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Green light for Barossa environment plan

Barossa Gas project

The Barossa development drilling and completions environment plan (EP) was accepted by the regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).

Following the setting aside of NOPSEMA’s March 2022 approval of the EP in September 2022, Santos has conducted further extensive consultation with Tiwi Island people and other relevant persons consistent with the applicable regulations, NOPSEMA’s guidelines, and guidance provided by the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Tipakalippa proceedings.

Santos is proceeding with applications for all remaining approvals for the Barossa Gas Project.

One year ago, Santos was revising the drilling environment plan for its Barossa gas project following the Federal Court’s decision to reject NOPSEMA’s approval.

According to a statement released by Santos in September 2022, the company – consistent with previous practice – engaged about the proposed drilling activities with the Tiwi Land Council, a representative body with statutory authority under the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act 1976.

Despite this, Santos said at the time that it was proceeding with applications for all remaining approvals.

The company didn’t expect any impact on schedule or project cost.

The Barossa gas project is expected to deliver first gas in the first half of 2025.

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