Lands Management

Declared Discoveries

Declared Significant Discoveries

After a discovery has been made the explorer may apply to have it declared a Significant Discovery.  A SD is defined by the first well on a geological feature that demonstrates by flow testing the existence of hydrocarbons and suggests the accumulation of hydrocarbons has a potential for sustained production.

If the DSD is declared over an EL, the interest owner may then apply for a Significant Discovery Licence (SDL). If the DSD is declared over Crown reserve land, the DSD area can be nominated for a SDL through the Call for Bids process. The DSD area can be increased, decreased or revoked by the Board based on the results of further drilling.

A table of Declared Significant Discovery areas can be found below.

Significant Discoveries

Declared Commercial Discoveries

After a discovery has been made the explorer may apply to have it declared a Commercial Discovery. A Commercial Discovery is one that has demonstrated it contains reserves that will justify the investment of capital and effort to bring the discovery to production.

If the DCD is declared over an EL or SDL, the interest owner may then apply for a Production Licence (PL). If the DCD is declared over Crown reserve land, the DCD area can be nominated for a PL through the Call for Bids process. The DCD area can be increased, decreased or revoked by the Board based on the results of further drilling.

A table of Declared Commercial Discovery areas can be found below.

Commercial Discoveries