and well drilling, completions, testing, and servicing operations e. Temporary single-walled aboveground tanks used to store fluids in the above-cited operations do not require an impervious liner; they do require diking unless the operation the site is manned for the duration that fluids are being produced into the tank, the tank is fitted with a high-level shutdown device to prevent fluids from overflowing, or the fluids are not being produced to the tank, but are simply being stored.

Approval holders or licensees exercising the option to not dike a tank for well drilling, completions, testing, or servicing operations must empty the tank or remove it from the site within 72 hours of completing the operation. Approval holders or licensees must use EUB Guide The temporary storage of sludges or solids e. It is expected that temporary storage will meet the intent of these requirements to minimize environmental impact and ensure public safety.

Even in temporary storage situations, contaminated materials or materials possessing the potential to leach must not be stored directly on the ground. Application for the approval of temporary storage is not required.