Dorrigo 3D Marine Seismic Survey

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Activity name
Dorrigo 3D Marine Seismic Survey
Activity types
Seismic survey
Submitted by
3D Oil T49P Pty Ltd
Submission date
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Decision date
Related documents
EP Summary (pdf 69 MB)

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Activity events
Event Event date Next event* Next event due* Related documents
Submission of new EP 30/01/2019 NOPSEMA decision 01/03/2019 Not applicable
Request for further information 28/02/2019 Titleholder action 14/04/2019 Not applicable
Submission of further information 11/04/2019 NOPSEMA decision 13/05/2019 Not applicable
Acceptance of EP 13/05/2019 Titleholder action 23/05/2019 Decision notification (pdf 152 KB)
Submission of EP summary 23/05/2019 NOPSEMA decision 03/06/2019 Not applicable
Publication of other document 28/05/2019 Not applicable Key Matters Report (pdf 287 KB)
Publication of EP summary 28/05/2019 Not applicable Accepted Environment Plan (pdf 69 MB)
Publication of other document 28/05/2019 Not applicable Oil Spill Modelling (pdf 8.9 MB)
Publication of other document 28/05/2019 Not applicable Stakeholder Consultation Log (pdf 13 MB)
Publication of other document 29/05/2019 Not applicable Letter from 3D Oil to Reader (doc 141 KB)

* The next event is based on NOPSEMA’s understanding and expectation of what may occur next in the assessment process. There are a number of other events that may occur, and events may happen sooner or later than expected. All events will be published in this table as and when they take place.

Activity description

Update - 28th May 2019

Under the regulatory requirements at the time of submission of the EP, 3D Oil was not required to publish a full copy of the EP. However, 3D Oil has voluntarily released the full Environment Plan thus demonstrating a commitment to improving the transparency of environmental management to those who may be affected or those who may be interested. NOPSEMA is supportive of this approach.



3D Oil Limited propose to undertake the Dorrigo three-dimensional (3D) marine seismic survey (MSS) in the Commonwealth waters of the Otway Basin within Exploration Permit T/49P which lies adjacent to Tasmania. The Dorrigo MSS is located entirely within Commonwealth waters, approximately 18 km west of King Island (Tas) and 56 km south of Cape Otway (Vic). Water depths in the survey area are between 80 – 1420 m with seismic data acquisition undertaken in water depths between 100-840m.


The Dorrigo MSS operational area is 4350 km2. The full-fold acquisition area where seismic airguns will be operational covers an area of 1580 km2 within this larger area. Airguns will not operate outside the operational area. The operational area incorporates necessary space for vessel manoeuvring such as line run-ins, run-outs, line-turns, refuelling and resupply by support vessels. Two additional vessels are planned to support the Dorrigo MSS activities.


The proposed seismic source will have a total capacity of not more than 3260 cubic inches and will be towed at approximately 4.5 knots a short distance behind the seismic vessel at a depth of approximately 7 m. Ten solid hydrophone streamers measuring approximately 6000 m in length and spaced up to 125 m apart will be towed at a depth of 8-25 m below the surface behind the survey vessel. The seismic source will be discharged every 12.5 m along a series of parallel north-south lines spaced between 500-720 m apart.


The Dorrigo MSS is expected to take up to 35 days between 1 September and 31 October 2019.  This period avoids the Bonney upwelling period, the associated presence of marine megafauna in the survey area and other marine users.

Otway, Tasmania
Commonwealth waters adjacent to
Titles (or other instruments)
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Mr David Briguglio

Exploration Manager

3D Oil T49P Pty Ltd

Level 18, 41 Exhibition Street


Telephone: +61 3 9650 9866



*Where an environment plan was submitted or accepted prior to 28 February 2014 certain information is not published, in accordance with the Environment Regulations in place at that time. For accepted EPs, refer to the attached EP Summary for additional information.