BP has today received an update from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on our Environment Plan for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
NOPSEMA has provided BP with a further “opportunity to modify and resubmit” its Environment Plan, which is not a rejection but another step in the normal, iterative process with this regulator.
BP initially submitted its Environment Plan in October 2015 and a further iteration in March 2016. We will now assess NOPSEMA’s feedback and work toward resubmitting our Environment Plan in the coming months.
We have allowed sufficient time in our programme schedule for this regulatory process and continue to work toward commencing exploration drilling in late 2016, subject to the acceptance of our Environment Plan.
An overview of the NOPSEMA assessment process for Environment Plans: A475763