Oil Sands Royalty Reporting

This page presents information about reporting requirements for oil sands royalties.

Please refer to Part 5 of the Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 2009 Administration and Enforcement for the current royalty and related reporting requirements.  Failure to provide the Department with any of the reports by the required due date may result in late filing penalties.  In addition, interest will be assessed on any late payments.

Reporting Resources for Operators

The following documents or links may be helpful to oil sands operators in managing the royalty reporting process:

  1. Application for ETS Access
  2. Oil Sands Royalty Submission and Report Retrieval in ETS
  3. Project and Non Project Royalty Templates
  4. Project Royalty Form Validation Rules
  5. Non Project Well Royalty File Validation Rules
  6.  Royalty Information Reports and Processing Schedule
  7. ETS Submission Process for Supplemental Reporting (Periods prior to 2015) 
  8. ETS Submission Process for Supplemental Reporting (Effective Period 2015)

Queries may be directed to Oil Sands Reporting or see the frequently asked questions below. This process was developed from the Oil Sands Administrative and Strategic Information System (OASIS) project 2010-2013. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 When amending pre payout royalty after the end of the Period, do I need to file both the MRC and EOP amendments?

 The Pre Payout End of Period (EOP) royalty template was enhanced in January 2012 to enable the calculation of monthly royalty adjustments directly on the EOP statement. Operators only need file the amendments on the EOP statement.

When amending a production month's information, do I make the reporting change on the same Report Month’s submission and just re-submit?

MRC and GFE amendment to a production month’s royalty information after a Report Month’s submission can only be reported in the next Report Month’s submission. For example, Production Month 2013-01 is initially reported in the Report Month 2013-01. If an amendment is needed for Production Month 2013-01, it will be reported in the next upcoming Report Month’s submission. The next upcoming Report Month can be in the Report Month of February, March, etc.

Can I re-file a submission with the same Report Month?

You can re-file a submission with the same Report Month as long as it is before the Report Month’s filing deadline. The Oil Sands Administrative and Strategic Information System (OASIS) will calculate the royalty on the first submission and calculate the appropriate royalty adjustments on each amending submission.

Why do I need to report my Non Arm’s Length (NAL) information on the royalty submissions if my Arm’s Length (AL) Sales is greater than the 40% TPD Threshold?

Even though project revenue would be valued at the Arm's Length (AL) Sales Unit Price, not all of the information requirements on the royalty forms are used for royalty calculation, they are collected for the purpose of business rule evaluation and policy analysis by Alberta Energy.

Can third party disposition volumes have $0 value?

Generally, some consideration is received for third party dispositions, whether they have an actual cash value or a deemed cash value. At times, there may be unique exceptions. Operators are required to discuss these unique situations with the Oil Sands Division for the appropriate reporting rule.

If I missed filing the Statement of Approval at the time of my royalty form submission, can I upload it as a stand-alone document or upload it with the same submission again?

Alberta Energy’s Electronic Transfer System (ETS) will allow royalty file submissions without the inclusion of a Statement of Approval (SOA). It will not allow a Statement of Approval to be submitted on its own. If royalty files are initially submitted without the SOA, the subsequent re-submission of the SOA must be done through e-mail to Oil Sands Reporting at OSReport@gov.ab.ca.  If a royalty file is rejected by the system, the corresponding SOA for the royalty file will also be rejected.

Is Non Project Royalty (NPR) calculated by well or by production month?

Non Project Royalty is calculated by well but the royalty charge is by production month. The non-Project well royalty from the NPR submission, and any related interest, will be summed and charged for each production month. Operators should refer to the NPR Transaction Detail Report for non-Project well royalty and charge details.

Do I have to file an NPR submission for non-producing, non-Project wells?

Non-Project bitumen producing Crown wells (well type C,D, E or F, and fluid code 17) which are not suspended or abandoned are required to be included in the NPR submission, even if there is no production volume in the month. This requirement is addressed in Information Bulletin 2012-13. PDF icon

Is the NPR royalty submission filed by Report Month, similar to the PR submissions?

There is no Report Month in the NPR royalty submission, but there will be for the project royalty (PR) submissions. Submissions are differentiated by the file received dates. A production month’s well royalty will be recalculated if the well/production month appears in a subsequent submission.

How are amendments for NPWl royalty handled when the previous royalty was under PSR not NPR?