Oil pollution risk management information paper

NOPSEMA developed its IP1488 - Oil pollution risk management - Rev 1 - February 2017 (PDF 804KB) to provide titleholders with clarification on the regulatory requirements for oil pollution risk assessment as well as the content and level of detail required in an oil pollution emergency plan (OPEP) which in turn supports the development of an acceptable environment plan submission.

While the level of detail provided in any submission to NOPSEMA should be relative to the nature and scale of a proposed activity and its complexity, the information paper presents a range of considerations that provide an indication of the type and scope of information that may be relevant when developing an environment plan and OPEP.

The information paper supplements the GN1344 - Environment plan content requirements - Rev 3 - April 2016 (PDF 1.1MB). While both documents focus on the content requirement of an environment plan, the guidance note discusses the purpose of each regulation and the information paper provides additional information on the application of the regulations to oil pollution risk management.

Note: The information paper is not a “how to guide” on oil pollution risk assessment, contingency planning, implementation of spill control measures or OPEP design. It is also not intended to replace technical spill response guidance published by other government and industry bodies.

The information paper does not address the relative merits of different oil pollution risk assessment methods, oil pollution control measures or options for OPEP design and structure. There are a number of technical oil pollution risk assessment and contingency planning guidance documents published by a range of government and industry sources addressing these topics for titleholders to consider.


Open for comment

NOPSEMA has revised its IP1488 - Oil pollution risk management - Rev 1 - February 2017 (PDF 804KB) to address certain issues requiring further clarification. NOPSEMA identified these issues via feedback received during titleholder liaison meetings, observations during the assessment of EP submissions as well as a targeted online questionnaire of titleholders during 2016.

The information paper is now open for comment and NOPSEMA is seeking feedback from relevant industry stakeholders about:

  • the clarity of the revised information paper

  • any suggestions for improvement to aspects not understood or in need of further explanation

  • any significant absences or omissions that stakeholders can identify.

All comments should be made in writing and addressed to feedback@nopsema.gov.au by 31 March 2017. NOPSEMA will consider all feedback and will publish a summary of the feedback we receive along with NOPSEMA’s response.