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New environment alert highlights issues with transition of titleholder

NOPSEMA has published its second environment alert, addressing issues arising from a failure to comply with environmental management requirements due to titleholder asset ownership changes. To read the alert see the Environment Alerts page.

NOPSEMA welcomes stakeholder feedback on its Compliance Strategy

NOPSEMA is developing its Compliance Strategy as an overarching strategic policy document outlining the framework and principles applied by the regulator in undertaking its regulatory activities. NOPSEMA welcomes feedback on the strategy by 14 October 2016. For more information, see the Compliance Strategy page.

NOPSEMA receives second submission for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight

On 19 August 2016, NOPSEMA granted a request from BP for an extension to the 31 December 2016 for resubmission of their Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program environment plan. NOPSEMA has also received a new environment plan submission from BP which proposes to drill two of the four exploration wells that were originally proposed in the above environment plan. For more information see the NOPSEMA's media release.

Draft PSZ and ATBA guidance open for comment

NOPSEMA is seeking comment on a new draft guidance note in relation to petroleum safety zones (PSZ) and the area to be avoided (ATBA) primarily for owners and operators of commercial fishing vessels working in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 To read the draft guidance note or for more information see the Petroleum Safety Zones page.

New guidance for offshore project proposals rolled out to industry

NOPSEMA has published updated information relating to Offshore project proposals (OPP) submitted under the Environment Regulations. This includes the release of the OPP Assessment Policy, updates to the existing Information Paper on the public comment process and guidance note on OPP content requirements. For more information see the Offshore Project Proposals page.

NOPSEMA provides BP opportunity to modify drilling environment plan

On 16 May 2016, NOPSEMA provided BP an opportunity to modify and resubmit their environment plan for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight. On 12 July, NOPSEMA granted BP’s request for an extension of the time-frame for resubmission so they may address the matters raised by NOPSEMA in the assessment. The modified plan is now expected to be resubmitted by 31 August, at which time NOPSEMA will recommence the assessment.

New safety alert published

NOPSEMA has published a new safety alert following a recent incident where a vessel facility lost position while diving activities were being conducted approximately 130 metres from a hydrocarbon facility. For more information see the Safety Alerts page.


Quarterly newsletter - the Regulator

the Regulator Issue #2 2016 (PDF 1.4MB)

  • Message from the CEO
  • Collaborative opportunities for oil spill preparedness and response
  • Inspecting environmental consultation performance
  • Exclusion of major accident events in safety cases
  • Deciding on environmental consultation requirements
  • Appropriate medical and first aid services
  • Joint industry workshop on oil spill preparedness and response
  • Monitoring financial assurance compliance
  • NOPSEMA releases its Annual offshore performance report
  • NOPSEMA’s corporate plan and compliance with the Regulator Performance Framework
  • NOPSEMA participates at APPEA Conference
  • Human error tolerant safety critical control systems
  • NOPSEMA supports WA strategy for marine science collaboration
  • Updated industry guidance on arrangements for marine oil pollution in WA
  • New OHS guidance

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 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.

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.


October 2016

17-20 October, International Regulators Offshore Petroleum Health and Safety Forum, Auckland, NZ

17-20 October, SPE Asset Abandonment and Emerging Reality Workshop, KL, Malaysia

25-27 October, SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, Perth

26 October, APPEA HSR Forum, 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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