CNOOC International Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project

CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within two offshore Exploration Licences located in the Flemish Pass Basin, over 400 km east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The project would take place over an 8-year period, commencing in 2020, and would allow for CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC to determine the presence, nature and quantities of potential hydrocarbon resources.

Please note that the project was formerly known as Nexen Energy ULC Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and that the proponent was formerly Nexen Energy ULC.

Latest update

December 18, 2019 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has issued the Environmental Assessment Decision Statement to the proponent.

December 17, 2019 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada allocated $218,825.20 to 12 recipients to assist their participation in the environmental assessment for the proposed project.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
56 Environmental Assessment Decision Statement PDF (284 KB) December 17, 2019
55 Environmental Assessment Report - December 17, 2019
30 Potential Environmental Assessment Conditions PDF (269 KB) September 25, 2019
29 Draft Environmental Assessment Report PDF (3.2 MB) September 25, 2019
17 Environmental Impact Statement - February 20, 2018
16 Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement PDF (2.9 MB) February 20, 2018
12 Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1 MB) July 25, 2017
6 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - June 12, 2017
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - June 9, 2017
3 Summary of a Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (2.5 MB) April 13, 2017


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

Compliance Promotion & Follow-up Team
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H3

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