Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program
|Submitted by||BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd|
|Submission date||18 August, 2016|
|Link to previously accepted EP|
Ms Rochelle Smith
BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (BP), as operator of the Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Programme, proposes to drill the first two wells in that programme.
The wells are Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1 respectively and will be drilled using a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU). Stromlo-1 is located approximately 600km west of Port Lincoln and 400km southwest of Ceduna, in a water depth of approximately 2250m. Whinham-1 is located approximately 600km west of Port Lincoln and 350km southwest of Ceduna, in a water depth of approximately 1150m.
The drilling program is scheduled to commence from Q4 2016 to Q1 2017. It is anticipated that each well will take approximately 75 days to drill. In the event of any technical or equipment delays the duration may be greater, so the assessment for each of the wells has allowed for up to 150 days.
This activity is a subset of the broader activity covered by the proposed Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Environment Plan (“GAB EP”), for which BP has an Opportunity to Modify and Resubmit by 31 December 2016. The first two wells, covered by this EP, will be excised from the scope of the GAB EP before it is resubmitted. Consultation about the GAB Exploration Drilling Programme including these first two wells has been ongoing since December 2014, and related information is available at http://www.bp.com/en_au/australia/about-us/what-we-do/exploring/exploring-in-great-australian-bight.html