Petroleum Reserves & Resources Definitions

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Oil and Gas Reserves Committee, made up of international oil and gas experts, partners with several industry related societies to provide publicly available resources for the consistent definition and estimation of hydrocarbon resources. As part of this work, SPE offers free documents including the Petroleum Resource Management System (PRMS), the PRMS Application Guidelines, as well as a map to other systems, and standards for reserves estimating and auditing.

Petroleum Resources Management System - 2018

The Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) is a system developed for consistent and reliable definition, classification, and estimation of hydrocarbon resources.

The Oil and Gas Reserves Committee has completed the revision of the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) and the SPE Board approved it in June 2018. The updated PRMS is a consensus of input collected from consulting and financial firms, government agencies, and E&P companies. The process included a 90-day public comment period, and required input and approval by six sponsoring societies: the World Petroleum Council, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts.

Online and in-person training opportunities for the updated PRMS, as well as updated supplemental documents like the Application Guidelines, will be announced on this page as they are developed. You may also check your SPE email communication preferences to receive notification via email when PRMS training resources are announced.

Download a PDF of the 2018 PRMS

Download the 2018 PRMS Errata

Purchase a Bound Copy of the 2018 PRMS

Upcoming Workshops and Training Opportunities

SPE Training Course: Production Forecasts and Reserves Estimates in Unconventional Resources
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US – 11-12 April 2019

SPE Training Course: Managing Your Business Using PRMS and SEC Standards (2018 Update)
San Jose, California, US – 23 April 2019
Denver, Colorado, US – 21 July 2019 in conjunction with URTeC 2019

SPE Training Course: The Estimation, Classification, and Reporting of Reserves and Resources
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 24-25 April 2019

SPE Training Course: Fundamentals of SPE-PRMS
Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 21 May 2019

SPE Workshop: Petroleum Resources Evaluations and Reporting: In Pursuit of a Common Understanding
Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 22-23 May 2019

NEW* Online Training Course

We are pleased to announce our first ever online training course on the Petroleum Resources Management System. This course provides an overview of the key changes in the 2018 Update, practical examples for interpreting common issues, and usage of the PRMS in regulatory environments. Register today!

Key Changes from PRMS 2007 to PRMS 2018

The 2018 PRMS update maintains the foundation principles contained in the PRMS 2007 and addresses many of the points in need of clarification that have been collected over the years. This document describes the key changes.

PRMS 2018 Key Changes (pdf)

Reserves Classification Guidelines

The SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC) released Guidelines for Application of the Petroleum Resources Management System (PDF) in 2011. The 221-page document replaces the 2001 “Guidelines for Evaluation of Reserves and Resources” with content expanded to focus on using the 2007 PRMS to classify petroleum reserves and resources.

The guidelines represent a collaboration of SPE, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, and the World Petroleum Council. More than 40 subject matter experts were involved in writing and review of the guidelines. The effort was headed by Satinder Purewal, chairman of the OGRC’s Applications Document Subcommittee.

Mapping of Reserve Definitions

Around the world, government agencies and other organizations use slightly different definitions. This mapping provides a comparison of many of these definitions.

Estimating and Auditing Standards for Reserves

To assist those responsible for estimating reserves, or auditing those estimates, a standard approach has been outlined, along with minimum qualifications for those involved in reserves auditing.

Joint Committee on Reserves Evaluator Training

The Joint Committee on Reserves Evaluator Training (JCORET) exists to meet the need for high-quality, industry-recognized training for individuals responsible for petroleum reserves and resources evaluation.

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