The Department of the Premier and Cabinet's Energy Resources Division provides policy documents and guidelines to assist companies in understanding processes and requirements to ensure compliance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000.
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Onshore exploration is administered under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013.
The area to which this Act applies covers all onshore South Australia exclusive of Commonwealth lands: it extends south to the State territorial Sea Baseline* and includes the waters of Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.
Onshore production is administered under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013.
The area to which this Act applies covers all of onshore South Australia exclusive of Commonwealth lands; it extends south to the State territorial Sea Baseline* and includes the waters of Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.
Guideline for Operator Classification (PDF 103KB)
This Guideline is used by the Energy Resources Division to assess whether a licensee is able to be granted low level surveillance classification. The Energy Resources Division will consider a number of factors, including the operator assessment factors detailed under Regulation 16 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013.
Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources (MCMPR) (PDF 487KB)
This document sets out the key principles for effective liaison between the resource sector, the community and various stakeholders.
Field Guide for Environmental Assessment of Abandoned Seismic Lines in the Cooper Basin (PDF 2.1MB)
This document sets out the GAS scoring criteria for seismic lines on abandonment.
Field Guide for Environmental Assessment of Abandoned Well Sites in the Cooper Basin (PDF 4.9MB)
This document sets out the GAS scoring criteria for wellsites on abandonment.
In south Australia, the construction and operation of transmission pipelines and associated facilities are regulated by the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013.
Any pipeline proponent is required to seek a Preliminary Survey Licence to conduct surveys to establish likely routes, and to perform initial geotechnical, ecological and heritage surveys to confirm the suitability of the pipeline alignment.
Guidelines for pipeline licensing and approvals in South Australia (PDF 1.45MB)
This guideline details the requirements associated with such activities, including:
1. Application requirements
2. Time frames for each stage of the process
3. Guidance for landowner liaison and land acquisition procedures
4. information on native title issues;
5. Details regarding the relationship of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 with other Acts and Agencies reporting requirements
6. Application and licence fee information
7. Checklists used by the Department of State Development to review licence applications and reports submitted by proponents and licensees
SEA Gas' Landowner Information Brochure: Information on how pipeline construction and operation might impact upon the landowner: Naracoorte Lateral (PDF 1.93MB)
The naming of wells must conform to conventions agreed by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) and Geoscience Australia in 1996.
Guideline for naming of wells under Regulation 25
The guideline details the conventions to be followed when naming wells.
Under Regulation 26 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations well location surveys must be submitted to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Guideline for well location survey under Regulation 26
This guideline includes information about accuracy requirements, who should perform the survey and what type of information needs to be submitted.
Well Completion Reports
Under Regulation 40 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations a well completion report must be submitted within six months after rig release.
Guideline for Petroleum well completion reports
Guideline for Geothermal well completion reports
Well Evaluation Programs
Guideline for well evaluation programs
This guideline outlines the well logging and sample programs for infill and development wells and for exploration wells.
When abandoning wells the Statement of Environmental Objectives (SEO) must be complied with. This document provides a guide to complying with the SEO when abandoning wells in the Cooper Basin.
Under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (the Act) licence holders are required to submit various data and reports to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Guidelines are provided to ensure that data and reports comply with the requirements under the Act.
In addition to the guidelines provided here, liaison between company staff and Energy Resources Division personnel is encouraged to facilitate effective and efficient information submission.
Geological and Engineering Data
Approved form of digital data submissions (PDF 66KB)
This guideline provides the requirements for the submission of text-based reports of any kind (eg. well completion reports, environmental impact reports). This guideline covers text, format, plans, figures, plates, images, file name conventions, photographs, tabular data, wireline logs (plot files and digital data) and daily drilling reports.
Regulation 37 of the Act requires the holder of a petroleum licence to submit to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet geophysical data collected during exploration and development activities. This includes all field recordings and supporting documentation necessary to allow future explorers to reprocess the original data and all processed data, which should allow future explorers to reinterpret the original data.
Guidelines for submission of geophysical data (PDF 2.17MB)
This document is a guide to the preparation and submission of basic geophysical data appropriate to petroleum licences within South Australia.
In addition to the submission of geophysical data, licensees are required to submit a geophysical report.
The submission of any geophysical data should coincide with the submission of the geophysical operations report which discusses the acquisition of the data.
Regulations 34, 35 and 36 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 requires that the following reports are submitted to the Minister: * Geophysical progress reports
* Geophysical operations reports
* Geophysical interpretation reports
Such reports must be submitted in both hardcopy form and in digital form.
Guideline for Geophysical Report Submission (PDF 2.29 MB)
This document outlines what is expected to be included in a geophysical report in order to meet the requirements of the above mentioned regulations.
Company Annual Report Template (DOC 138KB)
This template has been provided by the Energy Resources Division to assist companies in the preparation of annual reports.
Annual Report Review Checklist (DOC 153KB)
Annual Report Checklist - Pipeline Licences only (DOC 161KB)
The checklists provided are based on Regulation 33 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and can be downloaded and used by licensees as a guide to preparing such reports.
More information on Annual Reports
Exploration companies in South Australia are required by law to provide representative samples of any core and/or cuttings taken during tenure.
Guidelines for the Submission of Core and Cutting Samples (PDF 146KB)
This document includes guidelines on the specifications for containers and labeling requirements.
Petroleum core and cuttings submissions must be forwarded to the Energy Resources Division accompanied by a submission form.
Request to Inspect Drillhole Samples Form (PDF 628KB)
All open-file drillhole samples held by the Energy Resources Division Core Storage Facility are available for inspection on completion of this form.
Sampling Restrictions Guideline (PDF 150KB)
All petroleum core and cuttings submission must adhere to this guideline.
Aboriginal heritage guidelines for resource projects in South Australia (PDF 5.7MB)
This guideline sets out the responsibilities required of mineral and energy resource companies operating in South Australia to protect Aboriginal heritage.
Fitness-for-purpose assessments and reports (PDF 1794 KB)
Guidelines for payment of royalty and provision of information
Guidelines for calculation and payment of petroleum royalties on the sale of petroleum recovered onshore and offshore in South Australia.
Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act Compliance Policy (PDF 9.8MB)
The policy that will be pursued to ensure compliance with various key requirements of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013, licence conditions and Statements of Environmental Objectives.
The policy for and amount of security lodgement required as a deposit against the potential failure to meet obligations arising under a licence.
Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) Bid Assessment
Outlines the methodology to be used for bid assessments and work program valuations.
Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) Renewals
PEL licence renewal will be considered a right earned by licensees who fulfill the initial five year work program. This policy outlines requirements that need to be met for licence renewal.
Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) Suspensions
PELs may be suspended with the agreement of the licensee and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. This document outlines the circumstances under which suspensions may be agreed by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) Variations
This policy outlines the circumstances under which variations to work programs might be agreed by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
For more information, contact:
+61 8 8463 3204