Storage Project Authorization
- The applicant will be notified through IRIS whether the application for authorization is approved or denied.
- The applicant has one year to use an authorization before it expires, unless otherwise extended by the ministry in IRIS. An authorization number may be used multiple times if it is issued approving multiple wells/operations. The authorization will not expire if it is used at least once within the one-year period.
- New wells approved as part of a storage project receive an authorization number that can be used to obtain a well licence through IRIS.
- If injecting fluids in undisposed Crown Lands, a Lease of Space Agreement must be executed with Crown on application in IRIS after the project authorization. Refer to Non-Advertised Dispositions and Non-Advertised Dispositions Application for more information.
Project obligations are set on a project to be fulfilled or honoured by a project operator in order to meet regulatory requirements. Project obligations are triggered, added or maintained anytime during the life-cycle of a project beginning with the authorization of a new project. Obligations are associated with different activities related to a project such as project commencement, reporting and termination. Effective December 16, 2020, project operators can fulfill project obligations in IRIS. Project obligations are currently not billable. However, project operators are encouraged to review IRIS regularly for any new or modified obligations.
The Project Obligations Training Module is a tool that outlines step by step how to fulfill project obligation process in IRIS.
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.
An obligation for project commencement is triggered upon creation of a project with the project number assigned in IRIS. The project operator must report project commencement within 14 days once criteria are met as outlined for the storage project.
The commencement date for a storage project is typically the date when the first well is in-service.
Note: Effective December 16, 2020, the project obligation “Submit Progress Report” in IRIS replaces the former email submission process.
An obligation for progress report submission will be added for the project if applicable. Progress reports are confidential.
The reporting frequency is typically yearly but can be varied on a project-by-project basis. If annual progress report is required, the report is due on March 31st each year unless otherwise stated in the approval. The reporting period covers the 12-month period but is Not necessarily ending December 31st of each year. Specifically, unless otherwise stated in the approval,
- Natural gas storage project (commercial): the period is usually beginning on November 1st and continuing until October 31st of the following year;
- Other storage projects: the period is based on the calendar year ending on December 31st.
Information in the progress report includes:
- A summary of project development and operations over the reporting period, including:
- a list of authorized project wells and their status;
- any anomalies or trends of significance for awareness of both the operator and the ministry; and
- any other significant changes that were made.
- Information to demonstrate that the conditions of the approval are being met, including operating, inspection, testing, maintenance and monitoring activities.
- For a Storage Project, storage inventory information to demonstrate the integrity of the storage system, including monthly inventory volumes in each storage system at the same facility, evaluation the inventory discrepancies and the impact of any stored product loss or migration if applicable.
- Future plans for the project and an estimated timeline.
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.
An obligation for project termination is triggered upon creation of a project with the project number assigned in IRIS. The project operator must report project termination within 14 days once criteria are met or the project is no longer operating for its authorized purpose. The changes of the individual well status would not change the project status.
Termination requirements for other executed Agreements such as Storage Agreement, Storage Unit Agreement, Lease of Space Agreement, are separate from the Project Termination and the (Project or Unit) Operator is responsible for meeting applicable requirements.
Information in the termination document includes:
- A project evaluation (success or failure) with reason for termination.
- Confirmation that project operation has ended and is not planned in the future.
- Future plans with non-abandoned project wells.
- Any other outstanding regulatory requirements if known.
An obligation for a final project report submission may be required within 30 days of the approved project termination date.