The Australian Government has announced the 2018 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release, which will cover Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, to meet the country’s future energy needs.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matthew Canavan, said the areas will provide a wide range of options for the oil and gas industry, from well-known, petroleum-producing basins to frontier basins that are among the most prospective in the world.

“The Australian Government is committed to the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources,” Mr Canavan said.

“Offshore oil and gas exploration is vital to meeting Australia’s future energy needs.

“The annual Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release is a key part of our plan to promote investment in new offshore exploration.”

The 2018 release is made up of 21 areas located across six basins.

The government is now consulting on acreage release reform for future releases andMr Canavan strongly encouraged all stakeholders to have their say.

“The proposed reform will make future acreage releases more responsive to market demand, improve transparency of consultation processes, and simplify bidding rounds.”   

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