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Stewart Robinson




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In this third edition of the Regulator's Newsletter, we are pleased to announce that NDR2014 will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan hosted by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).  Planning has now started in earnest; there is more information below. The article on the challenges of setting up an NDR has been compiled from reports at NDR meetings and we may use this to highlight possible breakout sessions.   


Also in this edition is a detailed report on the Pakistan NDR. I have chosen to highlight it because it is a more mature NDR which started in 2001, and also because they have developed other facilities in-line with the NDR.      


I have also included a report on how the British Geological Survey in the UK successfully moved 175,000 core samples from one location to another with no loss of service. A fine achievement. Contact me if you want more details.    

Our campaign to convince more of you to enroll as full Energistics members has had success, as some of you have joined. However, we do need as many members as possible as this will allow us to improve the website and provide a professional place where Regulators can begin to work together. It is almost certain that any problem you have is either an issue elsewhere or has already been solved. You could spend a lot of money trying to solve these problems - or join Energistics, an organization of like-minded people.

Energistics does not require significant membership fees; it is funded mostly from oil and service company contributions. I will continue to chase you for membership.

Stewart Robinson, Energistics



NDR 2014

The NDR2014 Steering Committee is delighted to announce that NDR2014 will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan hosted by SOCAR. The dates for NDR2014 will be Monday, 29th September through 3rd October 2014.  


Planning the event will now begin in detail; we will keep you informed in these newsletters. 

In particular we will take into account the comments and suggestions from NDR11. We are looking to improve the breakouts, country presentations and introduce a few plenary sessions.



Experience in Establishing NDRs


This analysis has been compiled from presentations at NDR meetings and could be used to define breakout sessions at future meetings and possible collaborations.


The key success factors in establishing an NDR are:

  • Coherent, sensible and well-publicised regulations
  • Practical data standards (and in particular standards for data exchange) which are prescribed and enforced by the Regulator
  • Fair, effective and timely enforcement of the rules
  • Clarity on data ownership and associated rights





Oil has been produced in what is now the Islamic Republic of Pakistan since the early 1920's. During the 1950's several companies carried out extensive geological and geophysical surveys and drilled 47 exploratory wells. As a result, a few small gas fields were discovered. Despite this early success, exploration activity declined after having reached its peak in the mid-1950s. Private companies whose main objective was to earn a profit were not interested in developing the gas discoveries, especially when infrastructure and demand for gas did not yet exist.


To revive exploration in the energy sector, the Government of Pakistan signed a long-term loan agreement in 1961 with the USSR, whereby Pakistan received financing, equipment and the services of Soviet experts to engage in exploration and development. OGDC (Oil and Gas Development Corporation) was created in 1961 and charged with responsibility to undertake a well thought out and systematic exploratory program and to plan and promote Pakistan's oil and gas prospects.




Moving 175k Core Samples in the UK

In the UK there are over 8,000 offshore wells. In common with most oil provinces, oil companies have to deliver only a sliver of the cores drilled. For many years the entire UK offshore collection of core material from the North Sea, nearly 175,000 boxes, was housed at Gilmerton in Edinburgh, Scotland and was managed by the British Geological Survey (BGS).


BGS manages the UK National Geological Materials Collection. A key component of this collection are borehole cores from both onshore and offshore.  Until recently they were stored at three locations across England and Scotland. Maintaining multiple core store facilities across the UK was not cost-effective and a review was undertaken. The review concluded that the creation of a single core store for UK collections at Keyworth was the most cost-effective solution.



An Exchange Format for Production Data

Following the NDR10 meeting in Rio de Janeiro in March 2011, a production data reporting group was constituted to develop common reporting standards between countries. It took a bit of time to get the work going but after a kick-off meeting eventually data sets were collected from the following countries: Malaysia, Argentina, UK, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and The Netherlands.


The following reasons for collecting the data were also identified:

  • to monitor fields
  • to collect taxes or royalty
  • to satisfy regulatory requirements
  • to publish data to encourage inward investment




Standards Leadership Council Meets in London

In the first Regulatory Newsletter I reported on the Standards Leadership Council (SLC), formed in 2011, to encourage collaboration on open standards and develop "best practices" for the benefit of the global oil and gas industry. This now comprises the ten leading standards bodies associated with the oil and gas industry. In February they hosted their first SLC European meeting and were joined by operators and service companies from across the industry. Please look at their website for members and more information.


Malcolm Fleming of CDA, who you all probably know, gave a very interesting keynote speech on the work CDA is doing on professionalising E&P Data Management - ultimately creating a professional qualification based on 5 levels of core competencies - with a view to enhancing the standing of Data Managers within the industry. (This is probably relevant to all Regulators and will be of interest to all NDR staff. Contact me or Malcolm for his slides.)





Energistics is a global, not-for-profit, membership organization that serves as the facilitator, custodian and advocate for the development and adoption of technical open data exchange standards in the upstream oil and gas industry.  Uniquely designed to unite upstream industry professionals in a neutral and collaborative facilitation environment, Energistics membership consists of integrated, independent and national oil companies, oilfield service companies, software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global standards user community.  


Questions? Comments? Contact Melissa Ray.