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There are 39 release areas in the Northern Carnarvon Basin, offshore north-western Australia.

Release area locations:

  • Barrow, Dampier and Exmouth Sub-basins
  • Lambert Shelf
  • Exmouth Plateau

Regional geology

Maps and shapefiles

Maps show the release areas in bathymetric detail. They also include other permit locations, known petroleum accumulations and wells. Shapefiles show the areas in vector format for geographic information system software.

See all release area maps in this basin [3.21MB PDF]

View high resolution release area maps:

Download shapefiles of the 2019 acreage release areas [148KB ZIP]

Block diagrams

Block diagrams show the coordinates of release area boundaries.

See all block diagrams in this basin [864KB PDF]

View block diagrams:

Block listings

Block listings provide the graticular block numbers and 1:1,000,000 map sheet references that identify each release area.

View block listings:

See all block listings in the 2019 acreage release areas [45KB DOCX] [873KB PDF]

Single blocks

According to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, release areas that are 1 graticular block in size cannot be renewed for a further permit term.

There are 16 single block release areas in this basin.

Marine parks

The following areas overlap with  marine parks.

  • The Argo-Rowley Terrace Multiple Use Zone (IUCN VI) overlaps with release area W19-8.
  • The Montebello Multiple Use Zone (IUCN VI) overlaps with release area W19-18 and W19-20.
  • The Montebello Islands Marine Park (Class A), a Western Australia state government marine park, is adjacent to release area W19-20.
  • The Gascoyne Multiple Use Zone (IUCN VI) overlaps with release area W19-26.
  • The Ningaloo Recreational Use Zone (IUCN IV) is approximately 9km southeast of W19-26.

How to bid

Work-program bidding closes on 5 March 2020.

Find out how to file your application.

Review the Offshore Petroleum Exploration Guideline: work-bid.

About these files

If you experience any difficulty accessing this information, please email Petroleum.Exploration@industry.gov.au