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Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act (S.C. 1988, c. 28)

Act current to 2019-12-03 and last amended on 2019-08-28. Previous Versions

PART IIPetroleum Resources (continued)

DIVISION IVProduction

Commercial Discoveries

Marginal note:Application for declaration of commercial discovery

  •  (1) Subject to section 127, where a commercial discovery has been made on any portion of the offshore area that is subject to an interest or a share therein held in accordance with section 69, the Board shall, on the application of the interest holder of the interest or the share made in the form and manner and containing such information as may be prescribed, make a written declaration of commercial discovery in relation to those portions of the offshore area in respect of which there are reasonable grounds to believe that the commercial discovery may extend.

  • Marginal note:Declaration on initiative of Board

    (2) Subject to section 127, where a commercial discovery has been made on any portion of the offshore area, the Board may, by order, make a declaration of commercial discovery in relation to those portions of the offshore area in respect of which there are reasonable grounds to believe that the commercial discovery may extend.

  • Marginal note:Application of certain provisions

    (3) Subsections 74(3), (4) and (6) apply, with such modifications as the circumstances require, with respect to a declaration made pursuant to subsection (1) or (2).

Development Orders

Marginal note:Notice of order to reduce term of interest

  •  (1) Subject to sections 32 to 37, the Board may, at any time after making a declaration of commercial discovery, give notice to the interest owner of any interest in relation to any portion of the commercial discovery area where commercial production of petroleum has not commenced before that time stating that, after such period of not less than six months as may be specified in the notice, an order may be made reducing the term of that interest.

  • Marginal note:Opportunity for submissions

    (2) During the period specified in a notice sent to an interest owner under subsection (1), the Board shall provide a reasonable opportunity for the interest owner to make such submissions as the interest owner considers relevant to determining whether the Board should make an order reducing the term of the relevant interest.

  • Marginal note:Order reducing term of interest

    (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act but subject to sections 32 to 37, where the Board is of the opinion that it is in the public interest, the Board may, at any time not later than six months after the expiration of the period specified in a notice in respect of an interest sent under subsection (1), by order subject to section 127, reduce the term of the interest to three years after the date the order is made or such longer period as may be specified in the order.

  • Marginal note:All interests cease

    (4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act but subject to subsections (5) and (6), where an order is made under subsection (3), any interest in respect of a portion of the offshore area within the area to which the interest that is the subject of the order applied on the date the order was made ceases to have effect at the end of the period specified in the order.

  • Marginal note:Order ceases to have effect where production commences

    (5) Where commercial production of petroleum on any portion of the offshore area referred to in subsection (4) commences before the expiration of the period specified in an order made under subsection (3) or the period extended pursuant to subsection (6), the order ceases to have effect and is deemed to have been vacated.

  • Marginal note:Extension of period

    (6) Subject to sections 32 to 37, the Board may extend the period specified in an order made under subsection (3) or may revoke the order.

Issuance of Production Licences

Marginal note:Rights under production licence

  •  (1) A production licence confers, with respect to the portions of the offshore area to which the licence applies,

    • (a) the right to explore for, and the exclusive right to drill and test for, petroleum;

    • (b) the exclusive right to develop those portions of the offshore area in order to produce petroleum;

    • (c) the exclusive right to produce petroleum from those portions of the offshore area; and

    • (d) title to the petroleum so produced.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Board may, subject to such terms and conditions as the Board deems appropriate, authorize any interest holder of an interest or a share therein to produce petroleum on the portions of the offshore area subject to the interest or share for use in the exploration or drilling for or development of petroleum on any portion of the offshore area.

Marginal note:Issuance of production licence

  •  (1) Subject to section 90, the Board, on application made in the form and manner and containing such information as may be prescribed,

    • (a) shall issue a production licence to one interest owner, in respect of any one commercial discovery area or portion thereof that is subject to an exploration licence or a significant discovery licence held by that interest owner; and

    • (b) may, subject to such terms and conditions as may be agreed on by the Board and the relevant interest owners and to sections 32 to 37, issue a production licence to

      • (i) one interest owner, in respect of two or more commercial discovery areas or portions thereof that are subject to an exploration licence or a significant discovery licence held by that interest owner, or

      • (ii) two or more interest owners, in respect of one or more commercial discovery areas or portions thereof that are subject to an exploration licence or a significant discovery licence held by any of those interest owners.

  • Marginal note:Production licence in relation to Crown reserve areas

    (2) Where a declaration of commercial discovery is in force and the commercial discovery area extends to a Crown reserve area, the Board may, after making a call for bids in relation to that Crown reserve area or any portion thereof and selecting a bid submitted in response to the call in accordance with subsection 62(1), issue a production licence to the person who submitted that bid in relation to the Crown reserve area specified in the call.

  • Marginal note:Fundamental decision

    (3) The making of a call for bids and the issuance of a production licence by the Board pursuant to subsection (2) is subject to sections 32 to 37.

  • Marginal note:Terms and conditions of production licence

    (4) A production licence shall be in the form prescribed and may contain any terms and conditions, not inconsistent with this Part or the regulations, as may be agreed on by the Board, subject to sections 32 to 37, and the interest owner of the production licence.

  • 1988, c. 28, s. 84
  • 1993, c. 47, s. 13

Marginal note:Consolidation of production licences

 Subject to sections 32 to 37, the Board may, on the application of the interest owners of two or more production licences, consolidate those production licences into a single production licence, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed on by the Board and those interest owners.

Marginal note:Reduction of area subject to production licence

  •  (1) Where a commercial discovery area in relation to a declaration of commercial discovery is decreased pursuant to an amendment made under subsections 74(4) and 81(3), any production licence that was issued on the basis of that declaration shall be amended by decreasing accordingly the portions of the offshore area subject to that licence.

  • Marginal note:Increase in area subject to production licence

    (2) Where a commercial discovery area in relation to a declaration of commercial discovery is increased pursuant to an amendment made under subsections 74(4) and 81(3), any production licence that was issued on the basis of that declaration shall be amended to include all portions of the amended commercial discovery area that are subject to an exploration licence or a significant discovery licence held by the interest owner of that production licence at the time the commercial discovery area is so increased.

Marginal note:Term of production licence

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), a production licence is effective from the date it is issued and shall be issued for a term of twenty-five years.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) Where a declaration of commercial discovery on the basis of which a production licence was issued is, pursuant to subsections 74(4) and 81(3), revoked or amended to exclude all portions of the commercial discovery area in relation to which the production licence was issued, the production licence ceases to be in force.

  • Marginal note:Automatic extension of term

    (3) Where, on the expiration of the term of a production licence, petroleum is being produced commercially, the term is extended for such period thereafter during which commercial production of petroleum continues.

  • Marginal note:Discretionary extension of term

    (4) Subject to sections 32 to 37, the Board may, by order, on such terms and conditions as may be specified in the order, extend the term of a production licence where

    • (a) commercial production of petroleum from the portions of the offshore area subject to the licence ceases before or on the expiration of the twenty-five year term of the production licence and the Board has reasonable grounds to believe that commercial production from such portions of the offshore area will recommence; or

    • (b) the Board has reasonable grounds to believe that commercial production of petroleum from such portions of the offshore area will, at any time before or after the expiration of the term of the licence, cease during any period and thereafter recommence.

 
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