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Current tenders

View the Queensland exploration program to see a schedule of tender releases for 2020 or learn more about the tender process at competitive tendering for exploration.

Current areas for exploration via a competitive tender are detailed below.

Petroleum exploration opportunities in Queensland

PLR2020-2

We have released 5 new areas via competitive tender for petroleum exploration in Queensland's Bowen and Surat basins. These new areas are in addition to those identified in the 2020 QEP and have been released in response to industry feedback and as part of the Queensland Government's Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan.

The areas, totalling 1459km(479 sub-blocks) are subject to environmental, native title and other approval requirements under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (P&G Act).

Companies must have adequate financial capabilities and the right skills to explore, develop and take the resources to market and drive growth in regional Queensland.

Tenders open Thursday 18 June 2020 and close 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Thursday 3 September 2020.

How to tender

  1. Register on QTenders.
  2. Search for 'PLR20202'.

Read more about how to use the QTenders website.

Tender area codes and details

Tender area 1

Tender area code: PLR2020-2-1
Size: 77km2 (25 sub-blocks)
Location: 17km south-east of Injune
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 2

Tender area code: PLR2020-2-2
Size: 37km2 (12 sub-blocks)
Location: 29km south-east of Injune
Commodity: Conventional and/or unconventional gas

Tender area 3

Tender area code: PLR2020-2-3
Size: 154km2 (50 sub-blocks)
Location: 32km south-west of Injune
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 4

Tender area code: PLR2020-2-4
Size: 357km2 (117 sub-blocks)
Location: 25km south-west of Moonie
Commodity: Conventional and unconventional oil and gas

Tender area 5

Tender area code: PLR2020-2-5
Size: 834km2 (275 sub-blocks)
Location: 50km south-west of Moonie
Commodity: Conventional and unconventional oil and gas

PLR2020-1

We have released 12 new areas via competitive tender for petroleum exploration in Queensland's Bowen and Surat basins.

The areas, totalling 6746km2 (2172 sub-blocks) are subject to environmental, native title and other approval requirements under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (P&G Act).

Five of the areas, totalling 872km2, will be subject to an Australian market supply condition under the P&G Act, ensuring gas produced from these areas is supplied exclusively to the domestic market.

Companies must have adequate financial capabilities and the right skills to explore, develop and take the resources to market and drive growth in regional Queensland.

Tenders open Thursday 14 May 2020 and close 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Thursday 9 July 2020.

The tender areas for this release have been modified from the 2020 Queensland Exploration Program as follows:

  • Tender area PLR2020-1-11 will not be released in this tender. It has been deferred and may be released as part of a future tender process.
  • Tender area PLR2020-1-13 for 6 sub-blocks located near Wandoan has been added to this tender.

How to tender

  1. Register on QTenders.
  2. Search for 'PLR20201'.

Read more about how to use the QTenders website.

Tender area codes and details

Tender area 1*

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-1
Size: 97km2 (31 sub-blocks)
Location: 52km north-east of Rolleston
Commodity: Coal seam gas

* This area will be subject to an Australian Market Supply condition

Tender area 2*

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-2
Size: 338km2 (108 sub-blocks)
Location: 40km south of Blackwater
Commodity: Coal seam gas

* This area will be subject to an Australian Market Supply condition

Tender area 3

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-3
Size: 1366km2 (436 sub-blocks)
Location: 80km south-east of Blackwater
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 4

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-4
Size: 841km2 (269 sub-blocks)
Location: 40km north-west of Banana
Commodity: Coal seam gas and/or unconventional gas

Tender area 5

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-5
Size: 1414km2 (454 sub-blocks)
Location: 40km south-west of Rolleston
Commodity: Coal seam gas and/or unconventional gas

Tender area 6*

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-6
Size: 270km2 (87 sub-blocks)
Location: 50km south-east of Rolleston
Commodity: Coal seam gas

* This area will be subject to an Australian Market Supply condition

Tender area 7*

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-7
Size: 149km2 (48 sub-blocks)
Location: 60km south-east of Rolleston
Commodity: Coal seam gas

* This area will be subject to an Australian Market Supply condition

Tender area 8

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-8
Size: 396km2 (128 sub-blocks)
Location: 25km north-east of Taroom
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 9

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-9
Size: 486km2 (157 sub-blocks)
Location: 44km south-east of Theodore
Commodity: Coal seam gas

Tender area 10

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-10
Size: 668km2 (216 sub-blocks)
Location: 45km south-east of Injune
Commodity: Conventional and/or unconventional gas

Tender area 12

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-12
Size: 703km2 (232 sub-blocks)
Location: 30km south-west of Moonie
Commodity: Unconventional gas

Tender area 13*

Tender area code: PLR2020-1-13
Size: 18km2 (6 sub-blocks)
Location: 15km south-west of Wandoan
Commodity: Coal seam gas

* This area will be subject to an Australian Market Supply condition.

Coal exploration opportunities in Queensland

We have released 2 new areas via competitive tender for coal exploration in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

The areas, totalling 108km2 (34 sub-blocks) are subject to environmental, native title and other approval requirements under the Mineral Resources Act 1989.

Companies must have adequate financial capabilities and the right skills to explore, develop and take the resources to market and drive growth in regional Queensland.

Tenders open Thursday 7 May 2020 and close 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Thursday 25 June 2020.

How to tender

  1. Register on QTenders.
  2. Search for 'CLR20201'.

Read more about how to use the QTenders website.

Tender area codes and details

Tender area 1

Tender area code: CLR2020-1-1
Size: 35km2 (11 sub-blocks)
Location: 40km north-east of Moranbah
Commodity: Metallurgical coal

Tender area 2

Tender area code: CLR2020-1-2
Size: 73km2 (23 sub-blocks) – 5 separate areas
Location: 60km north-east of Moranbah
Commodity: Metallurgical and thermal coal

Contact us

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

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