Petroleum Acreage Release - Canning Basin – Area L14-3
Released: Tuesday 13 September 2016
Closed: Thursday 9 March 2017
AREAS AVAILABLE – Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967
AREA L14-3 Canning Basin
1:1,000,000 Broome Map Sheet (SE51)
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1:1,000,000 Oakover River Map Sheet (SF51)
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Contains 22 blocks to the extent only that the area is within the State as defined in section 26 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967
The approved manner for lodgement of Acreage Release applications is online through the Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR). Applications may no longer be submitted by hand delivery or post.
How to apply
For the purposes of section 31(1)(b) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, the approved manner for lodgement of applications is via the Department’s online Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR) by the closing date and time and upon payment of the prescribed fee.
Applicants will be required to register for online lodgement of applications and online payments, at least two working days in advance of the acreage release closing date to ensure access, if not already registered.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants need to observe the closing time and date published in this invitation. The PGR online system will prevent the submission of applications after this time.
Minimum Expected Work Programs
Be clear and specific
An applicant’s work program summary table in the application form needs to be specific and clear as competing bids will be compared. Therefore indicate, for example:
- Whether 2D or 3D seismic acquisition
- How many km of 2D seismic acquisition
- How many km of 2D seismic reprocessing
- How many sq km of 3D seismic acquisition or reprocessing
- Quantify other surveys (eg aeromag etc)
- Specify how many wells (not a range)
- Type and number of wells (for example, exploration, appraisal or production)
Applicants are required to provide evidence of their ability to source suitable field equipment such as drilling rigs, seismic crews and fraccing units.
The following is a guideline only. It is considered that meaningful work program bids could ideally comprise at least the following:
Application area L14-3
- Demonstrate costings for mobilising a seismic crew and for mobilising a drilling rig
- Geophysical acquisition (for example, 200km 2D seismic acquisition and/or 70km2 3D seismic acquisition) and/or seismic reprocessing in the firm two-year period
- At least one well within years two to four
Release Area L14-3 contains a significant number of environmental sensitivities. Referral to the Environmental Protection Authority or the Department of Parks and Wildlife may be required for operational activities:
- Any activity with the potential to significantly impact national environmental significance will require an application to the Environmental Protection Authority under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- Any activity that has the potential to have an impact on threatened species under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 will require consultation and approvals from the Department of Parks and Wildlife
Find out more on Access Considerations and Special Notices for Release Area L14-3
Release Area L14-3 (Area L14-3) is situated in the Canning Basin of the Kimberley Region in Western Australia. The successful applicant for this acreage will need to strategically plan for the land access approvals required prior to the grant of the title and before conducting petroleum exploration operations in the area.
Set out below is an overview of the key land access considerations in respect to Area L14-3, including matters pertaining to:
- ? Native Title
- ? Aboriginal Heritage
- ? Land Access and Stakeholder Engagement
- ? Local Government
- ? Land Use Planning
Native Title Considerations
The Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 seeks to protect native title rights and interests by prescribing procedures which must be complied with by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments’, before a future act (i.e. the grant of the petroleum exploration permit) can be done. Different subdivisions of the Native Title Act 1993 relate to different types of activities and set out procedures which must be followed for the future act to be valid. The following information is about the native title rights and interests that exist in Area L14-3.
Area L14-3 is situated 100% within Kimberley Land Council, Aboriginal Corporation, Representative Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Body Area for the purpose of the Native Title Act 1993. Area L14-3 is entirely comprised of the Native Title Determination Area of the Ngurrara Part A (WAD6077/1998).
Ngurrara People (WAD6077/1998)
The Federal Court of Australia has made a determination over the land and waters in Area L14-3 and found that native title rights and interests exist in the entire area and is held communally by the common law holders of native title the Ngurrara People. The Ngurrara People have exclusive (100%) native title rights and interests in the lands and waters of Area L14-3.
Prior to the grant of the petroleum exploration permit derived from Area L14-3, the successful applicant will need to enter into Native Title Act 1993, Subdivision P (section 31) future act, right to negotiate procedures and negotiate in good faith with the Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation Registered Native Title Body Corporate (ICN 7478) on behalf of the common law holders of native title the Ngurrara People.
Aboriginal Heritage Considerations
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs administers the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and maintains the Register of Places and Objects(the Register). The Register contains details of protected areas, Aboriginal cultural material and other places and objects to which the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 applies.
There is a registered Aboriginal heritage site recorded on the Register in Area L14-3.
Land Access and Stakeholder Engagement Considerations
Developing relationships with the Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation Registered Native Title Body Corporate in the Canning Basin requires genuine partnerships based on common understandings, shared commitments, genuine consultation and engagement. It is prudent to note that the Kalunngalong community is situated within the extent of Area L14-3 (Block 5051).
The Department of Mines and Petroleum has written to the Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC to request comments on Area L14-3, but no response was received to the correspondence.
Local Government Considerations
Area L14-3 is wholly situated in the Shire of East Pilbara (100%). The land tenure comprising Area L14-3 is 100% Vacant Crown Land which is all unallocated and not reserved or declared for the purpose of the Land Administration Act 1997.
The Department of Mines and Petroleum has written to the Shire of East Pilbara to request their comments on Area L14-3. The Shire has advised DMP that the land subject to release is zoned ‘Rural’ by the Shire of East Pilbara Town Planning Scheme No.4. Due to the remoteness of the land, there are no land-use planning proposals that affect the land in question. The Shire has no objection to the release of Area L14-3.
Land Use Planning Considerations
There are no public roads traversing the boundaries of Area L14-3, therefore rights to access any roads or tracks within the Ngurrara People’s exclusive determination area according to common law does not apply.
Other land use may occur within Area L14-3. While these tenures do not necessarily prohibit access, effective stakeholder engagement needs to occur prior to any activities on the land or waters. There are currently no other interests in Area L14-3.
Online access is available to the department’s TENGRAPH mapping system which will enable Area L14-3 to be examined in conjunction with various cadastral information datasets.
Read a comprehensive report on Land Access Considerations for Release Area L14-3
Environmentally sensitive areas have been identified by the Department of Mines and Petroleum within this petroleum acreage. This information is provided as a guide only. Applicants are advised to ensure due diligence by conducting their own search, environmental surveys and/or desktop analysis as necessary.
NOTE: Operators are advised that all applications should be submitted as soon as possible and that at least 6 months should be allowed for applications that may require referral.
During the planning stage, operators should consult with all relevant stakeholders in relation to their proposed work program. Stakeholders may include State and Commonwealth government agencies, local governments, industries, traditional owners, landholders, pastoralists or any other interested parties.
The consultation must provide all stakeholders with enough information to determine if the activity will impact on them and provide adequate timeframes for response. Any issues or concerns should be considered and appropriate changes or management implemented.