Operators must develop, manage, measure and produce offshore petroleum resources responsibly.
Experienced in Resource Conservation
Based on experience, the federal and provincial Ministers jointly designate selected Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board staff as Conservation Officers, focused on resource conservation (i.e. the prevention of waste of petroleum resources).
Offshore oil and gas resources must be developed, managed, measured and produced using good oil field practices, to ensure waste of the resource does not occur by maximizing economic hydrocarbon recovery from each producing oil and gas field. Good oil field practices are the processes and procedures followed by prudent and diligent operators.
Operators must demonstrate to our geoscience and reservoir engineering team that they have a comprehensive understanding of the oil and gas resources proposed for development. In addition, they must describe how their production activities will prevent waste by maximizing economic recovery of the hydrocarbon resources.
During the lifecycle of an offshore production project, there are a significant number of activity authorizations that require the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board's approval. These activity authorizations include:
- Operations authorizations for installation, production and removal
- Well approvals for drilling new wells or sidetracking a well
- Well approvals to workover existing wells
- Well approvals for plugging and abandonment
Before the above activity authorizations can be granted approval, our team must review a number of resource management and conservation documents to ensure the operator’s resource conservation strategies comply with the regulatory requirements of the legislation and regulations.
Our Directory of Wells provides a chronological listing of all wells drilled in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area. Visit our Directory of Wells here.