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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
TSOGA must not recommence hydrocarbon production operations at the facility until specific items listed in the direction have been completed. This direction was closed on 10/09/20 due to Timor Sea Oil & Gas Australia Pty Ltd going into liquidation, and the Northern Endeavour facility no longer being regulated under the OPGGS framework.
18/07/2019 Timor Sea Oil & Gas Australia Pty Ltd (TSOGA) Northern Endeavour FPSO A683466.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Insufficient capability to fight fires on or in the vicinity of the M10 methanol laydown area.
12/07/2019 Woodside Energy Limited Vincent FPSO A682500.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Operator failure to take measures to implement an effective maintenance and inspection management program that adequately managed dropped object risks.
11/07/2019 Woodside Energy Limited North Rankin Complex A682305.pdf Closed
OHS Prohibition Notice
Non compliances relating to corrosion issues at the facility that could lead to a major accident event causing multiple fatalities and environmental damage. This notice was closed on 10/09/20 on the basis that Upstream Production Solutions Pty Ltd is no longer the registered operator of the Northern Endeavour, and the facility is no longer regulated under the OPGGS framework.
10/07/2019 Upstream Production Solutions Pty Ltd Northern Endeavour FPSO A682075.pdf Closed
OHS Prohibition Notice
Ineffective oversight, governance and control of maintenance and inspection of third party equipment could have resulted in a loss of containment, or ignition risk, and subsequently, a major accident event involving injury or death.
13/06/2019 BHP Petroleum Pty Ltd Pyrenees FPSO facility A677583.pdf Closed
General Direction
Address inadequate arrangements for measurement, management and reporting of produced formation water discharges.
21/05/2019 Esso Resources Australia Pty Ltd Marlin, Snapper, Flounder, Tuna, West Tuna, West Kingfish, Central Fields and Bream A673665.pdf NOPSEMA assessing compliance
Environmental Improvement Notice
Address ongoing inadequacies with oiled wildlife response arrangements under the oil pollution emergency plan.
30/04/2019 Esso Resources Australia Pty Ltd Barracouta, Whiting, Flounder and Central Fields A670502.pdf Closed
General Direction
Demonstrate commitment to retaining the facility's current registered operator while the facility is in use, until such time as a subsequent registered operator has a safety case accepted by NOPSEMA. This direction was closed on 10/09/20 due to Timor Sea Oil & Gas Australia Pty Ltd going into liquidation, and the Northern Endeavour facility no longer being regulated under the OPGGS framework.
26/04/2019 Timor Sea Oil & Gas Australia Pty Ltd (TSOGA) Northern Endeavour FPSO A669142.pdf Closed
General Direction
Take action to demonstrate oil spill response capability and financial assurance.
02/04/2019 Timor Sea Oil & Gas Australia Pty Ltd (TSOGA) Northern Endeavour FPSO A663879.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Systemic compliance monitoring issues lead to a number of breaches including acquisition of seismic data within the boundaries of a seasonal exclusion zone that was in place to protect internesting flatback turtles.
28/03/2019 CGG Services (Australia) Pty ltd Davros Extension Multi-client 3D Marine Seismic Survey A665610.pdf Closed
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