The Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Orphan Fund (SOGOF) enables the Government of Saskatchewan's Ministry of the Economy (the Ministry) to abandon and reclaim orphaned oil and gas well and facility sites.
A well or facility is considered orphaned when the licensee responsible for carrying out these obligations does not exist, cannot be located, or does not have the financial means to contribute to the costs.
The SOGOF program is solely funded by the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Producers. Under the authority established in The Oil and Gas Conservation Act and The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012, the following sources of revenue are to be deposited in the fund:
- Orphan Fund Fee
- Orphan Levy
- Security Deposit associated with a monthly Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) assessment
- Security Deposit associated with a pending well/facility license transfer
Note: the above fees are only applicable to Oil and Gas Producers. Therefore any company holding only well/facility licences for purposes other than oil and gas production (such as potash mining, storage facilities or waste facilities) would be exempt from the fees listed above. If you believe you qualify for exemption from these fees please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will review your request and add you to the “LLR Excluded Licensee” list if deemed appropriate to do so.
The security deposit notice will mailed out to the address provided on IRIS/Petrinex. Therefore, the onus is on the licensee to ensure the current address is on file so communications will not be delayed. If a correction is required please contact email@example.com.
Orphan Fund Fee
- A first time upstream oil and gas licensee who has not previously held a well or facility licence in the province of Saskatchewan is required to pay a $10,000 non-refundable Orphan Fund Fee, to the minister for deposit into the orphan fund, prior to acquiring their first well or facility licence pursuant to Section 16 of The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012.
- The Orphan Fund Fee Payment Form should be completed and submitted with the payment.
Orphan Fund Levy
- All upstream oil and gas licensees are levied annually (on April 30) pursuant to clause 20.98(c) of The Oil and Gas Conservation Act with payment to be received within 30 days.
- The detailed calculation of the annual Orphan Fund Levy is set out in section 119 of The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012. Each fiscal year, the Ministry in consultation with the Fund Advisory Committee (which includes representatives from government and industry) set an annual budget to carry out the orphan abandonment and reclamation program in Saskatchewan.
- Each Saskatchewan upstream oil and gas licensee is then levied to pay a percentage of the annual budget based on their deemed liability in the province as shown on their April 28 licensee liability inventory report. Note: licensees wishing to obtain a copy of the inventory report used in the evaluation can contact PNG.firstname.lastname@example.org or obtain it through the LLR System Login.
- The Orphan Fund Levy Reports provide a summary of the amounts levied annually from Saskatchewan licensees.
LLR Security Deposit (monthly assessment)
- The Ministry conducts monthly LLR assessments (after the 28th) for each upstream oil and gas licensee as a means of assessing a licensee’s on-going financial fitness with respect to their ability to address future abandonment and reclamation costs. The Directive PNG025 (Draft) Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program provides information on the LLR Program and the security deposit calculation.
- Effective September 1, 2017 the resulting security deposit payments must be submitted within 30 days of a notice provided by the Ministry. Please note second and final notices will no longer be issued.
- Where a licensee fails to provide payment within the required 30 days, the Minister may issue enforcement actions requiring a licensee to suspend their operations or abandoned/reclaim well/facility licences. Please be advised, the amount not provided is a debt owing to the minister and may be collected by the minister in any manner the minister considers appropriate, including in the manner provided in section 53.2 of The Oil and Gas Conservation Act.
LLR Security Deposit (licence transfer)
For payment inquiries please contact our service desk at 1-844-213-1030 or email email@example.com
Acceptable forms of Payment include:
- Cheque/Bank Draft
- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
- Direct Deposit
- Online Payments
- Wire Transfer
- Irrevocable Letter of Credit (LOC) - for security deposit payments only
- Obtained from a recognized Canadian Bank, Credit Union, or Trust Company guaranteeing payment upon presentation to the issuer.
- ECON has developed a draft LOC form which provides the content required by the Ministry to accept the LOC.
- The Ministry welcomes feedback on the draft LOC form; suggestions should be submitted to PNG.firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
All beneficiaries/assignees are payable to: Minister of Finance, 1000, 2103 -11th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3Z8
Payments, with applicable invoice stub/remittance voucher, or should be mailed to:
The Ministry of the Economy
1000, 2103 -11th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 3Z8
Note: If the payment is being submitted on behalf of another licensees to cover their debt owing, please ensure this is communicated with the submission so that payment can be applied to the proper account.