Finished the petroleum activity? How to end your environment plan

Article published in the Regulator | Issue 3: 2017 

 You’ve finished the seismic survey, the drilling rig is long gone, so the construction project is done  and dusted! But wait, your work is not complete until you notify NOPSEMA that your environment plan (EP) is at the end of operation. This means formally declaring that all the obligations of the titleholder have been met, all reports have been submitted, inspection recommendations are  closed out and all levies are paid.

In October 2016, NOPSEMA initiated a formal process for ending EPs using the provisions of regulation 25A of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 and communicated it widely to industry. Since that time, titleholders have successfully ended more than 90 EPs—an excellent response to this new regulatory process.

However, NOPSEMA’s records show that there are still over 120 petroleum activities with accepted EPs, where the petroleum activity has been completed but the titleholder has not yet notified NOPSEMA to formally end the plan. Some of these outstanding EPs are approaching five years since their acceptance. This means a proposed revision will soon be required, unless the EPs are ended properly under regulation 25A. NOPSEMA will continue to monitor and enforce compliance with this regulation, including the collection of levies that are due.

NOPSEMA seeks the cooperation of titleholders to submit notification of completed EPs. Please use the form Regulation 25A – Notification of end of operation of environment plan form (FM1408) (www.nopsema.gov.au/ environmental-management/environment-resources/). The End of the operation of an environment plan guideline (GL1691) explains how these notifications will be handled, including how NOPSEMA will confirm with titleholders that their notification has been accepted.