Board issues Call for Bids and seeks written submissions 2008

(Halifax, NS) The Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board has issued Call for Bids NS08-2. The Call consists of two Board nominated deep water parcels located approximately 160 km southwest of Sable Island. Bids must be received by Friday, June 26, 2009, 4:00pm Atlantic Time.

Highlights of the two deep water parcels include:

  • A number of promising structures are present in an area down-slope from a major Early Cretaceous river system, where seismic stratigraphic studies suggest deepwater sands were deposited.
  • Gas bearing sands encountered in the nearby Newburn H-23 deepwater well (and several other deepwater wells on the Scotian slope) demonstrate a working hydrocarbon system is present in deepwater.
  • The “Big Tancook” structure in Parcel 1 has a closure area up to 40 km2, and has an estimated 1.3 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) to 4.1 Tcf of in-place gas in this one structure alone.
  • The “Big Thrum” structure in Parcel 2 has a closure area up to 55 km2, and has an estimated 2.0 Tcf to 5.9 Tcf of in-place gas in this one structure alone.

The Board has made detailed geoscientific assessments and regulatory information associated with the parcels available on its website.

The successful bidder(s) will be awarded an Exploration Licence (EL) subject to federal and provincial Ministerial approval. ELs for these parcels include recently updated terms and conditions, for example:

  • By posting $50,000 upfront EL holders have three years to assess the geology, raise financing, attract a farm-in partner or surrender the licence before posting large financial requirements.
  • The minimum work expenditure bid has been reduced from $1,000,000 to $500,000.

Successful bidders will be required to perform a project specific environmental assessment before activity can begin. Both parcels are within areas previously assessed from an environmental perspective.

Written Submissions

The public is invited to submit written comments to the Board on the lands included in this Call for Bids. Written submissions must be received by Friday, June 12, 2009, 4:00pm Atlantic Time. Such submissions will be considered by the Board before an Exploration Licence is issued.

Written submissions from the public should be sent to: Manager, Resources & Rights, Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board; 6th Floor, TD Centre; 1791 Barrington Street; Halifax, Nova Scotia; B3J 3K9 or via e-mail at


More information is available on the Board’s website including:

Call for Bids NS08-2 CD-Rom Information Package
Call for Bids NS08-2 Licensing Terms and Conditions
CNSOPB Data Management Centre 


About the Board

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is the independent joint agency of the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities and resources offshore Nova Scotia

For further information, please contact:

Tim Church
Sr. Advisor, Communications & Government Affairs
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
902-496-0750, Email: