Oil sands tenure

Oil sands tenure refers to the system through which Crown-owned mineral rights are leased and administered.


The rights to the lands to develop oil sands are leased through Public Offerings, commonly referred to as Land Sales. The Public Offerings schedule is published 2 years in advance by Alberta Energy. This allows potential bidders to strategize accordingly.

Sales of oil sands rights are initiated by posting requests submitted through the Electronic Transfer System (ETS). If no rights have been requested, there is no need to hold a sale. Companies or individuals who wish to acquire undisposed oil sands rights request a posting for a specific sale date to the Crown through ETS.

Find out more about Oil sands tenure.


Connect with Oil Sands, Coal and Mineral Operations:

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Oil Sands Royalty Project Applications and Compliance [email protected]
Oil Sands Royalty Administration [email protected]
Oil Sands Royalty Information Management [email protected]
Oil Sands Tenure [email protected]

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Alberta Energy
Oil Sands, Coal and Mineral Operations
6th floor, Petroleum Plaza, North Tower
9945 108 Street
Edmonton Alberta  T5K 2G6

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