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CAPPA Seminar: Enhanced Production Audit Program (EPAP)

November 20, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

CAPPA Seminar: Enhanced Production Audit Program (EPAP) 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

8:30 am – 4:00pm

Venue: University of Calgary, Downtown Campus, 906 – 8th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB

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Day of Registration: 7:45 – 8:15

Meals provided: Light breakfast snack, morning coffee break, Lunch, afternoon coffee break

Please advise of any dietary restrictions


Participants gain a practical understanding and useful guidelines to implement the five basic components of an EPAP process. Priorities are given for producing companies, processors and pipelines that report into Petrinex to work effectively with production measurement and reporting controls for value-adding results. Some How-Tos and Whys will be presented to develop controls, perform control evaluations, summarize conclusions, prepare and submit annual Declarations, and implement remedial actions. Emphasis is on minimizing the risk of uncertainties and errors.

We will go through a normal EPAP implementation cycle for Control Performers to work with sensible controls and participate in control evaluations where evidence is documented for Theme conclusions. Preparation steps will be covered for submitting the annual Declaration and to set Remedial Actions. Throughout the day we will cover ways to maximize effectiveness between control performers and target continuous improvement. Pitfalls are discussed to avoid surprises in noncompliance notifications
with additional follow-up requirements.

Course Outline:


  • Regulatory requirements for an effective EPAP process that assures compliance
  • Working with all Control Performers in the Declaration period towards Continuous Improvement
  • Setting up and communicating with the regulatory PAT member
  • The cost to do nothing with uncertainties from deficiency findings
  • Targeting process improvement
  1. Essential Elements of Effective EPAP Controls and Control Performers
    1. Roles and Responsibilities for Operations, Production/Facilities Engineers, Production
      Accountants and Contract Services

      1. Working with numerous EPAP tools and staying on top of regulatory updates
        with CAIs, exceptions and Directive-017 enhancements

        1. AER Manual-007, Manual-011, Directive-017, Directive-046, Directive-
          060, EPAP Themes and Subtypes, EPAP Compliance Assessment
          Categories, Questionable Fuel Volume
        2. EPAP guidelines additional regulatory requirements
    2. 14 EPAP Themes
      1. Measurement System Design and Installation
      2. Measurement Device Maintenance (Calibration, Inspection and Proving)
      3. Measurement Device Operation
      4. Sampling & Analysis
      5. Proration Testing- Oil/Bitumen/In- situ/Sulphur Reporting at Oil Sands Wells
      6. Proration Testing- Gas Well
      7. EFM Systems
      8. Field Records
      9. Trucked Volumes
      10. Fuel/Flare/Vent
      11. Measurement Schematics
      12. Facility Master Data Set Up
      13. Calculation Factors
      14. Monthly Volumetric Activity Reporting
    3. Corporate Practices, Procedures, Policies and Process Steps with:
      1. Daily checks
      2. Monthly and month-end steps
      3. Beyond software capabilities
    4. Effective controls for Control Performers
      1. Reactive and preventative Facility Level and Company Level Controls
      2. Monthly steps in addition to annual steps
      3. Documenting records in a reliable audit trail
    5. Effective compliance assurance for Control Performers who carry out measurement and reporting functions, also to identify who and how to address control failures
  2. Annual Control Evaluations
    1. Realistic facility selection frequency to cover all facilities in the Petrinex EPAP list
    2. Applicable facilities selections that represent all subtypes for the reporting company
    3. Relevant checks for evidence that assures compliance on applicable Themes
    4. Cross-functional approach with people in the measurement and reporting process
    5. Monthly Compliance Assessment Indicators
      1. Monthly Compliance Assessment Report
      2. Submitted volumetric data is analyzed
      3. Currently 56 compliance assessment indicators (CAIs)
      4. Operators are encouraged to investigate CAIs, not as noncompliance events
  3. Conclusions for the Annual Declaration
    1. Organizing Control Evaluation findings into a Useful Summary
    2. Contributions from additional sources and indicators
    3. Operator judgment for acceptable control
  4. Annual Declaration
    1. Selecting the first annual Declaration month
    2. Not a test of compliance
    3. Theme Exceptions
  5. Implementing Remedial Actions effectively to avoid year-after-year Theme control deficiencies
    1. Framework for documenting Operations, Production/Facilities Engineering and Production Accounting Controls
    2. Effective steps, practices and procedures to address control deficiencies
    3. Assigning value to address high-risk deficiencies with cost-effective Controls
    4. EPAP WorkFlows to address repetitive CAIs and respond to PAT member notifications
    5. Tracking progress with Remedial Actions to avoid repetitive Theme deficiencies and CAIs
    6. Responding to PAT members and WorkFlows to address Compliance Assessment Indicators
  6. EPAP Cycle for Continuous Improvement
    1. Compliance Assessment Indicators in monthly Compliance Assessment Reports
    2. Routine regulatory checks and compensating controls to avoid inspection pitfalls, production audits and audit claims, substantive audit findings
    3. Realizing business value beyond EPAP Declaration cycle results



David Penton

David is an EPAP and measurement specialist with more than 30 years of experience in oil and gas production, operations, exploration and development roles. David graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta with a diploma in Engineering Science in 1981 and from the University of Calgary with a Management Certificate in May 2000. He is a director of two companies which are: Dapenco Inc., a consulting services provider, and Measurement Matters Inc., a developer of flaring and venting software


Members $398 plus GST 

Non-members $478 plus GST

Non-member plus new CAPPA membership $547 plus GST

Registration deadline: Noon, November 15, 2018

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations must be received by email to office@cappa.org in order to cancel event registration.

The following refund policy applies to this event:

Full refunds will be given if cancellation to CAPPA occurs prior to midnight on November 5, 2018

A 50% refund will be given if cancellation to CAPPA occurs prior to midnight on November 12, 2018

Refunds will not be given after November 13th.

A $20 administration fee is applies to full and partial refunds.

Registration, however, may be transferred to another attendee without an administration fee. Please notify CAPPA of the transfer to another attendee. The original registrant would be responsible to sort the payment out offline with the new attendee.


November 20, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm




Price for CAPPA Members
398 + GST
Price for Non-members
478 + GST


University of Calgary, Downtown Campus
906 8 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1H9 Canada
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