Release 1 of 2017 - Introduction

Petroleum Acreage Release
Western Australia State Petroleum Acreage Release Areas

Released: Tuesday 16 May 2017

Canning Basin: L17-1, L17-2, L17-3, L17-4 and L17-5

Closed: Thursday 1 February 2018

The approval manner for lodgement of Acreage Release applications is through the Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR). Applications may no longer be submitted by hand delivery or post.

Applications will be received online up until 4.00 pm Australian Western Standard Time on Thursday 1 February 2018.  Applicants need to observe the closing time and date.  Applications CANNOT be lodged after the closing time and date.

Application details

State Acreage Release 1 of 2017 Release Areas Map

It is essential that the guidelines - WA Petroleum Guideline  â€“ Criteria for Assessment and WA Petroleum and Geothermal Guideline for Exploration Permit Management, be read in conjunction with this invitation.

Where there is more than one applicant on the application, the percentage of participating interest of each party to the application is to be supplied including evidence that a satisfactory settlement has been, or can be reached.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the stringent regulatory framework in place by which permittees must conduct petroleum exploration operations within permit boundaries. Insofar as reserved land, declared land, and land dedicated under any written law is concerned, entry for petroleum exploration purposes is subject to the consent and approval of the Minister and should not be presumed. The consent of the Minister, in accordance section 15A of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, may be subject to conditions stipulated by the Minister vested with the responsibility of managing the specified lands.

Successful applications over onshore areas, including islands, administered under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 will be subject to the provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 and applicants should be prepared to negotiate with native title parties pursuant to the right to negotiate provisions of the Native Title Act 1993.

Applicants are required to make themselves aware of the existence of any areas that have the potential to restrict exploration activities and any associated obligations to acquire approvals under other legislation to obtain access to or conduct activities in proximity to these areas. These may include but not limited to National Parks, Nature Reserves, Water Reserves, World Heritage Areas, National Heritage Areas, Conservation Reserves, Defence Areas and Mining Titles where additional environmental assessment is likely to be required and applicants are advised to take this into consideration. Early consultation with stakeholders who have an interest in the area is strongly advised and recognition of this requirement forms part of the criteria under which applications will be considered.

In all instances applicants will need to consider their obligations under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 administered by the Department of the Environment and Energy, the Environmental Protection Act 1986 administered by the Office of Environmental Protection Authority and Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 when planning activities.

Government Position on Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation: the applicant is advised that it cannot be presumed that the activity of hydraulic fracture stimulation will be approved in the future for discrete acreage release areas L17-1, L17-2, L17-3, L17-4 and L17-5.

Online lodgement of applications

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.

Access to Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR).

NOTE:  Applicants need to observe the closing time and date. PGR will prevent the submission of applications after this time. Applications may no longer be submitted by hand or post.

For all enquiries please contact the Petroleum Division