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Newfoundland and Labrador

bp Canada holds exploration licences (ELs) in the Orphan Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. An initial well was drilled in 2023 in the West Orphan Basin. Currently, bp maintains exploration rights to licences in the East Orphan Basin and an interest in the Equinor-operated Bay du Nord Project located in the Flemish Pass.


Exploring offshore Newfoundland and Labrador aligns with bp's significant experience in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas offshore.

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Environmental assessment

bp Canada has conducted exploration drilling activities offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. In accordance with regulatory requirements, bp Canada is required to post specific reports and information on a public website. The reports provided follow this requirement. Additional Environment Assessment background, related information, regulations, statutes and guidelines are available on the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) websites. bp will adhere to these conditions and work with the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board and other regulatory agencies regarding its exploration drilling activities.

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Planning and incident prevention

Safe operations are bp's priority. The company’s goals are clear: no accidents, no harm to people and no damage to the environment.


Throughout the lifecycle of projects and operations, bp aims to manage and mitigate environmental impacts. Offshore exploration activity requires operators to submit an environmental protection plan to the Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) that will support appropriate management of statutory requirements, as well as conditions and commitments from the environmental assessment.

A suite of robust and fully compliant incident response plans are developed for each exploration drilling program. 

EL 1168 (2023)