News Releases 2019

C-NLOPB Releases Results for 2019 Calls for Bids

For Immediate Release
November 6, 2019

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) is announcing the results of Call for Bids NL19-CFB01 (Exploration Licences, South Eastern Newfoundland Region) and Call for Bids NL19-CFB02 (Exploration Licences, Jeanne d’Arc Region). The awarding of exploration licences arising from these Calls for Bids is a Fundamental Decision, meaning it is subject to approval by the federal and provincial governments.

The sole criterion for selecting a winning bid is the total amount the bidder commits to spend on exploration of the parcel during Period I (the first six-year period of a nine-year licence). The minimum acceptable bid for each parcel is $10,000,000 in work commitments.

Call for Bids NL19-CFB01 (Exploration Licences, South Eastern Newfoundland Region)

Call for Bids NL19-CFB01 (Exploration Licences, South Eastern Newfoundland Region) offered nine parcels totalling 2,270,472 hectares.

2019 Call for Bids Results NL19-CFB01 (Exploration Licences, South Eastern Newfoundland Region)
ParcelHectaresSuccessful BiddersSuccessful Bid Amount
4239,921ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. (100%)$10,135,948
Total Successful Bid Amount$10,135,948

PDF Call for Bids NL19-CFB01 Parcels map

Call for Bids NL19-CFB02 (Exploration Licences, Jeanne d’Arc Region)

Call for Bids NL19-CFB02 (Exploration Licences, Jeanne d’Arc Region) offered four parcels totalling 464,877 hectares.

2019 Call for Bids Results NL19-CFB02 (Exploration Licences, Jeanne d’Arc Region)
ParcelHectaresSuccessful BiddersSuccessful Bid Amount
2111,317ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. (100%)$10,449,996
376,737Husky Oil Operations Limited (72.5%)
Suncor Energy Offshore Exploration
Partnership (27.5%)
$18,022,500
Total Successful Bid Amount$28,472,496

PDF Call for Bids NL19-CFB02 Parcels map

These Calls for Bids parcels are included in the 2014 Eastern Newfoundland Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).  The SEA examines the environmental effects which may be associated with a plan, program or policy proposal and allows for the incorporation of environmental considerations at the earliest stages of program planning. SEA involves a broader-scale environmental assessment that considers the larger ecological setting and consultation with a wide array of stakeholders. Additionally, a Regional Assessment of Offshore Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador is now underway, which has a number of stakeholder engagement opportunities.

Assessments of regional and/or site-specific issues will be completed before any work can begin within the licence area. The timing, spatial extent, and nature of proposed oil and gas activities, in addition to mitigations already prescribed by legislation, will determine the level of additional restriction or mitigation that may be required. Any additional measures would be determined during the project-specific or regional environmental assessment and/or other regulatory approval processes.

The C-NLOPB fully appreciates the importance of both the fisheries and petroleum sectors and will continue to engage with fisheries stakeholders.  Any companies acquiring Exploration Licences pursuant to these Calls for Bids will be required to engage with fishing interests before any oil and gas activities are authorized.

Offshore safety and environmental protection are paramount in all Board decisions. No physical activity may occur on these licences without an operations authorization. The C-NLOPB will not approve any offshore petroleum-related activity until an operator demonstrates that it has met all legislative and regulatory requirements and has reduced risks to levels that are as low as reasonably practicable.

Any parties interested in receiving email notifications on Scheduled Land Tenure related announcements can contact Shannon Bulger at sbulger@cnlopb.ca.

C-NLOPB Petroleum Industry Contact:
Stephanie Johnson, P.Geo
Director of Exploration and Information Resources (Acting)
(709) 778-4246
(709) 689-0459 (cell)
sjohnson@cnlopb.ca

Media Contact:
Lesley Rideout
Communications Lead
(709) 778-4224
(709) 725-2900 (cell)
lrideout@cnlopb.ca


News Releases 2019

DateUpdate
2019, Nov 6C-NLOPB Releases Results for 2019 Calls for Bids
2019, Sep 5C-NLOPB Response to FFAW Press Conference and News Release regarding Calls for Nominations in Eastern Newfoundland and Jeanne d’Arc Regions
2019, Aug 29C-NLOPB Issues Calls for Nominations for Offshore Land Parcels
2019, Apr 3C-NLOPB Announces 2019 Calls for Bids in the South Eastern Newfoundland and Jeanne d’Arc Regions
2019, Feb 5C-NLOPB Announces Scheduled Land Tenure System Updates