Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics

Exmouth Plateau

Location of the 2014 Release Areas W14-8, W14-9, W14-10, W14-11, W14-12, W14-13 and W14-22, Exmouth Plateau, Northern Carnarvon Basin.

Release Areas – W14-8, W14-9, W14-10, W14-11, W14-12, W14-13 and W14-22

Work program bids (W14-8 to W14-13) close 2 April 2015

Cash bids (W14-22) close 30 October 2014 (Prequalification) and 5 February 2015 (Auction)


  • Deep water gas province with multi-Tcf gas accumulations
  • Proximal to Thebe, Scarborough and Io/Janz gas accumulations
  • Deep to ultra-deep water depths, 900–2000 m
  • Proven Triassic fault blocks and structural/stratigraphic traps
  • Large undrilled areas with potential for discovery of new plays
  • Special Notices apply, refer to Guidance Notes

A number of Release Areas are being offered in a variety of locations on the Exmouth Plateau. Release Areas W14-8 and W14-9 are in the underexplored northwestern Exmouth Plateau in the vicinity of the Thebe gas accumulation, approximately 300 km off the West Australian coast. Release Areas W14-10, W14-11 and W14-12 are in a central location, in the vicinity of the giant Scarborough and super-giant Io/Jansz gas accumulations, 150 to 250 km offshore. Release Area W14-13 is on the southern Exmouth Plateau, around 115 km northwest of Exmouth.

Release Area W14-22 is located on the axis of the Kangaroo Syncline, in the inboard portion of the Exmouth Plateau, 170 km north of Exmouth. This Release Area, adjacent to the super giant Io/Jansz gas accumulation and on a parallel trend with the Maenad and Satyr gas discoveries, is considered mature in exploration status and is available for cash bidding.

Related documents
Document Title PDF Other Format
Release Area Map – Exmouth Plateau PDF JPG
Geology – Exmouth Plateau PDF DOC
Data Listing – Exmouth Plateau   XLS
Block Listing and Block Diagram – Exmouth Plateau PDF DOC
Regional Geology – Northern Carnarvon Basin PDF DOC
Bidding for an exploration permit   DOC
2014 Special Notices   DOC

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