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 2020 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 and further demonstrates BP’s commitment to exploration in Atlantic Canada.
BP has submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and EIS Summary document to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 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 Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry.
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.