Annual status reporting for fields in production
The annual status report for fields in production is important for the authorities’ assessment of whether fields on the Norwegian shelf are being operated in accordance with the applicable regulations.
Every autumn, by October 15th, all operators must submit a report on the operation of the fields, including challenges and measures implemented, as well as production development and plans for the coming year. The report shall describe the status, activities and measures that will form the basis for the authorities’ assessment of production strategy, supervision, environmental conditions, etc.
The reporting guidelines are revised on a continuous basis, as needed. The guidelines describe topics that should normally be addressed in the report, requirements as regards content, as well as the applicable framework for submission. In this reporting, the operators are expected to use the most recent template for the primary document and the Excel-attachment as published on sodir.no. New starting from 2023 is that a chapter on status, results and deviations from fiscal metering is now a part of the reporting.
What must be enclosed with the report?
Five tables in Excel format must be completed and enclosed with the report. The content of the tables concerns originally in place resources and production, drilling of wells and well interventions, resources in the field that have not been evaluated yet (RC 7) and prospectivity surrounding the field.
The latest revision of the field’s long-range plan (LRP) shall also be enclosed with the report.
What is the annual status report used for?
The annual status report (ASR) forms the basis for the authorities’ assessment of whether the fields are being operated in accordance with the preconditions in the regulations, approved plans and requirements. The report is used actively in connection with reviewing applications for annual production and flaring/cold-venting permits, prioritisation of supervision and follow-up of fields, encourage to initiatives, as well as status updates for the fields on the Norwegian Offshore Directorate’s Factpages and on the norskpetroleum.no website. ASR also supports reporting for the revised national budget (RNB).
The Norwegian Offshore Directorate reviews all reports, including the enclosed documentation. In case of deficiencies, errors, lack of clarity or use of old template formats, feedback will be given to the company’s contact person listed on the first page of the reports. The Norwegian Offshore Directorate can stipulate more detailed requirements regarding the content and format of the report. An updated report and/or updated Excel attachment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.
- The annual status report and associated attachment are exempt from public disclosure pursuant to Section 13 of the (Norwegian) Freedom of Information Act.
- Annual status reports shall not be submitted if:
- The field has been temporarily shut down throughout the entire current reporting period
- A new field has started production in the current reporting period, and a status report has recently been submitted prior to start-up of the field