Current tenders

View the Queensland exploration program to see a schedule of tender releases or learn more about the tender process at competitive tendering for exploration.

Petroleum and gas exploration opportunities

We have released 8 new areas via competitive tender for petroleum and gas exploration in Queensland's Bowen, Surat, Eromanga and Adavale basins.

Tender PLR2021-1 comprises 8 areas, totalling 14,420km2. Companies must have adequate financial and technical capabilities to explore these areas for potential petroleum and gas opportunities.

The tender process is open from Thursday 9 December 2021 until 11am (AEST) Tuesday 1 March 2022.

Map of PLR2021-1 competitive tender areas

You can also view these areas in GeoResGlobe.

PLR2021-1 tender releases

Tender area 1

Code: PLR2021-1-1
Size: 343km2 (110 sub-blocks)
Location: 92km south-east of Springsure
Basin: Bowen
Commodity: Coal seam gas
Australian market supply condition: Yes

Tender area 2

Code: PLR2021-1-2
Size: 727km2 (234 sub-blocks)
Location: 94km south of Springsure 
Basin: Bowen
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 3

Code: PLR2021-1-3
Size: 308km2 (99 sub-blocks)
Location: 115km south-east of Springsure
Basin: Bowen
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 4

Code: PLR2021-1-4
Size: 775km2 (251 sub-blocks)
Location: 15km west of Taroom
Basin: Bowen/Surat
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 5

Code: PLR2021-1-5
Size: 102km2 (33 sub-blocks)
Location: 55km north of Roma
Basin: Bowen/Surat
Commodity: Coal seam gas
Australian market supply condition: Yes

Tender area 6

Code: PLR2021-1-6
Size: 6,226km2 (2,012 sub-blocks)
Location: 118km south of Blackall
Basin: Adavale
Commodity: Conventional/unconventional gas

Tender area 7

Code: PLR2021-1-7
Size: 5,283km2 (1,719 sub-blocks)
Location: 104km west of Charleville
Basin: Adavale
Commodity: Conventional/unconventional gas

Tender area 8

Code: PLR2021-1-8
Size: 656km2 (215 sub-blocks)
Location: 88km south-west of Quilpie
Basin: Eromanga
Commodity: Conventional oil

How to tender

  1. Register on QTenders.
  2. Search for 'PLR20211'.

Read more about how to use the QTenders website.

We have engaged with directly affected landowners, native title parties and local authorities, as well as industry peak bodies about these opportunities.

Preferred tenderers must meet environmental, native title and other approval requirements and complete land access requirements before commencing on-ground exploration.

Greenhouse gas storage exploration opportunities

We have released 4 new areas via competitive tender for greenhouse gas storage exploration in Queensland's Surat-Bowen, Galilee and Eromanga basins.

Tender QLR2021-1 comprises 4 areas, totalling over 14,500 km2. Companies must have adequate financial and technical capabilities to explore these areas for potential CO2 storage opportunities.

The tender process is open from Thursday 2 December 2021 until 11am (AEST) Friday 4 March 2022.

Map of QLR2021-1 competitive tender areas

You can also view these areas in GeoResGlobe.

QLR2021-1 tender releases

Tender area 1

Code: QLR2021-1-1
Size: 771km2 (250 sub-blocks)
Location: 73km south-west of Taroom
Basin: Bowen/Surat
Commodity: Greenhouse gas storage

Tender area 2

Code: QLR2021-1-2
Size: 5,286km2 (1,732 sub-blocks)
Location: 70km south-west of Miles
Basin: Surat
Commodity: Greenhouse gas storage

Tender area 3

Code: QLR2021-1-3
Size: 6,846km2 (2,250 sub-blocks)
Location: 78km north-east of St George
Basin: Surat
Commodity: Greenhouse gas storage

Tender area 4

Code: QLR2021-1-4
Size: 1,615km2 (525 sub-blocks)
Location: 50km north-west of Quilpie
Basin: Galilee and Eromanga
Commodity: Greenhouse gas storage

How to tender

  1. Register on QTenders.
  2. Search for 'QLR20211'.

Read more about how to use the QTenders website.

We have engaged with directly affected landowners, native title parties and local authorities, as well as industry peak bodies about these opportunities.

Preferred tenderers must meet environmental, native title and other approval requirements and complete land access requirements before commencing on-ground exploration.

Contact us

For more information about exploration opportunities and assistance, email resources-tenders@resources.qld.gov.au or phone +61 7 3096 6191.

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