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18 December, 2019
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has today accepted Equinor’s environment plan for exploratory petroleum drilling in the Great Australian Bight, which represents the second of four approvals required before activity can commence.
3 December, 2019
NOPSEMA will not be making announcements associated with the Equinor environment plan during the Christmas/New Year period.
2 December, 2019
Equinor resubmitted its environment plan for proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight on 29 November 2019. NOPSEMA will now resume its assessment of the proposal and the next decision point is scheduled to occur by 30 December 2019.
21 November, 2019
NOPSEMA recognises the need for further clarification in categorising a person or organisation as a relevant person and has published a bulletin to address this and provide good practice advice on how to get the most out of engagement.
21 November, 2019
NOPSEMA has addressed the findings of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Audit into NOPSEMA’s consideration of exploration in the Great Australian Bight by publishing a series of detailed responses and intended actions against each of the Chief Scientist’s findings.
11 November, 2019
On 8 November 2019, NOPSEMA issued a notice to Equinor requiring them to modify and resubmit their environment plan for proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight. Equinor have 21 days to provide NOPSEMA with further information.
24 October, 2019
A draft of the Powers of Health and Safety Representatives guidance note is now open for comment. For more information see NOPSEMA consultation hub.
18 October, 2019
NOPSEMA has issued a prohibition notice as a result of a serious injury on a mobile offshore drilling unit – the Ocean Monarch – operating in the Bass Strait.
16 October, 2019
Following two rounds of industry feedback and an operational risk assessment (ORA) workshop, NOPSEMA has finalised its Operational risk assessment guidance note.
23 September, 2019
NOPSEMA has advised Equinor that it is unable to make a decision on their environment plan for proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight within the initial 30 day assessment period.
20 September, 2019
NOPSEMA has today welcomed the findings of the Chief Scientist’s Audit Report regarding NOPSEMA’s consideration of exploration in the Great Australian Bight
19 September, 2019
On 18 September 2019, Equinor provided the requested further information regarding the environment plan for their proposed exploration drilling activity in the Great Australian Bight.
6 September, 2019
NOPSEMA is requesting input from diving contractors on the Diving Guidelines.
27 August, 2019
NOPSEMA is enhancing its environment plan subscription service. From Friday, 30 August 2019, stakeholders will have the ability to subscribe to environment plans that are open for comment, under assessment and have been approved by NOPSEMA.
12 August, 2019
The final draft of the operational risk assessment guidance note is now open for comment,