BP Developments Australia has submitted a second environment plan to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (Nopsema) for the proposed drilling campaign in the Great Australian Bight.

On 1 October 2015, the company submitted the first environment plan for the proposed exploration activity to Nopsema for assessment.

The Great Australian Bight is located off the central and western portions of the southern coastline of mainland Australia.

"The environment plan submission will be assessed by a dedicated team based on its technical and scientific merits."

BP said that the wells proposed in the revised submission are two of the four originally proposed in the first exploration drilling programme environment plan. 

Nopsema has granted a request from BP for an extension to the timeframe for resubmission of the first environment plan of 31 December this year.

The regulations allow a titleholder to take this approach to the submission of environment plans. They require all titleholders to identify and assess environmental impacts and risks that may occur from their activities.

The offshore regulator noted that no petroleum activities will be permitted in the Great Australian Bight until a compliance with all requirements of Commonwealth environmental law has been demonstrated.

Nopsema said in a statement: “As with every assessment undertaken by NOPSEMA, the environment plan submission will be assessed by a dedicated environmental assessment team based on its technical and scientific merits.”