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Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and Regulations

Onshore petroleum, geothermal and gas storage exploration and development in South Australia is administered by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet  Energy Resources Division under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and associated Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013.

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Activity Approvals Process


The Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 licensing and approvals process consists of three stages; licensing, environmental assessment and approval of environmental objectives; and activity notification and approval.

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Environmental Register

Section 106 and Section 107 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 require that an Environmental Register be established for public inspection. This register contains information on the four areas of petroleum industry activity, which includes seismic surveying, drilling, pipelines and facilities, as administered by the Energy Resources Division. 

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Annual Reports

Under Section 33 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, Licensees are required to submit Annual Reports detailing activities undertaken within each licence area during the respective licence year, as well as the activities proposed for the ensuing licence year.

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Guidelines and Policy

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet’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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Compliance and Monitoring

Compliance strategies and enforcement tool are available to the Energy Resources Division for various key requirements of the Act, Regulations, licence conditions and Statement of Environmental Objectives and are outlined in the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act Compliance Policy. 

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