You will require this licence if you intend to produce and explore for petroleum from a licensed area. The holder of an exploration permit or a retention lease can apply for a production licence within the permit or lease area.
The Minister can also invite tender applications for a production licence over an area, which is not part of any exploration permit or retention lease, when a reservoir is already known to exist.
An environmental plan must be in force before any activity can be carried out. Furthermore, operations must stop immediately if a new or increased environmental risk is identified.