BP’s exploration focus today centres on the North Carnarvon basin, offshore Western Australia. This prolific gas basin is home to some of the world’s major LNG developments, including the North West Shelf (NWS) joint venture (JV) in which BP has participated since its inception in 1970s. The first priority of our exploration team in Perth is to work closely with the NWS JV operator (Woodside) and the partners to identify and drill for additional gas resources to supply the LNG processing facilities. Our second priority is to explore for large scale gas resources outside the NWS JV permits but within tie-back distance. When the existing NWS JV fields come off plateau, there will be capacity in the processing facilities for such resources. For this reason, BP has accessed two exploration permits 50km to the north of the NWS JV acreage; these are WA-525-P (BP 100 per cent and operator), and WA-409-P (BP 80 per cent and operator).
Ironbark: permit WA-359-P
As part of a joint venture between BP (42.5%), Cue (21.5%), Beach(21%) and NZOG (15%), BP will be leading a small scale geophysical and geotechnical survey in the Carnarvon Basin. This activity will only take place in Commonwealth waters and will be regulated by the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act and the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulation 2012. In accordance with the legislation, an environment plan is being developed for the small-scale survey and will be submitted to the Commonwealth regulator, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), prior to conducting the activity. As part of this process, we are consulting with relevant stakeholders to determine impacts and risks that may be of interest.
Great Australian Bight
BP took the decision in late 2016 not to progress with its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight, offshore South Australia. Subsequently, two of the four permits in which BP held title interest have been transferred to another operator, and two have been cancelled.