2018 annual status report for producing fields
There has been made changes in the template for annual status reports from 2017 to 2018.
An annual status report for producing fields (ASR) must be sent to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) by 1 November each year, see Section 47 of the Regulations to the Act relating to petroleum activities and Section 35 of the Resource Management Regulations.
ASR is an important tool for the resource authorities to secure an up-to-date status of operations and further development of producing fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. ASR shall describe activities and measures, and also provide information regarding recovery conditions on the field, including measures implemented in the previous period, and measures planned for implementation in the coming year.
ASR forms a basis for the resource authorities’ evaluation of production permits, see Section 23 of the Regulations to the Act relating to petroleum activities, Stipulation of production schedule, etc., and must be in accordance with reporting to the Revised national budget (RNB).
There are only minor changes in the ASR guide from 2017 to 2018. An overview of all changes can be found in the Introduction chapter.
The most important changes are:
- New text regarding changes in actual and planned collection, use, storage and sharing of data (including third parties) in several chapters (4.3, 5.3, 6.4) Item 1 must be viewed in context with growing digitalisation, also for the Norwegian Shelf. Digitalisation requires data, data that is immediately available, and/or is made accessible, preferably in cloud solutions. An example of changed use could be more use of integrated models (for example geology/reservoir), augmented reality, more use of digital twins, sensors, software in the cloud, real-time management in wells and of facilities, and more use of artificial intelligence.
- Chapter 9 on Cessation and Disposal requests information for facilities, not just fields, and asks for more information about the status of plans.
Item 2 reflects the fact that facilities on a field may have different lifetimes. The guide has also been adjusted due to the new Resource Management Regulations and now refers to Section 35 in the new Resource Management Regulations. The new Guide to application for production permits has not resulted in changes in the ASR guide.
The NPD notes that ASR must be submitted to the Directorate in Word-format. If the submitted ASR is not considered to conform to the guidelines, the Directorate may request a new report.