Effective January 1, 2020, Alberta oil producers and service providers will encounter a new timeline of required fugitive emissions surveys. The frequency of these screenings is based on the equipment or facility type, as defined by Directive 060 issued by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Learn more about new fugitive emissions guidelines.
Alberta’s oil and gas companies responsible for pressure equipment (small and large) are required to uphold an Authorized Quality Program (AQP). Industry often refers to this as your “ABSA (Alberta Boilers Safety Association) program.” While you might assume that equipment inspection is the only important aspect of your AQP, there are actually 16 required elements to keep you in successful compliance with the ABSA’s regulations.
On June 24, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) presented an update regarding the Pipeline Safety and Loss Management System (SLMS). Their latest review shows that the majority of licensees don’t actually have an SLMS in place, even though CSAZ662 Clause 3 Appendix A states that all pipeline owners must do so to remain in compliance.
As expected, on May 30, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative government ended the province’s carbon tax (which began at the start of 2017) on Alberta facilities and consumers that produce less than 100,000 tonnes of carbon per year. This tax aimed to reduce overall carbon emissions (including CO2, methane, and other greenhouse gases).