GIS data-on-a-plate for explorationists

Governments in the UK and New Zealand are offering free digital geo-data to explorationists.

Antipodean governments are leveraging geographical information systems to entice operators to take-up new acreage. As a part of the UK’s 22nd licensing round – announced earlier this month, the UK DTI has posted an ESRI Shapefile of the available acreage on the DEAL Data Registry download page (

New Zealand

The Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences (GNS) has launched a web-based information service for New Zealand’s oil industry. The Petroleum Data Query Map is described as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information about New Zealand’s petroleum fields and license areas.

New entrants

The GIS-based system offers information on license holders, work plans, wells drilled and seismic data acquired. Short reports of the main findings of work undertaken can also be downloaded. More from

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