Four companies will soon start exploring new areas of Queensland for more gas for both domestic and export markets.
These latest land releases cover more than 6600 square kilometres of land in the Surat and Bowen basins, as well the Eromanga and Adavale basins.
The four companies have won tenders as part of the Queensland exploration program.
Chi Oil and Gas was the successful tenderer for the new exploration area covering 5266 square kilometres of land near Quilpie and will be limited to producing gas for the Australian market only.
The other three successful tenderers announced they will be able to supply any gas they find to either the Australian or export market.
Armour Energy will explore two areas near Surat over the Surat and Bowen basins:a 12 square kilometre area located 28km south east of Surat a 30 square kilometre area located 35km south of Surat.
Cypress Petroleum will explore two areas near Tara over the Surat and Bowen basins:a 487 square kilometre area 30km west of Tara a 559 square kilometre area 38km south-west of Tara.
Bridgeport Energy will explore a 298 square kilometre area 18km west of Tara spanning the Surat and Bowen basins.
The companies will need to negotiate land access agreements, fulfil environmental and native title requirements and be granted exploration authorities before exploration can begin.