BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP) was issued Exploration Licences 2431, 2432, 2433, 2434 in 2013. In the summer of 2014, BP received authorization from the CNSOPB to conduct a 3D Wide Azimuth seismic survey over this area. BP acquired data over an area of approximately 7,752 km2 in water depths from approximately 100m-4000m.
BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP) submitted an application to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) on September 21, 2017 for a proposed one well deep-water exploration drilling program that is planned within one of the four (4) Exploration Licence blocks that they currently hold in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area (refer to map).
An environmental assessment (EA) of BP’s Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project is currently being conducted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. This EA considers the drilling of up to seven exploration wells in total. Information pertaining to the environmental assessment may be found here.
BP has indicated that it plans to begin drilling in Q2 2018, pending a successful conclusion of the EA process, and subject to the granting of an authorization by the CNSOPB.
For the drilling of this well, BP is planning to use the Seadrill West Aquarius, a semi-submersible offshore drilling unit that is suited to the North Atlantic environment and deep-water depths.