Current tenders

Current areas for competitive tender for exploration are listed below.

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

Minerals exploration tender - North West Minerals Province

We are releasing 4 areas via competitive tender for minerals exploration in the North West Minerals Province - the world's richest base metal region.

The areas cover a total of 1107km2 and have potential for copper, gold, lead, zinc and rare earth elements.

Tenders close at 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday 24 May 2018.

How to tender

Location of tender areas

MLR201718-1 tender area map

Description of tender areas

For details of the tender areas, view the minerals online visual resource.

Tender area 1

Tender code: MLR201718-1-1
Size: 348km2 (108 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 220km north of Mount Isa (North West Minerals Province)
Commodity: Minerals
Prospectivity: This area has been identified as being prospective for Century Mine-style zinc/lead/silver deposits and Mount Isa-style copper deposits. Area contains sub-cropping geology adjacent to current Century Mine.

Tender area 2

Tender code: MLR201718-1-2
Size: 316km2 (100 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 240km north of Mt Isa (North West Minerals Province)
Commodity: Minerals
Prospectivity: This area has been identified as being prospective for Century Mine-style zinc/lead/silver deposits and Mount Isa-style copper deposits.

Tender area 3

Tender code: MLR201718-1-3
Size: 400km2 (126 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 250km north of Mount Isa (North West Minerals Province)
Commodity: Minerals
Prospectivity: This area has been identified as being prospective for Century Mine-style zinc/lead/silver deposits and Mount Isa-style copper deposits.

Tender area 4

Tender code: MLR201718-1-4
Size: 43km2 (15 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 240km north of Mount Isa (North West Minerals Province)
Commodity: Minerals
Prospectivity: This area has been identified as being prospective for copper in the Yeldham Granite or Kamarga Volcanics.

Petroleum and gas tender - Adavale, Bowen, Eromanga and Surat basins

We are releasing 10 areas via competitive non-cash tender for petroleum and gas exploration in the state’s Adavale, Bowen, Eromanga and Surat basins.

Three of these areas are subject to an Australian market supply condition under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, ensuring gas produced from these areas is supplied exclusively to the domestic market.

We invite junior and mid-tier producers to apply to contribute to a diverse exploration industry in Queensland. Companies must have the adequate financial capabilities and skills to explore, develop and take the resources to market and drive growth in regional Queensland.

Tenders close at 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday 31 May 2018.

How to tender

Location of tender areas

Petroleum and gas exploration areas
Figure 1
: Petroleum and gas exploration areas.

Description of tender areas

For details of the tender areas, view the petroleum and gas online visual resource.

Tender area 1

Tender code: PLR21718-2-1 (Australian Market Supply Condition)
Size: 5266km2 (1714 sub-blocks)
Location: Quilpie - excluding the township (Eromanga and Adavale basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Potential for conventional gas in the Eromanga Basin and southern portion of the Adavale Basin. Low levels of exploration in the area.

Tender area 2

Tender code: PLR201718-2-2
Size: 5792km2 (1887 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 80km east of Quilpie (Eromanga and Adavale basin)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Potential for conventional gas in the Eromanga basin and southern portion of the Adavale Basin. Low levels of exploration in the area.

Tender area 3

Tender code: PLR201718-2-3
Size: 4137km2 (1350 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 15km west of Charleville (Eromanga and Adavale basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Potential for conventional gas in the Eromanga Basin and southern portion of the Adavale Basin. Low levels of exploration in the area.

Tender area 4

Tender code: PLR201718-2-4 (Australian Market Supply Condition)
Size: 457km2 (150 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 10km south of Surat (Surat and Bowen basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Conventional field potential on the western margin of the Taroom Trough. Moderate levels of exploration in the area and in the vicinity of production leases.

Tender area 5

Tender code: PLR201718-2-5 (Australian Market Supply Condition)
Size: 393km2 (129 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 19km east of Surat (Surat and Bowen basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Conventional field potential on the western margin of the Taroom Trough. Moderate levels of exploration in the area and in the vicinity of production leases.

Tender area 6

Tender code: PLR201718-2-6
Size: 12km2 (4 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 28km south-east of Surat (Surat and Bowen basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Conventional field potential on the western margin of the Taroom Trough. Moderate levels of exploration in the area and in the vicinity of production leases.

Tender area 7

Tender code: PLR201718-2-7
Size: 30km2 (10 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 35km south of Surat (Surat and Bowen basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Conventional field potential on the western margin of the Taroom Trough. Moderate levels of exploration in the area and in the vicinity of production leases.

Tender area 8

Tender code: PLR201718-2-8
Size: 487km2 (160 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 30km west of Tara (Surat and Bowen basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Conventional field potential on the eastern margin of the Taroom Trough. Moderate levels of exploration in the area and in the vicinity of production leases.

Tender area 9

Tender code: PLR201718-2-9
Size: 298km2 (98 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 18km west of Tara (Surat and Bowen basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Conventional field potential on the eastern margin of the Taroom Trough. Moderate levels of exploration in the area and in the vicinity of production leases.

Tender area 10

Tender code: PLR201718-2-10
Size: 559km2 (184 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 38km south-west of Tara (Surat and Bowen basins)
Commodity: Petroleum and gas
Prospectivity: Conventional field potential on the eastern margin of the Taroom Trough. Moderate levels of exploration in the area and in the vicinity of production leases.

Contact us

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

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