Introduction

Petroleum and natural gas (PNG) rights owned by the Province of Alberta can be acquired through a competitive bid auction held about every two weeks. PNG leases and licences are issued to the successful bidders. Yearly, the province holds an average of 24 land auctions (sales). As of May 2020, Alberta Energy administers about 82,148 PNG agreements.

Tenure sales statistics

See the Public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights by calendar year (bonuses, hectares, and average price per hectare – each file includes data for Plains, Northern, Foothills and grand totals).

The best measure of the land sale is the average price paid per hectare. The top sale by average price per hectare was held June 1, 2011. A total of $841.6 million was collected at an average price of $3,110.85 per hectare. This was also the year for the highest annual bonus amount for petroleum and natural gas rights at $3.536 billion.

The highest price per hectare was $130,060.00 per hectare, for a parcel sold in the July 5, 1978 sale. The lowest price per hectare a parcel sells for is $1.25.

The most money paid for one parcel of petroleum and natural gas rights was $123.6 million on August 24, 2011.

Calendar years leases and licences summary

Table 1. Summary of annual public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights by calendar year – leases and licences

Year Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
2020 392 $29,416,405.64 219,688.914 $133.90
2019 1,673 $119,270,187.88 820,433.764 $145.37
2018 2,352 $405,026,965.34 1,360,548.254 $297.69

Additional years

  • 2017
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,493 $504,605,365.53 1,253,980.702 $402.40
  • 2016
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    1,795 $136,783,392.53 936,775.962 $146.02
  • 2015
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,192 $275,826,755.48 1,553,920.362 $177.50
  • 2014
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,849 $489,376,151.05 1,058,477.6220 $462.34
  • 2013
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    3,321 $679,551,589.23 2,144,317.3580 $316.91
  • 2012
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    5,149 $1,110,114,528.08 3,083,175.6180 $360.06
  • 2011
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    6,351 $3,536,327,739.48 4,109,573.5460 $860.51
  • 2010
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    6,392 $2,387,812,738.41 3,853,300.4712 $619.68
  • 2009
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    4,564 $731,762,723.29 1,740,609.0232 $420.41
  • 2008
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    6,139 $937,598,856.47 2,022,576.1877 $463.57
  • 2007
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    6,561 $710,685,624.99 1,871,920.6340 $379.66
  • 2006
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    8,473 $1,471,853,475.66 2,692,912.3020 $546.57
  • 2005
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    8,796 $1,827,239,438.48 2,888,212.1560 $632.65
  • 2004
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    8,932 $1,022,734,935.02 2,817,180.3040 $363.03
  • 2003
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    8,846 $886,263,321.33 3,078,828.4000 $287.86
  • 2002
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    7,609 $476,528,408.16 2,607,513.9800 $182.75
  • 2001
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    8,684 $1,003,273,846.29 3,674,155.6100 $273.06
  • 2000
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    8.730 $1,002,534,826.51 3,644,271.9766 $275.10
  • 1999
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    6,688 $528,976,757.30 2,796,398.8240 $189.16
  • 1998
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    6,965 $581,963,629.92 2,838,182.1450 $205.05
  • 1997
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    9,814 $969,977,927.19 4,783,512.5055 $202.78
  • 1996
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    9,020 $725,684,303.00 4,566,957.0998 $158.90
  • 1995
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    8,788 $634,901,750.94 4,269,813.8751 $148.70
  • 1994
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    10,699 $999,293,400.40 4,701,854.8169 $212.53
  • 1993
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    7,233 $503,712,209.64 2,969,154.8620 $169.65
  • 1992
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    4,431 $148,620,997.29 1,505,808.7588 $98.70
  • 1991
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    5,614 $307,079,345.36 2,217,420.9000 $138.48
  • 1990
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    6,045 $434,975,474.88 2,410,126.0500 $180.48
  • 1989
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    5,566 $359,877,016.73 2,263,663.6300 $158.98
  • 1988
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    7,068 $521,015,291.46 2,630,286.6740 $198.08
  • 1987
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    5,819 $687,399,999.17 2,274,942.3000 $302.16
  • 1986
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    4,628 $250,890,631.99 1,894,147.2000 $132.46
  • 1985
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    5,328 $796,176,437.00 2,740,801.8900 $290.40
  • 1984
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    4,350 $624,164,170.38 1,870,962.8900 $333.61
  • 1983
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,960 $429,476,531.00 1,214,040.9100 $353.76
  • 1982
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,074 $333,961,180.51 1,111,784.1700 $300.38
  • 1981
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,728 $588,497,125.31 1,580,471.4000 $372.36
  • 1980
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    3,454 $1,004,882,651.10 2,473,678.2900 $406.23
  • 1979
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,987 $996,743,710.59 2,027,078.3100 $491.71
  • 1978
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,562 $603,241,521.45 1,577,365.6800 $382.44
  • 1977
    Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Average $/hectare
    2,425 $579,735,477.78 2,067,951.3500 $280.34

Table 2. Summary of Annual Public Offering of Crown Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights by fiscal year (April to March) – leases and licences

Year Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
2020/2021 7 329 $20,684,799.07 152,504.90 $135.63
2019/2020 24 1,501 $106,277,200.07 774,896,362 $137.15
2018/2019 24 2,084 $353,608,318.88 1,301,265.722 $271.74

Additional years

  • 2017/2018
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 2,625 $510,802,517.85 1,229,510.708 $415.45
  • 2016/2017
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    23 1,959 $189,738,993.82 977,222.886 $194.16
  • 2015/2016
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    23 2,027 $203,832,251.10 1,284,906.5860 $158.64
  • 2014/2015
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 2,732 $456,110,205.05 1,276,705.7860 $357.26
  • 2013/2014
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 3,044 $586,517,259.28 1,789,530.3100 $327.75
  • 2012/2013
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 4,718 $1,027,868,118.36 3,068,907.3610 $327.75
  • 2011/2012
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 6,259 $3,212,572,721.95 3,880,861.8490 $827.80
  • 2010/2011
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    23 6,442 $2,566,089,484.75 3,840,956.7848 $668.09
  • 2009/2010
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 4,857 $1,131,995.261.66 2,210,392.6476 $512.12
  • 2008/2009
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 5,946 $865,658,273.60 2,056,858.6197 $420.86
  • 2007/2008
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 6,005 $583,455,417.58 1,664,538.7580 $350.52
  • 2006/2007
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 7,853 $1,054,884,821.84 2,428,313.0840 $434.41
  • 2005/2006
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 9,196 $2,165,464,637.16 3,121,095.2020 $693.82
  • 2004/2005
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    23 8,954 $1,126,061,167.65 2,825,319.0540 $398.56
  • 2003/2004
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 8,792 $942,546,274.58 3,031,701.6080 $310.90
  • 2002/2003
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 7,830 $547,803,419.53 2,608,883.6060 $209.98
  • 2001/2002
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 8,319 $877,983,140.26 3,496,409.9900 $251.11
  • 2000/2001
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 8,828 $1,019,916,628.43 3,635,503,1480 $280.54
  • 1999/2000
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    27 7,491 $652,921,595.93 3,127,923.5136 $208.74
  • 1998/1999
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 5,058 $444,658,875.35 2,430,088.9700 $182.98
  • 1997/1998
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 9,215 $918,580,041.48 4,480,851.9517 $205.00
  • 1996/1997
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 9,896 $853,660,730.31 4,875,627,5686 $175.09
  • 1995/1996
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 7,396 $546,423,493.98 3,578,098.7541 $152.71
  • 1994/1995
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    29 11,175 $970,804,456.97 4,980,592.0379 $194.92
  • 1993/1994
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    31 8,833 $711,711,096.92 3,868,342.6700 $183.98
  • 1992/1993
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    23 4,561 $166,963,289.23 1,561,913.7468 $106.91
  • 1991/1992
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 5,336 $254,751,116.41 2,045,156.1960 $124.56
  • 1990/1991
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 5,962 $414,159,426.82 2,382,221.1000 $173.85
  • 1989/1990
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 5,758 $387,654,013.98 2,327,443.2900 $166.56
  • 1988/1989
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 6,662 $447,763,598.76 2,520,016.4140 $177.68
  • 1987/1988
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 6,495 $759,752,331.10 2,516,326.5800 $301.93
  • 1986/1987
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 4,386 $240,457,759.93 1,716,070.1400 $140.12
  • 1985/1986
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 5,386 $721,632,122.75 2,696.598.0100 $267.61
  • 1984/1985
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 4,656 $662.065.187.19 2,097,880.8800 $315.59
  • 1983/1984
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 3,447 $484,745,148.24 1,353,513.1800 $358.14
  • 1982/1983
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 2,050 $335,830,362.64 1,106,552.3300 $303.49
  • 1981/1982
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    24 2,562 $555,218,858.75 1,479,181.3000 $375.36
  • 1980/1981
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 3,235 $752,251,457.99 2,077,209.4100 $362.15
  • 1979/1980
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    25 3,091 $1,056,076.7617 2,179,912.1100 $484.46
  • 1978/1979
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    29 2,657 $671,071,770.27 1,696,906.1200 $395.47
  • 1977/1978
    Sales held Parcels sold Total bonus Total hectares Avg. $/HA
    40 2,565 $734,577,690.00 2,000,901.0000 $367.12

Contact

Connect with the 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
3 – Validation and 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)

Email:
Energy – Bidding – [email protected]
Energy – Crown land data – [email protected] (general inquiries)
Energy – PNG continuations – [email protected]
Energy – Postings – [email protected]
Energy – Rentals – [email protected]
Energy – Transfers – [email protected]
Energy – Unit agreements – [email protected]
Energy – Well administration – [email protected]
Environment and Parks – GLIMPS – [email protected]

Address:
Alberta Energy
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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