Newfoundland and Labrador is blessed with rich and diverse natural resources. Few jurisdictions in North America can match the immense value of the province’s vast energy warehouse of oil, gas, hydro, wind and other energy sources.
The information and links below present up-to-date information on energy in Newfoundland and Labrador and reflect the province’s 2007 Energy Plan: Focusing Our Energy – a long-term strategic vision for sustainable energy and economic development in the province.
- Industry Overview
- Industry Facilitators
- Major Projects
- News & Highlights
- Additional Information
Newfoundland and Labrador has an abundance of oil, natural gas, hydroelectricity and wind resources, as well as the potential to supply energy from other sources such as uranium, biomass, hydrogen, wave and tidal. This substantial inventory of energy sources makes the province an Energy Warehouse that can meet its own energy needs while providing significant energy for export to other jurisdictions where energy demand also continues to grow.
On a per capita basis, Newfoundland and Labrador is the largest producer of electricity and one of the largest producers of petroleum in the world.
The province’s total developed clean, renewable electrical generation and undeveloped potential is 18,000 Megawatts (MW), while it requires approximately 2,000 MW to meet its own electricity needs. In addition to clean electrical generation, discovered and potential non-renewable oil and gas resources total over eight billion barrels of oil and 70 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas. Untapped potential also exists in other energy sources, such as wave and tidal energy, wood, peat, methane captured from landfills and solar energy in some areas.
Three facilities are currently producing oil in the province’s offshore region at the Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose oil developments. In January 2009, the combined projects achieved a major milestone reaching one billion barrels of oil produced. In addition to these projects, the province recently reached agreements for expansion of the original Hibernia and White Rose developments and a new project, Hebron, is progressing with first oil forecast between 2016 and 2018.
The province also continues to see vibrant oil and gas exploration. The prolific Jeanne d’Arc Basin continues to enjoy active exploration programs by existing and new participants in the province’s oil and gas sector. In addition, in recent years, more companies are exploring the deeper waters of the Orphan Basin, Flemish Pass Basin and the Laurentian Basin.
Onshore and offshore western Newfoundland also holds much promise with a number of finds onshore, excellent resource potential offshore and new seismic and drilling programs in both areas.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Energy Warehouse consists of more than developing and producing renewable and non-renewable resources. The province is strategically positioned on international shipping lanes, giving it unique access to global petroleum markets, a key benefit for the province’s 115,000 barrel per day oil refinery. There is also a three-million-barrel transshipment terminal that services the offshore petroleum industry. To facilitate the province’s primary and secondary energy projects, and to increase benefits from their development and operation, Newfoundland and Labrador can complete large-scale fabrication projects at a number of facilities throughout the province.
- Advance 2030 (3 MB)
- Advance 2030 Implementation Report (16 MB)
- Socio-economic Benefits from Petroleum Activity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2015-2017 – Stantec Consulting Ltd.
- Socio-economic Benefits from Petroleum Activity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2015-2017 – Stantec Consulting Ltd – Infographic
- Lower Churchill Project Purchase Orders and Contracts by Period (Jan-Jun 2016) (110 KB)
- Lower Churchill Project Purchase Orders and Contracts by Period (Jul-Dec 2016) (110 KB)
- Lower Churchill Project Purchase Orders and Contracts by Period (Jan-Jun 2017) (107 KB)
- Lower Churchill Project Commitment Statistics by Period (Jun 2008-Jan 2017) (81 KB)
- Nalcor Energy Procurement Activity Report (Jan-Jun 2016) (438 KB)
- Nalcor Energy Procurement Activity Report (Jul-Dec 2016) (367 KB)
- Nalcor Energy Procurement Activity Report (Jan-Jun 2017) (385 KB)
- Industry Facilitators
- Maritime Link Transmission Project Industrial and Employment Benefits Agreement (440 KB)
- Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits Startegy (195 KB)
- Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production Newfoundland and Labrador Regulations, 2009
- Home Heating Programs
- Mitigating Muskrat: 38 Month Review (1 MB)
- Agreement with NARL Acquisitions LLC.
- Hydraulic Fracturing
- Terms of Reference for the Independent Panel (104 KB)
- Backgrounder on Hydraulic Fracturing – The Basic Facts (841 KB)
- The History of Petroleum Exploration in Western Newfoundland (2 MB)
- Green Point Shale of Western Newfoundland (43 MB)
- NL Basis for Development of Guidance re: Hydraulic Fracturing Part 1 (Overview of NL Regulatory Framework) (152 KB)
- NL Basis for Development of Guidance re: Hydraulic Fracturing Part 2 (Review of Other Jurisdictions) (340 KB)
- NL Basis for Development of Guidance re: Hydraulic Fracturing Part 3 with Appendix (Draft Guidelines) (667 KB)
- Government of Quebec Documents translated from French
The following documents are English translations of the Summary and Conclusions of two documents «Enjeux de santé publique relatifs aux activités d’exploration et d’exploitation des hydrocarbures gaziers et pétroliers » and « État des connaissances sur la relation entre les activités liées au gaz de schiste et la santé publique », issued by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). These translations are approved for publication on the Department of Natural Resources website for a period of 5 years.
- Links to original French documents published by INSPQ:
- NL Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel Report
- Executive Summary (3 MB)
- Final Report – Public Release (12 MB)
- Appendix D (8 MB)
- Appendix E (236 KB)
- Appendix F (196 KB)
- Appendix G (2 MB)
- Appendix H (446 KB)
- Appendix I (16 MB)
- Appendix J (15 MB)
- Appendix K (3 MB)
- Appendix L (79 KB)
- Appendix M (443 KB)
- Appendix N (297 KB)
- Appendix O (393 KB)
- Appendix P (559 KB)
- Appendix Q (3 MB)
- Appendix R (319 KB)
- Energy Kids – US Energy Information Administration
- The History of Petroleum Exploration in Western Newfoundland
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