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Environment alert: Proper application of change management processes

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).

NOPSEMA to participate in oil spill prevention and preparedness conference

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.

Improving environmental management consultation and decision-making processes

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.

New information paper on MODU mooring systems in cyclonic conditions

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.

New well integrity guidance released ahead of legislative change

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.

Hammelmann Australia Pty Ltd - convicted and fined

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.

Administering campaign emails sent to NOPSEMA

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.

Safety alert: Risks associated with electric storage batteries

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.

BP drilling proposal to undergo further assessment

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.

NOPSEMA endorsed as sole environment regulator

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.

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