Current tenders

Current areas for competitive tender for exploration are listed below.

Learn more about the tender process at competitive tendering for exploration.

Coal exploration tender - Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basins

We are releasing 6 areas via competitive tender with a cash bidding component for coal exploration in the Bowen, Galilee and Surat basins. The areas cover a total of 541km2.

The 6 areas available for coal exploration include:

  • 4 areas covering 490km2 in the Bowen Basin providing opportunities for thermal coal and possible metallurgical or pulverised coal injection
  • a 32km2 area within the highly prospective Galilee Basin
  • a 19km2 area in the Surat Basin with potential for thermal coal.

Companies must have the adequate financial capabilities and the right 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 2 August 2018.

How to tender

Location of tender areas

Figure 1: Location of coal tender areas CLR201718-1-1, CLR201718-1-2 and CLR201718-1-3
Figure 1: Location of coal tender areas CLR201718-1-1, CLR201718-1-2 and CLR201718-1-3
Figure 2: Location of coal tender areas CLR201718-1-4, CLR201718-1-5 and CLR201718-1-6
Figure 2: Location of coal tender areas CLR201718-1-4, CLR201718-1-5 and CLR201718-1-6

Description of tender areas

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

Tender area 1

Tender code: CLR201718-1-1
Size: 111km2 (35 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 100km south of Collinsville
Basin: Bowen Basin
Commodity: Coal (thermal, possible metallurgical or pulverised coal injection)
Prospectivity: All coal measures of the Blackwater group may be present but are likely to be affected by igneous intrusion, deep weathering, steep seam dips (>40°) and complex faulting. There has been limited exploration in the area.

Tender area 2

Tender code: CLR201718-1-2
Size: 32km2 (10 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 200km west of Moranbah
Basin: Galilee Basin
Commodity: Coal (thermal)
Prospectivity: The Betts Creek beds are present in this area with a number of seams at depth. There has been limited exploration in the area. Possible extension of seams from adjacent tenement.

Tender area 3

Tender code: CLR201718-1-3
Size: 134km2 (42 sub-blocks) - across 2 separate areas
Location: Approximately 50km west of Moranbah
Basin: Bowen Basin (wester margin of the northern Bowen Basin)
Commodity: Coal (thermal)
Prospectivity: Early Permian coal measures equivalent to the Blair Athol or the Clermont sub-basins are present, but are partly covered by younger tertiary-aged sedimentary rocks and basalt up to around 200m thick in places.

Tender area 4

Tender code: CLR201718-1-4
Size: 105km2 (33 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 40km south-west of Blackwater
Basin: Bowen Basin
Commodity: Coal (thermal)
Prospectivity: The lowermost Rangal Coal Measures and the Fair Hill Formation occur in this area, but only thin seams have been identified to date. Basalt up to 70m thick covers most of the area.

Tender area 5

Tender code: CLR201718-1-5
Size: 140km2 (44 sub-blocks)
Location: Approximately 25km south of Springsure
Basin: Bowen Basin
Commodity: Coal (thermal)
Prospectivity: There is the possible presence of shallow Bandanna Coal Measures in the area. Extensive coal exploration drilling in adjacent tenures, but not within this area.

Tender area 6

Tender code: CLR201718-1-6
Size: 19km2 (6 sub-blocks)
Location:

  • Area 1 - approximately 17km north-west of Taroom
  • Area 2 - approximately 27km west of Taroom
  • Area 3 - approximately 31km south-west of Taroom

Basin: Surat Basin
Commodity: Coal (thermal)
Prospectively: Located where the Walloon Coal Measures occur, but the area is unlikely to support a standalone operation.

Contact us

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

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