On Friday 4 April 2014, the Queensland Government announced the
release of six areas for petroleum and gas exploration through
non-cash competitive tender.
In this Alert, Partner Jonathan Fulcher and Trainee Solicitor
Kaitlyn Rafter talk about this new exploration opportunity, which
extends to both conventional and unconventional petroleum.
Land release area
The most recent land release area is comprised of more than
16,400 square kilometres of land throughout the state, located in
the Carpentaria Basin, Georgina Basin and Eromanga Basin. A map of
these six areas can be seen below.
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines the Hon Andrew Cripps
MP identified that the land contains exploration potential for new
discoveries of both conventional and unconventional petroleum
resources, as well as possible oil resources.
Non-cash tenders (or "work program based" tenders)
means that applicants will be assessed according to their proposed
work program and the associated technical and financial capability
to meet that work program, rather than required to make a cash bid.
In adopting a non-cash tender process, there is greater opportunity
for junior explorers to be granted the right to explore for
petroleum, based largely on their work program.
Native title implications
Please note that the land available for tender is less than 90
percent exclusive possession land, and as such, will require future
proponents to comply with the native title processes under the
Native Title Act 1993 with or before the grant of the
authority to prospect.
The process that the preferred tenderers intend on adopting in
order to accord with the native title legislative requirements,
that is, either a right to negotiate (RTN) or an
indigenous land use agreement (ILUA), must be
submitted to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines
(DNRM) within 20 business days of the date of
notification of being a preferred tenderer (Native Title
The Native Title Submission must comply with the guidelines for
RTN submissions for petroleum which require specific criteria to be
Submission of tenders
Tenders must be submitted to DNRM by 4:30pm on Monday 29
Further details of the land area which has been released can be
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