PART 2Offshore Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities
Marginal note:Offshore facilities
(2) Despite subsection (1), this Part does not apply in respect of an offshore facility if
(a) a regulation is made under the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act or the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act that applies in respect of the offshore facility and imposes requirements that are at least as stringent as those set out in sections 47 to 53; and
Marginal note:15 000 standard m3 per 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
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:
Marginal note:Capture or venting of emissions
49 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
(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,
(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.
51 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,
Gas Detection System and Repair of Leaks
52 (1) An offshore facility must be equipped with a gas detection system that satisfies the requirements of section 32 of the Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Installations Regulations and section 32 of the Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Installations Regulations.
(2) A leak must be repaired within 730 days after the day on which it is detected by the gas detection system or is detected by means of an auditory method, an olfactory method or a visual method, including the observation of the dripping of hydrocarbon liquids from the equipment component.
53 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.
Marginal note:Registration report
54 (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
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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