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Alberta reduces some royalty rates to encourage more oil production

The changes were recommended by the provincial royalty review advisory panel in January


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As Alberta's oil sands climb back to 2006 operating levels, manufacturers outside the province have an opportunity to capitalise. PHOTO Suncor Energy Inc.

Royalty program changes are to take effect as of Jan. 1, 2017. PHOTO Suncor Energy Inc.

CALGARY—The Alberta government is introducing two new royalty programs to encourage the energy sector to spend more on developments in their early stages and squeeze more oil and gas from underutilized existing operations.

Under the programs, companies would pay reduced royalty rates on those projects for a longer period.

CEO Tim McMillan of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the new royalty system recognizes the higher risks and greater costs of drilling associated with emerging developments and wringing out as much oil and gas from ongoing operations.

The changes were recommended by the provincial royalty review advisory panel in January.

They are to take effect as of Jan. 1, at the same time as Alberta’s overall new royalty framework.


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