BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project

Woodside Energy (Canada) is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licences in the Orphan Basin, located approximately 350 kilometres northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1157 and 1158.

Please note that the proponent was formerly known as BHP Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation.

Latest update

January 11, 2021 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change issued the Environmental Assessment Decision Statement to the proponent under the transition provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
178 Environmental Assessment Decision Statement PDF (787 KB) January 11, 2021
177 Environmental Assessment Report PDF (2.1 MB) December 11, 2020
8 Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1.5 MB) June 28, 2019
6 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - June 28, 2019
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - June 28, 2019
1 Summary of a Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (1.2 MB) May 9, 2019


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  • Location

    • 325 kilometres northeast of St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Oil and Gas
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Woodside Energy (Canada)
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

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