Canning Basin - Area L17-1

Petroleum Acreage Release - Canning Basin – Area L17-1

Released: Tuesday 16 May 2017

Closed: Thursday 1 February 2018

AREAS AVAILABLE – Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967

AREA L17-1 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 71 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

Release Area L17-1 Map

For the purposes of section 31 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, the approved manner for submission of applications and payment of the prescribed fee by the closing date and time stipulated is via online lodgement through the department’s secure Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR) online system.

Applicants will be required to register for PGR online submission and PGR online payments at least two business days in advance of the acreage release closing date to ensure access, for lodging and paying via the system.

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 suggested that meaningful work program bids could ideally comprise at least the following:

Canning Basin

Application area L17-1

  • Demonstrate costings for mobilising a seismic crew and for mobilising a drilling rig
  • Geophysical acquisition (for example, 200 km 2D seismic acquisition and/or 70 km2 3D seismic acquisition) and/or seismic reprocessing in the firm two-year period
  • At least one well within years two to four

Special notices

One block in the western portion of Release Area L17-1 overlaps a proposed Nature Reserve (McClarty Hills Nature Reserve) and an existing Red Book Area.

  • Should any activities be undertaken within this area or in proximity to this area, the title holder will need to consult the Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • If this area is gazetted as a Nature Reserve, any activities within 500m of the reserve will be referred to the the Environmental Protection Authority and any activities within the reserve will be referred to the Minister for the Environment under section 15A of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967

A Schedule 1 area has been identified in the western portion of the release area. Clearing of native vegetation within a Schedule 1 area to undertake petroleum production and pipeline activities may require a Native Vegetation Clearing Permit in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004. Petroleum exploration activities are exempt from the requirement for a clearing permit (even within Schedule 1 areas) providing the activities do not impact Environmentally Sensitive Areas gazetted under the Environmental Protection (Environmentally Sensitive Areas) Notice 2005.

Find out more on Access Considerations and Special Notices for Release Area L17-1

Land access

Release Area L17-1 (Area L17-1) 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 L17-1, including matters pertaining to:

  • Native Title
  • Aboriginal Heritage
  • Land Access and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Local Government
  • Pastoral Lands
  • 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 L17-1.

Area L17-1 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 L17-1 is entirely comprised of the Native Title Determination Area of the Ngurrara Part A (WAD6077/1998).

Ngurrara Part A (WAD6077/1998)

The Federal Court of Australia has made a determination over the land and waters in Area L17-1 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 L17-1.

Prior to the grant of the petroleum exploration permit derived from Area L17-1, 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.

There are currently no registered Aboriginal heritage sites recorded on the Register in Area L17-1. However, it is also possible that there may be Aboriginal heritage sites in Area L17-1 that are not recorded on the Register, but have the same protection under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 as registered Aboriginal heritage sites.

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 to the immediate west of the southern-most extent of Area L17-1 (Block 5054).

The Department of Mines and Petroleum has engaged with the Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation Registered Native Title Body Corporate on behalf of the Native Title Holders, the Ngurrara People, in respect to the Government of Western Australia’s proposal to release Area L17-1.

The Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation, Registered Native Title Body Corporate on behalf of the Ngurrara People, have extended an open invitation to all potential applicants, to embark upon early engagement with them.

Local government considerations

Area L17-1 is situated in the Shire of East Pilbara (39.0%) and the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley (61.0%). The land tenure comprising Area L17-1 is 100% Vacant Crown Land which is all unallocated and not reserved, declared or dedicated for the purpose of the Land Administration Act 1997 or any other written law.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum has engaged with the Shire of East Pilbara and the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley to request their comments on Area L17-1. The Shire of East Pilbara has no concerns about the proposed release, but would like to ensure that any future petroleum operations undertaken in the region, does not negatively impact on the road system.

Similarly, the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley noted that the activity of petroleum exploration has the potential to impact on Shire controlled roads and infrastructure. On this basis, the Shire has stressed that it is important for future registered holders of titles, to conduct early engagement with the Shire about any planned access to roads for petroleum operations.

Pastoral lease land considerations

Area L17-1 is situated adjacent to the Millijidee (LPL N0409802), Kalyeeda (LPL N050601) and Nerrima (LPL N049755) Pastoral Leases. In accordance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, the holders of pastoral leases have an entitlement to compensation for damage to any improvements on the lease lands, occasioned by operations under the term of a title.

Future title holders will be required to notify stakeholder pastoral lessees, of any proposals to traverse pastoral leased lands for the purpose of accessing Area L17-1. The notification process and subsequent engagement between the title holder and pastoral lessee will be to determine the likelihood and extent of any damage to improvements, so that mutually satisfying arrangements can be reached prior to access to the pastoral lands.

Land use planning considerations

There are no public roads traversing the boundaries of Area L17-1, 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 L17-1. 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 mineral exploration interests in accordance with the Mining Act 1978, but no pastoral interests operating on the lands and waters in Area L17-1. However the area is adjacent to petroleum exploration permits EP431 and 493 and Special Prospecting Authority Application STP-SPA-0077.

Online access is available to the department’s TENGRAPH mapping system which will enable Area L17-1 to be examined in conjunction with various cadastral information datasets.

Read a comprehensive report on Land Access Considerations for Release Area L17-1

Environmental considerations

Environmental features and sensitivities have been identified by the Department of Mines and Petroleum, Environment Division within this petroleum acreage. This information should be used as a guide only. Applicants are advised to ensure due diligence by conducting their own research, environmental surveys and/or desktop analysis as necessary.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and at least 6 months prior to the proposed commencement date of the activity where referral to other agencies may be required and/or the activity is located within an environmentally sensitive/significant area.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum recommends that operators undertake consultation with interested stakeholders as soon as possible.

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 whether the activity will impact on them and provide adequate timeframes for responses to be received.

Available data and maps

Release Area Shape Files - 8 Kb

Release area shape files for Acreage Release 1 of 2017

Order Form for Available Data - 12 Kb

Well Reports and Log Files Order Form for Avialable Data

L17-1 Seismic Lines and Wells Map - 1921 Kb

Release Area 17-1 Seismic Lines and Wells Map

L17-1 Data Listing - 13 Kb

Data Listing for Acreage Release Area L17-1

Further reading

WA Petroleum and Geothermal Guideline for Exploration Permit Management - 654 Kb

Guideline for exploration permit management

WA Petroleum Guideline - Criteria for Assessment - 760 Kb

Guideline for the award of an exploration permit, drilling reservation and the approval of a transfer

Western Australia's Petroleum and Geothermal Explorer's Guide 2014 - 18564 Kb

Western Australia's Petroleum and Geothermal Explorer's Guide - 2014 Edition

Land Access Introduction for Petroleum Titles - 1277 Kb

A guide to land access in respect to petroleum titles

Obtaining petroleum exploration titles in Western Australia - 381 Kb

Explanatory Note for obtaining petroleum exploration titles in Western Australia

For general enquires please contact the Petroleum Division

For data enquires please contact the Field and Processed Data Officer, Geological Survey Division
Phone: +61 8 9222 3640