New territory opens for keen gas explorers

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Another 1500 square kilometres of south-west Queensland gas country are to be opened up in response to explorers.

Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said five parcels were to be released for tender on 18 June 2020 around Moonie and Injune in the resource-rich Surat and Bowen Basins.

“It’s essential that we keep exploration underway to identify the resources projects and jobs of the future as we emerge from COVID-19,” Dr Lynham said.

“Gas explorers have already expressed interest on these parcels of land previously, so it makes sense to open them for tender.

“Queensland has a plan for our economy to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.

“Part of that plan is building on our traditional strengths like the resources industry and maintaining a pipeline of projects is essential.”

Next week’s release comes just weeks before exploration tenders close for 12 areas across more than 6700 square kilometres of other land in the south and central west.

The 12 areas, open to tender until 9 July, liebetween Blackwater and Goondiwindi. They include 872 km2 that can only supply gas to the Australian market.

“Gas is critical to our manufacturers as a feedstock as well as an energy source to fuel jobs,” Dr Lynham said.

“Already we have Senex Energy producing critical gas for industry and energy, and Australian Pacific LNG and Armour Energy’s joint venture project near Chinchilla will supply gas next year to manufacturing plants across Queensland.

The land for release next week is in central and southern Queensland across five areas:

  • 834 km2  50 km west of Moonie
  • 357 km 25 km north-east of Moonie
  • 77 km 2  17 km east of Injune
  • 37km2  29 km south-east of Injune and
  • 154 km2  32 km south-east of Injune.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show mineral and petroleum exploration investment for the year to the end of March was up more than 15 per cent on the previous year in Queensland.

Tenders are open until 3 September 2020 and should be finalised before the end of the year.