A hot month of land-rights sales has pushed Saskatchewan's oil and gas revenues to near record numbers.
Saskatchewan reaped $34.5 million in oil and gas land-rights
revenue in October, 2010.(CBC)
province took in $34.5 million from the October sale of Crown petroleum
and natural gas rights, pushing sales in 2010 to $406 million, well
ahead of the $83 million in revenue at the same time last year.
"Our oil and gas industry is on an upswing in 2010, and these latest
results show the industry's confidence not only in our resources but
also in our investment climate," Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd
said in a news release. "This is only the second time our calendar year
total for land sale revenue has topped $400 million, so with one sale
to go, 2010 is proving to be a great year indeed for the industry and
for the people of Saskatchewan."
October's sale included 19 petroleum and natural gas exploration
licences that sold for $20 million and 183 lease parcels that attracted
$14.5 million in bonus bids.
The Weyburn-Estevan area received the most bids with sales of $25.5
million. The Kindersley-Kerrobert area was next at $4.9 million,
followed by the Lloydminster area at $2.4 million, and the Swift Current
area at $1.7 million.
"The Bakken play continues to grab the headlines, but it's
encouraging to see new activity in emerging plays such as the Birdbear
Formation between Moosomin and Carlyle," Boyd said. "The industry is
casting its exploration ‘net' wider, and is being rewarded for its
The highest price for a single parcel was $7.1 million, paid by
Prairie Land & Investment Services Ltd. for a 2,562-hectare
exploration licence near Moosomin. The highest price on a per-hectare
basis was $9,344. Aldon Oils Ltd. bid $1.2 million for a 130-hectare
lease parcel near Radville.