How We Work

How We Work

The OWA operates with a staff of experts in decommissioning operations, remediation, reclamation, and supply chain management.

The work on the ground at our project sites is carried out by Contractors who are critical partners as we perform our mandate to safely and efficiently decommission, remediate and reclaim orphan wells, pipelines and production facilities. To manage our large portfolio in all corners of the province, we engage experienced engineering and consulting companies as Prime Contractors. These companies have completed a rigorous qualification process to manage large OWA projects, with the most recent qualifying competition completed in mid-2020.

The OWA’s procurement process is competitive, fair and ensures we select Subcontractors who:

  • Are eligible to work in Alberta,
  • Hold an excellent safety record,
  • Are qualified, experienced and perform quality work,
  • Have competitive rates, and
  • Will responsibly represent the OWA in relationships with landowners and communities.

Currently, qualified Prime Contractors are assigned projects throughout the year and then solicit and directly manage the selection of Subcontractors with the specific experience and expertise required.

A pilot project to pre-qualify Subcontractors in two key supply categories: Service Rigs and Downhole Tools for fiscal April 2021/March 2022 is now complete (see Contractor Selection page). Registration is now closed. OWA has completed the selection process to develop a list of pre-qualified Subcontractors based on responses to a Request for Quotation (RFQ) issued to shortlisted applicants. We thank all the Subcontractors who have participated.

In alignment with its goal of the OWA being a valued partner in areas of industry operation across Alberta, OWA and its Prime Contractors are committed to engaging with pre-qualified Subcontractors in local and regional communities. 

Questions related to upcoming projects should be directed to our Prime Contractors.

Questions about the SoC Pilot? Email