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DACC IRP Volume #24 - Fracture Stimulation (Sanctioned)

April 27, 2016

IRP 24: Fracture Stimulation (2016)

IRP 24 (2016) is fully sanctioned by the DACC Committee as of April 27, 2016.

It is a revision of the previously DACC-sanctioned Interim IRP 24 (Interwellbore Communications) as well as three new chapters:

  • Fracture Stimulation Overview
  • Subject Well Integrity
  • Surface Operations

This IRP adopts a risk-based approach to develop a process for reviewing, assessing, and developing controls to minimize risk during fracture stimulation operations. The recommendations in this IRP allow for mindful planning and carefully designed control measures that reduce risk to an acceptable level. 

For a quick overview of the history and contents of IRP 24 (2016), the following presentation created for the May 2015 edition will provide important context and summary information on this draft as compared to the previously sanctioned 2013 edition (available below). If you are just interested in what has changed from the IRP 24 (2015) version that underwent industry review in Q3-Q4 2015, see the Industry Review Comment Log below that tracked all incoming suggestions and the IRP 24 committee's response to each one.

If you have any comments, send your feedback to safety@enform.ca. Include your name, position, and full contact information as well as page numbers if commenting on specific content.

Revised IRP 24 Hazard Register (March 2016 edition)

The IRP 24 Working Group believes that the best way to reduce the risk of a well control event is through mindful planning and carefully designed control measures that reduce risk to an acceptable level. The newly sanctioned IRP 24 proposes a methodology outlined as the Fracture Stimulation Hazard Management Process (see 24.1.3). It also sets out a revised IRP 24 Hazard Register.

The purpose of the IRP 24 Hazard Register is to:

  • provide a shared location for industry identified hazard scenarios and associated risk severity,
  • acilitate operational planning by providing potential options to minimize risk and determine appropriate controls,
  • establish a baseline and industry standard for risk tolerance, and/or
  • provide a mechanism for contingency planning and development of site-specific control measures.

The IRP 24 Hazard Register is a living document to be updated regularly by industry experts. As experts experience new hazard scenarios and develop new controls or mitigations, these hazard scenarios may be documented in the IRP 24 Hazard Register for industry-wide use. The IRP 24 Committee invites organizations to share lessons learned and additions to the Hazard Register. 

To submit additions to the IRP 24 Hazard Register, use the following Excel template. Attach and send to safety@enform.ca for review and consideration for inclusion.

Developer: DACC

Sponsor Organization: CAPP
Current Status: IRP 24 (2016) - sanctioned

Feedback: If you have any comments, send your feedback to safety@enform.ca. Include your name, position, and full contact information as well as page numbers if commenting on specific content.