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Petrinex is an online system for volumetric reporting, used by B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.

It is an internet-based, joint strategic organization supporting Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry and is represented by both Government and Industry.

Petrinex contributes to substantial improvement in the efficiency, accessibility and quality of information communicated between operators, producers, and government. It includes mandated reporting to ministries and regulators, as well as non-mandatory reporting related to industry business processes.

Other areas handled within Petrinex include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural Gas Liquids (NGL)/Sulphur valuation.
  • B.C. Allowable Costs for oil, gas, NGL, net profit and coal bed methane.
  • Producer cost of service (PCOS).
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) volumetric reporting.

Benefits of the Petrinex system include:

  • Standardized reporting processes.
  • More complete and accurate reporting with fewer errors, re-work and penalties.
  • Industry and government view the same data.
  • Enhanced transparency of information and business processes.


Petrinex Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the main changes to Regulator processes and systems?

Some Regulator business processes will be integrated into Petrinex. These process changes will impact eSubmission, KERMIT, AMS, Data Downloads and some paper-based application processes. Details are provided in the answers below within the Release Guide to Regulator System Changes.

2. How is eSubmission changing?

Section 2 of the Release Guide outlines changes to eSubmission. Updates will be made to the eSubmission User Guide to reflect all changes, effective November 5, 2018.

3. How is KERMIT changing?

Sections 3 of the Release Guide outlines changes facility management within KERMIT. Changes to BA identifiers within KERMIT are described in Section 4. Updates will be made to the Oil and Gas Activity Operations Manual to reflect all changes, effective November 5, 2018.

4. How is the application process changing?

There will be a minor change to the facility types included in the facility application process. The pipeline gathering facility type will be eliminated from the options within the Application Management System. Instead of using this pipeline gathering facility type to accommodate the flowing of wells to two or more different reporting facilities, operators will have the capability to set up special reporting batteries in Petrinex.

5. How does the process for setting up new companies change?

Section 4 of the Release Guide outlines changes to company administration. Currently, new companies are required to complete the New Company Application Process before the Regulator will accept any permit applications. Once Petrinex is implemented, the new company application process will be administered through Petrinex. Updates will be made to the Permit Administration and Operations Manual and the Oil and Gas Activity Application Manual to reflect these changes, effective November 5, 2018.

6. How does the Petrinex implementation impact permit transfers?

There will be no change to the transfer process at this time.

7. How do I get access to Petrinex?

Petrinex access will be available as of November 5, 2018 to operators who have completed the Business Associate Data Collection Form. For more information on this, see the Regulator’s Petrinex web page.

8. How do I get access to Regulator systems?

To access any Online System you need to have an account and one or more security roles for the permit holder you plan to act on behalf of. See Online Systems Accounts for guidance on how to get started.

9. Are there any regulatory changes resulting from the introduction of Petrinex?

Minor changes were made to regulations under the Oil and Gas Activities align reporting dates to Petrinex.

10. Will there be any training offered on the process and system changes summarized above?

The Regulator offered training on the new functionality integrated into eSubmission via webinar on October 10, 2018. A link to the training session and a copy of the Power Point Presentation are available on the Regulator’s Petrinex web page.

11. When will Regulator manuals and guidelines be updated to reflect these process and system changes?

The Regulator will publish updates to manuals and guidelines impacted as part of the monthly documentation update process. In the interim, all changes are documented within the Release Guide.

12. When do I switch from reporting well statuses via the BC-11 to reporting them in Petrinex?

All well status changes dated October 1, 2018 and onwards must be made in Petrinex. These changes can be made in Petrinex as of November 5. For status changes dated September 30, 2018 and earlier a BC-11 must be submitted prior to October 22, 2018.

13. When do I report a new Completion Event in eSubmission?

A completion event can be reported to the Regulator once completion work has commenced. The completion must be reported prior to reporting volumetrics. Please note that the reporting of a completion event is a separate process from the submission of a completion/workover report.

14. When do I use a ‘Gas Testing’ well status?

A gas testing status is valid only for period of well activity when gas flaring associated with well clean up and deliverability testing is occurring and there are no sales of marketable gas or by-products.

15. How do I amend a status before October 1, 2018?

Permit holders cannot amend well statuses effective prior to October 1, 2018. Please contact the Regulator via Online Services Support to request a status amendment.

16. When transitioning to a new status, what date should I use?

An active status must have a status date occurring on or before the date production commences (or recommences) in order to facilitate volumetric reporting. In order for the Regulator to assign the correct abandon zone date, a suspended status must have a status date occurring prior to any downhole abandonment operations. When a suspension date occurring after the operations is reported by a permit holder; the Regulator will be unable to assign the correct abandon zone date and will be forced to choose a date occurring after the suspension status date.

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