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PART 2Offshore Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities

Application

Marginal note:Offshore facilities

Venting Limit

Marginal note:15 000 standard m3 per year

  •  (1) An offshore facility must not vent more than 15 000 standard m3 of hydrocarbon gas during a year.

  • Marginal note:Excluded volume — health or safety

    (2) Any volume of hydrocarbon gas that is vented from the offshore facility in order to avoid serious risk to human health or safety arising from an emergency situation is excluded from the determination of the volume vented for the purpose of subsection (1).

Marginal note:Records — annual volume vented

  •  (1) For each year that an offshore facility operates, a record, with supporting documents, must be made that indicates the volume of hydrocarbon gas that was vented, expressed in standard m3.

  • Marginal note:Records — emergency situation

    (2) For each volume of vented hydrocarbon gas arising from an emergency situation referred to in subsection 47(2), a record must be made that indicates:

    • (a) the name of the offshore facility;

    • (b) the volume of hydrocarbon gas that was vented, expressed in standard m3; and

    • (c) a description of the emergency situation.

Compressors

Marginal note:Capture or venting of emissions

 The emissions of hydrocarbon gas from the seals of a centrifugal compressor at an offshore facility must be

  • (a) captured and routed to hydrocarbon gas conservation equipment or hydrocarbon gas destruction equipment; or

  • (b) routed to vents that release those emissions to the atmosphere.

Marginal note:Continuous monitoring devices

  •  (1) The flow rate of emissions of hydrocarbon gas from vents referred to in paragraph 49(b) must be measured by means of a continuous monitoring device.

  • Marginal note:Requirements

    (2) A continuous monitoring device must

    • (a) be calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations such that its measurements have a maximum margin of error of ±10%;

    • (b) be operated continuously, other than during periods when it is undergoing normal servicing or timely repairs; and

    • (c) be equipped with an alarm that is triggered when the applicable flow rate limit referred to in subsection (3) for the vents of the compressor is reached.

  • Marginal note:Flow rate limit

    (3) The flow rate limit of emissions of hydrocarbon gas from the vents of a compressor is

    • (a) for a compressor that was installed before January 1, 2023,

      • (i) 0.68 standard m3/min, if the compressor has a rated brake power of greater than or equal to 5 MW, and

      • (ii) 0.34 standard m3/min, if the compressor has a rated brake power of less than 5 MW; and

    • (b) for a compressor that was installed on or after January 1, 2023, 0.14 standard m3/min.

  • Marginal note:Corrective action

    (4) If the alarm is triggered, corrective action must be taken to reduce the flow rate to below or equal to the applicable flow rate limit, as demonstrated by the absence of an alarm when the compressor begins to operate following the taking of that action.

Marginal note:Records

 A record must be made that indicates the following information concerning centrifugal compressors:

  • (a) for each compressor referred to in section 49,

    • (i) its serial number,

    • (ii) its make and model,

    • (iii) whether it was installed at the facility before January 1, 2023 or on or after January 1, 2023,

    • (iv) if it was installed at the facility before January 1, 2023, its rated brake power, and

    • (v) an indication of the manufacturer’s recommendations for the calibration of the continuous monitoring device, along with a demonstration, with supporting documents, that the measurements taken with that calibration have a maximum margin of error of ±10%;

  • (b) for each compressor for which an alarm referred to subsection 50(4) was triggered,

    • (i) its serial number, make and model,

    • (ii) the date on which the alarm was triggered,

    • (iii) the flow rate indicated by the continuous monitoring device when the alarm was triggered, and

    • (iv) a description of the corrective action that was taken, along with the dates on which that action was taken.

Gas Detection System and Repair of Leaks

Marginal note:Requirements

Marginal note:Records

 A record must be made that indicates the following information concerning the detection and repair of leaks:

  • (a) the date on which each leak was detected;

  • (b) the type of equipment that was leaking, along with its location within the facility or its identifier;

  • (c) the means by which the leak was identified; and

  • (d) the steps that were taken to repair each leak detected, along with the dates on which those steps were taken.

PART 3Administration

Registration

Marginal note:Registration report

  •  (1) An upstream oil and gas facility in respect of which any of sections 5, 9, 11, 14 and 15 apply or in respect of which sections 26 to 45 apply and an offshore facility in respect of which section 46 applies must be registered by providing the Minister with a registration report for the facility that contains the information set out in Schedule 3.

  • Marginal note:Date of registration

    (2) The facility must be registered not later than 120 days after the later of

    • (a) January 1, 2020, and

    • (b) the earlier of

      • (i) the first day on which any of sections 5, 9, 11, 14, 15 and 46 apply in respect of the facility, and

      • (ii) the first day of the month referred to in subsection 20(1) as of which sections 26 to 45 apply in respect of the facility.

  • Marginal note:Updated information

    (3) If there is a change such that the information provided in the facility’s registration report is no longer accurate, a notice to that effect that contains the updated information, along with the information referred to in item 4 of Schedule 3, must be sent to the Minister not later than 90 days after the change.

 
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