Industry Recommended Practices (IRPs)

The Drilling and Completions Committee (DACC) is responsible for the development of recommended technical operating practices for the upstream oil and gas industry in the areas of drilling, completions and servicing of wells. The primary focus of DACC is to develop technical industry recommended practices (IRPs), where the objectives include cost efficiencies, technical optimization, productivity, safety and environmental performance.

PSAC is a strong supporter of the IRP process, and our members participate in their development.

IRPs provide guidance or best practices to conduct operations in a safe and technically acceptable manner. They are developed to meet, or exceed, the minimum intent of the applicable legislation in the on-shore jurisdictions in which the industry operates.

To access the IRPs, click on the appropriate link:

IRP Volume #4 – Well Testing and Fluid Handling
The purpose of this IRP is to ensure that guidelines for well testing and fluid handling operations are in place and readily available for all personnel.

IRP Volume #7 – Standards for Wellsite Supervision of Drilling, Completion and Workovers
This IRP deals with well operations that are generally known in the industry as drilling, completions and workovers.

IRP Volume #8 – Pumping of Flammable Fluids
IRP 8 addresses the issue of safe handling and pumping of flammable fluids during well servicing operations.

IRP Volume #15 – Snubbing Operations (Available for Industry Review)
The purpose of this document is to provide easily accessible snubbing operation guidelines for all personnel involved in the development, planning and execution of the snubbing program.

IRP Volume #20 – Wellsite Design Spacing Recommendations
IRP 20 (2015) is designed to clarify the criteria that should influence size design. This IRP promotes robust and integrated up-front planning to ensure a successful application that provides for the entire lifecycle of the well, from initial construction and drilling, through completions and production.

IRP Volume #21 – Coiled Tubing Operations
IRP 21 (2017) represents a revised version of the sanctioned IRP 21 (2010), following a limited scope review. The key revisions include reformatting to match the current style guide, updated references, and most importantly, a revision of the Well Servicing Pressure Categories.

IRP Volume #22 – Underbalanced and Managed Pressure Drilling Operations Using Jointed Pipe
This IRP is a two part document consisting of:

Interim IRP Volume #24 – Fracture Stimulation
This IRP adopts a risk-based approach to develop a process for reviewing, assessing, and developing controls to minimize risk during fracture stimulation operations. The recommendations in this IRP allow for mindful planning and carefully designed control measures that reduce risk to an acceptable level.

IRP Volume #25 – Primary Cementing
IRP 25 (2017) focuses on the cementing practices and factors that can impact the success of a primary cement job.

IRP Volume #26 – Wellbore Remediation (Available for Industry Review)
Wellbore Remediation Practices Industry Recommended Practice (IRP) provides best practices for performing efficient, long-lasting wellbore remediation while mitigating impacts to the environment and protecting groundwater.