Christopher Russell, 16 March 2016

BP Australia has lodged its revised environment plan for exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

The energy giant submitted the plan to the federal agency which oversees the approval process.

“BP expects and welcomes scrutiny by regulators and the community to make sure our work is safe and environmentally acceptable,” a BP Australia spokeswoman said.

BP wants to explore for petroleum 400km west of Port Lincoln in waters up to 2.5km deep.

BP initially submitted the plan in October last year to the federal agency, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority.

In mid-November, the agency said it was not satisfied BP’s plan met all the required criteria.