Management of Deep Panuke Fund Calls for Proposals


2012 Deep Panuke E&T and R&D Fund

Call for Proposals in Offshore Environmental Research

(Call has now closed)

In November 2012, on behalf of Encana Corporation, the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) announced a new Call for Proposals with the theme of Environment as this pertains to Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum industry.  The call was an initiative under the Deep Panuke Education and Training (E&T) and Research and Development (R&D) Fund.  OERA administered the call on Encana’s behalf.

Under the environment theme, project concepts and ideas could be broad ranging and fall within (but not limited to) such disciplines as engineering, and physical, life and the social sciences.  In general, reserach would deliver on outcomes that:

  • Reduce environmental risk to any aspect of petroleum exploration, development, and production operations offshore Nova Scotia; and/or
  • Develop made-in-Nova Scotia, cost effective technologies, capabilities, systems, methodologies, techniques or solutions that contribute to improving environmental performance and efficiences related to the offshore petroleum industry.

Complete details on the 2012 Call can be downloaded – please see instructions below.

Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) Submissions:

4:00 pm, (AST), Friday, 14 December 2012 (Call has now closed).

In Nova Scotia’s offshore, Encana is the owner and operator of the Deep Panuke natural gas project.  For more information on Encana please visit: and for more information on the call and other funded projects, please visit http://www.encana/operations/canada/deeppanuke/community/training-research-fund.html

To Download the (Offshore Environment) Call Details:


2011 Deep Panuke E&T and R&D Fund

Call for Proposals in Nova Scotia Offshore Geoscience – Building on the Successes of the Play Fairway Analysis

(Call has now closed)

In November 2011, on behalf of Encana Corporation, OERA announced a new Call for Proposals with a theme in Nova Scotia Offshore Geoscience.  Encana committed to funding education and training (E&T) and research and development (R&D) initiatives in support of the development of the offshore oil and gas industry in Nova Scotia.  The company partnered with OERA to assist in managing this Call under the Deep Panuke E&T and R&D Fund.

In 2008, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy committed funding of ~$15 million to OERA to create an industry standard Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) project.  The funding was to advance geoscience studies, data acquisition and mapping.  Using innovative geoscience techniques, the PFA was completed by a world-class calibre of researchers and organizations including the Nova Scotia geoscience research community.  This comprehensive analysis for offshore Nova Scotia is presented as a digital Atlas and is available to the public.  The results were compelling – concluding that Nova Scotia’s offshore potential reserves are as high as 121 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas and 8.15 billion barrels of oil (bbl), or triple the original estimates.  The Provincial government is currently marketing the findings worldwide with a goal to rekindle exploration interests back to Nova Scotia’s rich offshore assets.

The objective of the Call was to build on the strong scientific base for the province’s Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) project.  The research theme was: Nova Scotia Offshore Geoscience – Building on the Success of the Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) Research Results.  Please note, in addition to the recommended theme, this Call was open to other Nova Scotia geoscience research themes where the proponent(s) could clearly explain the potential of how their project would add tangible incremental value and exploration relevance to Nova Scotia’s offshore industry.

If interested in further details on the Call, please contact

Awards under the Offshore Geosciences Call were granted in 2012 to:

  • Saint Mary’s University, research led by Dr. Andrew MacRae to study the palynology and geochemistry of offshore salt and related Late Triassic and Mid Jurassic rocks.
  • Saint Mary’s University, research led by Dr. Georgia Pe-Piper on reservoir quality and sediment delivery aimed at building on the Play Fairway Analysis.