Oil & Natural Gas Projects
Exploration and Production Technologies
Produce More Oil & Gas Via E-Business Data-Sharing
This project was selected in response to DOE's Broad-Based Round 2 solicitation,
In this project, California's oil and gas Risk-Based Data Management System
(RBDMS) database will be updated to take advantage of Internet technology, and
an XML schema will be developed to share data among industry, state agencies,
and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)
Oklahoma City, OK
Under this project, an XML data transfer schema was developed and tested against
the RBDMS database. California will test this schema for the bulk transfer of
permit applications with industry in late 2006. This schema is being reviewed
for Nationwide applicability by state oil and gas agencies, BLM, American Petroleum
Institute, and the Petroleum Open Software Corporation. The California RBDMS
system is using Internet technology to process permit applications. This technology
represents a significant advance over the old Access system developed in the
GWPC, the California Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR),
and other state agencies propose to build electronic commerce applications based
on an Internet front-end user interface for DOE's Energy 100 Award-winning RBDMS
data source and XML web services.
This project will slash the costs of regulatory compliance by automating routine
regulatory reporting and permit-notice review by making it easier to exchange
data with the oil and gas industry-especially small, independent operators.
Such operators, which seldom have sophisticated in-house databases, will be
able to use a subset of the same RBDMS tools available to the agencies on their
desktops to file permit notices and production reports online. Once the data
passes automated quality control checks, the application will upload the data
into the agency's RBDMS data source. The operators will have access to state
agency data sets to focus exploration efforts and to perform production forecasting,
economic evaluations, and risk assessments. With the ability to identify economically
feasible oil and gas prospects, including unconventional plays, over the Internet,
operators will minimize travel and other costs. Because GWPC will coordinate
these data-sharing efforts with BLM, this project will improve access to public
lands and make strides toward reducing the duplicative reporting which industry
is now subject for leases that cross jurisdictions. The resulting regulatory
streamlining and improved access to agency data will make more domestic oil
and gas available to the American public while continuing to safeguard environmental
RBDMS was developed in the early 1990s to manage state oil and gas agency data.
The original system was not designed for e-commerce applications or to allow
an Internet user interface. With the growth of technology, industry has requested
that RBDMS add the following e-commerce features: data mining, reporting, and
permitting. This project has laid the groundwork for these initiatives by taking
adavantage of .net technology and the development of bulk data-transfer schemas
using XML technology.
This project began the process of providing the ability to submit permit applications
via the Internet, thereby allowing operators to better manage their wells and
eliminate the need to duplicate their proposals to hardcopy.
This project, hosted by DOGGR, will reduce the costs of regulatory compliance
by automating routine regulatory reporting and permit notice review and by making
it easier to exchange data with the oil and gas industry-especially small, independent
operators. For such operators, the costs to develop additional oil plays are
disproportionate to those incurred by larger companies with readily accessible
Operators are better able to manage their wells when a permit application can
be submitted electronically. For example, if an operator's high-rate well goes
down, and a permit is required to put it back in operation, the operator can
expedite the permitting process by submitting an "e-permit" application
from the field and receive an immediate response from DOGGR that allows the
company to rework the well the same day it went out of commission. Thus the
operator can quickly move a rig from a low-rate well to the higher-rate well,
thereby putting more oil in the tank. The e-permit application also will reduce
the permit "recycle" time, or the time it takes to submit a permit
application and receive a permit. This normally takes 5-7 days via U.S. mail.
The project milestones include:
- A business case and data-use cases were developed to streamline data management.
In some cases, this resulted in streamlining state regulations. Other states
have followed the California approach and have modified their regulations
and policies to streamline permitting and reporting.
- The XML schema for the bulk transfer of permit data has been built, reviewed,
- An online front-end for the data system was developed and is being further
tested by California DOGGR staff.
- BLM has been participating in the project management team. This technology
will be used to integrate statistics and BLM's electronic permitting systems.
Current Status (August 2005)
This project is in the final stages of completion. California was to begin testing
the bulk transfer of data with industry in the fall of 2005.
One California operator estimated that an automated permitting system for new
drills and reworks could increase production from one of its larger oil and
gas fields by 500,000 barrels per year.
"BPXA supports the Risk-Based Data Management System and E-Commerce Initiative.
This system will streamline our reporting and data submittal process. This paperless
initiative will reduce our processing time by a minimum of 10%. Additional savings
will be created as we move toward a paperless environment with electronic well
files and reducing onsite and offsite storage costs. As the system matures,
other cost-saving opportunities will develop."
"The Western States Petroleum Association (expresses) its continued support
of DOGGR's efforts in completing the electronic permitting project
members also continue to support the need for the DOGGR electronic permitting
system to be linked in the future to the Federal Bureau of Land Management system
in order to streamline permitting of both the State and Federal agencies, which
will provide even further increased efficiencies for the oil and gas industry."
Coordinator, San Joaquin Valley
Western States Petroleum Association
The Effects of the RBDMS/e-Commerce Initiative on Domestic Oil and Gas Production
and Water Resource Protection, 2005, www.gwpc.org.
Technical Achievements of Five DOE Grant Initiatives, 2005, www.gwpc.org.
Project Start: September 30, 2003
Project End: September 29, 2005
Anticipated DOE Contribution: $475,000
Performer Contribution: $750,000 (61% of total)
Other Government Organizations Involved
State oil and gas commissions, BLM, and Minerals Management Service
NETL - Rhonda Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-699-2037)
GWPC - Michael Paque (email@example.com or 405-516-4972)