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An operator must apply to and receive authorization from Saskatchewan's Ministry of Energy and Resources through the Integrated Resource Information System before licensing, recompleting or reclassifying a well associated with a specific storage project, as outlined in Section 17 of The Oil and Gas Conservation Act. This applies to both pilot and full-scale storage projects, as well as modifications and expansions.
There are three application types in IRIS related to storage operations:
Read the following Directives and Guidelines for regulatory requirements and for information to assist you in applying for a storage project:
Storage projects approved by the Ministry of Energy and Resources are available on the Minister's Order Bulletin Board. All archived Minister's Orders since 2005 can also be found on the bulletin board.
To apply for a storage project authorization, applicants must:
To apply for a specific storage project authorization:
Once an application package is submitted through IRIS it cannot be modified by the applicant. Any subsequent changes or additions require resubmission, or attachment(s) update during the application review stage if requested by the ministry through IRIS.
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,
Information in the progress report includes:
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:
An obligation for a final project report submission may be required within 30 days of the approved project termination date.
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