Release 1 of 2016 - Introduction

Petroleum Acreage Release
Western Australia State Petroleum Acreage Release Areas

Released: Tuesday 13 September 2016

Canning Basin: L14-3, L14-4, L14-5 and L14-6

                          L16-1 and L16-2

Officer Basin: L16-3, L16-4, L16-5, L16-6, L16-7, L16-8, L16-9 and L16-10

Closed: Thursday 9 March 2017

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 only, up until 4.00 pm Australian Western Standard Time on Thursday 9 March 2017. Applicants need to observe the closing time and date. Applications CANNOT be lodged after the closing time and date.

Application details

Officer basin map

It is essential that the guidelines - WA Petroleum Guideline for Acreage Release Criteria for Assessment and WA Petroleum and Geothermal Guideline for Exploration Permit Management, be read in concert with this invitation.

Where there is more than one applicant to 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. Plans showing these claim boundaries are available for the Canning and Officer basins.

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 land access constraints and environmental assessment are likely to be required and applicants are advised to take this into consideration. Early consultation with stakeholders that 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, the Environmental Protection Act 1986 administered by the Office of Environmental Protection Authority and Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 when planning activities.

Environment maps are available for the Canning and Officer basins.

Applicants should note that they will be required to initiate contact with relevant State and Commonwealth departments and industry bodies concerning their exploration activities at the earliest possible phase when planning operations. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant polices and guidelines available when considering whether to refer proposals.

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 is via online lodgement through the Department’s Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR) online system.

Applicants will be required to register for PGR online lodgement and PGR online payments at least two business days in advance of the acreage closing time and date to ensure access to the system.

Access to Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR).

NOTE: Applicants need to strictly observe the closing time and date. PGR will not permit lodgement after the closing time and date. Applications may no longer be submitted by post or by hand delivery.

Read the Gazette Notice for State Petroleum Release 1 of 2016

For all enquiries please contact the Petroleum Division