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National regulator releases seismic survey environment plan assessment for the Great Australian Bight

NOPSEMA has released the environment plan assessment of the seismic survey proposed to be undertaken in the Great Australian Bight by Bight Petroleum. The release of the plan concludes the multi-stage process of releasing documents to the public relating to the survey, which began in December 2014. The release of documents on this matter has been in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982. To read more see NOPSEMA's News and Media page.

Stakeholder engagement and transparency work program update

NOPSEMA recently completed consultation regarding a range of changes to policy and guidance with the intention of improving environmental management consultation and decision-making processes for the offshore petroleum industry. This work has been undertaken as part of NOPSEMA’s Stakeholder Engagement and Transparency Work Program. For more information on the work program, the result of work undertaken to date and proposed changes see the Stakeholder engagement and transparency page.

MODU mooring systems in cyclonic conditions – Information paper

On 20 August 2015, NOPSEMA hosted a workshop with 50 industry participants to develop and disseminate the key issues and findings from the Atwood Osprey mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) mooring failure incident. Workshop participants highlighted the need to re-evaluate MODU mooring arrangements ahead of the impending cyclone season. Further, participants contemplated and contributed to a NOPSEMA information paper addressing the key issues. This information paper has now been published: IP1631 - MODU mooring systems in cyclonic conditions - Rev 0 - December 2015 (PDF 220KB).

Well Integrity - New guidance

Amendments to Part 5 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 will commence from 1 January 2016. NOPSEMA is publishing a series of guidance notes to assist titleholders to comply with their well integrity responsibilities under the amended regulations. To view the first in this series of guidance notes see the Well Integrity Resources page.

Hammelmann Australia Pty Ltd convicted and fined

On 14 December 2015, Hammelmann Australia Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $20,000 in the Magistrates’ Court of Western Australia, for breaching their duty to comply with the duties of care owed by manufacturers of equipment under clause 12 of Schedule 3 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006. For more information see NOPSEMA's announcement on the News & Media page.

Stena Clyde fatalities - Summary of facts

The Summary of facts used in the criminal proceedings against Stena Drilling Australia is now available on NOPSEMA's website. For more information see NOPSEMA's announcement on the News & Media page.

NOPSEMA's assessment of the Great Australian Bight Drilling Program

Stakeholder interest continues in relation to NOPSEMA's assessment of the Great Australian Bight Drilling Program environment plan submitted by BP. Information on the progress of NOPSEMA's assessment will be updated here when available.

Safety alert 61 highlights the risks associated with electric storage batteries

NOPSEMA has published a safety alert in relation to a fire that occurred in the battery room on a production facility. This incident has highlighted the potential for thermal runaway events, specifically, when there is short circuit between two or more battery banks of uninterruptible power supply. To read the safety alert see the Safety Alerts page.

NOPSEMA's Program endorsed under the EPBC Act

The independent review of NOPSEMA’s environmental management authorisation process (the Program), endorsed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), is complete. For more information or to read the Program Review Report see the Environment page.


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the Regulator Issue #4 2015 (PDF 1.5MB)

    • Message from the CEO
    • MODU mooring systems in cyclonic conditions
    • New well integrity guidance
    • Comments welcome on new draft guidance note
    • Managing scientific uncertainty in environmental impact assessments
    • Thermal and overpressure protection for TEMPSC and muster stations
    • Risks of electric storage batteries
    • NOPSEMA participates in offshore oil and gas open days
    • When should operators revise safety cases?
    • Improving stakeholder engagement and transparency
    • NOPSEMA participates in IRF Offshore Safety Conference
    • Environmental management guidance
    • International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators Meeting
    • Effective consultation and opposing views
    • Demonstrating that risks are ALARP; a key element for safety case acceptance
    • Hammelmann Australia Pty Ltd convicted and fined
    • Schedule of events
    • Data reports

Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2014. To view the Annual offshore performance report click here.

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2014-15

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2014-15 has been tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament. To view the NOPSEMA Annual Report 2014-15 click here.

Major offshore incidents

Stena Clyde fatalities, Bass Strait, 27 Aug 2012

On 3 September 2015 the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria imposed a criminal penalty of $330,000 against Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd for their failure to implement and maintain systems of work that were safe and without risk to health as required under clause 9(2)(d) of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

Announcement - Stena Clyde fatalities - Summary of facts - 10 December 2015

Report - Summary of facts - Stena Drilling Australia - 9 December 2015 (PDF 61KB)

Transcript - Stena Drilling Australia sentencing hearing - 3 September 2015 (PDF 39KB)

Media release - Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd - convicted and fined - 03 September 2015 (PDF 130KB)

Media release - Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd pleads guilty - 27 August 2015 (PDF 130KB)

Media release - Update on Stena Clyde investigation - 26 Aug 2014 (PDF 123KB)

Announcement - Update on investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig - 16 June 2014 (PDF 100KB)

Annoucement - Update on investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig, Bass Strait - 23 August 2013 (PDF 127KB)

Announcement - Investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig, Bass Strait - 17 October 2012 (PDF 69KB)

Media release - Independent investigation into fatal accident on Stena Clyde - 29 Aug 2012 (PDF 97KB)

Media release - NOPSEMA investigates fatalities in Bass Strait - 27 Aug 2012 (PDF 47KB)

Incident Notification

To notify NOPSEMA of an accident, dangerous occurrence or environmental incident call (08) 6461 7090

For general enquiries call (08) 6188 8700


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