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Offshore petroleum environmental approvals open days

NOPSEMA is hosting a series of open days to assist stakeholders in better understanding the environmental management approvals process. For more information see the News and Media page.

New EP decision-making guidelines open for comment

NOPSEMA has published a series of new decision-making guidelines to provide insight into the regulator's deliberative processes. The guidelines are now open for comment. For more information see the News and Media page

New PSZ and ATBA guidance

NOPSEMA has published a new guidance note in relation to petroleum safety zones (PSZ) and the area to be avoided (ATBA) primarily for owners and operators of commercial fishing vessels working in the Bass Strait and other areas where there is petroleum infrastructure. To read the guidance note see the Petroleum Safety Zones page.

New guidance on when to submit a proposed revision to an EP open for comment

NOPSEMA is seeking comment on a new guideline on when to submit a proposed revision of an environment plan. For more information or to read the guideline see the News and Media page.

NOPSEMA grants BP an extension to provide further information

On 28 September 2016, NOPSEMA requested further information from BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (BP) relating to their environment plan for drilling of the Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1 exploration wells in the Great Australian Bight. On 28 October, NOPSEMA granted a request from BP for an extension to the timeframe to provide this information. See the News and Media page for more information.

BP announcement on plans for the Great Australian Bight

NOPSEMA is aware of the announcement by BP Developments Australia (BP) on 11 October that it will not be progressing its exploration drilling programme in the Great Australian Bight. This decision by BP not to proceed with plans to drill exploration wells is a commercial decision for the company, and questions regarding the decision should be addressed to BP. See the News and Media page for more information.

NOPSEMA requests further information from BP

On 28 September 2016, NOPSEMA requested further information from BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (BP) relating to their environment plan for drilling of the Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1 exploration wells in the Great Australian Bight. The requested information is expected to be provided by 28 October 2016, at which time NOPSEMA will recommence the assessment. BP can request an extension of this timeframe if required. See the News and Media page for more information.


Quarterly newsletter - the Regulator

the Regulator - Issue #3 2016 (PDF 7.8MB)

  • Message from the CEO
  • Equipment integrity in offshore oil and gas operations
  • Ongoing investigation by US authorities
  • Inspection and maintenance of safety-critical equipment
  • APPEA HSR Forum – Human performance in process safety
  • HSR Handbook update
  • NOPSEMA Compliance Strategy
  • Dropped objects data analysis
  • Update – IOPER annual general meeting and new research outcomes on sound and marine life
  • Suspended wells without an in force Well Operations Management Plan
  • Working with stakeholders to address environmental management challenges
  • Chute based emergency evacuation system
  • Has your Environment Plan reached the end of its life? ...if so, here's how to end it!
  • Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) guidance updated
  • Data reports and statistics
  • Schedule of events

Introducing NOPSEMA

Contains information broadly outlining NOPSEMA's history, jurisdiction, legislation, regulatory functions and governance. To view the Introducing NOPSEMA brochure click here

Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2015. To view the Annual offshore performance report click here.

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Contains information broadly covering the type of environmental approvals required to begin an offshore petroleum activity in Commonwealth waters, the assessment process and how to get involved. To view the Offshore petroleum environmental approvals brochure click here.

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16 has been tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament. To view the NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16 click here.

Decommissioning offshore petroleum facilities

Contains information broadly outlining the decision-making process for decommissioning offshore petroleum facilities in Commonwealth waters. To view the decommissioning brochure click here.

HSR Handbook updated

The HSR Handbook has been revised and updated to provide HSRs with concise and easy-to-read guidance. To view the latest HSR Handbook click here.


December 2016

13 December - Offshore petroleum environmental approvals open day, Perth

To register for this event click here.

May 2017

14-17 May - 2017 APPEA Conference and Exhibition, Perth

Events listed are those at which NOPSEMA is presenting or exhibiting or has an organisational role. For presentations at past events see our Presentations page.


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