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Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project

BP Canada Energy Group ULC is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licences in the Orphan Basin, located 343 to 496 kilometres northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent, over a nine-year period, to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1145, 1146, 1148, and 1149.


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.

Latest update

February 12, 2020 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change issued the Environmental Assessment Decision Statement to the proponent under the transition provisions of the Impact Assessment Act, which allows the project to continue under the previous act (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012).


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
45 Environmental Assessment Report PDF (3.3 MB) February 12, 2020
44 Environmental Assessment Decision Statement PDF (287 KB) February 12, 2020
26 Potential Environmental Assessment Conditions PDF (827 KB) November 5, 2019
25 Draft Environmental Assessment Report PDF (3.2 MB) November 4, 2019
15 Environmental Impact Statement - September 25, 2018
14 Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement PDF (8 MB) September 25, 2018
8 Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1 MB) March 5, 2018
6 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - March 5, 2018
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - March 5, 2018
3 Summary of a Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (2.7 MB) January 8, 2018

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Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
Suite 101, TD Place
140 Water Street
St. John's, NL A1C 6H6

Compliance Promotion and Enforcement Unit
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
Telephone: 613-957-0700 or 1-866-582-1884

  • Location

    • 343 to 496 kilometres northeast of St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Project Type

    • Oil and Gas
  • Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    BP Canada Energy Group ULC
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number

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