Board Issues Call for Bids

The Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) has issued Call for Bids NS11-1. The Call consists of eight deep water parcels offshore Nova Scotia, some of which were nominated by industry. Bids must be received by Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. The Board will only accept bids from companies that have experience in the drilling of exploration wells in water depths greater than 800 metres in the past ten years.

“This Call for Bids includes deepwater parcels located in a largely unexplored area of Nova Scotia’s offshore,” says Stuart Pinks, Board CEO. “The Offshore Energy Technical Research Association’s (OETR) Play Fairway Analysis provides strong evidence that this area could have significant oil potential. The parcels are located in a geological region that contains many large undrilled structures that could trap oil or gas.” The Board has made detailed geoscientific assessments and regulatory information associated with the parcels available on its website.

The successful bidder(s) will be awarded an Exploration Licence (EL) subject to federal and provincial Ministerial approval.
The CNSOPB is preparing a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for exploration activities in areas identified in this Call for Bids which will include two public comment periods; one on the scope of the assessment and the other public comment period on the draft SEA report. The SEA will identify any environmental issues that a successful bidder would need to address when performing a project-specific environmental assessment which is required before any activity can begin.

In addition, the public is invited to submit written comments to the Board on the lands included in this Call for Bids. Written submissions must be received by Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Such submissions will be considered by the Board before an Exploration Licence is issued.

Written submissions from the public should be sent to:

Director, Resources & Rights, Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
1791 Barrington Street
6th Floor, TD Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3K9
or via e-mail at

Further information about the Call for Bids can be found on the Board’s web site at

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is the independent joint agency of the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities and resources offshore Nova Scotia.


For further information, please contact:
Tanya Taylor White  
Manager, Public Relations & Administration
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
1791 Barrington Street
18th Floor TD Center
Halifax, NS  B3J 3K9

Direct (902) 496-0750
Reception (902) 422-5588

Full Background Information including mapped location of parcels can be found at