Stromlo-1 exploration drilling program

Assessment status 

On 9 March 2020, NOPSEMA accepted Equinor’s notification to end the operation of their environment plan under which approval was granted for their proposal to carry out exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight. 

Activity events 

EventEvent dateNext event*Next event due*

Submission of new EP

23/04/2019

NOPSEMA decision

23/05/2019

Unable to make a decision within 30 days – complex assessment

17/05/2019

NOPSEMA decision

27/06/2019

NOPSEMA request for further information

27/06/2019

Titleholder action

26/08/2019

Equinor request for extension of timeframe 

08/08/2019

Titleholder action

27/09/2019

NOPSEMA resumes assessment process 

18/09/2019

NOPSEMA decision 

18/10/2019

Unable to make a decision within 30 days – complex assessment

23/09/2019

NOPSEMA decision 

14/11/2019

NOPSEMA requires Equinor to modify and resubmit environment plan

08/11/2019

Titleholder action 

29/11/2019 

NOPSEMA resumes assessment of Equinor's environment plan

29/11/2019

NOPSEMA decision 

30/12/2019

NOPSEMA accepts Equinor's environment plan

18/12/2019

NOPSEMA decision 

N/A

Equinor submits notification to end the operation of their environment plan

27/02/2020

NOPSEMA decision

 N/A

NOPSEMA accepts Equinor's notification to end the operation of their environment plan

09/03/2020

N/A

 N/A

* 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.

News announcements 

NOPSEMA accepts notification to end Equinor’s environment plan - 19 March 2020

Ending Equinor's environment plan - 4 March 2020

Equinor’s announcement to halt plans for exploratory drilling in Great Australian Bight - 25 February 2020

Equinor receives second of four approvals for exploration in the Great Australian Bight - 18 December 2019

Timing of Equinor environment plan decision - 3 December 2019

NOPSEMA resumes assessment of Equinor's environment plan - 2 December 2019 

NOPSEMA requires Equinor to modify and resubmit environment plan - 11 November 2019 

NOPSEMA extends decision timeframe for Equinor environment plan -23 September 2019 

NOPSEMA resumes assessment of Equinor's environment plan - 19 September 2019

NOPSEMA requests further information from Equinor on Bight drilling proposal - 27 June 2019 

NOPSEMA extends decision timeframe for Equinor environment plan - 17 May 2019 

Equinor environment plan submission for the Great Australian Bight - 24 April 2019 

Equinor's environment plan closed for comment - 21 March 2019 

Release of Equinor's environment plan for public comment - 19 February 2019