Apply for exploration and production activity approval


This guide includes information on how to apply for approval to conduct any petroleum exploration and production activities.

Exploration activity approval

A petroleum exploration permit provides an operator with an area of land marked for exploration.

When the permit is granted, you are bound by your proposed technical work program.

Production activity approval

A production licence gives you the exclusive rights to carry out petroleum recovery operations within the licence area. However, you must apply for approval for production operation activities including:

  • drilling and workover
  • well modification and decommissioning.
  • Further information

    For more information, get a copy of the NT schedule of onshore petroleum exploration and production requirements PDF (657.1 KB)

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    Last updated: 09 December 2020

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