On 8 November 2019, Australian NOPSEMA issued a notice to Equinor requiring them to modify and resubmit their environment plan for proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight. Equinor now has 21 days to respond to NOPSEMA’s request to modify and resubmit its environment plan. However, Equinor may request an extension to this timeline.
On 18 September 2019, Equinor provided the requested further information regarding the environment plan for their proposed exploration drilling activity in the Great Australian Bight. According to Environment Regulations, the Australian offshore regulator, NOPSEMA has resumed its assessment of Equinor’s environment plan.
As Reuters reports, Australia issued a legislation that clears maritime boundaries with East Timor, enabling both countries to divide revenue from the offshore Greater Sunrise natural gas field. East Timor holds the 70% of the revenue if the gas is piped to the island or 80% if the gas is piped to Australia for processing.
The Australian Government announced the 2019 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Release, comprising 64 areas, the largest total area since 2000. More than 120,000 square km of acreage will be released for a single round of work program bidding.
The Australian offshore safety authority NOPSEMA has invited public comments for Woodside’s proposed Scarborough development, which aligns with a vision for a regional gas hub in Western Australia. The gas resource is located approximately 375 kilometres off the Burrup Peninsula.
Australian natural gas company Santos officially announced that the Dorado-2 appraisal well has confirmed a major oil and gas resource in the Bedout Basin, offshore Western Australia. The well was drilled down-dip approximately two kilometres from the Dorado-1 discovery.
Renewable energy investment in Asia excluding China will overtake spending on upstream oil and gas projects in the region as soon as next year, with contributions from Australia and other Asian countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea, according to Rystad Energy.
According to Cue Energy’s statement, the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) approved title transfers to BP, Beach, and New Zealand Oil & Gas and the approval and registration of other documentation associated with the formation of a joint venture between the parties.
Shell has awarded Australian marine survey company Guardian Geomatics with a large hydrographic project utilising its fleet of unmanned surface vessels. The project is to acquire hydrographic data over an area in excess of 800km2.
The Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority informed that oil and gas major Shell has applied to obtain a permission to conduct a seismic survey offshore Kimberley, Australia. Shell Australia is planning to carry out the Factory three-dimensional (3D) marine seismic survey (MSS) within the Browse and Bonaparte Basin offshore Western Australia (WA).
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