Equinor’s announcement to halt plans for exploratory drilling in Great Australian Bight

Media release - Published 25 February, 2020

NOPSEMA acknowledges the announcement by Equinor that it will not be progressing with its proposal to carry out exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

The decision by Equinor to discontinue with plans to drill exploration wells is a decision for the company, and questions regarding the decision should be addressed to Equinor.

On 18 December, 2019, NOPSEMA accepted Equinor’s environment plan for petroleum drilling in the Great Australian Bight. The environment plan remains in force until Equinor formally advises NOPSEMA that it is ceasing operations under the plan.

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Contact: Nicholas Page, Manager Communications & Stakeholder Relations

t: 08 6188 8752 | m: 0476 827 635 | e: communications@nopsema.gov.au

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The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is Australia's independent expert regulator for health and safety, environmental management, structural and well integrity for offshore petroleum facilities and activities in Commonwealth waters.

By law, offshore petroleum activities cannot commence before NOPSEMA has assessed and accepted detailed risk management plans documenting and demonstrating how an organisation will manage the risks to health and safety to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) and risks to the environment to ALARP and with acceptable impacts.

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