Alberta modernized royalty framework (MRF)

Effective January 2017, these guidelines explain the general application and principles in assessing the Drilling and Completion Cost Allowance. MRF guidelines also explain Alberta’s Crown royalty share of the following produced hydrocarbons from lands under a Crown lease:

  • crude oil
  • gas
  • natural gas liquids
  • non-project crude bitumen

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Alberta royalty framework (ARF)

As of January 2009, the Alberta petroleum royalty guidelines assist with the interpretation of Alberta’s Crown royalty calculation under ARF. This framework most often applies to wells spud prior to January 2017. The guidelines help to explain the following:

  • how to interpret the relevant energy legislation, i.e. statutes and regulations
  • how to assess Alberta’s Crown royalty share of crude oil produced from lands under a Crown lease agreement
  • how to calculate royalty programs and rates offered under ARF

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Alberta petroleum marketing

These guidelines fall under the Petroleum Marketing Regulation. They deal with delivery and reporting of conventional Crown oil royalty.

They focus particularly on the following:

  • formalizing and clarifying business rules for conventional oil royalty delivery in Alberta
  • provisions for penalties that improve the energy industry’s compliance with conventional oil-royalty delivery and reporting

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Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program (EHRP)

Effective January 2017, these guidelines explain the general application and principles of the EHRP.

The Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program consists of two main components. The first component targets tertiary recovery schemes which enhance recovery of hydrocarbons from an oil or gas pool by miscible flooding, immiscible flooding, solvent flooding, chemical flooding or other methods approved by the Minister.

The second component targets secondary recovery schemes which enhance recovery of hydrocarbons from an oil or gas pool by water flooding, gas cycling, gas flooding, polymer flooding or other methods approved by the Minister.

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Emerging Resource Program (ERP)

Effective January 2017, these guidelines explain the general application and principles of the ERP.

The Emerging Resources Program (ERP) encourages industry to open up new oil and gas resources in higher-risk and higher-cost areas that have large resource potential. This will promote industry innovation and learning in order to generate greater royalties and other benefits to Albertans.

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Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) program

These guidelines explain methods to conserve the province’s petroleum resource. Alberta encourages the use of EOR for conservation.

EOR methods allow additional recovery through fluid injection such as:

  • hydrocarbons
  • CO2
  • Nitrogen
  • Chemicals

The EOR program promotes the use of these methods for greater conservation.

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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) commissioned a study of the province’s EOR potential. The study ran from March 2011 to March 2012 in two phases. The first phase produced report titled Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta - Phase 1 (June 2011) (PDF, 2.3 MB) which was a review of existing EOR scheme data. The second phase produced report titled Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta - Phase 2 (March 2012) (PDF, 36.5 MB) which outlined the future potential.

Note: This study considered only the technical factors associated with EOR. Economic factors, including oil prices, were not addressed in this study.

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