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) and issues an average of 2,213 PNG agreements as per the last three calendar years (2016 to 2018). As of April 2019, Alberta Energy administers about 71,000 PNG agreements.

Table 1. Annual statistics for the tenure branch

  2018 2017 2016
PNG parcels sold (public offering) 2,352 2,493 1,795
Mineral agreements subject to transfer 10,330 18,872 12,515
Well licences reviewed 6,870 7,560 5,741
Well changes reviewed 14,857 30,430 19,776
Section 18 Notices of Non-Productivity served 741 759 731
Primary lease term/intermediate licence term expiries 2,328 3,580 4,859
Primary lease term/intermediate licence term continued 980 1,036 1,362
Initial term licence expiries 687 1,318 1,225
Initial term licences validated 311 320 482
PNG agreements surrendered 621 436 1,000

Table 2. Revenue statistics rounded to the nearest dollar

  2018 2017 2016
PNG sales (public offering bonuses) 405,026,965 504,605,366 136,783,392
Average price paid per hectare 298 402 146
Offset compensation collected 231,909 375,976 348,851

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.

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).

Calendar years leases and licences summary

Table 3. 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
2018 2,352 $405,026,965.34 1,360,548.254 $297.69
2017 2,493 $504,605,365.53 1,253,980.702 $402.40
2016 1,795 $136,783,392.53 936,775.962 $146.02
2015 2,192 $275,826,755.48 1,553,920.362 $177.50
2014 2,849 $489,376,151.05 1,058,477.6220 $462.34
2013 3,321 $679,551,589.23 2,144,317.3580 $316.91
2012 5,149 $1,110,114,528.08 3,083,175.6180 $360.06
2011 6,351 $3,536,327,739.48 4,109,573.5460 $860.51
2010 6,392 $2,387,812,738.41 3,853,300.4712 $619.68
2009 4,564 $731,762,723.29 1,740,609.0232 $420.41
2008 6,139 $937,598,856.47 2,022,576.1877 $463.57
2007 6,561 $710,685,624.99 1,871,920.6340 $379.66
2006 8,473 $1,471,853,475.66 2,692,912.3020 $546.57
2005 8,796 $1,827,239,438.48 2,888,212.1560 $632.65
2004 8,932 $1,022,734,935.02 2,817,180.3040 $363.03
2003 8,846 $886,263,321.33 3,078,828.4000 $287.86
2002 7,609 $476,528,408.16 2,607,513.9800 $182.75
2001 8,684 $1,003,273,846.29 3,674,155.6100 $273.06
2000 8.730 $1,002,534,826.51 3,644,271.9766 $275.10
1999 6,688 $528,976,757.30 2,796,398.8240 $189.16
1998 6,965 $581,963,629.92 2,838,182.1450 $205.05
1997 9,814 $969,977,927.19 4,783,512.5055 $202.78
1996 9,020 $725,684,303.00 4,566,957.0998 $158.90
1995 8,788 $634,901,750.94 4,269,813.8751 $148.70
1994 10,699 $999,293,400.40 4,701,854.8169 $212.53
1993 7,233 $503,712,209.64 2,969,154.8620 $169.65
1992 4,431 $148,620,997.29 1,505,808.7588 $98.70
1991 5,614 $307,079,345.36 2,217,420.9000 $138.48
1990 6,045 $434,975,474.88 2,410,126.0500 $180.48
1989 5,566 $359,877,016.73 2,263,663.6300 $158.98
1988 7,068 $521,015,291.46 2,630,286.6740 $198.08
1987 5,819 $687,399,999.17 2,274,942.3000 $302.16
1986 4,628 $250,890,631.99 1,894,147.2000 $132.46
1985 5,328 $796,176,437.00 2,740,801.8900 $290.40
1984 4,350 $624,164,170.38 1,870,962.8900 $333.61
1983 2,960 $429,476,531.00 1,214,040.9100 $353.76
1982 2,074 $333,961,180.51 1,111,784.1700 $300.38
1981 2,728 $588,497,125.31 1,580,471.4000 $372.36
1980 3,454 $1,004,882,651.10 2,473,678.2900 $406.23
1979 2,987 $996,743,710.59 2,027,078.3100 $491.71
1978 2,562 $603,241,521.45 1,577,365.6800 $382.44
1977 2,425 $579,735,477.78 2,067,951.3500 $280.34

Table 4. 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
2018/2019 24 2,084 $353,608,318.88 1,301,265.722 $271.74
2017/2018 24 2,625 $510,802,517.85 1,229,510.708 $415.45
2016/2017 23 1,959 $189,738,993.82 977,222.886 $194.16
2015/2016 23 2,027 $203,832,251.10 1,284,906.5860 $158.64
2014/2015 24 2,732 $456,110,205.05 1,276,705.7860 $357.26
2013/2014 24 3,044 $586,517,259.28 1,789,530.3100 $327.75
2012/2013 24 4,718 $1,027,868,118.36 3,068,907.3610 $327.75
2011/2012 24 6,259 $3,212,572,721.95 3,880,861.8490 $827.80
2010/2011 23 6,442 $2,566,089,484.75 3,840,956.7848 $668.09
2009/2010 24 4,857 $1,131,995.261.66 2,210,392.6476 $512.12
2008/2009 24 5,946 $865,658,273.60 2,056,858.6197 $420.86
2007/2008 24 6,005 $583,455,417.58 1,664,538.7580 $350.52
2006/2007 24 7,853 $1,054,884,821.84 2,428,313.0840 $434.41
2005/2006 24 9,196 $2,165,464,637.16 3,121,095.2020 $693.82
2004/2005 23 8,954 $1,126,061,167.65 2,825,319.0540 $398.56
2003/2004 24 8,792 $942,546,274.58 3,031,701.6080 $310.90
2002/2003 24 7,830 $547,803,419.53 2,608,883.6060 $209.98
2001/2002 24 8,319 $877,983,140.26 3,496,409.9900 $251.11
2000/2001 25 8,828 $1,019,916,628.43 3,635,503,1480 $280.54
1999/2000 27 7,491 $652,921,595.93 3,127,923.5136 $208.74
1998/1999 24 5,058 $444,658,875.35 2,430,088.9700 $182.98
1997/1998 24 9,215 $918,580,041.48 4,480,851.9517 $205.00
1996/1997 24 9,896 $853,660,730.31 4,875,627,5686 $175.09
1995/1996 24 7,396 $546,423,493.98 3,578,098.7541 $152.71
1994/1995 29 11,175 $970,804,456.97 4,980,592.0379 $194.92
1993/1994 31 8,833 $711,711,096.92 3,868,342.6700 $183.98
1992/1993 23 4,561 $166,963,289.23 1,561,913.7468 $106.91
1991/1992 25 5,336 $254,751,116.41 2,045,156.1960 $124.56
1990/1991 25 5,962 $414,159,426.82 2,382,221.1000 $173.85
1989/1990 25 5,758 $387,654,013.98 2,327,443.2900 $166.56
1988/1989 25 6,662 $447,763,598.76 2,520,016.4140 $177.68
1987/1988 25 6,495 $759,752,331.10 2,516,326.5800 $301.93
1986/1987 25 4,386 $240,457,759.93 1,716,070.1400 $140.12
1985/1986 25 5,386 $721,632,122.75 2,696.598.0100 $267.61
1984/1985 25 4,656 $662.065.187.19 2,097,880.8800 $315.59
1983/1984 25 3,447 $484,745,148.24 1,353,513.1800 $358.14
1982/1983 24 2,050 $335,830,362.64 1,106,552.3300 $303.49
1981/1982 24 2,562 $555,218,858.75 1,479,181.3000 $375.36
1980/1981 25 3,235 $752,251,457.99 2,077,209.4100 $362.15
1979/1980 25 3,091 $1,056,076.7617 2,179,912.1100 $484.46
1978/1979 29 2,657 $671,071,770.27 1,696,906.1200 $395.47
1977/1978 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)
Fax: 780-422-1123
Emails:
Energy Bidding – bidding.energy@gov.ab.ca
Energy Crown Land Data – crownlanddatasupport@gov.ab.ca (general inquiries)
Energy PNG Continuations – pngcontinuations.energy@gov.ab.ca
Energy Postings – postings.energy@gov.ab.ca
Energy Rentals – energy.rentals@gov.ab.ca
Energy Transfers – transfers.energy@gov.ab.ca
Energy Unit Agreements – energyunitshelpdesk@gov.ab.ca
Energy Well Administration – welladmin.energy@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Energy
Petroleum and Natural Gas Tenure
North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street*
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6

*Couriers, please report to the 2nd floor.