UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe


UNFC Resource Classification Workshop (for Oil, Gas and Minerals)
London, 7-8 February 2011

Organized by AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Europe in cooperation with UNECE

Date: 7 & 8 February 2011
Venue: Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

The objectives of this two-day workshop are

  1. to review the current state-of-the-art in petroleum resource classification

  2. to explain and discuss the potential for the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to provide a global communications tool that can be applied easily without undermining or replacing the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) or the equivalent system in the mining sector (the CRIRSCO Template), and

  3. to critically assess the application of PRMS to unconventional petroleum resources, including both shale gas and solid petroleum resources that are extracted using mining techniques, which has led to a blurring of the traditional boundary between conventional petroleum resources (produced as fluids) and mineral resources (extracted as solids).

Conference Chairmen:  Mr. Jim Ross (Ross Petroleum) and Mr. David MacDonald (BP)

Topics: the following topics will be covered:

  • Purpose of resource classification, fundamental principles and system applications
  • Overview of UNFC-2009, its mandate and how it works. Direct application example
  • Who are the stakeholders and what are their needs?
  • Stakeholder requirements: Governments, Financial Reporting, Business Processes
  • Overview of PRMS and its relationship to UNFC-2009
  • The CRIRSCO Template and its relationship to UNFC-2009 and PRMS
  • The IAEA uranium classification system
  • Review of other petroleum classification systems and guidelines
  • What can we learn from the minerals sector?
  • Problems in classifying unconventional petroleum resources, such as shale gas, natural bitumen, oil shale and coal
    Moving to a unified classification system: discussion of challenges, concerns, opportunities, advantages and recommendations

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