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Apply to Abandon a Well

Apply for authorization to abandon a well, perform a downhole abandonment, or cut and cap a well, for wells drilled for upstream oil and gas, or potash, in Saskatchewan. 
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1. Guidance

Under The Oil and Gas Conservation Act, authorization by the Ministry of the Economy is required to abandon a well, perform a downhole abandonment, or cut and cap a well, for wells drilled for upstream oil and gas or potash in Saskatchewan. 

See the Directive PNG015: Well Abandonment Requirements  for more information.

In emergency situations, call 1-844-764-3637, the Ministry's Petroleum and Natural Gas Emergency Support Line, for verbal authorization to perform abandonment activities. Emergency authorization must be followed by an email confirmation to the appropriate Ministry Field Office, and requires an application for authorization to be submitted through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS).

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2. Eligibility

Applicants must:

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3. How To Apply

To apply for a well abandonment authorization:

  1. Ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the Non-Routine Well Abandonment application form.
  3. Compile the applicable supporting documentation in accordance with Directive PNG015
    • Program of operations for abandonment
    • Supporting documentation
    • Wellbore schematic
    • Cut and cap procedures (if applicable)
    • Email correspondence (if applicable)
  4. Complete the Gas Migration and Surface Casing Vent Flow form, if applicable. This form may be sent in at a later date, however, it must be submitted before cutting and capping the well.
  5. Log in to IRIS and complete the appropriate application process for authorization and attach the required documents as separate files.
  6. The applicant will be notified through IRIS whether the application for authorization is approved or denied. 


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4. Apply

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5. Further Information

Additional authorization may be required if issues exist with gas migration and surface casing vent flow after abandonment is complete.  For more information, see Gas Migration and Surface Casing Vent Flow Reporting

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