Proposed Exploration Licence

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Proposed Exploration Licence

THIS LICENCE is effective as of ___________________________________

ISSUED BY THE MINISTER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AND NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT (hereinafter called the "Minister"),

TO THE INTEREST OWNER, ______________________________________

WHEREAS the Minister is empowered pursuant to the Act to issue an Exploration Licence (hereinafter called the "Licence") relating to the Lands;

AND WHEREAS the Minister has selected the bid in the amount of $______________ submitted by _______________ as the winning bid in respect of parcel No. ___ posted in the ______________ Call for Bids published in Part I of the Canada Gazette on _____________;

AND WHEREAS, in submitting such a bid, _______________ has agreed to the terms and conditions of this Licence;

NOW THEREFORE this Licence is issued upon the following terms and conditions:

1. Interpretation

  1. In this Licence, including all Schedules annexed hereto, unless the context requires otherwise:
    1. "Act" means the Canada Petroleum Resources Act;
    2. "Operations Act" means the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act;
    3. "Lands" means the frontier lands described in Schedule I or such portion thereof that remains subject to this Licence from time to time;
    4. "Period" means a segment or portion of the term described in Schedule III or, if no period is described therein, means the entire term of this Licence;
    5. "Regulations" means any and all regulations now made or that may be made at any time under the authority of the Act or the Operations Act, and any Acts passed in substitution therefor.
  2. All words and phrases used in this Licence have the meaning given by the Act, the Operations Act, or the Regulations.
  3. This Licence is issued under and subject to the Act, the Operations Act, and any Act passed in substitution therefor, the Regulations and the provisions of any other Act of Canada and regulations made thereunder that relate to or affect this Licence and the Act. The Regulations and such other Act and other regulations shall be deemed to be incorporated into this Licence as though specifically enumerated herein.
  4. The following Schedules are attached and made part of this Licence: Schedule I - Lands; Schedule II - Ownership; Schedule III - Term and Conditions; Schedule IV - Representative(s) and Addresses for Service.

2. Rights

  1. Subject to the Act and the Operations Act, this Licence confers, with respect to the frontier lands to which this Licence applies,
    1. the right to explore for, and the exclusive right to drill and test for, petroleum;
    2. the exclusive right to develop those frontier lands in order to produce petroleum; and
    3. the exclusive right, subject to compliance with the other provisions of the Act, to obtain a production licence.
  2. This Licence shall be held by the interest holders as to the Lands, in the shares as set forth and described in Schedule II, or as amended from time to time.
  3. The rights under this Licence are subject to the right of any other Licence holder to enter on and use the area subject to this Licence to the extent necessary to enable that other Licence holder to exercise the rights under that other Licence.

3. Term

Subject to the Act, the term of this Licence is as set out in Schedule III.

4. Annual Rentals

  1. Rentals, if any, shall be levied annually at the rate set forth in Schedule III.
  2. Rentals, if levied, shall be paid in advance, in respect of the Lands. The payment of rentals may be secured by cheque, promissory note, letter of credit or other negotiable financial instrument in a form satisfactory to the Minister.
  3. Rentals paid shall be refunded annually at the rate set forth in Schedule III.

5. Indemnity

  1. It is a condition of this Licence that the interest holders shall, in respect of that portion of the Lands to which such interest holder's share relates, at all times, jointly and severally, indemnify and save harmless Canada from and against all claims, demands, loss, costs, damages, actions, suits or other proceedings by whomsoever made, sustained, brought or prosecuted, in any manner based upon, occasioned by, or attributable to, anything done or omitted to be done by, through, or under, or with the consent of the interest owner, or an interest holder, notwithstanding any agreement or arrangement entered into by an interest owner or interest holder which does or may result in the transfer, assignment or other disposition of the interest or share therein, in the fulfilment of the terms and conditions made herein or in the exercise of the rights or obligations contained herein.
  2. For greater certainty, interest holders in this Licence who do not hold shares with respect to that portion of the lands in relation to which a claim, demand, loss, cost, damage, action, suit or other proceeding arises are not liable to indemnify Canada under subparagraph 5(a).
  3. For the purposes of subparagraphs 5(a) and 5(b), "Canada" shall not include a Crown corporation.
  4. This clause shall survive this Exploration Licence and will be incorporated into any Significant Discovery Licence and Production Licence that arises therefrom.

6. Liability

  1. An interest holder shall be liable under the provisions of this Licence, the Act, the Operations Act and the Regulations for all claims, demands, loss, costs, damages, actions, suits or other proceedings in respect of any work or activity conducted, or caused to be conducted, by, through, or under, or with the consent of such interest holder. Any transfer, assignment, or other disposition of the interest, or of a share therein, shall not have the effect of discontinuing such liability in respect of such work or activity, related to the interest, or share therein, so disposed, that was conducted before that transfer, assignment, or other disposition was registered pursuant to the Act and Regulations. For greater certainty, liability, as aforesaid, does not relate to any work or activity conducted after such party ceases to be an interest holder in this Licence.
  2. This clause shall survive this Exploration Licence and will be incorporated into any Significant Discovery Licence and Production Licence that arises therefrom.

7. Successors and Assigns

Subject to paragraph 6, this Licence ensures to the benefit of and is binding on the Minister and the interest owner and their respective heirs, administrators, successors and assigns.

8. Notice

Any notice, communication or statement required under the Act or the Operations Act shall be served on the designated person, on behalf of the Minister or on the interest owner, as the case may be, by personal delivery, or by fax at that address specified in Schedule IV hereof, or such other addresses as may be designated from time to time by the Minister or the interest owner, as the case may be.

9. Waiver and Relief

Where the Minister is satisfied that the Licence requirements as described under clause 2 of Schedule III cannot be executed within the time periods or to the extent provided therein, the Minister may, subject to the Act, grant an extension or extensions thereof in writing, provided always that the Minister is also satisfied that the failure to execute the above requirements is for reasons beyond the reasonable control of the interest owner, and that the interest owner continues to diligently pursue a remedy for such situation.

10. Representative

Unless otherwise designated in the prescribed manner, for the purpose of this Licence the representative or representatives, as the case may be, of the interest owner shall be as specified in Schedule IV.

11. Agreement

The issuance of this Licence by the Minister and acceptance thereof by the interest owner constitutes agreement between the interest owner and the Minister as to the terms and conditions contained herein.

ISSUED at Gatineau, this __________ day of ________________, _______.

_____________________________________________________
MINISTER of Indian Affairs and Northern Development


Schedules for the Exploration Licence

Schedule I: Lands

SAMPLE
Latitude Longitude Section(s)
69° 40' 133° 15' 9-10, 19-20, 30
69° 50' 133° 15' 1-4, 1-12, 21, 31
North American Datum 1927 (NAD 27)

(________ hectares, more or less)

Schedule II: Ownership

Latitude Longitude Section(s) Interest Holder(s) Share %
See Schedule I: Lands Company Name(s) % holdings

Canada Petroleum Resources Act s.s.85

"Where an interest holder of an interest or any share therein enters into an agreement or arrangement that is or may result in a transfer, assignment or other disposition of the interest or any share therein, the interest holder shall give notice of the agreement or arrangement to the Minister, together with a copy of the agreement or arrangement or, if the Minister approves, a summary of its terms and conditions or, on the request of the Minister, a copy of the agreement or arrangement."

To comply with this requirement please use Form 15: Summary Form - Notification of an Agreement/Arrangement that is or may result in a Transfer.

Schedule III: Terms and Conditions

1. TERM

This Licence has a term of nine (9) years commencing on _________.

Central Mackenzie Valley:

The term shall be comprised of two (2) consecutive periods of five (5) and four (4) years each. Subject to the Licence, Period 2 shall follow Period 1.


Beaufort Sea & Mackenzie Delta:

For those parcel which lie south of Line A on the call map, the term shall comprise of two (2) consecutive years of five (5) and four (4) years. Subject to the Licence, Period 2 shall follow Period 1.

For those parcels which lie north, or straddle, Line A on the call map, the term shall comprise of two (2) consecutive years of seven (7) and two (2) years. Subject to the Licence, Period 2 shall follow Period 1.


Arctic Islands of Nunavut Region:

The term shall be comprised of two consecutive periods of six (6) and three (3) years each. Subject to the Licence, Period 2 shall follow Period 1.

2. WORK PROGRAM

The drilling of one (1) exploratory or delineation well prior to the end of Period 1 of the term is a condition precedent to obtaining tenure to Period 2.

Such a well should reach a depth sufficient to evaluate a prospective horizon as described in the geological prognosis in the application for Authority to Drill a Well.

Where a well has been commenced and drilling is being pursued diligently, Period 1 shall continue until the well has been completed. Period 2 shall be reduced accordingly.

Failure to drill a well on the lands by the end of Period 1 will result in the termination of the Exploration Licence. Consequently, lands revert to the Crown as Crown reserve lands. Any remaining Work Deposit will be forfeited.

Drilling Deposit

The interest owner may, at its option, in order to meet the work requirement, extend Period 1 for one year by posting a Drilling Deposit, in the name of the Receiver General for Canada with the Northern Oil and Gas Branch of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, before the end of the last year of Period 1. Where Period 1 is extended by the posting of a Drilling Deposit, Period 2 shall be reduced accordingly.

This Drilling Deposit shall be in the amount of $1,000,000.00 and in a form acceptable to the Department. If a Drilling Deposit is posted, it will be refunded in full if the licence is validated as required to obtain tenure for Period 2 by the drilling of a well. If a validation well is not drilled or has not been commenced within the one year extension, the Drilling Deposit will be forfeited to the Receiver General for Canada upon the termination of the licence at the end of Period 1. If a well has been commenced and drilling operations are being diligently pursued, Period 1 will continue until the well has been completed. Allowable expenditures cannot be applied against the Drilling Deposit.

For those Licences consisting of two consecutive periods of five (5) and four (4) years as a result of the extension of Period 1 by the posting of a Drilling Deposit, rentals payable in Period 2 will be applicable at the following rates, for the first year after the extension, at $5.50 per hectare and all subsequent years at $8.00 per hectare. All other rental provisions remain applicable.

3. WORK DEPOSIT

This Licence is accompanied by a Work Deposit in the amount of twenty-five per cent (25%) of the bid submitted.

Work Deposits are refundable as expenditures are deemed allowable during Period 1 of the term of the Exploration Licence. A credit against the Work Deposit will be made on the basis of twenty-five per cent (25%) of allowable expenditures, referred to hereafter, as they are approved. Any Work Deposit balance remaining at the end of Period 1 will be forfeited.

Expenditures incurred in Period 2 of the term will not be credited against the Work Deposit.

4. RENTALS

Rentals paid during Period 2 are refundable as allowable expenses are incurred during Period 2. There are no rentals payable during Period 1 of the term. In Period 2, rentals will be applicable at the following rates:

For Licences consisting of two consecutive periods of 5 and 4 years: For Licences consisting of two consecutive periods of 7 and 2 years:
1st year $3.00/ha 1st and 2nd year $8.00/ha
2nd year $5.50/ha
3rd and 4th year $8.00/ha

Rentals will be payable annually, in advance of the anniversary date of the licence, and are to be submitted by cheque payable to the Receiver General for Canada, promissory note supported by a bank letter of guarantee, letter of credit or other negotiable financial instrument in a form satisfactory to the Minister.

When an exploration licence continues in force beyond Period 2 due to the drilling of a well deemed to be pursued diligently in accordance with Section 27 of the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, rentals will be payable at the rates applicable during the last year of Period 2. Such rentals will be payable monthly, in advance, at the rate of one twelfth (1/12) of the applicable annual rates.

Failure to pay rentals will result in the early termination of the Exploration Licence, consequently, the lands will revert to the Crown as Crown reserve lands.

Rentals may be payable on lands included in a significant discovery licence.

5. ALLOWABLE EXPENDITURES

Work Deposits and rentals will be refunded on the following basis, subject to further clarification by the Rights Administrator:

Costs related to the following classes of exploratory work undertaken as part of a program authorized by the National Energy Board may be claimed AT COST:

Data acquisition by means of reflection seismic surveys or other geophysical, geo-technical or geological surveys, including costs relating to field acquisition and processing,  inspection and clean-up.

Data purchase from vendors at arm's length for re-processing and/or interpretation, to the extent that the data assist the evaluation of the specific licence.

Drilling operations: Costs relating to construction of access routes, preparation of drilling sites, transportation to and from well location and staging areas, onsite drilling and evaluation, support vessels, helicopters, site clean-up and restoration. Drilling operations involved in an exploratory or delineation well may entail waiting on weather, logging, well testing and completion.  Extended formation flow testing will not be regarded as an allowable expenditure.

Mobilization and demobilization of equipment and supplies, and any incurred stand-by charges deemed reasonable by the Rights Administrator.

Notwithstanding the above, the Minister may agree to costs claimed with respect to classes of work or activity, or the use of innovative technology not contemplated by this schedule.

General and Administrative:

Ten percent (10%) of the above allowable expenditures to reflect other costs not specifically itemized above, and including program specific consultations, data interpretation, regional office support, management and pre-and post program costs.

Schedule IV: Representative(s) and Addresses for Service

Company Name
Address:

Facsimile:
Telephone:

Oil & Gas Management Directorate
Northern Oil and Gas Branch

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Ottawa ON K1A 0H4
Facsimile: (819) 953-5828
Telephone: (819) 997-0877
www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100036087