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23 March, 2016
NOPSEMA has published an environment alert in relation to the proper application of the management of change (MoC) control measure. NOPSEMA is concerned inadequate or poorly applied MoC procedures may fail to continually identify and reduce environmental impacts and risks to levels that are as low as reasonably practical (ALARP).
16 March, 2016
On 15 March, BP resubmitted their environment plan for proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australia Bight. NOPSEMA will now resume its assessment against the requirements of the Environment Regulations.
15 March, 2016
From 2-6 May, NOPSEMA will be participating in Australia’s premier event for those working in and around oil spill prevention, preparedness and response. Spillcon 2016 will be held in Perth WA and boasts an exceptional line-up of international and Australian speakers. NOPSEMA will deliver two presentations and specialists will be available for discussion on all related matters at NOPSEMA’s exhibition booth.
3 March, 2016
NOPSEMA has published a new guideline for operators outlining NOPSEMA's expectations relating to the inspection, maintenance and testing of TEMPSC on all facility types. The guideline describes the types of evidence NOPSEMA inspectors look for when verifying operators are maintaining TEMPSC in a fit for purpose condition at all times.
25 February, 2016
On the 23 February 2015 NOPSEMA hosted a workshop with members and guests of the IMCA seeking early feedback on the outline of draft guidance note relating to vessel facilities subject to external hydrocarbon hazards. NOPSEMA is currently drafting the guidance note which will be made available for wider industry comment in the coming months.
12 January, 2016
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has today concluded its staged release of documents relating to Bight Petroleum’s proposed seismic survey to be undertaken in the Great Australian Bight, off the coast of South Australia.
5 January, 2016
NOPSEMA recently completed consultation regarding a range of changes to policy and guidance with the intention of improving environmental management consultation and decision-making processes for the offshore petroleum industry. This work has been undertaken as part of NOPSEMA’s Stakeholder Engagement and Transparency Work Program.
18 December, 2015
On 20 August 2015, NOPSEMA hosted a workshop with 50 industry participants to develop and disseminate the key issues and findings from the Atwood Osprey mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) mooring failure incident. Workshop participants highlighted the need to re-evaluate MODU mooring arrangements ahead of the impending cyclone season. Further, participants contemplated and contributed to a NOPSEMA information paper addressing the key issues.
18 December, 2015
Amendments to Part 5 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 will commence from 1 January 2016. NOPSEMA is publishing a series of guidance notes to assist titleholder's to comply with their well integrity responsibilities under the amended regulations.
14 December, 2015
On 14 December 2015, Hammelmann Australia Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $20,000 in the Magistrates’ Court of Western Australia, for breaching their duty to comply with the duties of care owed by manufacturers of equipment under clause 12 of Schedule 3 of the OPGGS Act.
10 December, 2015
The summary of facts used in the criminal proceedings against Stena Drilling Australia is now available on NOPSEMA's website.
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.