Welcome to the Orphan Well Association


The Orphan Well Association (OWA) is currently planning the environmental assessments and remediation for a number of larger oil and gas facilities. This includes the environmental assessment and remediation of the Mazeppa gas processing facility located at 1-35-19-28W4.

Environmental impacts associated with the operation of the oil/gas facility will require assessment and characterization following the decommissioning of the facilities. To address the impacted soil and groundwater, remedial options are to be provided, and the development of a remedial action plan will be required. Remediation of the impacted soil and groundwater will be a staged process based on the contaminant and associated environmental risks.

Key Objectives:

  • Identify qualified environmental consultants, with Prime Contractor experience, that have the expertise, capability, and capacity to perform the required scope of work and who can deliver continuous value and quality services for the OWA.
  • Learn about your company’s capabilities and how well they align with the OWA’s business requirements.

Those interested can complete an RFI (Request for Information) before July 30, 2021 and submit it to supplychain@orphanwell.ca.

Thank you to all those that participated in our Subcontractor pilot project. Our pilot project to pre-qualify Subcontractors in the two key supply categories, Service Rigs and Downhole Tools, was a success.

We will be expanding our pre-qualification process for Subcontractors for a number of other categories in the future. Please keep an eye on our website and LinkedIn page for further details.


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 in the Work With Us tab.

In addition to loans provided to the OWA, the Government of Alberta also announced the Site Rehabilitation Program, primarily 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 a separate program not administered by the OWA. The OWA is ineligible to apply for grant funding. Please go to alberta.ca/siterehab for further information.

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 and efficiently decommission orphan oil and gas wells, pipelines, production facilities and restore the land as close to its original state as possible.

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