New Zealand opens Block Offer 2015 for exploration permits

New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment has opened the country's annual petroleum exploration permit tender Block Offer 2015.

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals (NZP&M) General Manager James Stevenson-Wallace says the tender, which closes Sept. 30, covers more than 165,638 square miles (429,000 square kilometers) of offshore and onshore acreage.

To support Block Offer 2015, NZP&M has recently released an updated Petroleum Exploration Data Pack, available on a two-terabyte hard drive. Stevenson-Wallace says this year’s data pack adds 11 new projects to the comprehensive compilation of open-file seismic and well data, interpretation projects, reports and studies available in previous editions.

The updates include a fluid inclusion stratigraphy study of 10 wells across the Reinga-Northland, East Coast, Great South, and Taranaki basins; a database of conventional well test and wireline formation tester results; and quality-controlled composited wireline data for over 500 wells. This is also the first time that the final Reinga Basin Petroleum Prospectivity Screening Report, based on the analytical results of samples collected by the NIWA research vessel the RV Tangaroa, will be available.


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