Association of Russian Oil and Gas

Field Services Providers

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Non-profit organization “Association of Russian oil and Gas Field Services Providers” (Soyuzneftegazservice or shortly SNGS) has been actively involved in the issues of standardization and technical regulation for oil and gas industry.  Soyuzneftegazservice believes the standardization to be the most effective way to expand the cooperation for intellectual, scientific, technical and economic issues.

We consider the standardization as the basic point for oil and gas service development. The activities of the Soyuzneftegazservice on standardization offer for the national oil and gas service companies the possibility to assure:

¤ Information and manufacturing compatibility for equipment and services, as well as equipment and services substitution

¤ Safety of equipment and services for the environment, life, health and property

¤ Facility safety in respect of natural and man-made disaster risk and other emergencies

¤ Quality of production and services in compliance with the state of the art

¤ Uniformity of measurements

Although the Soyuzneftegazservice has contributed to creation and activities of a number of the relevant Rostechregulirovanie Technical Committees (TC),  standardization activities of Soyuzneftegazservice is conducted through original internal system of Coordination Boards (CB) which provide us with the successful cooperation procedures between the direct competitors at the oil and gas service market to generate common strategy.

We have been developed and implemented the effective design of the industry standardization from drafting to admission of the national standards. As a result all the draft projects of the national standards elaborated by the Soyuzneftegazservice are made for the final GOST R admission through the adjustable system of Technical Committees (created by Soyuzneftegazservice as appropriate).

Soyuzneftegazservice is one of the few Russian oil and gas non-governmental  organization having the successful experience in developing and implementing the national standards. In particular, our Coordination Board (CB) for mud-logging headed by Mr.E.E.Lukianov  developed the dradt project of the national standard of the Russian Federation “Mud-logging of oil and gas wells”. To admit the draft as the national standard for mud-logging there were created the Technical Committee on Standardization of the Rostekhregulirovanie №431 “Exploration, use and protection of mineral resources” (RF Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology order №1992 of 19.07.2006). Launching the TC431 is the important step of Soyuzneftegazservice to develop new and harmonize the existing international industry standards. Five months later after the TC431 creation, 25th December 2006 in a panel session of the TC431 there was admitted the Project of the national standard “Oil and gas wells. Rules for mud-logging” developed by the Soyuzneftegazservice experts.

Report of proceedings at TC431 meeting

At the same time we launched the project on translation and harmonization of two interesting for us ISO standards:

ISO 10414-1:2001 Petroleum and natural gas industries. Field testing of drilling fluids. Part 1. Water-based fluids

ISO 10414-2:2002 Petroleum and natural gas industries. Field testing of drilling fluids. Part 2. Oil-based fluids.

See the Report of proceedings at TC431 meeting on July 25th, 2007

After all required state expert reviews and approvals made under the control of the Soyuzneftegazservice, 19th August 2009 the Rostekhregulirovanie  (RF Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology) approved the national standard of the Russian Federation GOST R 53375-2009 “Oil and gas wells. Rules for mud-logging” valid from July 1st, 2010.

See the Rostekhregulirovanie order

See the national standard GOST R 53375-2009

Soyuzneftegazservice experts are always contributing to developing perspective and new standards for oil and gas industry which allows the members of Soyuzneftegazservice to keep upgrading the quality of its services and products. Such activities are focused on identifying the enhanced norms and requirements relative to the existing level which are to be applicable in prospect.

All Soyuzneftegazservice activities and researches for oil and gas industry are within the international standards harmonization. Soyuzneftegazservice members  scrutinize the standards of the following international organizations:

  • International Organization for Standardization  (ISO);
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC);
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE);
  • International Telecommunication Unit (ITU);
  • Not-for-profit consortium “Energistics”

We are always keep in touch with the international organizations working within the voluntary standardization and certification. Soyuzneftegazservice has met the successful experience of the Norwegian standardization, specifically Norsok.

National or corporate standards developing  by Soyuzneftegazservice are based on recognized international standards with obligatory additions to meet the national industry requirements and traditions. Developing of such national and corporate standards is the intermediate step for Soyuzneftegazservice activities on standardization. We are to expand our participation in a number of international standardization organizations to develop new and to update the existing oil and gas standards. Therefore the Russian oil and gas interests are to be taken into consideration at the very beginning of developing the international standards which considerably facilitate the activities of the Russian oil and gas service companies at the international market.

Every year the Soyuzneftegazservice is forming the Russian ‘service’ delegation for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP6). The main focus if the WP6 is to encourage the development, adoption and use of agreed technical regulations and standards, as well as conformity assessment procedures in all 56 states – members of the UNECE WP6. WP6 is working together with the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade. On the panel sessions there are examined the ongoing problems of oil and gas and ecology safety, means of combating counterfeiting, regulatory practice for equipment for explosive environments, voluntary certification, oil and gas metrology issues (common approach to hydrocarbon reserves record).

Soyuzneftegazservice encourages the use of the open standards and open standard technologies. The principles behind the open standards are:

1. Availability

Open Standards are available for all to read and implement.

2. Maximize End-User Choice

Open Standards create a fair, competitive market for implementations of the standard. They do not lock the customer in to a particular vendor or group

3. No Royalty

Open Standards are free for all to implement, with no royalty or fee. Certification of compliance by the standards organization may involve a fee.

4. No Discrimination

Open Standards and the organizations that administer them do not favor one implementor over another for any reason other than the technical standards compliance of a vendor's implementation. Certification organizations must provide a path for low and zero-cost implementations to be validated, but may also provide enhanced certification services.

5. Extension or Subset

Implementations of Open Standards may be extended, or offered in subset form. However, certification organizations may decline to certify subset implementations, and may place requirements upon extensions (see Predatory Practices).

6. Predatory Practices

Open Standards may employ license terms that protect against subversion of the standard by embrace-and-extend tactics. The licenses attached to the standard may require the publication of reference information for extensions, and a license for all others to create, distribute, and sell software that is compatible with the extensions. An Open Standard may not othewise prohibit extensions.

At this time Soyuzneftegazservice is guiding the technology unification of a number of its members (according to the structure of the relevant Coordination Boards) based on the open standards transfering wellsite data between different companies and/or systems (WITSML).

One of the main issues of the WITSML standard is to provide with the real time seamless flow of wellsite information between operators and service companies to speed the decision making process. Soyuzneftegazservice is likely to contribute its efforts to the WITSML developers and their activities.