CAPPA Seminar: Enhanced Production Audit Program (EPAP) Seminar(s)

Morning Session 8:30 am – 12:00 pm (Registration: 7:45 am)

  • Meals provided: Light Breakfast and  morning coffee break.

Afternoon Session 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Registration: 12:45 am)

  • Meals provided: Lunch and afternoon coffee break.

Full Day 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Registration: 7:45 am)

  • Meals provided: Light Breakfast, morning coffee break, Lunch, and afternoon coffee break.

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Please advise of any dietary restrictions.


Participants will gain a practical understanding and receive 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 risks of uncertainties and errors.

In the morning session 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.

The afternoon session covers ways that maximize effectiveness between control performers and target continuous improvement. Pitfalls are discussed to avoid surprises in noncompliance notifications with additional follow-up requirements.

Participants may choose to register for one or both.

Course Outline:

Morning Session – EPAP Essential Components


  • 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. Controls and Control Performers
    • Roles and Responsibilities for Operations, Production/Facilities Engineers, Production Accountants and Contract Services
    • 14 Themes
      • Measurement System Design and Installation
      • Measurement Device Maintenance (Calibration, Inspection and Proving)
      • Measurement Device Operation
      • Sampling & Analysis
      • Proration Testing- Oil/Bitumen/In- situ/Sulphur Reporting at Oil Sands Wells
      • Proration Testing- Gas Well
      • EFM Systems
      • Field Records
      • Trucked Volumes
      • Fuel/Flare/Vent
      • Measurement Schematics
      • Facility Master Data Set Up
      • Calculation Factors
      • Monthly Volumetric Activity Reporting
    • Corporate Practices, Procedures, Policies and Process Steps with:
      • Daily checks
      • Monthly and month-end steps
      • Beyond software capabilities
    • Effective compliance assurance for Control Performers who carry out measurement and reporting functions, also to identify who and how to address control failures
  2. Control Evaluations
    • Realistic facility selection frequency to cover all facilities in the Petrinex EPAP list
    • Applicable facilities selections that represent all subtypes for the reporting company
    • Relevant checks for evidence that assures compliance on applicable Themes
    • Cross-functional approach with people in the measurement and reporting process
    • Monthly Compliance Assessment Indicators
      • Monthly Compliance Assessment Report
      • Submitted volumetric data is analyzed
      • Currently 56 compliance assessment indicators (CAIs)
      • Operators are encouraged to investigate CAIs, not as noncompliance events
  3. Conclusions for the Declaration
    • Control Evaluation findings
  4. Annual Declaration
    • Selecting the first annual Declaration month
    • Not a test of compliance
    • Theme Exceptions
  5. Remedial Actions
    • Effective steps, practices and procedures to address control deficiencies
    • WorkFlows to address repetitive CAIs and respond to PAT member notifications
  6. Example annual Declaration cycle

Afternoon Session – Working Effectiveness with EPAP for Continuous Improvement


  1. Implementing Remedial Actions effectively to avoid year-after-year Theme control deficiencies
    • Framework for documenting Operations, Production/Facilities Engineering and Production Accounting Controls
    • Tracking progress with Remedial Actions to avoid repetitive Theme deficiencies and CAIs
    • Assigning value to address high-risk deficiencies with cost-effective Controls
  2. Effective controls for Control Performers
    • Reactive and preventative Facility Level and Company Level Controls
    • Monthly steps in addition to annual steps
    • Documenting records in a reliable audit trail
  3. Responding to PAT members and WorkFlows to address Compliance Assessment Indicators
  4. Working with numerous AER EPAP tools and staying on top of regulatory updates with CAIs, exceptions and Directive-017 enhancements
    • Manual-007, Manual-011, Directive-017, Directive-046, Directive-060, EPAP Themes and Subtypes, EPAP Compliance Assessment Categories, Questionable Fuel Volume
  5. Routine regulatory checks to avoid inspection pitfalls, production audits and audit claims, substantive audit findings
  6. 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.


Morning Session Only

Members $219 plus GST

Non-members $265 plus GST

Afternoon Session Only

Members $219 plus GST

Non-members $265 plus GST

Full Day

Members $398 plus GST

Non-members $478 plus GST

Non-member plus new CAPPA membership $547 plus GST

Registration deadline: Noon April 13, 2018

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations must be received by email to 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 April 2, 2018

A 50% refund will be given if cancellation to CAPPA occurs prior to midnight on April 10, 2018

Refunds will not be given after April 10th.

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.