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Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations in Saskatchewan (Directive PNG017)

As of December 2019, the Government of Saskatchewan has implemented Directive PNG017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations Version 3.0 in Saskatchewan. As part of Revision 3, the definitions of fuel gas, flare gas and vent gas have changed effective January 1, 2020 for measurement and reporting. These changes affect how fuel gas, flare gas and vent gas are categorized and how the volumes are reported. All operators in Saskatchewan are subject to these new fuel gas, flare gas and vent gas definitions and are required to measure and report according to Directive PNG017.

Guideline PNG035: Estimating Venting and Fugitive Emissions

Guideline PNG035: Estimating Venting and Fugitive Emissions has been created to aid industry in estimating and reporting vent gas which includes fugitive emissions by providing tools and estimation formulas. All operators in Saskatchewan are subject to these new fuel gas, flare gas and vent gas definitions and are required to measure and report according to Directive PNG017.

Intent of this Directive

Directive PNG017 consolidates, clarifies and updates the Regulatory requirements with respect to measurement points used for accounting and reporting purposes, as well as those measurement points required for upstream petroleum facilities and some downstream pipeline operations under existing regulations. This Directive specifies:

  1. what and how volumes must be measured;
  2. what, where, and how volumes may be estimated;
  3. if accounting procedures must be performed on the determined volumes and what they are;
  4. what data must be kept for audit purposes; and
  5. what resultant volumes must be reported to the Regulator.

The licensee must comply with all requirements set out in this Directive.

Directive PNG017 includes measurement and reporting requirements that are applicable to oil and gas operations located in Saskatchewan only, but highlights known differences with the Directive PNG017 equivalents in Alberta and British Columbia, with the intention that it will ultimately form the basis of a comprehensive and harmonized regulatory document for all three jurisdictions. As a result, the term Regulator is referenced throughout the document which refers to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) in Saskatchewan, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in Alberta and the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC). The majority of the measurement and reporting requirements in Directive PNG017 are identical in all three jurisdictions. In situations where requirements differ between the three jurisdictions, the requirement that is applicable in each jurisdiction is listed separately in a box, as shown below. Wells and facilities operated in Saskatchewan must comply with the requirement specified in the SK box. The Alberta and British Columbia information is provided for informational purposes only and subject to change without notice.


This directive replaces and supersedes a number of Saskatchewan Regulatory documents, as identified in Appendix 1. This directive currently has Regulatory authority in Saskatchewan effective April 1, 2016. Regulatory enforcement of the new requirements, including audits and inspections, that are intended to ensure compliance with the new oil and gas measurement requirements and will be applied in accordance with the implementation schedule outlined below. Enforcement actions will be applied according to Section 13.6 of Directive PNG076: Enhanced Production Audit Program. As a result of the implementation of Directive PNG017, the Government of Saskatchewan will be rescinding all Measurement Exemptions approved in Saskatchewan before April 1, 2016.

Industry must make continuous progress with respect to compliance for measurement and reporting by April 1, 2020, and the Government of Saskatchewan may require operators to demonstrate their progress throughout the implementation schedule. Operators must meet the following implementation schedule:

  1. Requirements must be 25 per cent implemented by April 1, 2017
  2. Requirements must be 50 per cent implemented by April 1, 2018
  3. Requirements must be 75 per cent implemented by April 1, 2019
  4. Requirements must be 100 per cent implemented by April 1, 2020

Any facilities licensed after April 1, 2016, must be designed and operated in full compliance with Directive PNG017. For facilities licensed prior to April 1, 2016, operators are expected to comply with the 4-year implementation schedule.

Directive PNG017 Rollout Memo

Please refer to the Directive PNG017 Rollout Memo for more details about this initiative.

For more information

Please refer to the FAQs about Directive PNG017 for frequently asked questions regarding Directive PNG017.

Compliance Reporting Tool for Directive PNG017

The Government of Saskatchewan expects industry to make continuous progress towards being 100% compliant by April 1, 2020, and will require operators to demonstrate their progress during this period. When requested, operators are required to provide a document that demonstrates their level of compliance. The Compliance Reporting Tool for Directive PNG017 could be one way to provide an approximate compliance percentage for Directive PNG017. Please refer to the Compliance Reporting Tool for Directive PNG017.

This document can also be used by operators to track their approximate compliance percentage for Directive PNG017 throughout the four-year implementation period. If there are any suggested changes to this document, please email

Exemption from Base Measurement Requirements

Any approved measurement exemptions granted before April 1, 2016, have been rescinded. Operators are responsible for applying for new measurement exemptions if they cannot meet the base requirements outlined in Directive PNG017. The criteria set out in Section 5 of Directive PNG017, provides instructions on measurement exemptions (also known as site-specific deviations from base requirements). All applications for measurement exemptions will be done through IRIS. Operators requesting a measurement exemption must complete a Measurement Exemption Application form and attach it along with other supporting documentation and submit the information on IRIS under the Applications – Measurement Exemptions section. Find more information as well as the Measurement Exemption Application.

Guideline PNG042: Measurement, Accounting, and Reporting Plan (MARP) Requirements for Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery Project

MARP application must be submitted with Enhanced Oil Recovery application as an attachment through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) generic application process. Apply for Enhanced Oil Recovery Projects.

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