In Canada, petroleum well testing is controlled by provincial Boards, each with a variety of rules, regulations, and submission requirements:
- Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (#AER)
- British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (#BC-OGC)
- Saskatchewan Industry and Resources (#SIR)
Alberta has the most stringent requirements and one should be thoroughly familiar with Oil and Gas Conservation Act 151/71, AER published guides G3, G5, G40, & G60 as well as General Bulletins 2003-01, 2003-05, and especially 2003-15 (the PAS file mnemonic guide).
All clean-up and production test data are required to be submitted to the AER, in electronic format, via their web site, as PRD.pas files (pressure ascii standard). Appropriate electronic files are expected by all welltest engineers for #PTA.
In BC all test data and applicable analyses must be submitted, as per requirements of Section 95 of the Drilling and Production Regulation. Well testing requirements are further detailed in Section 6.7 of the British Columbia Oil and Gas Handbook.
Welltest submissions to the BC-OGC are via e-mailed Zip files. Reports should be prepared by qualified welltest interpretation engineers. Underbalanced drilling, clean-up, and production data are documented on the Well Deliverability Test Report (OGC-062-AOF form).
Welltest submissions to the SIR can be e-mailed. Absolute Open Flow (AOF) reports should be prepared by qualified welltest interpretation engineers, with the accompanying ERCB-EG-32 form (predating AER.pas electronic files).