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This register provides public access to environmental data as required under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and associated regulations.

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eviro_imageProvision of this public register  is part of  a strategy to demonstrate  that there is transparency and accountability in decision-making processes.

Section 106 and Section 107 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 require that an Environmental Register be established for public inspection. These sections are intended to provide the means that will aid stakeholders in contributing to the establishment of environmental objectives and determining whether the regulatory objectives of the Act have been met.

This register contains information on the four areas of petroleum industry activity, which includes seismic surveying, drilling, pipelines and facilities, as administered by the Energy Resources Division.

The Act specifies that the following data will be contained in the register:

  • Environmental impact reports;
  • Criteria for the classification of regulated activities;
  • Classifications of regulated activities made by the Minister;
  • Statements of environmental objectives that have been approved under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000;
  • Reports provided under reporting obligations imposed by statements of environmental objectives;
  • Environmental impact assessments that affect regulated activities under the Development Act 1993;
  • Annual licensee compliance reports; and
  • Various transitional documents, which relate to ongoing activities.

The Minister has the discretion to include other data such as:

  • Fitness for Purpose Reports and Emergency Response Drill Reports subsequent to consultation with licensees;
  • Energy Resources Division Inspection and Audit Reports;
  • Locations of activities as points, lines or polygons in an open spatial standard format;

or as the Minister deems to be appropriate.

Criteria for Classifying the Level of Environmental Impact of Regulated Activities

PGRG004-1On the basis of the information provided in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and in accordance with Section 98 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, the Minister, using a set of publicly developed and disclosed criteria, must classify the level of environmental impact of any proposed activity.

Criteria for Classifying the Level of Environmental Impact of Regulated Activites (PDF 232KB)

SEO, EIR and ESA Reports

Copies of current Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), Statements of Environmental Objectives (SEO) and Environmental Impact Classifications (EIC) prepared by licensees are contained here, grouped in types of regulated activity. In some cases Other Documentation (OTH), including addendums to EIRs, Risk Assessments, Hydrogeological Assessments and any other relevant documentation, where required to be submitted by the licensees and have been included in the listings below where relevant.

For more information on EIR, SEO and EIC please refer to the Activity Approvals Process.

* - Please note that gazetted dates with an asterisk indicate an extension of time for the 5-year review has been granted for that particular Statement of Environmental Objectives in accordance with Section 134 (1) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. All extensions of time can be accessed via the Licence Register. Please note until such time that the review is undertaken and the revised documents (if required) are approved by the Minister or his delegate and formally gazetted, the current approved SEO remains in effect and all relevant activities must remain compliant with the current version available on the Environmental Register.

^ - Please note that dates with this symbol indicate the Operator has initiated their review or submitted an updated Statement of Environmental Objectives to the Energy Resources Division in accordance with Part 12 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. Please note until such time that the review is undertaken and the revised documents (if required) are approved by the Minister or his delegate and formally gazetted, the current approved SEO remains in effect and all relevant activities must remain compliant with the current version available on the Environmental Register.

+ - Please note that gazetted dates with this symbol (+) indicate that a Statement of Environmental Objectives has undergone a review pursuant to section 14 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013 and as a result of the review, it has been determined by the Minister or his delegate that a revision of the document is not required.

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedEIRSEOEIC
Santos Cooper Drilling, Completions and Well Operations November
2015
Senex Energy Cooper Fracture Stimulation of Oil Targets of the Eromanga Basin Formations July
2015
Senex Energy Cooper PEL 182 Controlled Access Zone Drilling, Completions and Well Operations November
2016
Beach Energy Otway Drilling, Completions and Initial Production Testing November
2013^
SAPEX Arckaringa Exploration Drilling Activities September
2013*
SAPEX St Vincent / Walloway PEL 120 Exploratory Coal Seam Drilling July
2008*
Ahava Energy Officer Exploration Drilling Activities in the APY Lands Region November
2015
SAPEX Arckaringa PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Operations April
2019

If an activity is deemed by the Energy Resources Division in consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies, to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the associated Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives.

The Energy Resources Division on 7 February 2018 invited public comment on the proposed SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Activities Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives. This formal public consultation period closed on 4 June 2018 and all submissions received are available as per the links below:

Public Consultation

Internal Government Consultation

Please note that all written submissions received in response to invitations for public comment under section 102 of the PGE Act are published in full on the DEM website as part of the Environmental Register, in accordance with the provisions of the PGE Act and Regulations. The content of these written submissions is not to be attributed to DEM nor to be taken as representative of any government view or position on the matters concerned. The use and reproduction of written submissions including third party attachments is at the risk of the user.

The Energy Resources Division has developed an assessment summary report to summarise the main findings in relation to the potential issues and environmental risks associated with the SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Activities proposal and how they will be managed.

For a copy of the assessment summary report or more information please see the SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Activities page.

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedEIRSEOEICOTH
Santos Cooper South Australian Cooper Basin Production and Processing Operations October
2017
N/A
Senex Energy Cooper Production Operations September
2017
N/A
Beach Energy Cooper Petroleum Production Operations July
2019
N/A
Strike Energy Cooper Multi-well Exploration and Appraisal Production Testing from Deep Coals in PEL 96 December
2014
Air Liquide Australia Otway Caroline Carbon Dioxide Purification Plant December
2013+
Beach Energy Otway Onshore Otway Petroleum Production OperationsApril
2019
N/A

If an activity is deemed by the Energy Resources Division in consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies, to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the associated Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives.

The Energy Resources Division on 24 November 2018 invited public comment on the proposed Beach Energy Onshore Otway Petroleum Production Activities Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives. This formal public consultation period closed on 1 February 2019 and all submissions received are available as per the links below:

Public Consultation

Internal Government Consultation

Please note that all written submissions received in response to invitations for public comment under section 102 of the PGE Act are published in full on the DEM website as part of the Environmental Register, in accordance with the provisions of the PGE Act and Regulations. The content of these written submissions is not to be attributed to DEM nor to be taken as representative of any government view or position on the matters concerned. The use and reproduction of written submissions including third party attachments is at the risk of the user.

The Energy Resources Division has developed an assessment summary report to summarize the main findings in relation to the potential issues and environmental risks associated with the Beach Energy Onshore Otway Petroleum Production Activities proposal and how they will be managed.

For a copy of the assessment summary report or more information please see the Beach Energy Otway Basin Production page.

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedEIRSEOEIC
Dept. for Energy and Mining Cooper Geophysical Activities for SA Cooper Basin Operators November
2014
Santos Cooper Cooper Basin and Arid Regions Geophysical Operations October
2018
Senex Energy Cooper Geophysical Operations in PEL 182 August
2013*
SAPEX Arckaringa Geophysical Operations October
2013*
Dept. for Energy and Mining State-wide Airborne Geophysical and Preliminary Survey Operations December
2016
OperatorLicencePipelineGazettedEIRSEOEIC
Epic Energy PL 01 & 12 Moomba to Adelaide Gas System & Beverly Lateral July
2016
Santos PL 02 Moomba to Port Bonython Liquids October
2017
Epic Energy PL 03 & 04 South East Pipeline System August
2017
APA Group PL 06 & 11 Angaston to Berri Transmission and Murray Bridge (Riverland) Gas June
2018
APA Group PL 07 & 08 Moomba to Sydney Gas & Moomba to Sydney Ethane December
2015
SEA Gas PL 13 Port Campbell to Adelaide February
2016
APT Pipelines (SA) PL 16 SESA Katnook/Ladbroke Grove Gas September
2016
APA Group PL 18 QSN Link (Ballera Qld to Moomba SA) February
2014^

Construction and operation of the PL 17  Jackson (Qld) to Moomba (SA) pipeline is in accordance with the South Australia Cooper Basin Joint Venture Statement of Environmental Objectives for Production and Processing Operations. Please refer to the Production and Processing Operations Activity Reports section.

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedEIRSEOEIC
Leigh Creek Energy Telford In Situ Gasification Pilot Plant April 2018


If an activity is deemed by the Energy Resources Division in consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies, to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the associated Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives.

The Energy Resources Division on the 16 January 2018 invited public comment on the proposed Leigh Creek Energy In-situ gasification Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives. This formal public consultation period closed on the 28 February 2018 and all submissions received are available as per the links below:

Public Consultation

Internal Government Consultation

Please note:

- For privacy reasons, the names and addresses of individual members of the public whom made submissions have been redacted;
- The content of these written submissions is not to be attributed to DEM nor to be taken as representative of any government view or position on the matters concerned. The use and reproduction of written submissions including third party attachments is at the risk of the user.

The Energy Resources Division has developed an assessment summary report to summarise the main findings in relation to the potential issues and environmental risks associated with the Leigh Creek Energy (LCK) Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) trial proposal and how they will be managed.

For a copy of the assessment summary report and more information please see the Leigh Creek Energy In Situ Gasification page.

Further to this, during the Stage 3 Activity Notification process, LCK were required to develop to the satisfaction of the Energy Resource Division and other co-regulators a Groundwater and Soil Vapour Monitoring Plan (GSVMP) and an Air Quality Monitoring Plan (AQMP). This was a requirement of the Statements of Environmental Objectives (SEO) and is key in measuring the level of compliance with the SEO Objectives and relevant assessment criteria. Links to the relevant monitoring plans can be found below.

Groundwater and Soil Vapour Monitoring Plan (PDF 12.1 MB)

Air Quality Monitoring Plan (PDF 1.3 MB)

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedEIRSEOEICOTH
Geodynamics Innamincka 1MW Geothermal Power Plant June 2014* N/A
OperatorActivityGazettedEIRSEOEIC
KJM Cooper Basin Logistics Support Hub September 2013*
Dept. for Energy and Mining Preliminary Exploration and Survey Activities, Pipeline Preliminary Survey and other Low-Impact Survey Activities in South Australia May 2019

Archived Reports

Archived activity reports have either reached their 5 year review period and have not been reviewed, or have been superseded by updated versions.

To access archived activity reports for activities which include (but not limited to) seismic surveying, drilling, production, geothermal, pipelines and facilities please See Archived reports

Fitness-for-Purpose Assessments

Section 86A of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 requires a licensee to carry out fitness-for purpose (FFP) assessments of their facilities at least once each 5 years. Such assessments must include a statement of the state of the current, and expected (over an ensuing 5 year period), fitness-for-purpose of the facility. The report must also detail the grounds on which the statement was made, including  the physical condition of the facility; the effectiveness of management systems for the operation and management of the facility; and any other factors which may adversely affect or compromise the fitness-for-purpose of the facility, including environmental factors and the adequacy and reliability of utilities. The assessments must assess the risks of the facilities on public health and safety; the environment; and the security of supply of natural gas (so far as this maybe relevant). A report on the assessment must be prepared in accordance with Regulation 30 and submitted to the Energy Resources Division.

This section of the register contains list of the most recent reports on such assessments prepared by the licensee and submitted to the Energy Resources Division that are available to the public on request.  Details of any current extensions of time granted, pursuant to Section 134 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, are located on the Licence Register. Historical reports are not listed on the website, but are available to the public on request.

For any questions or to request a copy of any Fitness-For-Purpose Report, please use the contact details located at the bottom of this webpage.

OperatorBasinFacility Details of Current Report Available (Date Submitted / Extension of Time)
Air Liquide Australia Otway Caroline Carbon Dioxide Gas Plant 18 October 2012

Resubmitted 5 March 2013
Beach Energy

N.B. Previous report submitted by Origin Energy as operator
Otway Katnook and Ladbroke Grove Gas Plants 7 April 2017*
Beach Energy

N.B. Previous report submitted by Drillsearch as operator
Cooper Flax Facility 30 October 2014*
Beach Energy Cooper Beach Energy Cooper Basin Facilities 7 April 2014*
Santos Cooper South Australian Cooper Basin Joint Venture's (SACBJV) Facilities in the Cooper Basin 8 November 2012*
Senex Energy Cooper Senex Energy Production Facilities in PPL 208, 211, 215, 217 and 218 FFP Report 2015 4 March 2015

See entry at bottom of table
Senex Energy Cooper Senex Production Facilities in PRL 15; PEL 90B, 111,113A and 516; and PPL 213 and 214 27 April 2012

See entry at bottom of table
Senex EnergyCooperSenex Cooper Basin Production Facilities

Note: This report incorporates facilities from PEL 90B, 111, 113A and 516; PRL 15; PPL 208, 211-215, 217, 218
Submission 17 April 2018 is currently under review


* - Please note that dates with an asterix indicate an extension of time has been granted for that particular Fitness for Purpose Report in accordance with Section 134 (1) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. All extensions of time can be accessed via the Licence Register.

OperatorLicencePipeline Details of Current Report Available (Date Submitted / Extension of Time)
Epic Energy SA PL 1 Moomba to Adelaide 20 April 2013

Submission 1 May 2018 is currently under review
Epic Energy SA PL 2 Moomba to Port Bonython 20 December 2012*

Submission 30 April 2018 is currently under review
Epic Energy SA PL 3 & 4 South East 6 March 2014

Resubmitted 9 December 2016
Santos PL 5 Ballera to Moomba 27 April 2013*
APT O&M Services PL 6 Riverland Pipeline 8 July 2013*
APA Group PL 7 Moomba to Sydney 9 June 2015
APA Group

^Previous FFP submitted by Gorodok as operator
PL 8 Moomba to Sydney Ethane 26 November 2012*
Santos PL 9 Stokes to Mettika 27 April 2013*
APT O&M Services PL 11 Berri to Mildura 17 March 2015*

Resubmitted 1 April 2016
Heathgate Resources PL 12 Beverly Lateral 10 May 2010

Submission 1 June 2015 is currently under review
SEA Gas PL 13 Port Campbell to Adelaide 20 April 2017
Santos PL 15 Moon to Kerna 9 May 2013*
APA Group PL 16 South East South Australia 21 June 2016
Santos PL 17 Jackson to Moomba Oil 23 July 2013*
APA Group PL 18 QSN Link 19 December 2013


* - Please note that dates with an asterix indicate an extension of time has been granted for that particular Fitness for Purpose Report in accordance with Section 134 (1) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. All extensions of time can be accessed via the Licence Register.

Low Level Official Surveillance Activities

Section 74 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 requires a mandatory licence condition which divides regulated activities carried out under a licence into those requiring 'high level surveillance' by the regulator and those requiring 'low level surveillance'. Activities for which a licensee demonstrates a high level compliance culture, the ability to comply with legislation, will be classified as low surveillance.

The criteria used by the Energy Resources Division to assess surveillance status is outlined in the Guidelines for Operator Classification (PDF 103 KB).

This section of the register contains Low level official surveillance classification letters.

Note: On 1 October 2009, the terminology in Section 74 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 was changed from "low/high level official supervision" to "low/high level official surveillance". Approvals granted prior to 1 October 2009 therefore refer to supervision status.

OperatorActivity Letter Granting Low Surveillance Status Letter Date
APA Group Pty Pipeline Operations PDF 311 KB 29 July 2016
Air Liquide Australia PL 21 Production Operations PDF 29 KB 3 July 2001
Beach Energy Oil Production Operations PDF 561 KB 3 February 2011
Beach Energy Well Operations PDF 27 KB 3 February 2004
Beach Energy Geophysical Operations PDF 28 KB 23 December 2003
Beach Energy Preliminary Survey Operations PDF 194 KB 27 August 2007
SEA Gas PL 13 Pipeline Operations PDF 26 KB 22 January 2004
SEA Gas Pipeline Construction Operations PDF 55 KB 22 October 2004
Santos Geophysical Operations PDF 23 KB 16 October 2002
Santos Drilling and Well Operations PDF 35 KB 31 October 2000
Senex Energy Geophysical Operations PDF 207 KB 12 June 2014
Senex Energy Drilling and Well Operations PDF 35 KB 10 September 2016
Senex EnergyOil Production Operations PDF 369 KB2 January 2019
OperatorActivity Letter Granting Low Surveillance Status Letter Date
APT O&M Services Pipeline Operations PDF 66 KB 25 January 2007
APT O&M Services Envestra License Pipeline Operations PDF 32 KB 22 February 2005
APT O&M ServicesPipeline Operations PDF 218 KB5 March 2008
Epic Energy Pipeline Operations PDF 66 KB 17 January 2008
Epic Energy Pipeline Operations PDF 76 KB 5 December 2000
Gorodok PL 8 Pipeline Operations PDF 22 KB 30 May 2001
Innamincka Petroleum Well Operations PDF 56 KB 14 September 2004
Origin EnergyPreliminary Pipeline OperationsPDF 66 KB31 August 2004
Origin EnergyGeophysical Operations PDF 66 KB11 April 2002
Origin EnergyWell and Geophysical Operations in the Otway Basin PDF 10 KB31 October 2000
Stuart Petroleum Facility Construction Operations PDF 57 KB 9 July 2005
Stuart Petroleum Geophysical Operations PDF 45 KB 23 December 2003
Stuart Petroleum Well Operations PDF 33 KB 24 December 2003

For more information, contact:

Energy and Resources Division

+61 8 8429 2430
dem.engineering@sa.gov.au