Exploration Licence

Exploration Licences (ELs) may be issued for Crown lands through an established Call for Bids process that is open and transparent. The EL has a maximum term of nine (9) years. It confers the right to explore for, and the exclusive right to drill and test for petroleum; the exclusive right to develop those portions of the offshore area in order to produce petroleum; and, the exclusive right to obtain a production licence.

Form of Exploration Licence NS18-3 (Standard)

Form of Exploration Licence NS18-3 (Alternative)