The South Australian government has dished out five petroleum exploration licences across the state’s Cooper and Otway basins.

The South Australian Department for Energy and Mining confirmed it had awarded the Cooper basin acreage to Leigh Creek Energy, Cordillo Energy, Gidgee Energy and Vintage Energy, while a joint venture between Beach Energy and Cooper Energy was awarded the Otway basin licence.

The successful bids include guaranteed work programmes valued at a combined A$58.85