Purpose of this Directive
This directive sets out the requirements and procedures for filing a licence application to construct or operate any energy development that includes facilities, pipelines, or wells, and serves as a reference document about the rules that govern energy development in Alberta.
This directive may not cover all situations. Operators, licensees, and applicants must be familiar with all provincial and federal legislation related to energy development. If a unique situation arises for an energy development proposal not covered in this directive, contact the AER’s Customer Contact Centre for further direction.
|Oct 24, 2017||Addition of an Emissions section and update to the Pop Tank section of the FAQs - Facilities Technical|
|June 8, 2016||The following three documents have been removed from the Directive 056 webpage under Supplemental Information > Directive 056 Tools: (1) Process Clarification for Surface Facility Licensing Issues, (2) Reference Tool for Directive 056: Instructions for Increasing H2S Partial Pressure of Existing Oil Effluent Pipelines, and (3) Process Clarification for Licensing Pipeline Amendments.|
|June 8, 2016||To align Directive 056 with the Integrated Compliance Assurance Framework, references to Directive 019, voluntary self-disclosure, and records correction have been removed from the directive. These changes include the removal of the “self-disclosure” check box on the Directive 56application forms. Voluntary self-disclosures should be directed to the appropriate contact using the Voluntary Self-Disclosure Form. For more information, see Bulletin 2016-01 and the Directive 056FAQs on compliance assurance. Questions can be directed to Directive 056.Help@aer.ca.|
|March 10, 2016||New FAQs on Application Audit Submissions added to Facilities Technical, Pipelines Technical, Wells Technical, and Participation Involvement|
|January 19, 2016||New FAQ on licence extension added to Facilities Technical, Pipelines Technical, and Wells Technical FAQs.|
|March 13, 2015||New FAQ, "When applying for the installation of a free-standing liner and filling out Schedule 3.1, do I identify the pipe specifications of the existing pipeline or the proposed liner?", added to Pipelines Technical FAQs|
|January 29, 2015||New FAQ's have been added regarding ABSA, Pop Tank, Spacing, and Tank Heater.|
|May 1, 2014||Requirements for the Peace River area have been added to section 8.|
|June 17, 2013||All documents have been, or are in the process of being, rebranded under the Alberta Energy Regulator.|
|March 26, 2013||New Tool – Energy Development Category Type Calculator for Surface Equipment
Helps identify which category type should be used when applying for a Facility application based on surface equipment and inlet information.
|September 19, 2012||Urban Centres question removed from FAQs - Participant Involvement.|
|June 13, 2012||Sour Gas Planning and Proliferation Requirements question added to FAQs - Participant Involvement|
|March 20, 2012||Equipment Spacing Exemptions questions added to FAQs - Facilities Technical.|
|January 3, 2012||Checklist for 21 Day Temporary Surface Pipelines for Well Testing Purposes (June 2008) has been removed. This has been updated and incorporated into Directive 077.|
Participant Involvement information requirements, and other related documents that are linked below have been issued in conjunction with Directive 056 (formerly Guide 56). These links will be updated as more documents become available.
I. Directive 056 Tools
H2S Conversion Calculator [XLS]
This simple Excel spreadsheet allows the user to convert H2S concentrations between units of percentage (%), parts per million (ppm) and moles per kilomole (mol/kmol).
Energy Development Category Type Calculator for Surface Equipment [XLS]
This simple Excel spreadsheet helps identify which category type should be used when applying for a Facility application based on surface equipment and inlet information.
Reference Tool for Interpreting Pipeline Pressure Control and Overpressure Protection Requirements
(March 2007) Clarifies the requirements of Canadian Standards Association Z662-03: Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems, Clause 4.14.1
Process for Pipeline Applications of Fiberspar, Flexpipe, Flexcord or Flexsteel Composite Pipes
Updated April 2016, to reflect CSA Z662-15 and Pipeline Rules AR 91/2005
Checklist for Minimum Technical Requirements for Pipeline Applications
(September 2003) This document provides technical guidance for an applicant submitting pipeline applications.
II. Directive 56 Schedules September 2011 edition
See the Forms drop-down
III. Participant Involvement Information
EnerFAQs: A series of documents dealing with topics about the energy industry
AER Brochure: Understanding Oil and Gas Development in Alberta
IV. Other Supporting Documents
Integrated Application Registry (IAR)
Access this system to check the status of applications.
- Pop Tank
- Tank Heater
- Preparatory Work
- CO2 Wells Drilled To Evaluate Formations
- Geo Exchange Wells
- Drill Cutting Sample Changes
- Lahee Classifications and Geologic Confidentiality
- Road Allowance
- Bottomhole Location Changes
- Confirmation of Nonobjection
- Public Information
- First Nations Consultation
- Sour Gas Planning and Proliferation Requirements
- Submitting a Licence Amendment Application to Install a Free-Standing Liner
- Surface Pipelines
- Permanent Bi-Directional Flow Pipeline
- Environmental Requirements
- Thermal Production Pipelines