Welcome to the first edition of Petroleum News from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
The former Department of Mines and Petroleum merged with parts of the Department of Commerce to form the new department, DMIRS, on 1 July 2017. While the name has changed the Petroleum Division is still the State’s regulator for the petroleum sector and it is business as usual within the new business group of Resources, Titles and Compliance.
This edition will bring you up to date with the call for nominations being sought from industry for acreage release areas in onshore and State Waters regions for consideration for release in 2018. Also a reminder that State Acreage Release Round 1 of 2017 bids are still open.
Also a few notes for the diary under the events tab – in particular the Petroleum Open Day in Perth on 15 September 2017. Don’t miss it!
The former Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) amalgamated with parts of the Department of Commerce to form the new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) as of 1 July 2017. DMIRS has an expanded role incorporating regulation of the following areas:
Resources Titles and Compliance
Industry Regulation and Consumer Protection
Nominations Sought - WA State Acreage Release 2018
Nominations are being sought from industry for acreage release areas in onshore and State Waters regions of Western Australia. Submissions are due by Thursday 31 August 2017.
A 2018 Round 1 acreage release is planned for announcement at the APPEA conference in Adelaide in May 2018.
Onshore Canning Basin - Current Licensing, Round 1 of 2017
Work program bids close 1 February 2018.
“Interest in the Canning Basin has revived significantly in recent years, with new oil plays discovered at Ungani 1 and Ungani Far West 1.
There are five release areas in the central and southern Canning Basin. The southern two release areas are mainly in the Kidson Sub-basin, while the northern three release areas are mainly in platform and terrace tectonic elements. These areas may have subsalt (Ordovician) and suprasalt (Devonian) plays. Release area size ranges from 5324 km2 to 6667 km2.
'The best remaining frontier prospects lie … in older basins with a high preservation potential such as intracratonic basins with evaporite seals' - Duncan S Macgregor, BP, 1996
Release packages include prospectivity information for release areas and relevant basins, available data listings, bid assessment guidelines, land access and environment considerations, schedule of fees, and how to make a valid application for an Exploration Permit (online only). This information is available on our acreage release page.
Further Information on State Acreage Releases
Should you require any further information or assistance, please contact DMIRS’s Petroleum Division or Geological Survey of Western Australia. All enquiries will be dealt with in strictest confidence.
Commonwealth (Federal) Offshore Acreage Release
Potential Farm-In Opportunities
Petroleum Data Accessible and Inexpensive
Internet downloads from DMIRS are available free of charge. The data includes wells, geophysical surveys etc.
WAPIMS, a world-class, easy to use, comprehensive petroleum database is available on our Petroleum and Geothermal webpage.
For the on-line Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR) refer to our PGR webpage.
Western Australia’s Petroleum and Geothermal Explorer’s Guide 2014
This is a comprehensive guide to prospectivity, geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, access to data and administration, including land access, environmental assessment, finances, and safety.
An update is in preparation for September 2017.
Petroleum in Western Australia Magazine (PWA)
Petroleum in Western Australia is a bi-annual publication highlighting the State's petroleum exploration, development and production activities. You can view previous editions of PWA online.
A September 2017 edition is planned.
Geological Survey of Western Australia Publications and Maps
View the Geological Survey of Western Australia Publications and Maps online.
Talk to staff from the Western Australian Government at the following events:
Good Oil Conference, Perth, 13-14 September 2017
For further information about this event go to the Good Oil Conference page.
DMIRS Petroleum Open Day, Perth, 15 September 2017
For further information about this event go to the DMIRS Petroleum Open Day page.
APPEA Conference, Adelaide, 13-16 May 2018
For further information about this event go to the appea conference exhibition website.
NAPE, Houston, 7-9 February 2018
For further information about this event go to NAPE expo website.
Petroleum Incidents and Accidents
+61 8 9358 8002 (Office Hours)
+61 4 3797 3672 (Contact 1st)
+61 4 3996 4143 (Contact 2nd)
+61 4 3797 0014 (Contact 3rd)
After Office Hours
+61 4 3797 3672
Well Compliance Duty Officer
Ph: +61 4 2747 9615
Incident Reporting Line
Ph: +61 4 1996 0621
General Manager Petroleum Tenure and Land Access
Ph: +61 8 9222 3133
Geological Survey Division
Basins and Energy Geoscience
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