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  • Gasfields Commission
  • 2020-06-18

New Territory Opens for Queensland’s Petroleum and Gas Exploration Program

The Queensland Government has today released Tender Package PLR2020-2. This new tender release for petroleum and gas exploration is being offered in response to industry feedback and as part of the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan. It includes five areas totalling 1,459 km² (479 sub-blocks) around Moonie and Injune in the resource-rich Surat and Bowen Basins. The tender process will remain open for bidding until 3 September 2020.

This release is in addition to the 12 areas currently open for tender, covering a total area of 6,746 km² under Tender Package PLR2020-1 (open for bidding until 9 July 2020) in the south and central west.

What does this mean for landholders?

If you’re a landholder in the Bowen or Surat Basins and wish to know more about what to expect, the GasFields Commission (the Commission) strongly encourages you to download a copy of our flagship publication, Gas Guide 2.0, to obtain all the information you need to negotiate a fair and reasonable outcome should a resource company request to operate on your land.

The Gas Guide catalogues pertinent information that landholders need to know about the various stages of petroleum and gas development in Queensland – beginning with the advertisement and awarding of new exploration tenders (see Chapter 3 – Exploration Phase).

If you have any questions regarding the exploration process, Queensland’s onshore gas industry or you would like to receive a hard copy (ring binder) of The Gas Guide 2.0, please contact us directly via:

Who are the GasFields Commission Queensland?

Established as an independent statutory body in 2013, the Commission's purpose is to manage and improve the sustainable coexistence of landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry in Queensland. Our vision is to see thriving and inclusive communities flourish in areas of gas development, supported by respectful and balanced stakeholder relationships. One way the Commission is endeavouring to realise this vision is by providing transparency and independent assurances that the onshore gas industry is appropriately regulated and held to account when needed. This in turn will help cultivate sustainable coexistence, whilst ensuring community and landholder confidence in the regulators and gas industry increases.

Drawing on its wealth of experience in the development of the gas industry and by collaborating with other relevant entities, the Commission provides a range of support to communities and landholders, primarily through education and engagement. This education and engagement occurs through direct contact with individual landholders and via Commission facilitated webinars, information sessions, meetings, pop-up shops and workshops. It should be noted that the Commission does not engage in individual commercial negotiations between landholders and gas companies, but rather provides communities and landholders with the information and support they need to make informed decisions and achieve good outcomes.