What is EPAP?
EPAP, or the Enhanced Production Audit Program, is the ERCB’s new program designed to ensure Oil and Gas producers are providing the proper level of assurance in regards to increased compliance with measurement and reporting regulatory requirements.
Producers are responsible for, among other things, insuring proper controls and procedures are properly in place to determining that measurement devices are accurate and maintained in a manner outlined by the ERCB in Directive 017 – Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operation.
How can ENERCAL Help?
The premier offering of ENERCAL Data Systems, takes the ‘pen and paper’ meter calibration procedure and replaces it with a user friendly, intelligent, data-centric system, resulting in an innovative, accurate and efficient meter calibration methodology.
The process starts at the field level, with the technicians performing the meter calibration. Prior to CALTrack the technician would fill in a paper calibration report as he/she completed the meter calibration, using only personal judgment and loosely defined industry ‘rules’ to calibrate the meter. The end result was often an illegible, incomplete calibration report that would ride around in the technician’s truck until the next time he/she was near the head office – sometimes resulting in weeks of reports being sent in at once, with many missing or lost. The final results simply do not provide adequate quality assurance of a proper meter calibration.
Using CALTrack, the technician logs into the system via his/her internet browser of choice and selects the production meter he/she is dealing with. The system presents options based on the American Petroleum Institute’s Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards and the ERCB’s Directive 017 – Recommendations for Oil and Gas Operations, applicable to the meter being calibrated. The system provides concrete examples of acceptable calibration practices, and validates the calibration report. This report is then available immediately for review and the approval/rejection of the measurement coordinator. The intelligence coded into the system provides the measurement coordinator with time saving mechanisms by indicating which calibration reports are acceptable and which reports require further review. This instantaneous transmission of data also eliminates the backlog of paper winding up on the measurement coordinator’s desk and leaves more time to focus on the problem areas present in the metrology process, improving the overall quality of the measurement program.
The entire system is fully auditable and in addition to providing an unsurpassed level of quality assurance, will also save your measurement program time, energy and most importantly money.