Annual exploration program

The annual exploration program provides a release schedule for exploration opportunities in the 2017–18 financial year and identifies our priorities for the responsible development of Queensland's petroleum and gas, minerals and coal resources.

The program outlines the tender process and provides details of the targeted commodities, location of each exploration tender area and the timing of each competitive tender process.

The table below outlines the planned competitive tendering exploration releases for the 2017–18 financial year.

For more details download the annual exploration program 2017-18 (PDF, 1.7MB).

You can also view maps of the releases in MinesOnlineMaps. (Note: Once connected, select 'I want to...Turn map data on/off' and follow the file path Operational Layer > Permit Administration Areas > Advertised Areas.)

Table 1: Release schedule for petroleum and gas, minerals and coal areas in the 2017–18 financial year

Petroleum and gas
Area Location (approx.) Call for tender Tender close Tender outcome
PLR201718-1-1* 30km north of Miles 6 Sep 2017 8 Dec 2017 Mar–Apr 2018
PLR201718-1-2* 17km north of Surat 6 Sep 2017 8 Dec 2017 Mar–Apr 2018
PLR201718-2-1 Quilpie (excluding the township) Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-2 80km east of Quilpie Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-3 15km west of Charleville Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-4 10km south of Surat Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-5 19km east of Surat Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-6 28km south-east of Surat Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-7 35km south of Surat Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-8 30km west of Tara Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-9 18km west of Tara Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
PLR201718-2-10 38km south-west of Tara Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
Minerals
Area Location (approx.) Call for tender Tender close Tender outcome
MLR201718-1-1 220km north of Mount Isa Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
MLR201718-1-2 240km north of Mount Isa Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
MLR201718-1-3 250km north of Mount Isa Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
MLR201718-1-4 240km north of Mount Isa Oct–Dec 2017 Jan–Mar 2018 Apr–Jun 2018
Coal
AreaLocation (approx.)Call for tenderTender closeTender outcome
CLR201718-1-11 100km south of Collinsville Apr–Jun 2018 Jul–Sep 2018 Oct–Dec 2018
CLR201718-1-2 200km west of Moranbah Apr–Jun 2018 Jul–Sep 2018 Oct–Dec 2018
CLR201718-1-3 50km west of Moranbah Apr–Jun 2018 Jul–Sep 2018 Oct–Dec 2018
CLR201718-1-4 40km south-west of Blackwater Apr–Jun 2018 Jul–Sep 2018 Oct–Dec 2018
CLR201718-1-5 25km south of Springsure Apr–Jun 2018 Jul–Sep 2018 Oct–Dec 2018
CLR201718-1-6 Three separate blocks, west of Taroom Apr–Jun 2018 Jul–Sep 2018 Oct–Dec 2018

* This area is subject to an Australian market supply condition.

Stakeholder engagement

Prior to the release of the annual exploration program, directly affected stakeholders (including landholders, traditional owners and local governments), as well as community groups and peak representative groups were engaged regarding the potential exploration areas. The information provided enables stakeholders to be better prepared for, and to participate in, future exploration approval processes and negotiations.

We will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout the competitive tendering process.

At the conclusion of the competitive tendering process, a preferred tenderer must meet environmental, native title and any other approval requirements before they can be granted an exploration authority. When an exploration authority has been granted, the preferred tenderer must complete land access arrangements and any other approval requirements prior to commencing on ground exploration activities.

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