(1) This section applies if—
(a) the Minister publishes a notice under section 297(1) inviting applications for the grant of a greenhouse gas assessment permit; and
(b) at the end of the period specified in the notice, 2 or more applications have been made under section 297 for the grant of a greenhouse gas assessment permit over the same block or blocks.
(2) The Minister may give an offer document under section 299 to whichever applicant, in the Minister's opinion, is most deserving of the grant of the greenhouse gas assessment permit.
(3) In determining which of the applicants is most deserving of the grant of the greenhouse gas assessment permit, the Minister—
(a) must have regard to the criteria made publicly available under section 301; and
(b) may rank the applicants in accordance with section 302.