These questions represent the policy intent of the Government of Alberta. The questions are subject to change. Regulations prevail over these questions.
The term spud date refers to the day the drill bit hits the ground or when an existing well is re-entered, as defined by
Alberta Energy Regulator’s Directive 059.
Changes to the Alberta Royalty Framework royalty rates were effective for the January, 2011 production month.
Changes to the Natural Gas Deep Drilling Program were effective on May 1, 2010.
The Emerging Resources and Technologies Initiatives for Shale Gas, Coalbed Methane, Horizontal Oil and Horizontal Gas wells were all effective on May 1, 2010.
Non-project oil sands well events subject to royalty calculation under section 27 of the
Oil Sands Royalty Regulation 2009, moved to adjusted ARF royalty rates with the January 2011 production month. Project oil sands wells were not affected.
Well events royalties prior to 2011 were calculated under the
Natural Gas Royalty Regulation 2009, or the
Petroleum Royalty Regulation 2009. (Note: regulations can be viewed in html or PDF with no charge, other formats may be subject to additional fees.)
Modernized Royalty Framework came into effect on January 1, 2017.