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As part of its regulatory functions under the OPGGS Act and to increase transparency, NOPSEMA publishes directions, prohibition notices and improvement notices. These regulatory enforcement actions are published within 7 days and no later than 21 days of issuance and the provisions for publication do not apply to any other types of notices, letters or enforcement actions issued by NOPSEMA or NOPSEMA inspectors.

Published directions, improvement and prohibition notices will not be removed when they cease to have effect, however, in the event a direction/notice is the subject of external review it will be removed. Where a direction is revoked, the direction is cancelled from the date specified in the revocation notice. NOPSEMA will ensure that as far as is reasonably practicable all personal information as defined in the Privacy Act 1988 is redacted from these documents prior to publication. When a direction or notice is marked closed, it means that the duty holder has notified NOPSEMA that the direction or notice has been complied with.

Under Part 6.2 of the OPGGS Act, NOPSEMA and the responsible Commonwealth Minister have powers to issue directions to petroleum or greenhouse gas titleholders. NOPSEMA can issue three types of directions: general directions, significant incident directions and remedial directions. The directions powers are used by NOPSEMA for enforcing compliance with the OPGGS Act and associated regulations. Failure to comply with directions is an offence.

A prohibition notice may be issued if a NOPSEMA inspector is satisfied on reasonable grounds that there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of any person or an immediate and significant threat to the environment. A prohibition notice stops the duty holder from continuing their activity and will only cease to have effect when a NOPSEMA inspector is satisfied adequate action has been taken to remove the threat specified in the notice.  Failure to comply with a prohibition notice is an offence.

An improvement notice may be issued if a NOPSEMA inspector believes the duty holder or titleholder is contravening or has contravened a provision of offshore petroleum Commonwealth OHS or environmental law and as a result there is, or could be, a risk to the health and safety of any person or a significant threat to the environment. The notice will cease to have effect when the responsible duty holder or titleholder takes the action specified in the notice. Failure to comply with an improvement notice is an offence.

Sort published directions and notices

Type Of Notice Date issued Organisation Facility / activity Notice Status
General Direction
To undertake independent reviews into the effectiveness of arrangements with UGL Operations and Maintenance Pty Ltd to ensure a safe workplace, and factors affecting the willingness of the workforce to raise safety concerns such that they can be addressed in a timely manner.
06/10/2021 Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd, BHP Billiton Petroleum (Bass Strait) Pty Ltd Barracouta, Whiting, Marlin A, Marlin B, West Tuna, Halibut, Cobia, Mackerel, Fortescue, Kingfish B, Kingfish A, West Kingfish, Tuna, Snapper, Flounder, Bream A, Bream B, Dolphin, Perch A806119.pdf Open
OHS Improvement Notice
Ensure temporary lifting equipment is only operated within its operating parameters and ensure integrity management of temporary equipment is appropriately managed.
15/09/2021 Jadestone Energy (Eagle) Pty Ltd Montara Venture Facility A802821_0.pdf Open
General Direction
To plug or close off wells; remove property; provide for the conservation and protection of natural resources; make good any damage to the seabed or subsoil in title area, to the satisfaction of NOPSEMA and report annually to NOPSEMA on progress.
01/09/2021 Cooper Energy Limited Basker Manta Gummy (VIC/RL13) A800345.pdf Open
General Direction
To remove property; provide for the conservation and protection of natural resources; make good any damage to the seabed or subsoil in title area, to the satisfaction of NOPSEMA and report annually to NOPSEMA on progress.
30/08/2021 BHP Billiton Petroleum (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Mobil Exploration & Producing Australia Pty Ltd, Inpex Alpha Ltd Griffin (WA-10-L, WA-3-PL) A781707.pdf Open
General Direction
To plug or close off wells; remove property; provide for the conservation and protection of natural resources; make good any damage to the seabed or subsoil in title area, to the satisfaction of NOPSEMA and report annually to NOPSEMA on progress.
30/08/2021 BHP Billiton Petroleum (Victoria) Pty. Ltd, Cooper Energy (MF) Pty.Ltd. Minerva (VIC/L22, VIC/PL33) A781846.pdf Open
General Direction
To plug or close off wells; remove property; provide for the conservation and protection of natural resources; make good any damage to the seabed or subsoil in title area, to the satisfaction of NOPSEMA and report annually to NOPSEMA on progress.
30/08/2021 BHP Billiton Petroleum (Australia) Pty.Ltd., Woodside Energy Stybarrow (WA-32-L) A781218.pdf Open
OHS Prohibition Notice
The use of a beam-and-trolley lifting appliance. 
29/07/2021 Woodside Energy Ltd. Vincent A794996.pdf Open
General Direction
Woodside is directed to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that the caissons at the North Rankin Alpha (NRA) platform (part of the North Rankin Complex facility) are safe and without risk to health. Structural integrity failure of one or more of the remaining caissons at the NRA platform could lead to dropped object damage to the facility structure or loss of containment from the subsea gas and condensate pipelines, which may result in a major accident event.
15/06/2021 Woodside Energy Ltd. North Rankin A787920.pdf Open
General Direction
To validate the integrity assessment of corrective maintenance work orders that are beyond the initial scheduled completion date.
20/05/2021 Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd and BHP Billiton Petroleum (Bass Strait) Pty Ltd Refer to schedule 2 of the Direction A779669.pdf Closed
General Direction
Undertake all appropriate planning and commence decommissioning activities with all structures, property and equipment no longer in use to be removed no later than 30 September 2027. Commission an independent review of decommissioning activities and report annually to NOPSEMA on progress.
20/05/2021 Esso Resources Australia Pty Ltd Bass Strait offshore operations in the Gippsland basin A783674.pdf Open
Page last updated: October 13, 2021 9:55am