NOPSEMA's assessment of the Great Australian Bight Drilling Program

On 1 October 2015, BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd. (BP) submitted an environment plan proposing exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight to NOPSEMA.

NOPSEMA is required to consider the environment plan and decide if it meets regulatory requirements. The legislation outlines the requirements and process for assessment, which includes assessment and decision-making criteria. NOPSEMA undertakes the assessment of environment plans consistent with its Assessment and Environment Plan Assessment policies.

For more information about the submission, the status of NOPSEMA’s assessment, and to subscribe to receive email updates see the Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program submission page.

NOPSEMA will communicate additional information on its assessment of the Great Australian Bight Drilling Program on this webpage.

BP drilling proposal to undergo further assessment

(published 16 September 2016)

NOPSEMA has advised BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd that it will be taking additional time to assess the company’s environment plan proposing the drilling of the Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1 exploration wells in the Great Australian Bight. NOPSEMA will deliver its next assessment decision for this plan by 29 September 2016.

NOPSEMA has updated the status of the assessment on the Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Programme (Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1) activity page. Stakeholders are encouraged to subscribe to the page to receive email alerts of any changes.

NOPSEMA receives second submission for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight

(published 19 August 2016)

NOPSEMA has received a second environment plan submission from BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (BP) proposing drilling of two exploration wells in the Great Australian Bight. BP has advised NOPSEMA that the wells proposed in the second submission are two of the four wells that were originally proposed in the first Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program environment plan. For more information see the NOPSEMA receives second submission for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight page.

NOPSEMA provides BP opportunity to modify drilling environment plan

(published 16 May 2016)

On 16 May 2016, NOPSEMA provided BP an opportunity to modify and resubmit their environment plan for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight. If BP accepts this opportunity, the modified plan is expected to be resubmitted by 15 July, at which time NOPSEMA will recommence the assessment. For more information see the NOPSEMA provides BP opportunity to modify drilling environment plan page.

NOPSEMA resumes environmental assessment for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight

(published 16 March 2016)

On 15 March, BP resubmitted their environment plan for proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australia Bight. NOPSEMA will now resume its assessment against the requirements of the Environment Regulations. To stay up-to-date with the status of the assessment, expected decision dates and decisions made subscribe to the Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program submission page.

NOPSEMA requires BP to modify drilling environment plan

(published 16 November 2015)

On 16 November 2015, NOPSEMA made a decision that it was not satisfied that BP’s environment plan for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight had met regulatory requirements.

After a thorough and rigorous assessment, NOPSEMA has determined that the environment plan does not yet meet the criteria for acceptance under the environment regulations, and has advised BP of this decision.

NOPSEMA is required by law to provide BP with a reasonable opportunity to modify the environment plan. If BP chooses to resubmit a modified plan, it will then be assessed by NOPSEMA.

The environment regulations and NOPSEMA's assessment policies, clearly outline the environment plan assessment process including timeframes for resubmission and the number of times modification and/or additional information may be required.

BP drilling proposal to undergo further assessment

(published 28 October 2015)

NOPSEMA has advised BP that it will be taking additional time to reach an initial decision on a proposal to undertake exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

To read this news item in full see the BP drilling proposal to undergo further assessment page.

NOPSEMA receives first environment plan submission for proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight

(published 2 October 2015)

Recently there has been heightened stakeholder attention in relation to BP’s proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

To read this news item in full see the NOPSEMA receives first environment plan submission for proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight page.