If a well is discovered to be damaged or inadequate for it's intended purpose, and repair is required to proceed with operations, the licensee must first notify the appropriate Ministry of the Economy Field Office.
Contact 1-844-764-3637, Petroleum and Natural Gas Emergency Support Line, to report the severity of the well's damage to the appropriate Field Office. If there is surface casing vent flow or gas migration present, see Gas Migration and Surface Casing Vent Flow for additional reporting requirements.
After contacting the Field Office, the operator must apply for well repair authorization through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS).
Activities that may require authorization to repair a well include:
- Annulus testing
- Cement evaluation
- Gas migration testing
- Well abandonment
Refer to Directive PNG008: Disposal and Injection Well Requirements for more information.