Petroleum acreage releases

Amendments to the Petroleum Act (1 January 2014) allow for the controlled release of vacant land and the government to accept multiple applications for exploration permits on the same acreage, providing for a more competitive assessment process.

Release areas vary in size and the level of existing geological knowledge and, may be covered by the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act or Native Title Act.

Release areas are supported by existing well and seismic data together with regional geological data.


Acreage re-release EPNT14-3 consists of 70 blocks and is within the Beetaloo Sub-basin of the McArthur Basin. Note that applications for EPNT14-3 will close on

4 August 2016

RoundsAreasClosing Date
1 EPNT14-3 PDF (927.2 KB)  4 August 2016

Permits are awarded to applicants whose work programs undertake an extensive assessment of the petroleum potential in a permit area.

Emphasis is on sound resource management, safety and environmental principles.

All applications are regarded as strictly confidential. However, if you are successful and receive the offer to proceed with the permit, certain information (other than details of an applicant’s financial and technical details) may be made publicly available.

Full details of awarding an exploration permit can be found in the application process flowchart.

You must complete the following application form:

Read more about how to fill in the application form and the supporting information.


You must pay the relevant fee when you submit your application. Get a copy of the latest fees:

Energy title fees summary PDF (133.4 KB)

The fee will not be refunded if you withdraw the application or if you are unsuccessful during the acreage release process.

How to pay

You can use any of the methods below to pay your fee:

  • personal cheques or money orders, made payable to the Receiver of Territory Monies
  • Visa or MasterCard
  • EFTPOS and cash payment for applications that are lodged in person
  • electronic funds transfer, contact 8999 5263 for account details.

Use your company name as the reference. Include evidence of the payment with your application.

If you want to pay by credit card, contact the department by emailing

You can submit your completed application by post or by hand to the department offices:

Department of Primary Industry and Resources
Attn: Director Petroleum Tenure
Energy Directorate
GPO Box 4550
Darwin NT 0801

Attn: Director Petroleum Tenure
Energy Directorate
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
4th Floor Centrepoint Building
The Mall
Darwin NT 0800

Related Links

Application and fees – Re-release EPNT14-3 PDF (494.1 KB)
Application and fees – Re-release EPNT14-3 DOCX (975.1 KB)

Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) and industry reports and data are supplied by the InfoCentre.

Industry geophysical survey reports and support data relevant to permit Re-release Area EPNT14-3 will be supplied on a USB card. Field and processed seismic survey data is held offsite and is supplied at the cost of the media and copying. You can request a data package from the Northern Territory Geological Survey InfoCentre using the online enquiry form

Well reports and data, GIS datasets and NTGS pre-competitive regional geological data can be accessed online.

Stakeholder engagement between the explorer and the pastoralist is to commence as soon as possible once an explorer has been notified that they are the preferred applicant following the land release assessment process.

For more information about land access go to the Northern Territory Government website.

For application and legislation enquiries email

For the data package email

Last updated: 24 September 2019


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