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Is there oil in the Great Australian Bight? Possibly. Can we find out safely? Absolutely.

We’ve listened and learned. We know how much the Great Australian Bight matters to you. It could also be one of Australia’s largest untapped oil reserves. We submitted our Environment Plan to NOPSEMA in April, showing how we can explore safely in the Bight. It is currently undergoing assessment by the regulator.

On June 27, NOPSEMA requested additional information on our Environment Plan.

What experience do we bring to the Great Australian Bight?

Our country manager for Australia, Jone Stangeland, looks back at how centuries of coexistence with the oceans have shaped Norwegian culture — and why the key to safe operations is to invest.  

For more information about Equinor in Australia, please follow this link.

Here is 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 NOPSEMA in April.

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Our EP in brief 

A guide to our Environment Plan for the Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program.

The full EP is 1,500 pages long and took two years to prepare, with extensive dialogue and engagement with stakeholders shaping its development. To facilitate understanding of the EP, we have prepared this brief guide, available for download below.

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Questions and answers

Why has NOPSEMA requested additional information? What is the truth about the oil spill map? And will there be a capping stack in place? Read the answers to these and other important questions.

Read the answers to commonly asked questions and concerns here.

Can we drill safely in the Great Australian Bight?

Camilla Aamodt, our exploration manager for Australia, talks about her background from Norway and how we’re drawing on decades of experience of safe and responsible operations in our home country.

How it works: the technology used for exploration

We’ve spent years preparing to explore here in Australia, including researching the conditions in the Bight. This film explains some of the advanced technology that is used in modern-day exploration.

Fact sheets

Public comment period and assessment by NOPSEMA

When the 30-day public comment period closed in March, we reviewed all relevant comments received before updating our Environment Plan and submitting it to the regulator in April. On June 27, NOPSEMA requested more information, and we are working to provide this within the deadline.

Where do we plan to drill?

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Our proposed well, Stromlo-1, is in licence area EPP 39, which is 372 km south of the closest southern coastline and 476 km west of Port Lincoln. Many people don’t realise there have already been 13 wells drilled in the Great Australian Bight.

Consultation and engagement with the public

We have held over 130 meetings with groups and organisations throughout South Australia to listen and learn about local issues and inform about our plans, and we continue to hold meetings with groups who express an interest in meeting us. In connection with the launch of our draft EP, we held several drop-in meetings to allow members of the public to meet our team and ask questions.

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Authorities and organisations

General enquiries to Equinor Australia can be submitted here. Please note that the public comment period for our environment plan closed in March.