ARCHIVED - Beaufort Sea & Mackenzie Delta 2011-2012 Call for Nominations


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Launched on February 28, 2012
Closing at 4 p.m. (ET) on April 11, 2012

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  1. Call for Nominations
  2. Content of Posting Requests
  3. Submission of Posting Requests
  4. Priority of Posting
  5. Resulting Call for Bids

1. Call for Nominations

The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development hereby calls for the submission of nominations for Frontier Lands, as defined in the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, located in the Beaufort Sea &  Mackenzie Delta of the Northwest Territories. Maps are included.

Lands currently under licence which revert to Crown reserve status during the course of this Call for Nominations may also be posted. Please refer to our registry activities. This site will list any changes to licences such as surrenders and terminations and is updated frequently.

Posting requests must be received by April 11, 2012 at 4 p.m. ET, to be considered by the Minister for inclusion in a Call for Bids (tentatively scheduled for April 2012) pursuant to Section 14 of the Canada Petroleum Resources Act.

The proposed 2011-2012 Call for Bids, Beaufort Sea & Mackenzie Delta, form part of this Call for Nominations. The exercise of petroleum exploration rights may be subject to specific terms and conditions relating to the environment, and must comply with requirements under land claims and northern benefits. Further information can be found in section 17, Related Requirements, in the proposed 2011-2012 Call for Bids.

Maps of the Call Area

Map indicating the 2011-2012 Call area for the Beaufort Sea & Mackenzie Delta
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2. Content of Posting Requests

All posting requests must be described in accordance with the Guidelines for Posting Parcels North of Latitude 60° N. Each tract posted shall comprise laterally or diagonally contiguous blocks.

Parcel Size

The size of parcels posted varies according to location. The following Table 1 sets out the minimum and maximum size of parcels within each area.

Table 1. Minimum and Maximum Size of Parcels
Location Minimum Maximum
North of latitude 75° N onshore and offshore 1 grid 8 grids

North of Line "A" * including Arctic Islands and area subject to work prohibition order 1 grid 6 grids

South of Line "A" * including Beaufort Sea and mainland Territories (excluding Mackenzie Delta and Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula)
North of latitude 70° N ½ grid 3 grids
South of latitude 70° N 1 grid 6 grids
Area subject to work prohibition order ¼ grid 3 grids

Mackenzie Delta west of longitude 133° W and Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula ¼ grid 4 grids

* Parcels straddling line "A" will have their maximum size determined by using the maximum size indicated for south of Line "A".

A Posting Request Form should accompany the request.

Area Subject to Work Prohibition Orders

Part of the western Beaufort Sea is subject to work prohibition orders [Note]. Although lands may be nominated within this general area, the Minister may decide not to include these within a subsequent Call for Bids. Should an Exploration Licence be issued, it may be subject to a work prohibition order pursuant to section12 of the Canada Petroleum Resources Act.

Nothing in this Call for Nominations shall affect or prejudice in any manner Canada's position with respect to the nature or extent of jurisdiction or sovereign rights over maritime areas in the Beaufort Sea.

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3. Submission of Posting Requests

All requests must be submitted by fax no later than April 11, 2012 at 4 p.m. ET Each request should be addressed as follows:

Beaufort Sea & Mackenzie Delta Call for Nominations
Closing date: April 11, 2012
Attention: Oil and Gas Management
Northern Oil and Gas Branch
FAX: (819) 953-5828

Requesters are advised to give prior notice of their intent to submit a fax by calling (819) 997-0048 or (819) 997-0877 immediately prior to transmission. Telephone confirmation will be provided, if requested, upon receipt of the fax. Only the fax copy is necessary; original copies are not required.

All submissions received will become property of the Crown and will not be returned.

All information concerning nominations will remain confidential.

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4. Priority of Posting

Priority of posting will be determined by order of receipt. Time of receipt will be that recorded by the fax machine of the Northern Oil and Gas Branch in Gatineau.

In case of overlapping requests, the first to be received will have priority. The second requester will be informed of the area remaining in the request which does not overlap a prior nomination. The second requester will be required to state whether they would like to maintain their posting on the remaining lands or withdraw the request.

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5. Resulting Call for Bids

The individual or company that requests the posting of a parcel(s) is expected to submit a bid(s) in an ensuing Call for Bids. Requesters are advised to examine the proposed Call for Bids for information concerning: terms and conditions of the proposed Call for Bids as well as terms and conditions of an Exploration Licence. The Minister reserves the right to refuse future posting requests from that individual or company if a bid is not submitted.

The Minister will take into account all nominations in developing a Call for Bids but may modify nominations to configure a bid block following consultation with the requester.

The Minister is not obliged to proceed with a Call for Bids for any lands posted.

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Further information and Contacts

For more information on this Call, the rights issuance process or the resource management regime, please contact:

Rights Administration
Oil and Gas Management Directorate
Northern Oil and Gas Branch
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Tel: (819) 997-0877; Fax: (819) 953‑5828

Any geological and well information with respect to the lands or area which is available for public disclosure may be obtained from:

Data Coordinator
National Energy Board
Exploration and Production
444 Seventh Avenue SW
Tel: (403) 292‑4800; Fax: (403) 292‑5876

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Return to 2011-2012 Beaufort Sea & Mackenzie Delta Call for Nominations


Canada Petroleum Resources Act, section 12.

  1. The Governor in Council may, in the case of
    1. a disagreement with any government concerning the location of an international boundary,
    2. an environmental or social problem of a serious nature, or
    3. dangerous or extreme weather conditions affecting the health or safety of people or the safety of equipment
    by order, prohibit any interest owner specified in the order from commencing or continuing any work or activity on the frontier lands or any portion thereof that are subject to the interest of that interest owner.

  2. Where, by reason of an order made under subsection (1), any requirement in relation to an interest cannot be complied with while the order is in force, compliance with the requirement is suspended until the order is revoked.

  3. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Act, the term of an interest that is subject to an order under subsection (1) and the period provided for compliance with any requirement in relation to the interest are extended for a period equal to the period that the order is in force.

  4. Nothing in this section affects the authority of the Minister to relieve a person from any requirement in relation to an interest or under this Act or the regulations.
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