March 21, 2012
Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations—Definitions of Fire and Flame Type Equipment Revised
As part of the Energy Resources Conservation Board’s (ERCB’s) efforts to better serve its stakeholders by clarifying and streamlining its regulatory requirements, the definitions of “fire” and “flame type equipment” in Section 8.090(1) of the Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations (OGCR) have been revised as follows:
- “fire” means any open or enclosed flame or other sources of ignition except sources of ignition associated with the installation and operation of electrical equipment. (Note: The previous definition did not further define what sources of ignition would include or exclude. Ignition sources associated with electrical equipment have now been excluded.)
- “flame type equipment” means any fired equipment using an open or enclosed flame and includes, without limitation, space heater, torch, heated process vessel, boiler, open flame welder, and thermo electric generator. (Note: References to electrical equipment removed.)
The ERCB reminds industry that electrical equipment at upstream oil and gas facilities in Alberta must be designed, installed, and operated in accordance with the latest edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). The Code for Electrical Installations at Oil and Gas Facilities has been adopted in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba for upstream facilities and supplements the CEC for these types of installations.
Electrical equipment installations at upstream facilities in Alberta are inspected by Safety Codes Officers under the jurisdiction of the Safety Codes Council and enforced under the Safety Codes Act. The Safety Codes Act puts into force the requirements of the CEC, which includes electrical equipment spacing requirements at upstream oil and gas facilities.
Adopting the revised definitions for “fire” and “flame type equipment” harmonizes the spacing requirements for electrical equipment at upstream facilities across the four western provinces.
Official copies of the OGCR are available from the Queen’s Printer, 5th Floor, Park Plaza, 10611 – 98 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta; telephone: 780-427-4952; website: www.qp.alberta.ca. The OGCR is also available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca.
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