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Scotian Basin Exploration Project

Approximately 330 kilometres offshore Nova Scotia, bp completed drilling operations at the Aspy D-11 exploration well in 2018. bp holds a 50% interest in the EL and is the operator of the exploration programme. Hess Canada holds a 50% interest in the EL.


In 2019, as part of routine licence management activity, bp surrendered 50 percent of its large acreage.

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Exploring offshore Nova Scotia aligns with bp’s significant experience in the exploration and production of oil and gas offshore. Exploration is a critical activity to enable continued oil and gas discoveries to maintain production to meet global demand.


Exploration involves both seismic acquisition and drilling wells. Seismic surveys assist in locating potential hydrocarbon resources. In 2014, bp conducted a safe and successful 3D seismic programme of the lease area. The data collected allows geologists to estimate where potential hydrocarbons may reside but only drilling a well will confirm their presence.


Data gathered during the drilling of the Aspy-D11 well in 2018 is currently being assessed.

Environmental assessment

As a key part of the environmental assessment process, bp submitted its environmental impact statement for an exploration drilling programme to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada in late 2016. It describes the proposed activities and potential environmental and social impacts, and associated mitigations as part of those activities that will inform the conditions of how bp will operate.

All documents associated with this process are available on the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada webpage.

Community engagement

bp has engaged with stakeholders and communities on the Scotian Basin Exploration Project since 2013. Listening and responding to concerns they may have about bp’s activities are an important part of obtaining and maintaining bp’s privilege to operate in Nova Scotia.