Petroleum Acreage Release - Officer Basin – Area L16-5
Released: Tuesday 13 September 2016
Closed: Thursday 9 March 2017
AREA AVAILABLE – Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967
AREA L16-5 Officer Basin
1:1,000,000 Petermann Ranges Map Sheet (SG52)
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Contains 77 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 L16-5
- Demonstrate costings for mobilising a seismic crew and for mobilising a drilling rig
- Geophysical acquisition (for example, 250km 2D seismic acquisition) and/or seismic reprocessing in the firm two-year period
- At least one well within years two to three
The Department of Mines and Petroleum may consider the excision of blocks encroaching the Yarnangu Ngaanyatjarraku Parna (Aboriginal Corporation) land in Release Area L16-5. Any excision would occur prior to commencement of future act processes in accordance with the Native Title Act 1993.
Find out more on Access Considerations and Special Notices for Release Area L16-5
Land Access Introduction
Release Area L16-5 (Area L16-5) is situated in the Officer Basin 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 L16-5, 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 NTA 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 of L16-5.
Area L16-5 is situated 100% within the area of Central Desert Native Title Services Limited (CDNTS) (ACN 124 921 811) an organisation funded by the Commonwealth to perform the functions of a representative body for the purpose of the Native Title Act 1993. Area L16-5 is comprised of the native title determination areas’ of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Part A) (WAD6004/2004) and the Spinifex People (WAD6043/1998).
Ngaanyatjarra Lands (WAD6004/2004)
The Federal Court of Australia (Federal Court) has made a determination over the land and waters in Area L16-5 and found that native title rights and interests exist and is held communally by the common law holders of native title the People of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Part A) (WAD6004/2004). The People of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands determined native title holders have non-exclusive (9.0%) determined rights and interests in the land and waters of Area L16-5.
Spinifex People (WAD6043/1998)
The Federal Court has found that native title exists and is held communally by Spinifex People (WAD6043/1998). The Spinifex People have exclusive (91.0%) determined rights and interests in the land and waters of Area L16-5.
Prior to the grant of the petroleum exploration permit derived from Area L16-5, 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:
- Yarnangu Ngaanyatjarraku Parna (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate (ICN4527), Trustee Body Corporate (i.e. the Registered Native Title Body Corporate) the on behalf of the common law holders of native title the People of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands; and
- Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate (ICN3731), Trustee Body Corporate (i.e. the Registered Native Title Body Corporate) the on behalf of the common law holders of native title the Spinifex People.
Aboriginal Heritage Considerations
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs administers the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) 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 (WA) applies.
There are currently no registered Aboriginal heritage sites recorded on the Register in Area L16-5. However, there are registered Aboriginal heritage sites and lodged information pending assessment about potential additional Aboriginal heritage sites adjacent to Area L16-5, which would necessitate further consideration in planning land access arrangements.
Land Access and Stakeholder Engagement Considerations
Developing relationships with the Yarnangu Ngaanyatjarraku Parna (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate and the Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate requires genuine partnership based on common understandings, shared commitments, genuine consultation and engagement.
The Department of Mines and Petroleum has written to the Yarnangu Ngaanyatjarraku Parna (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate to request comments on Area L16-5. Comments were received from Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation) (ICN101) on behalf of the Yarnangu Ngaanyatjarraku Parna (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate. Ngaagyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation) commented that development of a land access agreement (for native title) was favourable in the context of areas that are contained discreetly and entirely within the area of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. The Department of Mines and Petroleum also wrote to the Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate to request their comments on Area L16-5, but no comments were received in response to the correspondence.
Special Notation – Optional Excision of Blocks
On the basis, of the comments received from the Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation) the Department of Mines and Petroleum would be willing to consider the excision of blocks encroaching the Yarnangu Ngaanyatjarraku Parna (Aboriginal Corporation) Registered Native Title Body Corporate as shown on the attached map. The excision of these blocks from Area L16-5 would need to occur prior to the commencement of future act processes in accordance with the Native Title Act 1993.
Local Government Considerations
Area L16-5 is situated within the Shire of Laverton (100%). The land tenure comprising Area L16-5 consists of General Lease Lands (I798552) which comprises Crown Reserve 17614 (70.8%) and Vacant Crown Land (29.2%) for the purpose of the Land Administration Act 1997.
The Department of Mines and Petroleum has written to the Shire of Laverton to request their comments on Area L16-5, but no comments were received from the Shire in response to the correspondence.
Land Use Planning Considerations
The majority of Area L16-5 is Aboriginal Reserve Lands (Crown Reserve 17614) (70.8%) vested under Part III of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972. The Reserve is for the purpose of "Use and Benefit of Aboriginal Inhabitants".
Access to the Reserve 17614 necessitates that the registered holder of the petroleum exploration permit (derived from Area L16-5) obtain a Mining Access Permit in accordance with the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972, prior to accessing the area or conducting any petroleum operations.
The remainder of Area L16-5 is comprised of Vacant Crown Land (29.2%) for the purpose of the Land Administration Act 1997. There are no public roads traversing the boundaries of Area L16-5 therefore the right to access any roads or tracks within the People of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and the Spinifex People determination areas according to common law does not apply.
Other land use may occur within Area of L16-5. While these tenures do not necessarily prohibit access, effective stakeholder engagement needs to occur prior to any activities on the land and waters. There are currently registered infrastructure, access and mining Indigenous Land Use Agreements in Area L16-5.
Online access is available to the department’s TENGRAPH mapping system which will enable Area L16-5 to be examined in conjunction with various cadastral information datasets.
Read a comprehensive report on Land Access Considerations for Release Area L16-5
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.