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Queensland frees up new exploration acreage for oil and gas and greenhouse gas storage

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On November 24, 2021, the Queensland government freed more than 28,000 km2 of land for oil and gas, and greenhouse gas storage, exploration.

Tenders for oil and gas exploration – PLR2021-1

Eight oil and gas exploration zones have been released in the Bowen, Surat / Bowen, Eromanga and Adavale basins:

  • 343 km2 area (110 sub-blocks) located 92 km southeast of Springsure with potential for coal seam gas
  • 727 km2 area (234 sub-blocks) located 94 km south of Springsure with potential for coal seam gas
  • 308 km2 area (99 sub-blocks) located 115 km southwest of Springsure with potential for coal seam gas
  • 775 km2 area (251 sub-blocks) located 15 km west of Taroom with potential for coal seam gas
  • 102 km2 area (33 sub-blocks) located 55 km north of Roma with coal seam has potential
  • 6,226 km2 area (2,012 sub-blocks) located 118 km south of Blackall with conventional or unconventional gas potential
  • 5,283 km2 zone (1,719 sub-blocks) located 104 km west of Charleville with conventional or unconventional gas potential
  • 656 km2 area (215 sub-blocks) located 88 km southwest of Quilpie with conventional oil potential.

Greenhouse gas storage calls for tenders – QLR2021-1

In addition, four greenhouse gas storage exploration zones have been released in the Surat / Bowen, Galileo and Eromanga basins:

  • 771 km2 area (250 sub-blocks) located 73 km southwest of Taroom with potential for greenhouse gas storage
  • 5,286 km2 area (1,732 sub-blocks) located 70 km southwest of Miles with potential for greenhouse gas storage
  • 6,846 km2 area (2,250 sub-blocks) located 78 km northeast of St George with potential for greenhouse gas storage
  • 1,615 km2 area (525 sub-blocks) located 50 km northwest of Quilpie with potential for greenhouse gas storage.

Tenders for oil and gas exploration and greenhouse gas storage areas open in December 2021 and close in March 2022. Results are expected by May 2022.

Preferred Bidders must comply with land access and Aboriginal title requirements and, depending on applicable land use constraints, meet other approval requirements prior to commencing exploration activities.


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