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6 November, 2015
Ensuring that a titleholder has considered and addressed the concerns of relevant persons is an important part of NOPSEMA’s environment plan assessment process. Recent campaign correspondence received by NOPSEMA relating to BP’s proposed drilling activities in the Great Australian Bight will be forwarded to BP for consideration.
4 November, 2015
NOPSEMA has published a safety alert in relation to a fire that occurred in the battery room on a production facility. This incident has highlighted the potential for thermal runaway events, specifically, when there is short circuit between two or more battery banks of uninterruptible power supply.
28 October, 2015
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), has advised BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (BP) that it will be taking additional time to reach an initial decision on a proposal to undertake exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
2 October, 2015
NOPSEMA's Program endorsed under the EPBC Act
The independent review of NOPSEMA’s environmental management authorisation process (the Program), endorsed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), is complete.
2 October, 2015
On 1 October 2015, BP submitted an environment plan for proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight to NOPSEMA for assessment.
3 September, 2015
On 3 September 2015 the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria imposed a criminal penalty of $330,000 against Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd for their failure to implement and maintain systems of work that were safe and without risk to health as required under clause 9(2)(d) of the OPGGS Act.
27 August, 2015
The sentencing hearing for the fatalities that occurred on the Stena Clyde mobile offshore drilling unit was held on 26 August 2015. Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd entered a plea of guilty to the charge of failing as an employer to take all reasonably practicable steps to implement and maintain systems of work that were safe and without risk to health.
1 August, 2015
The Department of Industry and Science is seeking public comment on key documents relating to the authorisation process for streamlining petroleum activities in South Australian and Northern Territory waters.
30 June, 2015
NOPSEMA has enhanced its environment plan (EP) Submissions and Summaries web page to increase the accessibility and transparency of information about petroleum and greenhouse gas activities in Commonwealth waters. Key changes include a subscription/email alert function, activity description overviews and location maps. Users now have the ability to search and filter activities according to the titleholder, type and region.
18 May, 2015
NOPSEMA released its 2014 Annual offshore performance report at the APPEA Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne on 18 May 2015.
2 April, 2015
NOPSEMA is participating in this year’s National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies annual exercise (Exercise Westwind). The aim of the exercise is to simulate a coordinated response by the Australian and Western Australian governments and the offshore petroleum industry to a Level 3 maritime environmental emergency. The exercise will take place in Perth and Exmouth, WA and Canberra, ACT in late May and early June and have separate strategic and operational components.
26 March, 2015
NOPSEMA has updated its guidance on environmental management cost recovery under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Regulations 2004. The guideline clarifies NOPSEMA's approach to regulatory requirements and has effect from the date of publication.
23 March, 2015
An independent review of NOPSEMA’s performance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) streamlined arrangements has commenced.
3 November, 2014
On 1 January 2015, titleholders will be required to demonstrate to NOPSEMA that they meet the financial assurance requirements of section 571(2) of the OPGGS Act.
24 September, 2014
Jane Cutler, CEO of NOPSA and the inaugural CEO of NOPSEMA, has released a 'Farewell from the CEO' message reflecting on her five year tenure.