2022 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release: open for bidding

The Australian Government has announced 10 release areas for the 2022 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release, covering approximately 46,758 square kilometres.

Watch this GeoScience Australia webinar for more information on the 2022 Acreage Release

The 2022 release focuses on known oil and gas provinces with accessible infrastructure. This will ensure major projects maintain steady supplies into the future and will lower costs of development in a capital constrained world.

Areas are located across 4 basins offshore of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, the Territory of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, and Victoria. The basins are the:

  • Bonaparte Basin
  • Browse Basin
  • Northern Carnarvon Basin
  • Gippsland Basin.

Industry nominated potential release areas. The Department of Industry, Science and Resources consulted with the public, governments and stakeholders to determine which nominated areas to release.

All areas are available for work-program bidding. Bidding will close on Thursday 2 March 2023.

Maps for the release, public consultation comments and information on the bidding process can be found at the Department of Industry, Science and Resources’ 2022 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release web page.

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