Call for Bids NS15-1

Location Maps

  • Seven industry-nominated and two Board-posted shelf to deepwater parcels on the central to western Scotian margin
  • Four parcels adjacent to recent Shell Canada Limited Exploration Licences, with numerous potential salt-related, slope onlap, and carbonate bank traps  
  • Three parcels above under-explored synrift basins with pre-salt potential, landward of recent BP Canada Energy Group ULC Exploration Licences
  • Two parcels in Sable Subbasin with proven oil and gas

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) is the independent joint agency of the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities in the Nova Scotia Offshore Area. It was established in 1990 pursuant to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Accord Implementation Acts (Accord Acts). Refer to for more information regarding Offshore Activity, Health & Safety, Environment, Canada-Nova Scotia Benefits, Lands Management, Geoscience and other reference materials.

The Parcels

The CNSOPB has conducted a geological and geophysical assessment of the Parcels using all available data. To access this information, follow this link: NS15-1 Parcels.

Seismic and well data for the parcels is available, free of charge, in digital format from the Board's Data Management Centre.

Bids must be received by 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Time, October 29, 2015.

Written Comments

The CNSOPB is providing an opportunity for public input, specific to the areas included in Call for Bids NS15-1, through the submission of written comments. Comments are due 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Time, July 6, 2015. Please refer to the written comments section here.

Government Links

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