POSC kicks-off global well ID project

POSC is proposing a globally unique well identifier—with support from Shell and ConocoPhillips.

The Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium (POSC) is asking for public comments on its proposal for a global, unique well identifier. The project was sparked-off at last year’s PNEC Data Management conference and has resulted in a discussion document available on posc.org. Eleven volunteers from POSC, oil and service companies have contributed to the initiative which proposes a solution to the ‘long-standing global, unique well identifier problem’. POSC has extended the public comment period to end March for Oil ITJ readers.

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Current thinking is that a ‘Well Identity Service’ will be made available to the industry addressing various aspects of well and wellbore identities. The authors of the document believe that the heart of the matter is the lack of consistent definitions and best practices, as well as the lack of a single point of contact for registration, query, and conflict resolution. Comments to date indicate strong industry support for the initiative.

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