Jerry Hubbard
NDR Executive Sponsor Energistics, President & CEO   




Tirza van Daalen
NDR2014 Steering Committee Chair



Stewart Robinson





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Plans for NDR2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan are nearly complete and we are expecting for this conference to be the best one yet. What we need to know right now is how many delegates are attending so that we may plan accordingly. I encourage you to register early if possible. As a reminder, registration is open and you may register on the Energistics website.


In this issue, we have a special feature on Brazil, who hosted NDR10. I hope you enjoy this article and if you have any questions or would like additional information, please send me an email.


At NDR2014, one of our top goals is to address topics in detail via the breakout sessions, with the intent of generating real benefits to attendees. To this end, I have featured one of the proposed breakouts (Regulatory Reporting) in detail in this newsletter. This will give potential delegates an idea of what will be discussed, I hope it peaks your interest!


Also in this newsletter, I have tried to extend the scope of the content by looking at a Regulatory process that most of you use, but is rarely a part of an NDR; monitoring environmental aspects of oil and gas exploitation. This UK system (EEMS) does for environmental data what an NDR does for well and seismic data; it collects, stores and releases it.


What makes it interesting is that EEMS is intrinsically linked to the metadata that also supports the UK NDR, there is a high emphasis on data quality and importantly, a lot of thought was given to the people issues. There are multiple parallels in this to the NDR systems and I hope you find the comparison as interesting as I have.


In future newsletters, I will be looking for other similar applications to review. If you have a suggestion, I encourage you to send me a note.

Stewart Robinson, Energistics



NDR2014 Update

We launched NDR2014 in January with a press release, newsletter and an email to all potential delegates. As a reminder, registration is open and we encourage you to register early.


Planning of the Technical Programme is nearly complete. A full programme has been defined and work proceeds to fill the slots. The programme is available on the website.


There are five breakout sessions planned:

  • Using regional groups to enable regulator collaboration                 
  • Defining and measuring data quality                                    
  • Standardized data and reporting standards                   
  • Significant issues managing seismic data
  • People issues, the key to success                                     

Please find further NDR2014 updates on the Energistics website.








Brazil is the 12th largest oil producer in the world, the ninth largest energy consumer in the world and the third largest in the Western Hemisphere, behind the United States and Canada. Total primary energy consumption in Brazil has increased by close to a third in the last decade, due to sustained economic growth. In addition, Brazil has made great strides in increasing its total energy production, particularly oil and ethanol.


According to the Oil and Gas Journal, Brazil had 14.0 billion barrels of proven oil reserves in 2012, the second-largest in South America after Venezuela. The offshore Campos and Santos Basins, located off the country's southeast coast, hold the vast majority of Brazil's proven reserves. In 2010, Brazil produced 2.7 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of liquids, of which 75 percent was crude oil. Average liquids production in Brazil contracted slightly in 2011, with modest gains in crude oil production offset by a decrease in ethanol production stemming from a poor sugar cane harvest.


You may read the full article about Brazil on the Energistics website.  



Breakout Session: Regulatory Reporting Data Standards

Attendees to this breakout session will learn how to make it easier for Regulators to collect accurate data. We will be asking questions such as:

  • In what key areas do you have data problems?
  • What is the issue that causes the most problems?
  • In what key areas do you need help?
  • Why do you "do your own thing" rather than follow successful examples?

Once this information is gathered, we will discuss whether there are possible solutions that can be implemented easily.


The commonality is that at the highest level in every oil province there is a minimum set of common Regulatory functions:

  • Maintaining licensing / concessions data
  • A basic permitting system for Seismic operations, Wells and Drilling operations
  • Storing well log and seismic data
  • Well completions
  • Production reporting
  • Releasing high quality data

  Please visit the Energistics website to read the full article.



Production Reporting

Breakout sessions at NDR10 and NDR11 identified that production reporting of oil and gas volumes is very important, but can also be a problem area. Because global standards do not exist, each regulatory body has to decide for itself what it should collect and in what format the data should be stored. 


It was decided to see if a common reporting format could be agreed upon amongst a number of Regulators and then determine if this format could be defined as a digital exchange format using PRODML™, the Energistics standard for production data.


The first task was to produce a data specification for regulatory production data reporting. This was achieved under the leadership of Data Horizon. This document can be found on the Energistics website and was endorsed as acceptable by a number of Regulators.


Please visit the Energistics website to read the full article.



Units of Measure

Energistics recently produced a set of standards for Units of Measure, i.e. converting feet to meters and barrels to cubic liters. These conversions are something we all have to do regularly, and I hope that you found them useful.


As a reminder, the work involved a complete cross section of oil and gas bodies such as the Energistics community (oil companies and software suppliers), PPDM™ and others. The work defined all the units used in the oil and gas industry and the agreed, accurate translations between them. The industry should now have a consistent way of undertaking these business processes to eliminate confusion.

Please visit the Energistics website to read the full article.



EEMS (Environmental Emissions Monitoring System)

All oil companies active in the North Sea have to make regular environmental reports to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The main purpose is to provide information as a part of the UK's commitment to a cleaner and safer North Sea environment. These environmental reports relate to data about:

  • Atmospherics
  • Chemicals
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Oil In Water
  • Oil Prevention and Pollution Control
  • Radioactivity
  • Waste

The system is called EEMS (Environmental Emissions Monitoring System).


 Please visit the Energistics website to read the full article.