Equinor to discontinue exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight
We put transparency and safety first, and we were the first company to publish a draft environment plan and invite public comment before submission to the regulator. We welcomed your engagement and held over 400 meetings. However, we have now decided to discontinue the plan for drilling.
We spent years planning our operations in South Australia in the minutest detail and our EP was approved by the regulator in December 2019, confirming our ability to safely operate in the Bight.
However, following a holistic review of our exploration portfolio, we have concluded that the project’s potential is not commercially competitive compared with other exploration opportunities in the company.
Equinor has informed the federal, South Australian and local authorities of our decision. For more information about the decision, see our press release below.
Our full EP remains available from the regulator NOPSEMA’s website, here:
Information about Equinor in Australia
Our Environment Plan.
We voluntarily published our draft Environment Plan (EP) for the Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program in February 2019, and then reviewed all relevant submissions that were received during the 30-day public comment period. Our updated EP was submitted to the regulator in April 2019 and was accepted in December. The final EP is available here, and on NOPSEMA’s website:
About the public comment period
We were the first company to make a draft Environment Plan available to the public voluntarily. When the 30-day public comment period closed in March 2019, we responded to relevant comments before updating and submitting the EP to NOPSEMA in April 2019. It was accepted in December 2019.
FAQs: Frequently asked questions
Why did we decide to discontinue plans to explore the Great Australian Bight? Here, we answer this and other important questions.