Oil sands dispositions in Saskatchewan are acquired through Crown Public Offerings. Companies request land to be posted in the Public Offering and bid on parcels within the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS).
The Notice of Publication, Results, Statistics and Reports are published for each offering.
Dispositions Offering Oil Sands Rights
Oil sands dispositions provide rights from surface to the top of the Devonian System. For regulatory purposes, oil sands are considered to be all sands and rocks in the formations that contain a highly viscous mixture composed mainly of hydrocarbons heavier than pentanes that will normally flow in its natural state to a well. View Saskatchewan's oil sands region and active dispositions in this area.
- Special Exploratory Permits: This is Saskatchewan's largest oil and sands disposition, and is designed to encourage exploration.
- Exploration Licences: This disposition includes lease-earnings by drilling wells, as well as the right to explore for and produce oil sands or oil sands products.
- Leases: This disposition provides the right to explore for and produce oil sands and oil sand products. Leases are obtained:
- By exercising rights under permits or exploration licences; and
- By being offered for bid at Crown Public Offerings
For terms and conditions associated with oil sands dispositions, see The Oil and Gas Tenure Registry Regulations.