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Alberta to cut royalty rates with two new programs

Changes aim to squeeze out more oil and gas production


 
A scarecrow, used to deter birds from the tailings pond, stands near the Syncrude Canada Ltd. upgrader plant of the company's mine at dusk in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Canadian stocks rose a second day as commodities producers rallied after the price of oil climbed to the highest level this year while gold and copper led metals higher. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

A scarecrow, used to deter birds from the tailings pond, stands near the Syncrude Canada Ltd. upgrader plant of the company’s mine at dusk in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

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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