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 March 2022, Alberta Energy administers about 84,643 PNG agreements.

After a PNG Tenure mineral agreement is acquired a number of activities follow, including drilling well(s), producing oil and/or natural gas, and proving productivity to continue an agreement. If the leased mineral rights are not developed, or, are no longer productive, the agreement is cancelled and the mineral rights return to the Crown.

Tenure sales

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 sold for at that time was $1.25 for licences and $2.50 for leases. Today the minimum bid, or lowest price per hectare, accepted for both licences and leases is $35.00/ha. This was changed on October 23, 2020.

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

Leases and licences calendar year 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
2021 839 $108,194,157.98 428,965.700 $252.22
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
2021/2022 23 847 $162,535,706.21 495,004.820 $328.35
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

Revenue and activity by fiscal year (April to March)

Table 3. Annual Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) Mineral Rights Leased

  2021-2022 2020-2021 2019-2020 2018-2019 2017-2018
Total Hectares Leased (rounded to nearest full hectare) 24,142,030 25,150,901 26,604,510 27,648,827 27,638,209
Total PNG Agreements 67,001 69,244 73,065 75,826 77,191

Table 4. Annual Revenue (rounded to the nearest dollar)

  2021-2022
($)
2020-2021
($)
2019-2020
($)
2018-2019
($)
2017-2018
($)
Public Offering (bonus) 162,535,706 20,684,799 106,277,200 353,608,319 510,802,518
Annual Rent 82,231,532 88,321,507 94,891,545 99,202,088 99,825,874
Offset Compensation 2,470,491 460,503 1,079,188 211,770 353,499

Table 5. Annual Activity

  2021-2022 2020-2021 2019-2020 2018-2019 2017-2018
PNG Agreements Issued 855 332 1,523 2,117 2,670
PNG Agreements Surrendered 1,489 3,114 1,556 707 594
PNG Agreements Renewed 1,391 578 1,402 1,335 1,578
PNG Agreements Transferred 5,976 7,285 6,498 10,594 17,964
PNG Agreements Cancelled 1,987 1,160 2,596 2,491 3,668
Non-Productivity Notices Issued 502 478 732 661 810
Trespass Determined 7 14 14 157 71

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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