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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 have now submitted our Environment Plan to NOPSEMA, showing how we can explore safely in the Bight. You can read it here.

We submitted our updated EP to NOPSEMA after reviewing the public comments received.

Here is our Environment Plan, in full, and in brief.

We voluntarily published our draft Environment Plan (EP) for the Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program and then reviewed relevant submissions that were received during a 30-day public comment period. You can read our updated EP, as submitted to NOPSEMA, here.


Our EP in brief 

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

This booklet is a guide to our EP for the Stromlo-1 Exploration Program in the Great Australian Bight. The full EP is 1,500 pages and has taken two years to prepare, with extensive dialogue and engagement with stakeholders shaping its development. 

Can we drill safely in the Great Australian Bight?

In this video, exploration manager Camilla Aamodt explains how we’re drawing on decades of experience in Norway when planning for activities in the Great Australian Bight, and how safety always comes first. 

How it works: exploring for oil in the Bight

We’ve spent years preparing to explore here in Australia, including researching the conditions in the Bight. This film explains some of the technology we will use to explore.  

We published our draft Environment Plan on February 19. Here’s the press release.

Fact sheets


Questions and answers

What is the risk of an oil spill? Will there be a capping stack in place? How are you going to explore the Bight safely? Read the answers to these and other important questions.

Public comment period

When the public comment period closed on March 20, we reviewed the comments received before updating our Environment Plan and submitting it to the regulator, NOPSEMA.

Where do we plan to drill?


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 now. 


Authorities and organisations

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