What is a Facility

In mid-2020, PPDM and interested members ran a 10 week Feasibility Study to understand what would be required to disambiguate the term “Facility.” The Feasibility Study Work Group found that a universally understood and recognized definition of “Facility” does not currently exist within the upstream, onshore Oil and Gas (O&G) industry. Regulators, operators, and software products all have their own perspectives, values, and uses. These varying discrepancies result in far-reaching impacts including:
INTERNAL IMPACT EXTERNAL IMPACT
Poor integration at stakeholder intersections Poor integration at stakeholder intersections
Operational efficiency loss (more/differing definitions = more work) Increased probability of a penalty or loss of credibility with regulators
Data attenuation due to changing definitions as data records are moved Decreased environmental compliance (emphasis on air permits)
Regulations are changing while public and regulatory scrutiny is increasing. The demand for operational efficiency requires the development of an industry standard. Regulators are increasingly referencing and cross-referencing company facility registries under compliance reporting programs including:
  • National greenhouse reporting
  • Federal New Source Performance Standards
  • State-level Emissions Inventory (e.g., TX, OK, CO, WY, CA)
This work group will apply the “What is a Well?” and “What is a Completion?” methodology to clarify the term “facility” and provide supporting materials that can be deployed by industry to help achieve better clarity and communication. Given sufficient member interest and resources, a Charter for this Work Group will be launched outlining the Work Groups development work in more detail. If you are interested in making this Work Group possible, please contact us.

What Is A Facility Feasibility Study Update

Tom Duong, What Is a Facility Feasibility Study Work Group