The Queensland Government has a competitive tendering process for land that has been made available for companies seeking the right to explore for coal or petroleum and gas resources in Queensland.
The process involves the controlled and competitive release of land for exploration. The process can include a cash bidding component which reflects the in-ground value of the resource for certain areas.
- New call for tenders for coal exploration announced on 23 October 2013 - work program based (non-cash bidding component)
Competitive cash bidding
Calls for Cash Tender PLR2013-3 and PLR 2013-4 are now closed
Tenders have closed for the second round of land available for petroleum and gas exploration under the competitive cash bidding process. The tenders, announced by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, involved six areas through releases PLR2013-3 and PLR 2013-4. These six areas in the Surat and Bowen basins are all thought to be potentially highly prospective for petroleum and gas.
Cash Bidding Tender PLR2013-1 and PLR2013-2 is completed
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines aims to release land to coincide with the annual Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) national conference. The next APPEA conference starts on 6 April 2014 and it is anticipated land releases will occur around this time.
About cash tendering
Under the competitive cash bidding process, a cash bid component is required to be included as part of a tender application for either an authority to prospect for petroleum and gas or an exploration permit for coal. Companies are required to include a cash bid as part of the tender criteria for the right to explore in potentially highly prospective land that have been made available through the tender. A preferred tenderer is identified through a rigorous assessment process.
The preferred tenderer must still meet stringent environmental and tenure approval requirements before exploration tenure is granted. Similarly, all existing approval requirements associated with protecting landholders rights covering land access, conduct and compensation apply as part of the permit assessment.
Work program based competitive tendering
Land of unknown or limited prospectivity (i.e. greenfield areas) is released through non-cash competitive tendering processes for the rights to explore for coal or petroleum and gas. This will help facilitate continued interest in greenfields exploration in Queensland from the smaller mining exploration sector.
Non-cash tenders will follow the existing process where the exploration authority is competitively allocated after an assessment of a tenderer's work program, financial/technical capability and capacity to meet all relevant assessment criteria.
Calls for tenders for CLR2013-1 and CLR2013-2
The Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps MP, has commenced the call for tenders for exploration permits for coal (EPCs) for seven areas in the State.
Tenderers of this type support the next wave of exploration discovery so Queensland can continue to thrive. It will ensure that investment practices in exploration activities promote the long-term prosperity of Queensland´s resource industry.
The seven areas, comprising approximately 1292 square kilometres or 407 sub-blocks, are located in the northern Bowen Basin in central Queensland.
These areas are available for application for EPCs through a competitive tendering process without a cash bidding component. Tenderers will be evaluated on their work program, technical and financial capability and demonstrated commitment to their work program.
The Calls for Tenders document and application form for areas CLR2013-1-1 to CLR2013-1-3 and CLR2013-2-1 to CLR2013-2-4 can be found on the QLD eTenders website . The document provides information on each tender area in relation to the tender process (Section 11), geology and land use constraints (Sections 4 to 9).
The closing time and date for tenders for areas CLR2013-1-1 to CLR2013-1-3 and CLR2013-2-1 to CLR2013-2-4 is 2.30 pm Wednesday 5 March 2014.
Calls for tenders for PLR2013-1 and PLR2013-2 are now closed
Tenders have closed for authorities to prospect (ATPs) for petroleum and gas of six areas, comprising approximately 8783 square kilometres or 2829 sub-blocks near Moura, Surat, St George, Cunnamulla and in north-east Cape York Peninsula. They include sections of the Bowen, Surat and Carpentaria basins. The areas provide further opportunity for investment in petroleum and coal seam gas exploration and also underground storage of petroleum.
Access to coal, and petroleum and gas tenders
You are required to register as a supplier on the eTenders website in order to download the document. By registering to download the document, you will be contacted should any changes or additional information be made available throughout the tender period. Please read the supplier quick reference guide for help registering on the website.
- Send enquiries about competitive tendering to the Project Director Competitive Tendering.
Last updated 6 December 2013