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 petroleum royalty

These guidelines help operators and participants determine crude-oil royalties. Specifically, they 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

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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 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.


To contact Oil Royalty Operations:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-8050
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax Edmonton: 780-427-0865
Fax Calgary: 403-297-5468

Alberta Energy
Resource Revenue and Operations Division
Oil Royalty Operations
Petroleum Plaza, North Tower
7th Floor, 9945 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6