About Us

Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that funds and facilitates collaborative offshore energy and environmental research and development including examination of renewable energy resources and their interaction with the marine environment.  Our mission is to lead environmental, renewable and geoscience energy research that enables the sustainable development of Nova Scotia energy resources through strategic partnerships with academic, government and industry.

OERA was previously known as Offshore Energy Environmental Research (OEER) and Offshore Energy Technical Research (OETR) and was formed in 2006 with funding from the Nova Scotia Provincial Government. In April 2012, OEER and OETR amalgamated to become OERA, the Nova Scotian leader of research in petroleum exploration, development and production and renewable energy technologies (ocean currents, wind, tides and waves) on the marine environment. OERA’s members are St. Francis Xavier University, Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.

OERA seeks proposals that foster research and development related to offshore petroleum and renewable energy resources and their interaction with the marine environment and the diffusion of that knowledge including the assessment of the potential impacts of (i) petroleum exploration, development and production, and (ii) renewable energy technologies, exploiting ocean currents, wind, tides and waves, on the marine environment and where consistent with these goals to encourage building research capacity in Nova Scotia.

OERA is committed to working collaboratively with organizations that have similar goals to take advantage of opportunities to share resources and create synergies and prevent redundancies through collaboration.  This collaboration includes working with local, national and international organizations. Collaboration also includes efforts to encourage sharing of work and resources among universities in Nova Scotia to the extent universities or research organizations outside the province have unique or additional resources, with other universities and research organizations.