Important dates

Third application period: Open until March 31, 2021
Fourth application period: Open until September 30, 2021
Fifth application period: Open until March 31, 2022
Sixth application period: Open until March 31, 2022

Project completion: Contractors have until December 31, 2022 to complete the work

Overview

The Site Rehabilitation Program provides grants to oil field service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site closure and reclamation work. Read the overall program guidelines, as well as the supplemental guidelines for the grant application period you wish to apply for, then follow the steps to apply for a grant online.

Grant application periods

Grant funding will be available in $100 million increments with targeted priorities, application criteria, and timelines.

Grant period 1 – closed

$100 million in funding. Grant applications were accepted for:

  • oil and gas sites needing abandonment and/or reclamation across Alberta
  • projects that require 100% government funding
  • contracts of up to $30,000 (per application, per closure activity)

Grant period 2 – closed

$100 million in funding. Grant applications were accepted for:

  • oil and gas sites on land where government is paying compensation to landowners as required under Section 36 of the Surface Rights Act (otherwise referred to as Section 36 lands)
  • projects that require 100% government funding
  • no contract cost limit

Reassessment period 1B – closed

$116 million in funding (remaining funds from periods 1 and 2). Declined grant applications for abandonment work from period 1 were reassessed for possible approval, based on the criteria laid out in the Reassessment Period 1B Supplemental Guidelines (PDF, 718 KB). No new applications were accepted for this period.

Reassessment Period 1B is complete. Unless you have received further notification from government notifying you that your application was reassessed under Period 1B and is approved, your Period 1 application remains declined. We encourage all applicants who have not yet received funding to apply again in current or future grant periods.

Grant period 3

Application period 3 is open until March 31, 2021, or until licensees have fully expended their allocations.

$100 million in funding is available:

  • up to $139,000 in grant funding will be allocated to each active site licensee in the province
  • oil field service contractors can contract with these licensees to do closure work and apply for an SRP grant to get funding to do the work; licensees cannot apply for this funding – only the contractor doing the work can
  • projects are eligible for 100% grant funding, up to the $139,000 limit for each licensee

Follow the steps below to apply.

Grant period 4

Application period 4 has been extended and is open until September 30, 2021, or until licensees have fully expended their allocations.

$100 million in funding is available:

  • Licensees who have submitted either confirmed or proposed Area-Based Closure (ABC) plans to the Alberta Energy Regulator – prior to the 2020 spending targets being paused – have been allocated SRP grant funding amounts for Period 4, based on their ABC spending targets for 2020.
  • Oil field service contractors can contract with these licensees to do closure activities and apply for an SRP grant to get funding to do the work; licensees cannot apply for this funding – only the contractor doing the work can.
  • Projects are eligible for up to 50% grant funding – the licensee is responsible for paying the remaining amount.
    • Grant funding will be increased up to 100% of the project value if the licensee contracts with Indigenous oil field service companies (see the Period 4 Supplemental Guidelines for details).

Follow the steps below to apply.

The application review process will continue to use department and industry data to assess whether the contract’s costs and scope of work are reasonable.

Grant period 5

Application period 5 is open until March 31, 2022, or until allocations are fully subscribed.

$300 million in funding is available:

  • Licensees with confirmed hydrocarbon production in 2019, and that spent corporate funds doing closure work in 2019 or 2020, have been allocated SRP grant funding amounts for period 5. Licensees can choose to use their allocation on sites where they are the Working Interest Participant (WIP).
  • Oil field service contractors can contract with licensees to do closure activities and apply for an SRP grant to get funding to do the work; licensees cannot apply for this funding – only the contractor doing the work can do so.
  • Projects are eligible for up to 50% grant funding – the licensee or WIP is responsible for paying the remaining amount.
    • Grant funding will be increased up to 100% of the project value if the licensee/WIP contracts with Indigenous oil field service companies (see the Site Rehabilitation Program Guidelines (PDF, 903 KB), page 18 and 19, for details).
    • Licensees can review a list of some Indigenous oil field service companies in Alberta to contract with them to do SRP closure work.
  • When a licensee has wells on First Nations Reserves or on a Metis Settlement or both, their period 5 allocation will not be available until the relevant First Nation or one Metis Settlement submits an allocation tracker under period 6 to the Department.
    • Once an allocation tracker is submitted for a community, all the licensees with wells in that community will have access to their Period 5 allocations, regardless of whether they are listed on the allocation tracker.

Starting in period 5, the scope of work in your SRP contract must match the work details in your SRP grant application. If the scope of work and costs for the work activities in the contract do not match the details and amounts in the application, the application will be declined. When planning your work for period 5 and all subsequent periods, make sure that your contract and grant application contain the same project information.

Follow the steps below to apply.

Grant period 6

Application period 6 is open until March 31, 2022, or until allocations are fully subscribed.

$100 million in funding is available:

  • First Nations have each been allocated a portion of $85 million in SRP closure funding, and Metis Settlements have each been allocated a portion of $15 million in SRP closure funding, to work with licensees and applicants to close sites on reserve and on settlement.
    • Out of these total allocations, each First Nations allocations were developed in cooperation with the Alberta member First Nations of the Indian Resource Council and are distributed based on the number of eligible well licenses on each First Nations reserve, in proportion to the total number of eligible wells in all First Nations where eligible wells are located.
    • Metis Settlements allocations were developed in cooperation with the Metis Settlements General Council office and are distributed based on the number of eligible well licenses on each Settlement, in proportion to the total number of eligible well licenses on all Settlements.
  • First Nations communities and Metis Settlements will approve the sites that are eligible for closure work using their allocation, and will work with licensees and contractors to approve the associated spending. Once this is done, they will inform the department which licensees are eligible for SRP funding, and for how much. Contractors can then apply directly to government for SRP grants to do the work.

Additional period 6 details

Working with the First Nation and/or Metis Settlement, oil field service contractors can contract with licensees to do closure activities and apply for an SRP grant to get funding to do the work; licensees, First Nations, Metis Settlements cannot apply for this funding – only the contractor doing the work can do so.

  • Projects are eligible for up to 50% grant funding – the licensee or WIP is responsible for paying the remaining amount.
    • Grant funding will be increased up to 100% of the project value if the licensee/WIP contracts with Indigenous oil field service companies (see the Site Rehabilitation Program Guidelines (PDF, 903 KB), page 18 and 19, for details).

Nominate land for clean up

Learn how to nominate an inactive site for clean up.

The list of nominated sites has been posted for contractors to view and negotiate with the site licensee (the oil and gas company responsible) to enter into a contract to close the site through a Site Rehabilitation Program grant.

The licensee decides if the work will be completed.

There is no deadline for submitting sites for closure. Nominated sites will be eligible for grants throughout each Site Rehabilitation Program application period.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the updated program guidelines

Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and funding increment requirements in the Site Rehabilitation Program Guidelines (PDF, 903 KB).

Find this information in the Program Eligibility Criteria and Program Periods sections of the guidelines.

Step 2. Read the supplemental guidelines for the application period

Grant application Period 3

SRP grant application period 3 is open to grant applications until March 31, 2021. Read the SRP Supplemental Guidelines for Application Period 3 (PDF, 1.3 MB) and make sure you meet all eligibility requirements.

Grant application Period 4

SRP grant application period 4 is open to grant applications until September 30, 2021. Read the SRP Supplemental Guidelines for Application Period 4 (PDF, 1.5 MB) and make sure you meet all eligibility requirements.

Grant application Period 5

SRP grant application period 5 is open to grant applications until March 31, 2022. Read the SRP Supplemental Guidelines for Application Period 5 (PDF, 1.4 MB) and make sure you meet all eligibility requirements.

Grant application Period 6

SRP grant application period 6 is open to grant applications until March 31, 2022. Read the SRP Supplemental Guidelines for Application Period 6 (PDF, 1.2 MB) and make sure you meet all eligibility requirements.

Step 3. Review the list of eligible licensees

Grant application Period 3

Review the list of eligible licensees (XLSX, 24 KB) that have been allocated grant funding.

Grant application Period 4

Review the list of eligible licensees (PDF, 619 KB) that have been allocated grant funding for Period 4.

Grant application Period 5

Review the list of eligible licensees (PDF, 664 KB) that have been allocated grant funding for Period 5.

Grant application Period 6

Review the list of eligible licensees that are associated with First Nations (PDF, 631 KB) and Metis Settlements (PDF, 605 KB) that have been allocated funding for Period 6.

Step 4. Contact site licensees

Contact eligible site licensees included on the Period 3, 4 and 5 licensee lists to discuss entering into a contract to perform closure work on one or more of their sites. For Period 5 grant applications you will be asked to enter a unique identifier code – a 6-digit number that the licensee has provided you so that your company can submit a period 5 application.

If you are having trouble finding contact information for a licensee, you can review the Business Associate Code List (ST104A) for the legal name and contact information of all registered licensees or their receivers.

Once you have a signed contract with a site licensee, you can apply for a Site Rehabilitation Program grant to do the work.

Step 5. Create your SRP user account login and password, or sign in to ETS if you already have one

If you already have an Electronic Transfer System (ETS) account, skip this step and use your existing user account.

  1. Visit the Electronic Transfer System to create your new Site Rehabilitation Program user account login and password. You will need to use Chrome or Firefox.
  2. Click on “new user account registration” to create your Site Rehabilitation account and password. You will need your corporate registration number.

Step 6. Apply online

Once you’ve created your account login and password, or entered your existing login and password, you will be connected to the SRP grant application.

Follow the steps to complete your grant application.

If you need help, screen shots of the online application form are provided in each set of Supplemental Guidelines so you can plan ahead and prepare what you need to include in your application before starting the application process.

At a glance, you will need the following to complete your application:

  • your company’s legal name
  • your corporate registration number
  • your company’s signing authority contact information
  • the legal name of the oil and gas site licensee you are contracted with and their Business Associate (BA) identification number
  • a PDF or JPEG of the signed abandonment or reclamation contract between your company and the site licensee
  • the grant amount being requested
  • the type of infrastructure you will be working on (for example, well, pipeline, facility, etc.)
  • the well, pipeline, or facility site:
    • identification number
    • location
    • work activity
  • the estimated number of work hours that will be generated during the contract – please be as accurate as possible with this estimate
  • the number of employees or sub-contractors that reside in the area where the work is located
  • whether your company or your sub-contractors are Indigenous (see the Supplemental Guidelines for the criteria that must be met to be considered an Indigenous company for the purposes of the SRP)
  • your preferred method of grant payment, electronic fund transfer (eft) or cheque
  • an Alberta Energy Regulator approval letter if you are planning to do pipeline removal work

If applicable, you will need to provide a municipal tax statement confirming the licensee has no outstanding municipal taxes. This is not a requirement to get grant approval.

After you apply

We will verify your application and contract with the oil and gas site licensee.

Staff are working diligently to respond to applications in a timely manner. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications – whether approved or declined – as soon as the review is complete.

Applications must be completed accurately and fully to be considered for the program. Deficient applications will be declined and applicants will be required to reapply.

If you are deemed eligible for a grant, you will be required to sign an agreement with the Government of Alberta outlining the roles and responsibilities of all parties.

Failure to meet the requirements laid out in the agreement could result in the loss of all or part of the grant.

Due to the significant response to the Site Rehabilitation Program and the time it has taken to process the tens of thousands of applications received in grant periods 1 through 4, the Government of Alberta will not be enforcing the non-compliance condition in current grant agreements, which requires grant funded work to commence within three months of the effective date of the agreement. Instead, work must commence by June 1, 2021 for grants issued as of November 13, 2020, in order to comply with the grant agreement. Government will start confirming whether work is underway after June 1, 2021 in order to reallocate any unused grant funds to future program periods.

Once the agreement has been approved and signed, you will receive an initial payment of 10%.

Reporting requirements

Requirements and additional grant payments

Learn how to submit invoicing to receive additional grant payments.

Grant payments will be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or by cheque issued by Alberta Energy, whichever is preferred. To get EFT payment, you must complete an Application for EFT Direct Deposit form when you sign and return your first grant agreement. Only one EFT Direct Deposit Form is required for one company receiving multiple grants.

If you change your banking information after the first grant payment, fill out the Application for EFT Direct Deposit Form (PDF, 589 KB) and email it to [email protected] for processing.

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Contact

Connect with the Site Rehabilitation Program, Program Design Implementation and Monitoring Section for invoicing and grant payment inquiries:

Phone: 780-641-9083
Toll free: 1-833-680-9083
Email: [email protected]

Address:
Alberta Energy
9945 108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6