Block Offer 2018

Interested parties are invited to nominate areas to be considered for inclusion in Block Offer 2018.

Nominations are a key part of the annual allocation process. They assist New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals (NZP&M) to select, refine and prioritise release areas, ensuring the most prospective acreage is offered to industry.

Nominations process

Nominations and supporting documentation must be emailed to before 5pm New Zealand time (NZDT) on 22 May 2017.

Nominations can be made for any part of New Zealand’s onshore or offshore territory - including the Exclusive Economic Zone or areas released in previous Block Offer rounds - and should be made on the basis of prospectivity.

Each nomination should be over an area of contiguous acreage, and there is no limit to the number of nominations a nominee can make.

Nominees are under no obligation to bid on nominated areas, and NZP&M makes no guarantee that nominated areas will be included in the proposed or final block selection.

If you have any questions on the process, please email

Final release areas will be announced in early 2018.

Read more about the Block Offer process

Required submission information

All submissions must include:

  • Nominee details, including:
    • Company name
    • Company address
    • Contact person and contact details
  • Area descriptions, including:
    • Basin and/or sub-basin
    • Approximate size in km2 for each nomination
  • Supporting technical information such as regional geology, play concepts, or exploration targets.
  • Maps of the nominated area in one of the following formats: .shp, .pdf, .jpg, .png, or .docx.
  • Any other relevant information

File attachments must not exceed 50 MB.

Where necessary, NZP&M may seek additional information from the nominee to clarify a submission.

All submissions received are held in strict confidence.

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