The areas to be released are:
- 102 sq km for minerals exploration in Queensland’s North West Minerals Province, to be released by September 2016
- 451 sq km for petroleum and gas exploration near Surat and Injune between October and December 2016
- 273 sq km for coal exploration between Middlemount and Blackwater in the Bowen Basin between April and June 2017.
“The forward plan announces the release of exciting prospective areas for natural gas exploration near Surat and Injune,” said Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts.
“Finding and developing gas reserves in this area will deliver significant benefits to local communities and Queensland as a whole.
“Past exploration successes have led to Queensland’s world-class LNG industry and ensured secure local supply of gas for Queensland households and industry.