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Gippsland Basin

There is one release area in the Gippsland Basin, offshore south-eastern Australia.

The release area is V22–1.

The release area map for this basin [1.9 MB PDF] [972 KB JPG] shows the release area in bathymetric detail. It also includes other permit locations, known petroleum accumulations and wells.

Download shapefiles of all acreage release areas [38 KB ZIP].

Shapefiles show the areas in vector format for geographic information system (GIS) software.

Regional geology


The V22–1 block diagram [84 KB PDF] [40 KB PNG] shows the coordinates of release area boundaries.

Marine environment

V22–1 is an important area for fisheries, intersecting the upwelling east of Eden.

It also intersects areas where following wildlife are present:

  • the pygmy blue whale
  • southern right whale
  • great white shark
  • different species of albatross
  • the common diving petrel.

Shipping lanes

This is an area of some of the highest shipping traffic density in Australia.

V22–1 is 15 nautical miles (25 km) north-east of an International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted traffic separation scheme (TSS).

There are likely to be serious logistical challenges in parts of V22–1. These relate to:

  • stationary/dynamic positioning drilling activities
  • installing infrastructure.

Bidding information

You can submit a work-bid application to NOPTA until 4:00 pm on Thursday 2 March 2023

Find out how to file your application.

See important information for planning your bid.

The gazette notice inviting applications outlines matters that you should be aware of before submitting your application.

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