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An industry subcommittee has formulated a proposal for a worldwide well number standard and has issued a request for quote to develop the proposal.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists database standards subcommittee reviewed comments on the standard Aug. 6 in Houston (OGJ, Apr. 13, p. 94).
The subcommittee reached consensus that a worldwide well number standard be proposed, that the number should provide a minimum amount of data, and that one vendor should assign the numbers.
The U.S. Department of Labor has reported that the petroleum industry has lost about 432,000 jobs in the last 10 years, about 50% of its work force.