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Newfoundland and Labrador

BP is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling program within four exploration licences (ELs) in the West and East Orphan Basins. Located between 343 and 496 kilometres offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, exploration drilling is expected to commence during 2021 pending regulatory approvals


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 has submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and EIS Summary document to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada for review by regulatory agencies, Indigenous peoples, and public stakeholders. These documents describe the proposed drilling program activities and potential environmental and social impacts, as well as associated mitigation proposed to reduce or eliminate adverse impacts. All documents associated with the environmental assessment process are available on the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

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 will be developed for the Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Program. 

Community engagement

BP recognizes the importance of early and ongoing Indigenous and stakeholder engagement that continues over the life of the project. In late 2017, we initiated discussions with Indigenous communities, fisheries stakeholders, and regulatory agencies to introduce our proposed exploration drilling program and to obtain early feedback on interests and concerns. BP will continue to engage with Indigenous communities and interested stakeholders during project planning and implementation.