Primary recovery scheme applications submitted to the AER under the Oil Sands Conservation Act are required for bitumen recovery operations that do not adhere to the standard quarter section drilling spacing unit requirement. Before licensing and drilling a second well in a quarter section for the purpose of bitumen recovery, if an existing well is capable of bitumen production from the same target formation, a primary recovery scheme approval is required.
Primary recovery scheme applications are submitted to the following inbox: InSitu.Applications@aer.ca.
Applications are registered using the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) as nonconfidential and are assigned an application number. All documentation related to the application is saved in this system.
After the application is received, a coordinator is assigned, the application is registered in the IAR, and a technical review is conducted. The review includes the following:
New - 205 business days
Amended - 125 business days