Jerry Hubbard
NDR Executive Sponsor Energistics, President & CEO   




Tirza van Daalen
NDR2014 Steering Committee Chair



Stewart Robinson





14-16th May 2013

17th International PNEC Conference

Houston, TX 




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Welcome to the second Energistics Regulator's Newsletter.    


In this edition there is a bit more detail on the collaborations following NDR11 and we have highlighted one NDR. Suriname was chosen as the first because it is a smaller system in a developmental state and made an interesting presentation. In subsequent newsletters we will always try to highlight one country.   


The note on the Country Index is a follow-up to the request at NDR11. I hope that all the entries are correct. If not let me know. We will be working to update a couple each month and add a few more countries. Our intention is to use this index to reference some of the work that may develop from the collaborations.    


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

Stewart Robinson, Energistics



Suriname - NDR

The Republic of Suriname is in northern South America and is the smallest sovereign state in South America. It was formed after independence from the Netherlands in 1975 and has a population of approximately 560,000. 

Suriname Map 

Traditionally, Suriname has been renowned as one of the world's leading bauxite producers. As an oil producer, Suriname has a low profile. Although oil was discovered onshore by Shell in the 1960s, the find was considered non-commercial, as were other discoveries offshore and onshore. However the Guyana Basin has all the ingredients to make it a prolific oil and gas producing basin, namely world-class source rock, multiple reservoir-seal pairs, and proven stratigraphic and structural traps. Only one producing oil field is in existence, the Tambaredjo oilfield onshore Suriname, with 900 MMbbl stock tank oil in place and 167 MMbbl of reserves.


There is a state oil company, Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V., that is a part of all operations. Staatsolie was founded in 1980 and in 1982 Staatsolie started to develop Tambaredjo, which was considered a lead by Shell.


Staatsoilie LogoStaatsolie still has a dual function: regulator and operator of onshore oil fields, and has always used and stored the legacy data. However in 2007 management decided to separate the data (exploration and production data) used in the role of regulator from the data required as the commercial entity. This determined the need for an NDR.


The initial size of the NDR will be small; 25 wells and 15 seismic surveys. A Licensing Round is scheduled for 2013. All funding for the NDR will come from Staatsolie and the NDR is in a development stage, its main purposes are:

  • Regulatory control (storing and release)
  • Data preservation
  • Design of data packages


The development of the NDR was planned as a series of phases as follows:

Phase 1 - Initial planning, tender, award contract (Halliburton chosen supplier)

Phase 2 - Plan move to Openworks

(Both of these phases completed.)  

Phase 3 - Set up and populate GIS facilities

Phase 4 - Data correction and migration

Phase 5 - Cores

Phase 6 - Onshore exploration data

Phase 7 - Production data, planned for 2015

Phase 8 - Separate Regulator and Commercial functions, planned for 2018


There are still many challenges:

  • Organisational challenges (finding the right model that is fit for purpose). Offshore is still in a stage of exploration so it is difficult to install a big expensive system that needs lots of dedicated (ICT) support
  • Technology (find the right fit for current purposes that is flexible and capable of addressing future needs)
  • Ensuring the correct levels of security for various stakeholders
  • A solution for seismic data
  • Determining what standards are required
  • Training NDR data management staff

The main contact is Marny Daal-Vogelland (Manager of Petroleum Contracts)



Country Index


At NDR11 I agreed to work with Energistics to produce a country index that would help to satisfy a number of objectives:

  • A short overview of the oil province
  • A short overview of their NDR
  • Links to the NDR templates and reports
  • A focus for the results of the various NDR collaborations


Our first attempt at producing this is available on the Energistics website.  

First of all I apologise for any mistakes I have made in the overview or anything else. Our initial objective was to produce something, get people to point out problems which we can correct and then introduce a controlled plan to improve the contents.


So first of all if you could look through the overview for your country and let me have any corrections. This is only supposed to be a short description of the oil and gas in your country. I have tried to get what is there from reliable sources and over time I hope to include a map or two. My intention is to work with probably one or two countries a month to produce a better product. I also intend to produce for each country a short description of each NDR, its history, status, etc. For those of you who have presented at the last two NDR meetings I have produced a first pass for your country. I have done my best but it will take some time to produce a quality product which is why we have started as we have.


Another reason for producing something sooner rather than later is to give those of you who are working on the various collaborations a focus for indexing or publishing your results.



Collaborations Following NDR11

At NDR11 we identified seven further collaborations that we would like to try to promote. These are listed below together with the people who have agreed to run them:


  • Policies and Best Practices for Managing Seismic Field Data - Malcolm Fleming, Jill Lewis
  • Policies and Best Practices for Managing Cores and Samples - Kerry Blinston, Lee Allison
  • Guidelines for Managing Data Ownership and IPR in an NDR - Malcolm Fleming
  • Data Quality and Data Validation - Helen Stephenson, Ugur Algan, Jill Lewis, Philip Lesslar
  • Training and Recruiting DM Staff for an NDR - Malcolm Fleming, Henri Blondelle
  • Commercial and Business Models for an NDR - Alan Smth, Lee Allison
  • Tendering and Retendering Options for an NDR : a Cookbook - Eric Toogood, John Redfern  

By now you may have been contacted if you showed interest in collaborating, but if that is not the case or you would like to be involved please let Stewart know and he will put you in touch.


In future newsletters we will keep you up-to-date with progress and highlight specific collaborations, and as work progresses we will also explore promoting it on the website. For this newsletter, we will highlight Data Quality work.



Data Quality Collaboration, Report from Philip Lesslar

The "Defining & Measuring Data Quality" breakout session at NDR11 was well attended  (24 participants), with agreement to form a collaboration group. An initial working group was formed and to date the following have been done:

  • Minutes of meeting sent to the group on 31st Oct 2012.
  • Finalization of the Terms of Reference for collaboration which was sent out to all on the 6th March 2013. This note included initial ideas on developing a business rules library.
  • Email discussions with Energistics to formulate the initial work focus with current thinking on taking a 3-pronged approach.
    • Address the greater needs of the community by developing one or two foundational papers on implementing data quality metrics. This will help to get everyone on the same page.
    • Start to collate business rules for a number of key data areas - Well header, logs, deviation data, geology, horizons etc. This will enable people who have already done some work to start contributing and for those that have yet to start, this will help explain what business rules look like. 
    • Do a spearhead with Energistics' RESQML proposal. This will make use of the enabling technologies described in the proposal and serve as an end to end demonstration of how this aspect business rules implementation can be carried out.
  • Set up (21st March 2013) and testing of a sharing & collaboration area in the Energistics website (in progress, and to be finalized before end April 2013).
  • Further communication to the collaboration group will be sent out before end April 2013.