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Data Management Centre

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The Data Management Centre (DMC) is designed to give users on-line access to digital offshore petroleum data. Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) designed, installed and configured the DMC hardware and software. Once fully configured, the DMC will manage and provide web access to well data (e.g. logs & reports), seismic images (e.g. TIFF, JPG) and SEGY data, geographic information system data (e.g. licence information, bathymetry, pipelines etc.) and production data. The loading and verification of this data is ongoing.

In the future, the DMC could be expanded to include operational, safety, environmental, and fisheries data. The DMC is also intended to act as a “pilot project” in the establishment of a National Data Centre (NDC) for digital petroleum data, which in time could link several regulatory Boards and government departments across Canada.

Fun fact: The DMC’s eight servers are named after sharks that swim in the waters offshore Nova Scotia:
- Tiger
- Blue
- Thresher
- Greenland
- Great White
- Whale
- Bull
- Hammerhead

Disclosure of Technical Data

Sections 122 and 121, respectively, of the federal and provincial legislation deal with the confidentiality and disclosure of information provided for purposes of the legislation.

Information or documentation in respect of an exploratory well is held confidential for 2 years following the well termination date. The confidentiality period for a delineation well is 2 years following the termination date of the discovery well on the same prospect, or 90 days following the well termination date of the delineation well, whichever is longer. For a development well, the confidentiality period is 2 years following the termination date of the discovery well on the same prospect, or 60 days following the termination date of the development well, whichever is longer. General information on a well, including its name, operator, classification, location, identity of the drilling unit, depth, and operation status of the drilling program may be obtained from the Board on a current basis.

Information or documentation in respect to non-exclusive geophysical work is held confidential for at least 10 years following the completion date of the work. The geophysical regulations define a non-exclusive survey as a geophysical operation that is conducted to acquire data for the purpose of sale, in whole or in part, to the public.

Information and documentation in respect to exclusive geological or exclusive geophysical work is held confidential for a period of 5 years following the completion date of the work. The date of completion is considered to occur 6 months after the field program is terminated. Operators are required to submit comprehensive reports on each program in the offshore area. These reports, together with associated items such as interpretative maps, seismic sections, well logs, cores, cuttings, fluid samples and paleontological materials derived from such programs are held confidential for the requisite period, then disclosed for public examination.

Over 350 released geological and geophysical reports covering the Nova Scotia offshore area are currently available for inspection.

There are approximately 204 well history reports currently available for viewing for the Nova Scotia offshore area. The completeness and quality of reports vary depending on operator and the program vintage.

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For additional information, please contact:

Lorne Meunier
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
Geoscience Research Centre
201 Brownlow Avenue, Suite 27
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1W2
Phone: (902) 468-3994
Fax: (902) 468-4584

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