The State Government has opened 12 parcels of land covering more than 6700sq km to tender for gas exploration.
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today said the land, in the resource-rich Bowen and Surat basins, was in proven highly prospective regions.
“This is about keeping exploration moving in Queensland to support our post COVID-19 economic recovery,” Dr Lynham said.
The new land release is part of a multi-million-dollar package, which includes rent and fee waivers, to help maintain the state’s pipeline of resources projects and jobs.
The land is in central and southern Queensland across five regional areas:
- 2501 km2 near Rolleston
- 2642 km2between Blackwater and Banana.
- 882 km2, south of Theodore
- 703 km2, 30 km south of Moonie
- 18 km2, 15km south-west of Wandoan.
Applications are open until 2.30pm, July 9. For information on tendering visit current tenders.
Of the area up for tender, 872sq km of the land had been earmarked to only supply gas to the Australian market.
Gas explorer Comet Ridge has also been given the green light to start exploring east of Emerald for gas for the Australian market.
Comet Ridge will seek domestic gas at its Mahlo North Project on 450sq km of land east of Emerald.
Today’s announcement on the land for gas exploration follows the release last week of two new areas north-east of Moranbah in the Bowen Basin for competitive tender for coal exploration.
The areas, totalling 108sq km (34 sub-blocks), are subject to environmental, native title and other approval requirements under the Mineral Resources Act 1989. Tenders close June 25.