- The OWA is given the authority to abandon and reclaim orphan wells and does not
become the licensee of orphan wells.
- This means that the orphan well license stays in the name of the defunct licensee,
so the OWA does not have the ability to 'sell' orphan wells.
- The AER can transfer orphan well licenses from the defunct licensee to a company
that applies for a transfer.
- This process is called a Regulator Directed Transfer or RDT.
- See attached for
process flow for an RDT.
- See below for AER requirements for an RDT which includes, but is not limited to,
- RDT applicant company must be eligible to hold a licence. See the AER
Directive 067, Applying for Approval to Hold
EUB Licences, for further information.
- RDT applicants must obtain mineral and surface rights to the well.
- RDT applicants must be compliant with all AER regulations and meet RDT
- The AER may apply a $10,000 RDT fee for each well and facility license transferred
at its discretion.
- RDT applications must include requests for the associated pipeline licenses required to
- Please note that all RDT applications are to be made to the AER, not the OWA
which is a separate organization.
- The OWA requests applicants to notify us after submitting an RDT application to
the AER, so that the OWA does not abandon the applicant's well or pipelines of
interest during the AER application process.
- Individual wells: please contact the AER Customer Contact Centre for records
held by the AER 1-855-297-8311, 403-297-8311 or
email@example.com. (Note there is a fee associated with this AER service.)
- The RDT process: please contact the AER Insolvency Team, Closure and
Liability Branch at 403-297-3113 or
- Crown mineral rights agreement status:
- Obtain a land search via Alberta Energy’s Electronic Transfer System (ETS)
- Alberta Energy also accepts Third Party Requests to review non-productive PNG rights
under Information Letter 2004-14: