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Orphan Contract Work


The Orphan Fund Procurement Program works with engineering and consulting firms, selected by Request for Supplier Qualifications (RFSQ) process through SaskTenders, to complete all required work on orphan sites, including but not limited to: abandonment, decommissioning and reclamation.

Prime contractors are selected through a competitive process, which adheres to many interprovincial trade agreements including the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) and the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The Orphan Fund Procurement Program is committed to using the most cost effective approach in its procurement practices.

All pre-qualified vendors who are the successful bidder of a project under the Orphan Fund Procurement Program must sign a Saskatchewan Orphan Contract Agreement with the Ministry Energy and Resources, which specifies the scope of the work, terms and conditions, cost, payment, etc.

The Contract Agreement is in effect for a three-year term and is divided into two major components:

  1. well abandonments/facility decommissioning; and
  2. site reclamation.


Orphan prime contractor competitions are advertised on SaskTenders. Competitions include, but are not limited to:


NOTE: All applicants must be a prime contractor. Prime contractors manage and source all subcontractors and are responsible for ensuring the work is completed as defined in the contract agreement. A listing of all prime contractors will be posted soon.

Before applying to become a pre-qualified vendor, applicants must:

  • Employ and keep current all safety programs or safety management systems;
  • Maintain a minimum of $2,000,000 Comprehensive General Liability Insurance;
  • Maintain a minimum of $1,000,000 Automotive Liability Insurance;
  • Be registered with the Workers Compensation Board (WCB); and
  • Where applicable, hold a valid Saskatchewan or home province Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR).

The Ministry may ask for proof of eligibility before signing any agreement.

How to Apply

To apply to become a pre-qualified vendor (prime contractor) for projects under the Orphan Fund Procurement Program:

  1. Ensure the eligibility criteria are met.
  2. Complete the appropriate SOGOF Vendor Pre-qualification Form:
  3. Email the completed vendor pre-qualification form with all required documents as a single PDF attachment to with subject line "Orphan Fund - Vendor Pre-Qualification Application."
  4. Notification of the application status will be communicated via email and include the basis for the decision and additional information for how the vendor may improve their status.
  5. If approved as a pre-qualified vendor, you are now eligible to submit proposals through SaskTenders for competitions related to the Orphan Fund Procurement Program.

The application, responses and any accompanying documentation submitted by the vendor are the property of the ministry and will not be returned.

This application is for the pre-qualification process only. Being approved does not guarantee that the applicant will be invited to bid on, or will be selected for, any of the project work.


Complete and attach the appropriate SOGOF Vendor Pre-qualification Form.

Submit your application now

Further Information

Maintaining Pre-Qualified Vendor Status

  • A vendor that has been approved as a pre-qualified vendor must maintain their status by submitting updates on their safety and environmental records, standards, and manuals when requested by the ministry. Failure to do so will result in removal from the pre-qualification vendors list. The ministry is responsible for any cost incurred by the vendor in preparing the pre-qualification application or maintaining their approved status.
  • The ministry reserves the right to review a vendor's status at any time and require the vendor to re-qualify if deemed necessary.
  • The ministry may, as it sees fit, publish the names of the vendors who are on the pre-qualified vendors list.

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