Lands Management

Call for Bids

The following table provides a list of active and historic Calls for Bids beginning in 1990. Information includes the parcel information, the names of winning bidders and the winning bid amount (called a Work Expenditure Bid).

Call For
Bids
Announcement Call
Results
Effective Date EL CAD $
(M=Million B=Billion)

NS16-1

02-05-2016

03-11-2016

N/A

N/A

N/A

NS15-1

28-04-2015

12-11-2015

15-01-2016

2435-2436

82M

NS14-1

05-05-2014

05-11-2014

N/A

N/A

N/A

NS13-1

22-04-2013

13-11-2013

N/A

N/A

N/A

NS12-1

30-04-2012

16-11-2012

15-01-2013

2427-2434

1.08B

NS11-1

30-06-2011

20-01-2012

01-03-2012

2423-2426

970M

NS09-1

04-12-2009

08-07-2010

N/A

N/A

N/A

NS08-2

21-11-2008

06-07-2009

14-08-2009

2421-2422

12.6M

NS08-1

25-07-2008

07-11-2008

01-01-2009

2419-2420

136.9M

NS07-1

11-12-2007

10-07-2008

15-09-2008

2417-2418

216.8M

NS03-1

04-06-2003

12-11-2003

01-01-2004

2415-2416

14.1M

NS01-1

06-06-2001

02-11-2001

01-01-2002

2406-2414

527.2M

NS00-1

29-06-2000

02-11-2000

01-01-2001

2398-2405

192M

NS99-1

17-06-1999

05-11-1999

01-01-2000

2387-2397

61.2M

NS98-2

02-12-1998

04-05-1999

01-07-1999

2368-2386

592.5M

NS98-1

17-06-1998

13-11-1998

01-01-1999

2366-2367

4.4M

NS97-3

12-12-1997

05-05-1998

01-07-1998

2364-2365

4.4M

NS97-2

12-12-1997

05-05-1998

01-07-1998

2359-2363

88.6M

NS97-1

 

13-11-1997

01-01-1998

2358

1.3M

NS96-1

 

14-05-1997

01-07-1997

2357

2.3M

NS95-1

 

 

01-01-1996

2356

86.4M

NS93-1

 

 

01-07-1994

2355

1.0M

NS90-1

 

 

23-08-1990

2100

2.6M

A Call for Bids is a formal announcement by the Board that a licence is available to be awarded through a competitive bidding process. The land in which the licence is available for bidding has been nominated by industry or posted by the Board. The Call for Bids specifies:

  • The type of interest to be issued (EL, SDL or PL);
  • The terms and conditions of the interest;
  • The form and manner in which the bid is to be submitted;
  • A closing date;
  • The sole criterion that the Board will apply in assessing bids submitted in response to the Call.

Bidding is open for a minimum of 120 days. While the Call for Bids is open, the Board welcomes written submissions from the public on the specific parcels included in the bid. Such submissions are considered by the Board before a licence is issued. The process is open and transparent. Any person or company may bid on a parcel of land and any person or group may comment.

Lands Issuance Cycle

Managing and administering offshore petroleum rights begins with rights issuance. Through an established Call for Bids process that is open and transparent, the CNSOPB issues exploration rights for approved parcels of Crown Reserve Lands in the form of Exploration Licences.  Pursuant to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Cost Recovery Regulations, Cost Recovery fees may be charged.  For additional information on Cost Recovery, please click here

The making of a Call for Bids and the issuance of an Exploration Licence are "fundamental decisions" within the legislation, and as such are subject to review by the Minister of Natural Resources for Canada and the Minister of Energy for Nova Scotia.

Crown Reserve Lands that are nominated, and Crown Reserve Lands that are covered by the proposed forecast for Call for Bids lands, are considered for inclusion in the Call for Bids.

The annual cycle for the issuance of Exploration Licences will normally occur according to the dates noted in the table below:

   
December 1st Close of Land Nominations: December 1st is the last day to submit nominations for lands to be considered in the next Call for Bids.
Mid-April Call for Bids Announcement: Call for Bids opens mid-April, subject to fundamental decision.
Early November Call for Bids Closes: Bids must be received by the bid deadline specified in the Call for Bids, (early-November). Successful Bids will be selected by the Board, and successful and unsuccessful Bidders notified.
January  15th Effective date of Exploration Licences: Issuance of Exploration Licences to successful bidders on January 15th, subject to fundamental decision.

Form of Exploration Licence for Current or Last Call for Bids