Deep Gas Royalty Holiday Program - Well Process Status

Discussions with industry stakeholders and the department, it was determined that there was a need to identify the “process status” of all eligible deep gas royalty exemption wells at any given time.         

This Well Process Status spreadsheetExcel icon identifies the “processing status” of an eligible deep gas royalty exemption well (effective January 2006) . The well information on the spreadsheet is sorted by the Application Code and Application Description.     

The following information below provides information to assist with understanding the spreadsheet. The available “process statuses” are as follows:                                

Application Status Description



First appearance of potential eligible wells requiring determination this month.  


Well has been pre-qualified and will be technically evaluated by the department.


The department has determined the calculation of the exemption and has completed the data entry. Well has been set up for exemption.


It has been determined that the well does not meet the eligibility criteria.


The ERCB has designated this well as "Confidential". Direct all inquiries of the process status for this well to Royalty Programs.


Industry may contact Royalty Programs for inquiries pertaining to wells that have been denied after internal research to determine that the following basic eligibility criteria has been met and correctly reported to the department: 

  • Well has, and reported, an “On Production’ date 

  • Well has, and reported, gas production volumes

  • Well depth is greater than 2,500 metres 

  • Well is not 100% Freehold

  • Well is not identified as a Bitumen Well

Note:  Wells that have not met and/or reported any one or more of the above attributes will not appear on the spreadsheet. The department does not have the information for the well’s potential eligibility. In addition, if well production has been amended resulting in no production data for this well, the well will be dropped from the spreadsheet until well production is reported.

The spreadsheet is updated monthly within the second week of each month.  For additional information, please contact Royalty Programs at or Joyce Chen at 780-427-1550.