Welcome to the Orphan Well Association


NEW SUBCONTRACTOR OF CHOICE PROCESS — OWA contractors are critical partners as we perform our mandate to safely decommission and remediate orphan wells, facilities and pipelines, as efficiently as possible. We engage Prime Contractors, who have qualified to manage large OWA projects, who then hire subcontractors to complete our projects in the field.

Starting in 2021, the OWA will be moving to a process of pre-qualifying subcontractors. A pilot project will be launched early in 2021 for selected supply categories, with program details available in the coming weeks on the Choosing Contractors page under the Contractors tab.

OWA ANNUAL REPORT – The OWA has published its 2019 annual report including detailed information on operations, expenditures and funding.


The Government of Alberta has announced the Site Rehabilitation Program, mainly funded by the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which will provide up to $1 billion in funding to Alberta’s oilfield service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site reclamation work.

The Site Rehabilitation Program is not administered by the Orphan Well Association (OWA). Please go to alberta.ca/siterehab for application and eligibility information, as well as the online application portal.

As part of its investment in the energy industry, the Government of Canada’s plans include a $200 million repayable loan to the OWA. The Government of Alberta has also announced a $100 million repayable loan to the OWA, in addition to a loan announced by the province in 2017 and provided over three years. Service companies interested in working for the OWA can find information about procurement in our Contractors section.

Further information:

Petroleum Services Association of Canada welcomes federal government aid for oilfield services sector

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors applauds Alberta Government’s approach to allocation federal well reclamation funds

The Orphan Well Association is an industry-funded collaboration among the Alberta Government, provincial regulators and oil and gas producers to work toward a common goal: protecting public safety and managing the environmental risks of oil and gas properties that do not have a legally or financially responsible party that can be held accountable. These properties are known as “orphans.” The mandate of the OWA is to safely decommission orphan oil and gas wells, pipelines and production facilities, and restore the land as close to its original state as possible.