To report a serious incident to DSD, as required by Section 85(2) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, licensees should phone the serious incident report no: (08) 8463 6666.

The Department of State Development'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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Guidelines

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 Exploration Guideline

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.

Onshore Production Guideline

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.

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)

This document details the potential impacts on landowners as a result of the construction and operation of the Naracoorte lateral pipeline. SEA Gas provided this booklet to landowners with the notice of entry as per Part 10 of the then Petroleum Act 2000. The Department of State Development suggests that licensees consider a similar approach for new pipeline projects.

Well Naming 

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.

Location Surveys

Under Regulation 26 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations well location surveys must be submitted to the Department of State Development.

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.

Well Abandonment 

Cooper Basin well abandonment SEO checker (XLS)  

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 State Development. 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.

Geophysical Data

Regulation 37 of the Act requires the holder of a petroleum licence to submit to the Department of State Development 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.

Geophysical Reports

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 Department of State Development 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 Submission Form (PDF 66KB)
Petroleum Core and Cuttings Submission Form (DOC 88KB)
Petroleum core and cuttings submissions must be forwarded to the Department of State Development accompanied a submission form.

Request to Inspect Drillhole Samples Form (PDF 628KB)
All open-file drillhole samples held by the Department of State Development 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.

Under part 12- Environment Protection, of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act licensees need to ensure that their activities are properly managed to reduce environmental damage as far as reasonably practicable. ERD provide Guidelines to assist with environmental assessment and environmental management around regulated activities. Field guidelines such as Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) form an integral part of ERDs auditing procedure. They are intended for use by government agencies, industry and community interest groups. 

Field guide for the environmental assessment of abandoned petroleum wellsites (PDF 6.70MB)
December 2009 edition
This guideline is used for assessing well site restoration environmental objectives. This field guide has been prepared to assess the level of environmental rehabilitation of abandoned petroleum wellsites in the Cooper Basin region of South Australia.  

Field guide for the environmental assessment of recently completed seismic lines in the Cooper Basin, SA (PDF 2.11MB) 
October 2012 edition
This field guide provides a pictorial indication of the assessment levels of achievement of environmental objectives for seismic operations in the Cooper Basin. The guide is structured around the Goal Attainment Scaling criteria used to assess compliance with the Statement of Environmental Objectives. It is recommended to all persons interested in environmental management of petroleum operations.  

Example environmental procedures for seismic ops in the Cooper Basin (PDF 188KB)
The 'Example environmental procedures for seismic operations in the Cooper and Eromanga basins, South Australia' relates to the above SEO and provides example procedures which may achieve the environmental objectives required under the regulatory regime. 

Manual for Seismic Operations in the South East (PDF 3.42MB)
This document provides a useful reference source for planning seismic operations in the South East of South Australia. 

Incident Reporting

Other guidelines

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.

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Policy Documents 

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act Compliance Policy (PDF 503KB)
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.

Security Lodgement
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 State Development. This document outlines the circumstances under which suspensions may be agreed by the Department of State Development.

Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) Variations
This policy outlines the circumstances under which variations to work programs might be agreed by the Department of State Development.

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For more information, contact:

Energy Resources Division

+61 8 8463 3204
dsd.petroleum@sa.gov.au