Current tenders

Current areas for competitive tender for exploration are listed in this section.

General information about the tender process can be found at competitive tendering for exploration.

Areas open for competitive tender

Call for tenders for Exploration Permits for Coal

The Queensland Government has released 4 areas via competitive non-cash tender for coal exploration in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

This call for tenders opened on Friday 28 April 2017 and will close at 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday 24 August 2017.

Tender area 1

Tender code: CLR2016/17-1
Tender area code: CLR2016/17-1-1
Size: 86km2 (27 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 60km south-east of Middlemount and about 50km north-west of Blackwater (Bowen Basin), Queensland, Australia
Commodity: Coal (thermal, possible metallurgical)
Prospectivity: Fairhill Formation, Burngrove Formation and German Creek Formation. There has been extremely limited exploration in the area. Area is structurally complex and has abundant intrusions. Active mine nearby.

Tender area 2

Tender code: CLR2016/17-1
Tender area code: CLR2016/17-1-2
Size: 45km2 (14 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 20km north-east of Blackwater and approximately 10km north of Bluff (Bowen Basin), Queensland, Australia
Commodity: Coal (thermal and/or pulverised coal injection)
Prospectivity: Rangal Coal Measures – limited exploration in and adjacent to the area. Area is structurally complex and coal is likely to be deep. Some old collieries within 10km.

Tender area 3

Tender code: CLR2016/17-1
Tender area code: CLR2016/17-1-3
Size: 97km2 (31 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 45km south-east of Blackwater and 10km south of Dingo (Bowen Basin), Queensland, Australia
Commodity: Coal (thermal and/or pulverised coal injection)
Prospectivity: Rangal Coal Measures – limited exploration in the area. Area is structurally complex and coal is likely to be deep.

Tender area 4

Tender code: CLR2016/17-1
Tender area code: CLR2016/17-1-4
Size: 45km2 (14 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 25km south-east of Middlemount (Bowen Basin), Queensland, Australia
Commodity: Coal (soft coking and/or thermal)
Prospectivity: Rangal Coal Measures, Burngrove Formation and German Creek Formation – limited exploration in and adjacent to the area. Has intersected high ash interbedded coal seams. Area is structurally complex.

Map showing location of CLR2016/17-1 and its four tender areas

Figure 1: Location of CLR2016/17-1

A preferred tenderer must meet environmental, native title (if applicable) and other approval requirements before an Exploration Permit for Coal (EPC) may be granted for a term of 5 years under the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (MRA). On grant, the EPC-holder will need to complete land access and other requirements before commencing on-ground activities.

Further information

Contact us

For more information about exploration opportunities and assistance, email resources-tenders@dnrm.qld.gov.au or call +61 7 3199 7334.

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