Exploration in the Great Australian Bight discontinued
We have decided to discontinue the plan for drilling following an holistic review of our exploration portfolio.
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.
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, we have concluded that the project’s potential is not commercially competitive compared with other exploration opportunities in the company.
Information about Equinor in Australia
Our Environment Plan.
Our approved EP is archived 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. We responded to relevant comments before submitting the EP to NOPSEMA. It was accepted in December 2019.
FAQs: Frequently asked questions
Here, we answer questions relating to our now discontinued project to explore the Great Australian Bight.