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Western Queensland land opened up for petroleum and gas exploration

The State Government has released more than 16,400 square kilometres of land for petroleum and gas explorations in areas including south of Normanton, north of Camooweal and west of Quilpie.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the Queensland Government had released land in six areas for petroleum and gas exploration through a non-cash competitive tender.

“Any discoveries made during exploration have the potential to generate wealth and create jobs for Queenslanders, particularly in the regions,” Mr Cripps said.

“Queensland’s mining industry will benefit from the release of under-explored land, considered to be frontier areas with little or no previous exploration,” he said.

“The land we are releasing has potential for new discoveries of both conventional and unconventional petroleum resources, and the area to the west of Quilpie possibly contain oil resources as well.

“Discovery and development of these resources has the potential to improve energy security to some of Queensland’s most important mining areas in the west and north-west of the state.”

The Petroleum Calls for Tenders closes at 4.30pm Monday, 29 September 2014.

Tenders can be lodged at:
The Department for Natural Resources and Mines,
Level 16, QMEC Building,
61 Mary Street, Brisbane, Queensland.

More information about the petroleum land tender is available at www.dnrm.qld.gov.au. Interested persons can also telephone the Manager, Energy Geoscience, Geological Survey of Queensland, on 07 3035 5228.

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