Applications are expected to be submitted in accordance with Section 1, which reflects the Administrative Guideline Applications for Exploration Areas. An application will be assessed against the selection criteria by the Joint Authority. Technical experts will prepare a report for the relevant Joint Authority containing recommendations as to the winning bid.
Applications will be assessed on the basis of the information contained in the written applications together with any additional information requested by the Designated Authority, which should also be submitted in writing. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with the assessment panel and information provided during that interview will also be taken into account.
It should be noted that the composition and timing of the work program proposed in the original application, as part of the competitive bidding process, cannot be supplemented, expanded or amended through clarification or through the interview process.
In the event that a winning applicant cannot be chosen on the basis of the information contained in the written application and provided during interview, the two or more parties that the Joint Authority considers as equally deserving of the grant of the permit may be invited to submit supplementary written bids as a basis for the selection of a successful applicant.