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Release Areas – W14-6, W14-7 and W14-20

Work program bids (W14-6) close 2 April 2015

Work program bids (W14-7) close 2 October 2014

Cash bids (W14-20) close 30 October 2014 (Prequalification) and 5 February 2015 (Auction)


  • Gas province with numerous multi-Tcf accumulations
  • Shallow to deep water depths, 100–500 m
  • Proven Triassic horst plays and Cretaceous structural and stratigraphic plays
  • Regional and intraformational claystone seals Triassic fault block and Cretaceous stratigraphic trap plays
  • Proximity to infrastructure and pipelines to Karratha gas plant
  • Special Notices apply, refer to Guidance Notes

Release Area W14-6 is located north of, and adjacent to, the Goodwyn gas accumulation on the Rankin Platform. It is, at its closest, 150 km northwest of Dampier and extends onto the eastern Exmouth Plateau. Release Area W14-7 straddles the central Rankin Platform, between the Echo/Yodel, Iago, and Wheatstone gas accumulations and is, at its closest, 140 km northwest of Dampier.

Release Area W14-20 comprises a single graticular block in the vicinity of the Iago, Wheatstone, Pluto and Brunello/Brokenwood/Brulimar gas accumulations, 160 km northwest of Dampier and 65 km north of Barrow Island. This Release Area is considered mature in exploration status and is available for cash bidding.

Related documents
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Release Area Map – Rankin Platform PDF JPG
Geology – Rankin Platform PDF DOC
Data Listing – Rankin Platform   XLS
Block Listing and Block Diagram – Rankin Platform PDF DOC
Regional Geology – Northern Carnarvon Basin PDF DOC
Bidding for an exploration permit   DOC
2014 Special Notices   DOC

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