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Permitting for Well Operations

Competency Statement:

Prepare the required permission requests for drilling, workover/recompletion, stimulation, abandonment and well servicing operations to satisfy the established legal requirements of governmental regulatory organizations.

Learning Objective:

Upon completion of this module, the participant should be able to follow proper procedures for obtaining permission to conduct drilling, workover/recompletion, stimulations, abandonment proposals and well servicing operations, in accordance the established legal requirements of the MEM, MARNR and other official organizations.

Assignment Instruction:

The Ministry of Natural Resources is a department of the National Executive of the Republic of Sucre. Its responsibilities include establishing norms and regulations for business operations in the hydrocarbon sector, in accordance with laws established by the National Legislature.

As is true for similar regulatory agencies in other countries, the Ministry of Natural Resources oversees the permitting of oil and gas operations, including those that pertain to well drilling, completion workover and abandonment.

The Ministry's permitting requirements are basically the same as those of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) in the neighboring Republic of Venezuela, and the norms that it has established for oil and gas operations are identical to MEM standards. For this reason, the questions that you are asked in this assignment use MEM standards as primary reference sources.

In this learning module assignment, you will apply the permitting requirements of the Ministry in the following areas:

  • Drilling of a new well
  • Workover and abandonment operations
  • Project management as it relates to improved recovery operations, well spacing critieria and gas utilization requirements.