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Apply to implement, modify or expand an Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project in Saskatchewan.
An EOR project improves the recovery of oil by injecting a substance other than water into a hydrocarbon bearing formation. The main techniques used for EOR include thermal, chemical, gas, and microbial injection.
A Measurement Accounting and Reporting Plan (MARP) application must be submitted for thermal EOR projects via IRIS. Details of this requirement are outlined in Guideline PNG042: Measurement Accounting and Reporting Plan.
If a spacing modification (no injection proposed) is being applied for within a designated EOR project use the reduced spacing application guidelines for information to attach to the EOR application.
Good Production Practice (GPP) may be applied for as part of a new EOR project application only. Attach justification as is outlined within Section 3 of this webpage to the new EOR Project Application. To apply for GPP on existing projects, use the GPP application process and submission. Note that GPP is generally provided for already within Spacing Area E, where an application to have it assigned to a project would not be required.
An application for an EOR project can be made when:
To apply for a new, expansion, or modification of an EOR project:
Note: Effective June 23, 2021, Enhanced Recovery Application functionality will be available in IRIS for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications. Further information and assistance with respect to this new functionality are available through an online training module.
Proposed new wells authorized through the Enhanced Recovery (ER) authorization will create draft well licence submissions.
The ER authorization cannot be used to create a new well licence application. The well licence submissions is created from the ER authorization. Changes to the following fields from the ER authorization will cause the licence to go non-routine:
If amendments are required to existing Enhanced Recovery authorizations a request should be sent to ER Service Desk with the following details:
Amendments to the authorization would be considered if there is no change in the number of wells approved, no changes outside of approved area and if public notice was required the changes do not impact that notice validity. For example, replacing a cancelled licence, switching production/injection wells around, revising location details to avoid Non-Routine licence submissions would all be reasonable and considered authorization amendments.
Note: Legacy Enhanced Oil Recovery authorizations issued remain valid and usable.
If a project is transferred to a new operator all existing Enhanced Recovery EOR Authorizations associated to that project issued remain valid. Ensure that the project operator is updated as well as transferring the well licences associated within the project. This will ensure reporting activity on completion changes remains available.
To use the existing draft well licence submissions generated by the ER Authorization contact the ER Service Desk and provide confirmation that a transfer has occurred as well as the submission numbers associated to the project that has transferred to a new operator and request the draft licence submissions be transferred.
Note: The application and authorization will remain under the BAID of the applicant, this is to maintain policy on applications being a point-in-time reference and to ensure confidential documentation submitted with the original application remains confidential.
An approved EOR project may be subject to obligations that must be satisfied by the operator. Project obligations are triggered automatically or added anytime during the life-cycle of a project. Effective December 16, 2020, IRIS functionality will be available for administering project obligations. Further information and assistance with respect to this new functionality is available through an online training module.
Note: Effective December 16, 2020, the project obligation "Report Project Commencement" replaces the former Project Commencement Application in IRIS. The Project Commencement Application link will be disabled so no IRIS user can view or submit a new project commencement application. However, previously submitted applications or approved authorizations can be found in the Application or Authorization Search.
The project operator is responsible for notifying the ministry when the project commences by fulfilling the "Report Project Commencement" obligation, which includes attaching information and recording the commencement date in IRIS. The official commencement date for an EOR project is the first day of the first month injection begins. When this information is confirmed by the ministry, other processes will be triggered in IRIS (e.g. EOR incentives, if applicable).
Note: Effective December 16, 2020, the project obligation "Submit Progress Report" in IRIS replaces the former email submission process.
An approved EOR project may require an operator to submit progress reports, which are held confidential by the ministry. An operator will be notified via IRIS, if this project obligation is required, including the due date. A progress report must include the following, where possible:
Note: Effective December 16, 2020, the project obligation "Report Project Termination" in IRIS replaces the former email or mail submission of the project termination notice.
A "Report Project Termination" obligation is assigned to all EOR projects when approved via IRIS. When an operator decides to terminate a project this obligation must be fulfilled in IRIS, including submitting supporting documentation. A final project report may be required to fulfill the "Submit Final Project Report" obligation upon the ministry approving the project termination.
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