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 blockoffernominations@mbie.govt.nz 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 blockoffernominations@mbie.govt.nz.

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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