The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has issued calls for nominations for the offshore Eastern Newfoundland (NL17-CNF02) and Jeanne d’Arc (NL-17-CFN03) regions.

The calls for nominations will assist the C-NLOPB in selecting parcels to be included in subsequent 2018 calls for bids.

The Eastern Newfoundland region will include Sector NL03-EN-01A and NL03-EN-01B. Nominations of parcels will be subject to shape and size restrictions with the maximum acceptable per parcel 800 contiguous sections. Unless circumstances justify size restrictions, nominations of areas of less than 25 sections will not be considered.

The board’s selection of parcels is also guided by the Eastern Newfoundland Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 2014, which examined the environmental effects that may be associated with a plan, program or policy proposal related to oil and gas activities. Project-specific environmental assessments that focus on site-specific issues within defined boundaries must also be completed before any proposed petroleum-related activities can be undertaken.

In the Jeanne d’Arc region, the maximum acceptable per parcel shall be 400 contiguous sections. Unless circumstances justify size restrictions, nominations of areas of less than 25 sections will not be considered.

For any lands entirely or partially beyond Canada’s 200 nautical mile zone, additional terms and conditions may be applied (e.g. through legislation, regulations, amendments to licences or otherwise) to any resulting licence from a call for bids  in order to meet obligations arising pursuant to article 82 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The deadline for calls for bids for both regions is 4 p.m. (Newfoundland Standard Time) Nov.15, 2017.