The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
(C-NLOPB) is announcing the implementation of a new scheduled land tenure system, proposed changes to the terms of exploration licences and the 2013 Call for Nominations.
A scheduled land tenure system has been developed by the C-NLOPB to improve transparency, predictability and input. The system provides additional time for exploration companies to conduct geoscientific assessments of the hydrocarbon prospectivity in the lesser explored basins of the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area. Companies may then nominate Areas of Interest, which may be included in a Call for Bids. The system will now operate in four year, two year and one year cycles and is designed to take into account variances in the volume of data collection in basins and geoscientific knowledge.
Under the new system, the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area will be subdivided into three categories based on level of oil and gas activity. Low Activity regions generally have few exploratory wells and limited seismic data acquisition. High Activity regions typically have elevated activity levels including 2D and 3D seismic data acquisition and exploration drilling. A Mature region would have substantial 2D and 3D seismic data coverage, in addition to extensive exploration/delineation drilling and production activities.
The different time cycles and the schedules are as follows:
Effective immediately, for licences under the new system, “allowable expenditures” are defined as those respecting an exploration licence incurred from the initial announcement of the Call for Nominations (Areas of Interest) for that scheduled round, up to and including the effective date of an exploration licence issued from that round. This is in addition to the traditional allowable expenditure terms and conditions which can be found in the sample exploration licences offered in the Calls for Bids 2013 on the C-NLOPB website.
The following changes to the terms and conditions of licences will take effect pending Ministerial ratification:
The 2013 Call for Nominations (Areas of Interest) include the Labrador South Region (NL 13-01LS – 4 year cycle) and Eastern Newfoundland Region (NL 13-01EN – 2 year cycle). Further details regarding the Call for Nominations (Areas of Interest) process are available in the Scheduled Land Tenure document. Interested parties are advised that work is underway to prepare the Eastern Newfoundland Strategic Environmental Assessment report.
There will be no call for nominations regarding non-scheduled regions at this time.
Sean Kelly M.A., APR, FCPRS
Manager of Public Relations
(709) 778-1418 – office
(709) 689-0713 – cellular
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