New decommissioning guideline for offshore petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters

On 17 January 2018, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science released a guideline regarding decommissioning obligations under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 and associated regulations, as well as Australian Government policies relating to decommissioning offshore petroleum infrastructure in Commonwealth waters. 

It is designed to assist all current and future titleholders to understand their obligations in relation to all structures, equipment and property brought into the title area in connection with the operations authorised by the title. The guideline aims to assist titleholders to engage effectively with government and regulators on property removal and broader decommissioning requirements under the existing legislation.

During 2018, the Department will commence a review of the policy, regulatory and legislative framework for decommissioning offshore petroleum infrastructure in Commonwealth waters, to identify opportunities for future improvements. Opportunities will be made available to stakeholders to discuss issues and options with government and regulators as part of the review.

NOPSEMA is working with the Department and the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) to update related guidance material to ensure consistency with the new guideline and Australian Government policies.

The new decommissioning guideline can be found on the NOPTA website at nopta.gov.au.