Equinor. We’re the Norwegian company that puts safety, responsibility & transparency first.
We have been present in Australia since 2012, and hold two exploration permits in the Great Australian Bight and one exploration permit in the North West Shelf. Although our Environment Plan for exploring the Bight was accepted by the regulator NOPSEMA in December 2019, we have decided to discontinue plans to drill the Stromlo-1 exploration well in Licence EPP39, as the opportunity is not commercially competitive. See our press release below.
Our commitment and credentials
Equinor is a Norwegian-based international energy company with a strong commitment to safety and care for the environment. Safety and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do.
At Equinor, safety is, and always will be, our top priority. We support the Paris Climate Accord, and we are guided by United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We recognise there have been widely differing views on the subject of oil and gas exploration in Australia, and to demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we were the first company to publish a draft Environment Plan for public scrutiny before submission to the regulator.
We held more than 400 meetings with almost 200 separate organisations throughout South Australia to listen and learn about local issues and inform about our plans to explore for oil in the Great Australian Bight. We hosted drop-in meetings to allow members of the public in affected local communities to meet our team and ask questions.
However, following an holistic review of our exploration portfolio, Equinor has concluded that the project’s potential is not commercially competitive compared with other exploration opportunities in the company. We have informed the federal, South Australian and local authorities of our decision.
We will engage with the federal and state authorities regarding our decision to discontinue the exploration program. We hold an exploration permit offshore Western Australia and will maintain other ongoing interests and activities in Australia.
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