In Alberta, the Crown owns 81% of the province's mineral rights (approximately 53.7 million hectares of land). The remaining 19% are 'freehold' mineral rights owned by the federal government on behalf of First Nations or in National Parks, and by individuals and companies. The tenure system facilitates the leasing of rights that enable companies to explore for and develop petroleum and natural gas (PNG) from Alberta's resources, for the benefit of Albertans. About every two weeks a competitive bid auction is held to issue the rights owned by Alberta to successful bidders, see PNG offerings and sales results.

Find out more about the tenure system.


Connect with the Energy and Minerals Petroleum and Natural Gas Tenure division:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-2300 with the following menu options:

1 – Petroleum and natural gas sales
2 – Agreement continuations and validation
3 – Rentals
4 – Crown land data, Petrinex and ETS accounts
5 – Registration of transfers and encumbrances

Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Bidding – [email protected]
Crown mineral activity – [email protected]
Crown land data – [email protected]
PNG continuations – [email protected]
Postings – [email protected]
Rentals – [email protected]
Transfers – [email protected]
Unit agreements – [email protected]
Well administration – [email protected]

Alberta Environment and Protected Areas – GLIMPS – [email protected]

Alberta Energy and Minerals
Petroleum and Natural Gas Tenure
North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street*
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6

*Couriers report to the 2nd floor.

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