NOPSEMA Seeks More Details on BP's Great Australian Bight Environment Plan

Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) disclosed Wednesday that it has requested more information from BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd. over its environmental plan for drilling the Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1 exploration wells in the Great Australian Bight off the coast of Southern Australia.

The regulator will recommence the assessment of the environmental plan after it receives the requested information, which BP is expected to provide by Oct. 28 or at a later date if the latter requests for an extension of the timeframe.

Last month, BP informed NOPSEMA that it intends to reduce the number of exploration wells to be drilled in the first Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program environment plan by half to include only the Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1 prospects.

The Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program is estimated to cost around $770 million (AUD 1 billion).

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