The Crude Oil Logistics Committee Established in 1993

Supply Forecasting & Notice of Shipment (NOS) Verification Procedures - Section 11

11.0 Definitions

Terms defined below are as used specifically in these Procedures.


Operator using equipment to separate, measure and store products coming from a well.


Determined by the receiving Facility or pipeline using the last three full months of known receipts into the Facility or pipeline. The three months to be used shall be the three months ending two full months before the beginning of the month being forecasted. See detailed explanation and example in Section 5.0.

Capacity (Operating)

Maximum theoretical throughput a pipeline can sustain when averaged over a defined period of time (typically a month), taking into consideration operating variables and current temporary limitations to system Capacity. May have commercial significance, i.e.: monthly nominations, contractual obligations.

Operating Capacity may be reassessed for the defined period of time as a result of unknown or unplanned events which make Operating Capacity somewhat dynamic.

Capacity (Design or Nameplate)

The maximum theoretical rate at which product can flow through a line.

Capacity (Pipeline)

The maximum rate crude oil or segregated condensate can flow through the pipeline after considering allowances for planned maintenance, unplanned maintenance, line fill, storage along the pipeline, and expected carry-over volume.

Capacity (Tank)

The maximum amount (volume) that can be contained in a tank

Cleaning Plant or Treater

Third party operated plant that removes water and other contaminants from crude oil or segregated condensate. Called Custom Treater in Alberta.

COLC (Crude Oil Logistics Committee)

A decision-making body which consists of Producers, Shippers, pipelines, terminals, industry associations, government regulators and departments.

COLC Administrative Manager

Third party contracted by the COLC Executive on behalf of the COLC General Membership to conduct Administrative support including reporting, verification of supply and nomination volumes, chairing General Membership meetings.

COLC Executive

The COLC shall be directed by an Executive consisting of four elected representatives: Executive Chair, Education / Awareness Sub-committee Chair, Operations Sub-committee Chair, and Past Chair, all with voting rights at Executive meetings and member meetings. The Executive will include an ex-officio voting member representative from CAPP. The Executive will include an ex-officio, non-voting member, the Administrative Manager.

COLC General Membership

The General Membership consists of industry representatives that are involved in the logistics of crude oil and segregated condensates in western Canada.

COLC Reporting Calendar

Provides specific monthly dates of information to be provided on the production and Disposition of crude oil.

Crude Grade

Refers to the roll up of Crude Types to one of the following: Light Sweet, Light Sour, Medium, Condensate, Synthetic Sweet, Synthetic Sour, Synbit, Dilbit, Synthetic Heavy or Conventional Heavy.

Crude Type(s)

Refers to a specific crude such as Western Canadian Select (WCS), Lloydminster Blend (LLB), Light Sour Blend (LSB).

Delivery Point

Destinations downstream from the preceding Facility including, but not limited to, Feeder Pipelines, Trunklines, Western Canadian refineries, upgraders, fractionators, Pipeline Terminals, and Storage Terminals.


Sale, transfer or delivery of crude oil or segregated condensate.


Includes, but is not limited to, Storage Terminals, refineries, fractionators, upgraders, Pipeline Terminals, Trunklines and Feeder Pipelines.

Facility Operator

Operators that oversee equipment and processes for the Facility.

Feeder Pipeline Operator

A pipeline or terminal Facility that delivers crude oil and/or condensate to a Trunk line, and/or local market and/or to another downstream Facility.

Form A (and Transfer Form A)

A document containing a forecast of crude oil or segregated condensate volumes (by Shipper and aggregate) for a specific production month, prepared by the operator of the Facility, and provided to the operator of the downstream Delivery Point (the Facility receiving the product). See Section 4.0 of the Forecasting Procedures for more detail.

Form A Equivalent

A document that does not use the Form A format for some or all of its data input fields, but contains information equivalent to the Form A. Operators of facilities using a Form A Equivalent shall inform those parties responsible to provide forecasts of the format required.

Form B

Form used to forecast crude oil and condensate deliveries to Pipeline Terminals and Feeder Pipelines connected to downstream markets, as defined in Section 4.2 of the Forecasting Procedures.

The Form B is used by the operator of a Facility to inform Shippers directly of changes to the original Form A forecast (see Section 4.2 of the Forecasting Procedures).

Form C

Shipper's App.F. adjusted supply forecast sent by the Pipeline Terminal and Feeder Pipelines, custom Treater, and Truck Terminal operators. This must be used as the basis of supply on the Shipper's initial (pre-apportionment) Notice of Shipment, as defined in Section 6.1 of the Procedures.

A report provided to a Shipper by a pipeline, terminal, Cleaning Plant or Truck Terminal operator showing the Shipper's adjusted supply forecast (by supply point) which becomes the basis for production supply volumes on a Shipper's initial (pre-apportionment) Notice of Shipment (see Section 6.1 of the Procedures).

Gathering Pipeline

Pipelines which are upstream of the Feeder Pipeline but not connected to a Trunkline.

A Gathering Pipeline transports product from the source (well, Battery, processing Facility, etc.) to a central storage and single shipping point. It is upstream from a Feeder Pipeline and not connected to a Trunkline. They are, generally speaking, smaller diameter pipelines.

Oil Industry

The Oil Industry includes a variety of processes including, but not limited to, exploration, extraction, refining, transporting, and marketing of petroleum products.

Opening Inventory

Volume in inventory at 7am on the first day of each calendar month. Includes Retention Stock and Pumpable Inventory.

Pipeline-Connected Battery

Battery with a connection to a Feeder or Gathering Pipeline system.

Pipeline Terminal

Facility for storing and transferring crude oil and/or condensate between pipelines (operational storage).


Company owning facilities for recovery of crude oil and or condensate.

Production Facility Operator

Operators that oversee production, equipment and processes for the Facility.

Pumpable Inventory

The volume available to a Shipper for Disposition and does not include Retention Stock.

Retention Stock

The volume of oil/segregated condensate required by the Storage Terminal Operator or Pipeline Operator to maintain the working tank levels for leased or operational tankage. This volume is non-Pumpable Inventory and may also be referred to as frozen inventory. The volume of crude oil/segregated condensate required by the Storage Terminal Operator or Pipeline Operator for operational reasons (not Pumpable Inventory under normal operations).


A company that owns crude oil and/or segregated condensate as it transports from/to a pipeline/terminal. A Shipper may be committed/uncommitted or term/non-term and is the recipient of transportation services under the terms of each individual pipeline tariff/rules & regulation.

Storage Terminal

Storage assets that are used for storage/blending/operational or other commercial opportunities. Storage Capacity is used to store crude oil and/or segregated condensate for inventory management.

  • Storage assets are owned and operated by the carrier/provider of the Storage Terminal.
  • The Shipper has ownership of the crude oil/segregated condensate stored/shipped/blended through the terminal.
    • Please refer to any specific terminal agreement for each parties' responsibilities.
  • A Storage Terminal may consist of but is not limited to:
    • Tanks
    • Caverns
    • Other permanent/temporary site-specific storage options
  • Storage Terminal activities may include but are not limited to:
    • Storage
    • Blending
    • Treating
    • Disposal
    • Receipt or deliveries to or from various Facilities

Truck Terminal

A Facility receiving truck delivered crude and/or segregated condensate.


A pipeline that receives from other transportation systems and moves crude oil and equivalent petroleum products from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. These include, but are not limited to, Enbridge Mainline, Trans Mountain, TransCanada Keystone, Rangeland South, Milk River and Express.

Working Capacity (Tank)

The difference between the maximum tank storage Capacity and the minimum working tank volume (tank bottoms).


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