Equinor. We’re the Norwegian company you can trust to explore safely in the Bight.
We have been present in Australia since 2012, and hold two exploration permits in the Great Australian Bight, as well as one exploration permit in the North West Shelf. Our Environment Plan for exploring the Bight was accepted by the regulator NOPSEMA in December 2019.
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 our top priority. We support the Paris Climate Accord, and we are guided by United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Here we explain our background, our approach and our commitment to responsible operations here in Australia.
We recognise there is a range of views on the subject of oil and gas exploration in Australia. Everyone wants assurances that exploration can be done safely, and many are also interested in the potential economic benefits that activity can bring to nearby regions, just like those enjoyed by Victorians for decades from the Bass Strait fields. For more than 40 years we have drilled safely on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and around the world. We will bring the same care and expertise to our operations in Australia.
We will only carry out our planned operations if we can do them safely and we now have the approval of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), which is Australia’s independent regulator for offshore drilling. We will take the time necessary to ensure our operations are safe for people, communities and the environment.