VIC/P70 Exploration Drilling

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Activity name
VIC/P70 Exploration Drilling
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Esso Deepwater Gippsland Pty Ltd
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Revision (Change of Circumstances or Operations)
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Related documents
EP Summary (pdf 9.8 MB)
Link to previously accepted EP
Baldfish Drilling

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Activity events
Event Event date Next event* Next event due* Related documents
Submission of new EP 21/02/2019 NOPSEMA decision 25/03/2019 Not applicable
Unable to make a decision within 30 days – request for further information 22/03/2019 Titleholder action 12/04/2019 Not applicable
Submission of further information 12/04/2019 NOPSEMA decision 26/04/2019 Not applicable
Request for further information 23/04/2019 Titleholder action 14/05/2019 Not applicable
Submission of further information 14/05/2019 NOPSEMA decision 04/06/2019 Not applicable
Request for further information 24/05/2019 Titleholder action 14/06/2019 Not applicable
Submission of further information 13/06/2019 NOPSEMA decision 27/06/2019 Not applicable
Acceptance of EP 17/06/2019 Titleholder action 27/06/2019 Decision notification (pdf 7.6 MB)
Submission of EP summary 26/06/2019 NOPSEMA decision 08/07/2019 Not applicable
Publication of EP summary 27/06/2019 Not applicable Not applicable

* 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

The VIC/P70 exploration drilling operational area is located approximately 90 - 100 km from shore in Exploration Permit Area VIC/P70. Water depth within VIC/P70 ranges from 200 m to over 3 km, with the drill locations, Hairtail-1, Baldfish-1 and Sculpin-1, at ~359m, ~665m and ~2,300m respectively.
Block VIC/P70, in the deepwater Gippsland basin, was acquired by Esso Deepwater, a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in 2Q, 2017.
VIC/P70 contains the Dory, Angel and Archer-Anemone fields, as well as the Fangtooth prospect, and incorporates the area previously the subject of blocks VIC/P45 and VIC/P59, previously explored by Apache Energy (Apache, 2008).
Exploration drilling activities in the VIC/P70 Operational area are scheduled over an estimated 60 day period, commencing in Q3, 2018 (Baldfish-1 and Hairtail-1), and an estimated 60-65 days in late Q2 - early Q3, 2019 for Sculpin-1.

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Ms Carolyn Thomas

Risk, Environment and Regulatory Supervisor

Esso Australia Pty Ltd for and on behalf of Esso Deepwater Gippsland Pty Ltd

Level 9, 664 Collins Street


Telephone: +61 3 9261 0260




*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.