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AR 286/2006 SNUBBING SERVICES OCCUPATION REGULATION

(Consolidated up to 120/2018)

ALBERTA REGULATION 286/2006

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act

SNUBBING SERVICES OCCUPATION REGULATION

Table of Contents

                1      Definitions

                2      Constitution of the occupation

                3      Tasks, activities and functions


                5      Coming into force

Definitions

1   In this Regulation,

                               (a)    “completion” means the assembly and insertion of tubing into a well to enable well production;

                              (b)    “fishing” means using specialized tools and equipment to remove tools, debris, sand or fill from a well;

                               (c)    “lubricating” means fitting and removing pressure‑control equipment to the wellhead to enable specialized tools to be used in the well;

                              (d)    “snubbing services occupation” means the occupation of snubbing services that is designated as a designated occupation pursuant to the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act;

                               (e)    “staging” means isolating a specialized tool between blowout preventers to enable the tool to be used in the well;

                               (f)    “stripping on or off” means placing specialized equipment over tubing to enable specialized equipment or tools to be used in the well;

                               (g)    “tubing” means production pipe used to bring products to the surface;

                              (h)    “well” means a producing oil or gas well under pressure;

                               (i)    “wellbore” means the rock face that bounds an opening to a well;

                               (j)    “zone” means a producing section or formation of a well.

Constitution of the occupation

2   The use of snubbing equipment to insert or remove drill pipe, tubing or specialized equipment into or from a well when the blowout preventers are closed while containing well pressure is the undertaking that constitutes the snubbing services occupation.

Tasks, activities and functions

3(1)  When practising or otherwise carrying out the undertaking in the snubbing services occupation as an assistant operator, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the occupation:

                               (a)    contributing to the health and safety of the work environment;

                              (b)    contributing to the control of critical and emergency situations;

                               (c)    contributing to the management of spills and waste products;

                              (d)    operating, inspecting and maintaining equipment and motorized vehicles;

                               (e)    identifying wellbore hydraulic parameters;

                               (f)    assisting with job operations.

(2)  When practising or otherwise carrying out the undertaking in the snubbing services occupation as a level one operator, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the occupation:

                               (a)    the tasks, activities and functions listed in subsection (1);

                              (b)    crew training;

                               (c)    arranging job travel and logistics;

                              (d)    performing wellbore hydraulic calculations;

                               (e)    pre‑job and post job operations;

                               (f)    single string completions in one or 2 zones;

                               (g)    applying industry recognized practices;

                              (h)    operating a sweet well with a surface pressure less than 10 MPa.

(3)  When practising or otherwise carrying out the undertaking in the snubbing services occupation as a level 2 operator, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the occupation:

                               (a)    the tasks, activities and functions listed in subsection (2);

                              (b)    applying safety criteria for sour wells;

                               (c)    lubricating;

                              (d)    fishing;

                               (e)    staging;

                               (f)    stripping on or off;

                               (g)    multiple string completions in 2 or more zones;

                              (h)    operating a sweet or sour well with a surface pressure less than 21 MPa.

(4)  When practising or otherwise carrying out the undertaking in the snubbing services occupation as a level 3 operator, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the occupation:

                               (a)    the tasks, activities and functions listed in subsection (3);

                              (b)    operating a sweet, sour or critical sour well with a surface pressure equal to or greater than 21 MPa.

(5)  When practising or otherwise carrying out the undertaking in the snubbing services occupation as a level one supervisor, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the occupation:

                               (a)    the tasks, activities and functions listed in subsection (3);

                              (b)    ensuring the health and safety of the work environment and work practices;

                               (c)    implementing environmental policy;

                              (d)    identifying and utilizing wellbore hydraulic parameters;

                               (e)    supervising operations on a sweet or sour well with a surface pressure less than 21 MPa.

(6)  When practising or otherwise carrying out the undertaking in the snubbing services occupation as a level 2 supervisor, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the occupation:

                               (a)    the tasks, activities and functions listed in subsections (4) and (5);

                              (b)    supervising operations on a sweet, sour or critical sour well with a surface pressure equal to or greater than 21 MPa.

4   Repealed AR 120/2018 s5.

Coming into force

5   This Regulation comes into force on January 1, 2007.