Welcome to the Orphan Well Association



Starting January 12/21, the OWA will be piloting a new process of pre-qualifying Subcontractors for two key supply categories: Service Rigs and Downhole Tools. Service Rig and Downhole Tools Subcontractors are invited to register by February 5/21 as the first step in the process. Additional pre-qualification details are available on the Contractor Selection page under the Work With Us tab.

OWA Contractors are critical partners as we perform our mandate to decommission, remediate and reclaim orphan wells, facilities, and pipelines safely and efficiently. We engage Prime Contractors, who have completed a qualification process to manage OWA projects. The Prime Contractors then select Subcontractors with specific experience and expertise to complete our projects in the field. The pilot will focus on creating a transparent, fair, and competitive pre-qualification and award process, open to all qualified Subcontractors.


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