Data submissions

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About data submissions requirements

Division 3 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 (RMA Regulations) outlines the submission requirements for reports, data and samples provided under the Act. Important details including specific content, formats and media for reports, data, core and samples are outlined in the relevant sections and schedules.

Hard copies of reports and data are not to be submitted. Unless otherwise outlined, only one copy of reports and data are to be provided.

From 1 January 2012, submissions are to be directed to either NOPTA or the National Offshore Petroleum Data and Core Repository (NOPDCR), as outlined on the submission addresses webpage. Complete report and data submissions are preferred and any variations to submission timelines, contents or format require the advance approval of the Titles Administrator. Please refer to variation to data submission requirements (below) for the processes to follow when seeking any change to these requirements.

To avoid difficulties in the classification of data, and to reduce the potential for early release of interpretative information, NOPTA prefers basic and interpretative volumes to be submitted on separate media. Where basic and interpretative data are mixed on a single medium, those submitting the data must ensure that basic and interpretative volumes are provided as separate files—and clearly marked on both the medium and accompanying transmittal.

NOPTA has developed detailed guidelines for the reporting and submission of offshore petroleum data and these are available below (refer Related documents).

The links below provide access to the relevant sections of the OPGGSA (RMA) Regulations 2011.

Regulatory requirements for well data

Regulation 7.12—Requirement for daily drilling report
Daily drilling reports must be received by NOPTA at reporting@nopta.gov.au by midday on the day after the day to which the report relates.
Regulation 7.13—Requirement for initial well completion report and data
Schedule 1—data types, medium and format
Initial well completion reports and all initial well data must be provided to NOPTA within six months of rig release date unless otherwise authorised.
Regulation 7.14—Requirement for final well completion report and data
Schedule 2—data types, medium and format
Final well completion reports and all final data must be received by NOPTA within 18 months of rig release date unless otherwise authorised.

Notes on petrophysical, geochemical or other sample analyses submitted as part of the final well completion report

Regulation 7.14, schedule 2 now requires petrophysical, geochemical or other sample analyses to be submitted as part of the final well completion dataset. However, it will continue to be classified as 'basic information' as defined in regulation 8.01 of the RMA Regulations.

This dataset was previously submitted as 'basic data' under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Data Management) Regulations 2004 (2004 Regulations). The change in submission timing was adopted after consultation with industry to accommodate the time required to complete the analyses.

To assist with processing the public release of this dataset, titleholders are requested to submit the dataset as part of the Final well completion report (single PDF file) and also submit this data as a separate file or files to that report.

Please note: where this requirement is not met, the submission may be returned to the titleholder for resubmission.

Regulatory requirements for survey data

Regulation 7.15—Requirement for weekly survey report
Weekly survey reports must be received by NOPTA at reporting@nopta.gov.au as soon as practicable after the end of each week of the survey.
Regulation 7.16—Requirement for survey acquisition report and data
Schedule 3—data types, medium and format
Unless otherwise authorised by NOPTA, a survey acquisition report and data must be provided within 18 months after the day that acquisition of the data is completed.

Notes on field data

The following basic data must also be provided to the NOPDCR, Canberra (refer to submission addresses webpage):

  • raw navigation data
  • field tapes
  • field support data.

The format of these items is outlined in the appendices to the Guidelines for reporting and submission of offshore petroleum data (refer Related documents below).

It is recommended that a copy of the survey acquisition report also be provided to the NOPDCR at the same time to enable appropriate cataloguing and processing.

Regulation 7.17—Requirement for survey processing report and data
Schedule 4—data types, medium and format
Unless otherwise authorised by NOPTA, a survey processing report must be provided to NOPTA within 24 months after the day that the acquisition of the data is completed.
Regulation 7.18—Requirement for survey interpretation report and data
Schedule 5—data types, medium and format
Unless otherwise authorised by NOPTA, a survey interpretation report must be provided to NOPTA within 30 months after the day that the acquisition of the data is completed.

Reprocessed survey data

As a condition of title, where survey reprocessing is agreed as part of a work commitment, the data must be submitted.

It is important that titleholders provide details of the permit to which the reprocessing survey relates, the work commitment year, and whether any data reprocessed is multi-client/non-exclusive in the transmittal accompanying the data.

Please note that data relating to reprocessing activities undertaken which are not part of the title work program are not subject to the provisions of the RMA Regulations and not required to be submitted. The reprocessing activity should however be listed and outlined in the 'Annual title assessment report' for the relevant permit year.

Table 8.5 of the Guidelines for reporting and submission of offshore petroleum data (refer Related documents below) provides information on submission requirements of reprocessed data created as part of a work program.

Variation to data submission requirements

A variation to the submission requirements for an offshore petroleum activity may be authorised by the Titles Administrator under part 7 of the RMA Regulations. Variations that may be considered include extended submission timing, non-standard media/format submissions or combined submissions.

A request to vary submission requirements should be directed to data@nopta.gov.au and include:

  • title number(s)
  • activity details, such as well or survey name
  • the relevant regulation in which the request is being made (which submission requirement)
  • the relevant report or data type
  • the reason for the request
  • requested alternative, for example new submission date or data format
  • any foreseeable impact the request may have on the availability of data for public release.

The submission variation approval number should be quoted on the relevant data submission transmittal(s).

Related documents

Further information is available from the Guidelines for reporting and submission of offshore petroleum data.