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Integrated Application Process for Major Projects

Under the Integrated Decision Approach, the AER is changing the way we review energy development projects. Instead of many separate applications, operators will be able to submit them as one—a single application, with one public notice—and will receive one single decision. We continue to adapt our processes and documents to support the Integrated Decision Approach.

Recognizing the longer planning period needed for major projects, we are encouraging companies who may be interested in submitting an integrated application to contact the AER early in the planning phase. An integrated application includes multiple authorizations across various enactments needed to undertake a project.

While previous use of integrated applications has focused on in situ oil sands projects, other types of development may also benefit from the integrated application process. Integrated applications must follow all AER requirements and may be subject to additional participant involvement conditions. Participant involvement requirements for an integrated application are under development and will be made available once finalized. For more information on the Participant Involvement Initiative please visit talk.aer.ca.

The Integrated Decision Approach helps provide clear, consistent rules and processes. By grouping all applications for a major project in a single application, we can review all the different elements of a project together rather than reviewing them one at a time over many months or years. It allows us to be more open and transparent and makes it easier to provide clear communications to industry, indigenous communities, and all Albertans.

For more information on integrated applications, please contact the AER’s Customer Contact Centre by phone at 403-297-8311 (1-855-297-8311 toll free) or by email at inquiries@aer.ca. An industry session is scheduled on April 23, 2018. Learn more and register here