Drafting Canadian Oilfield Master Service Agreements: An Overview of Key Clauses and Market Trends

  • Trent Mercier
  • Josh Kane
  • Sharbil Nammour
Keywords: Energy Law, Petroleum Law


A cohesive master service agreement is a fundamental component of the operator–service provider relationship for the provision of oilfield services for upstream oil and gas operations. This article: explores the sometimes unique contract relationships found in the Canadian marketplace; provides an overview of key contentious issues and potential solutions, which are examined and contrasted with those seen in American and international contracts; and identifies recent relevant market trends, including special considerations for large-scale hydraulic fracturing operations and the perspectives of new international operators entering the Canadian marketplace.