Stromlo-1 exploration drilling program

Assessment status 

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 about matters relating to consultation, source control, oil spill risk and matters protected under Part 3 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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 

* 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 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