New ‘Oil pollution risk management’ information paper

Article published in the Regulator | Issue 5: 2014 

NOPSEMA recently published Oil pollution risk management guidance note (PDF 465KB) to address the February 2014 amendments to the Environment Regulations; specifically the change from Oil Spill Contingency Plan (OSCP) to Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (OPEP) and explicit requirements for monitoring environmental impacts in the event of an oil spill.

The aim of the paper is to provide titleholders with specific information about the type of content and level of detail required for an OPEP and to provide clarification around considerations that support the development of an acceptable environment plan submission in relation to oil pollution risks.

To appropriately inform the development of the paper, NOPSEMA consulted with industry via a reference group that included representatives from all major industry associations. The feedback from the reference group was extremely valuable.

The paper supersedes the 'Oil spill contingency plan' guidance note and builds on the information provided in Environment plan content requirements (PDF 953KB). The information paper should be read in conjunction with the guidance note.