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Activity - VIC/P70 Exploration Drilling

Activity details
Organisation Esso Deepwater Gippsland Pty Ltd
Activity types Drilling
In-force EP 4779
Submission date 21 February, 2019
Outcome Accepted
Acceptance date 17 June, 2019
Locations Gippsland
Start date 15 September, 2018
Stop date Pending titleholder notification
Please note: activity start and stop dates are based on notifications provided by the titleholder.

Titleholder contact

Ms Carolyn Thomas
Risk, Environment and Regulatory Supervisor
Esso Australia Pty Ltd for and on behalf of Esso Deepwater Gippsland Pty Ltd
Level 9, 664 Collins Street
+61 3 9261 0260

Activity Description

The VIC/P70 exploration drilling operational area is located approximately 90 - 100 km from shore in Exploration Permit Area VIC/P70. Water depth within VIC/P70 ranges from 200 m to over 3 km, with the drill locations, Hairtail-1, Baldfish-1 and Sculpin-1, at ~359m, ~665m and ~2,300m respectively.Block VIC/P70, in the deepwater Gippsland basin, was acquired by Esso Deepwater, a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in 2Q, 2017. VIC/P70 contains the Dory, Angel and Archer-Anemone fields, as well as the Fangtooth prospect, and incorporates the area previously the subject of blocks VIC/P45 and VIC/P59, previously explored by Apache Energy (Apache, 2008). Exploration drilling activities in the VIC/P70 Operational area are scheduled over an estimated 60 day period, commencing in Q3, 2018 (Baldfish-1 and Hairtail-1), and an estimated 60-65 days in late Q2 - early Q3, 2019 for Sculpin-1.

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Location map - Activity: VIC/P70 Exploration Drilling (refer to description)

EP Documents

EP Document A680856 (9.85 MB)
Decision notifications A681034 (7.58 MB)