Petroleum Acreage Release - Canning Basin – Area L17-4
Released: Tuesday 16 May 2017
Closed: Thursday 1 February 2018
AREA AVAILABLE – Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967
AREA L14-4 Canning Basin
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Contains 78 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 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:
Application area L17-4
- Demonstrate costings for mobilising a seismic crew and for mobilising a drilling rig
- Geophysical acquisition (for example, 250 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
Release Area L17-4 contains environmental values and sensitivities. Referral to the Department of the Environment and Energy, the Environmental Protection Authority or the Department of Parks and Wildlife may be required for operational activities:
- Any activity with the potential to impact matters of national environmental significance (e.g. species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 such as Greater Bilbies and Northern Marsupial Moles) will require referral to the Department of the Environment and Energy
- Any activity that has the potential to have an impact on threatened species under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 or Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 will require consultation and approvals from the Department of Parks and Wildlife
- Activities that may have a significant impact on threatened flora and/or fauna may be referred to the the Environmental Protection Authority for assessment under the Environmental Protection Act 1986
There is potential for ephemeral watercourses to be present within Release Area L17-4.
- Activities with the potential to impact on water resources in WA may be referred to the Department of Water by the Department of Mines and Petroleum under an existing administrative agreement
- A license to take water will be required from the Department of Water under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 where water is proposed to be taken from a watercourse, well, and/or underground source
- A license to construct or alter a well will be required from the Department of Water to commence, construct, enlarge, deepen or alter an artesian well and/or a non-artesian well in a proclaimed groundwater area
- A permit from the Department of Water will be required to authorise interference or obstruction of the bed and banks of a watercourse or wetland
Find out more on Access Considerations and Special Notices for Release Area L17-4
Release Area L17-4 (Area L17-4) 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 L17-4, 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 L17-4.
Area L17-4 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 L17-4 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 L17-4 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 L17-4.
Prior to the grant of the petroleum exploration permit derived from Area L17-4, 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 Joanna Springs 2 (P03531) which is recorded on the Register encroaching into Area L17-4. There is also lodged information, Joanna Springs 1 (P03530) pending assessment as a potential additional Aboriginal heritage site in Area L17-4, which would necessitate further consideration in planning land access arrangements.
However, it is also possible that there may be Aboriginal heritage sites in Area L17-4 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.
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 L17-4.
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 L17-4 is situated in the Shire of East Pilbara (100%). The land tenure comprising Area L17-4 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 to request their comments on Area L17-4. The Shire 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.
Pastoral lease land considerations
Area L17-4 is situated approximately 181 kilometres south east of the Nita Downs (LPL N050250) Pastoral Lease. 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 L17-4. 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 L17-4, 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 L17-4. 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 mineral or pastoral interests operating on the lands and waters in Area L17-4. However, the area is adjacent to petroleum acreage release Area L17-5.
Online access is available to the department’s TENGRAPH mapping system which will enable Area L17-4 to be examined in conjunction with various cadastral information datasets.
Read a comprehensive report on Land Access Considerations for Release Area L17-4
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.