Land Access

Santos has a long and proud history of working with landholders across the country.

We have a dedicated team of land access representatives who work with landholders every day and we have hundreds of land access agreements in place.

Why do we need access to land?

Natural gas is such an important part of our everyday life. Australia has an abundant natural gas supply with 17 significant locations across our country. To gain access to this vital resource Santos needs to explore beneath the ground to find rock types typically associated with oil and gas, and the areas we're interested in exploring are often located on landholders' properties. We cannot do this alone. Santos only has the right to develop these subsurface resources if we can work with the landholders to gain access under mutually agreed conditions. 

Santos’ Approach to Land Access

Santos has a long and proud history of working with Australian landholders across the country. We are generally perceived as a trusted and respectful company, supported by the recent Santos survey which found that nine out of ten landholders in south-west Queensland would have us back on their property. 

To learn more about Santos' approach to land access and working with landholders, you can read more in a factsheet used to engage NT landholders and community members in July 2017. Click here to read more. 

How do we ensure we have access to land?

We have a dedicated team of land access representatives who work with landholders to ensure:

  • We are meeting applicable legal obligations, including the rights of landholders.
  • Landholders are engaged early to introduce Santos as a company and to provide information on potential future activities.
  • Potential constraints and opportunities associated with land access are identified and discussed with landholders.
  • Agreements are in place to support land access.
  • Dedicated Santos land access representatives are available to support landholders throughout the lifecycle of our operations.