NEARLY 400sq km of gas land in the Surat Basin has been opened up by the Queensland Government to exclusively supply the domestic market.
It comes just a day after Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced that Queensland company Senex had won the pilot tender to explore a block in the Surat.
The first tender area, a 77sq km block of land located approximately 28km north-west of Miles along the Leichhardt Highway, is described as "highly prospective prospective for Coal Seam Gas within the highly productive CSG fairway of the Walloon Coal Measures. Adjacent to granted petroleum leases".
The second tender area, a 318sq km parcel, is situated approximately 17km north of the town of Surat.
It is described as having "conventional field potential on the margin of the Roma shelf".
Dr Lynham said "the key to meeting east coast gas supply needs is more gas, not taking gas from one party to give to another".
"The Palaszczuk Government is working towards more gas, because gas supply is growing as a critical factor when businesses make decisions about creating jobs.
"This is a second opportunity to be a part of our drive to diversify the supply of domestic gas to the Australian market."
The Palaszczuk Government's push to open up more areas of the Surat Basin for domestic gas supply comes on the back of a forecast shortfall in supply, identified by the Australian Energy Market Operator in March.
A week later the Prime Minister summoned the three CEOs of Curtis Island LNG companies to a gas "crisis meeting".
Dr Lynham said they were in prospective areas where infrastructure was relatively close by.
"I am encouraging new local entrants to make their bids to develop these new areas," he said.
"I expect to be able to announce the preferred tenderers in the first quarter of next year. "
Register on QTenders at www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders and search for PLR2017181 to download the tender and related documents.
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