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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
Environmental Improvement Notice
Produced water discharges contain concentrations of hydrocarbons above accepted limits.
27/01/2019 Multiple titleholders Yolla A690637.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
In the event of oil spill, increased exposure of spilled oil to the environment due to significant delays in the implementation of oil spill response strategies and techniques. This results from TSOGA’s insufficient capacity to coordinate and manage oil spill response due to arrangements with third parties for oil spill response strategies not being accessible or maintained.
13/11/2018 Timor Sea Oil and Gas Australia Pty Ltd (TSOGA) Northern Endeavour FPSO A642253.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Risk of injury or death to personnel at the facility during Montara surface wells gas lift activities with personnel in attendance at the Montara WHP, as a result of loss of containment of hydrocarbons and the associated risk of fire and/or explosion.
02/11/2018 PTTEP AA Montara Wellhead Platform A640613.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Risk of injury or death to personnel at the Montara WHP facility during cold gas venting activities from H3ST1 Well A & B annulus as a result of loss of containment of hydrocarbons and associated risk of fire and/or explosion.
02/11/2018 PTTEP AA Montara Wellhead Platform A640611.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
The Inergen system has not been demonstrated to be fit for purpose; recent equipment failures indicate that further failures may occur; and, the condition of the Inergen system cannot be effectively monitored and maintenance carried out, as a result of personnel being restricted from entering the Inergen room. As such there is reduced assurance that the Inergen system would operate as intended.
15/10/2018 Woodside Energy Ltd Nganhurra A637371.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Lack of an acceptable static equipment corrosion assessment, maintenance & remediation plan represents a risk of equipment failure, resultant loss of containment of hydrocarbons, and the potential for explosion and fire.
27/09/2018 PTTEP Australasia (Ashmore Cartier) Pty Ltd Montara Venture A634249.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Lack of an acceptable static equipment corrosion assessment, maintenance & remediation plan represents a risk of equipment failure, resultant loss of containment of hydrocarbons, and the potential for explosion and fire.
27/09/2018 PTTEP Australasia (Ashmore Cartier) Pty Ltd Montara Venture A634248.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Inadequate management of risks associated with safety critical equipment could lead to a major accident event (MAE).
14/09/2018 PTTEP Australasia (Ashmore Cartier) Pty Ltd Montara Venture A632164.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Failure to maintain electrical heat tracing resulting in a short duration fire associated with a crude oil pump in a hazardous area
13/09/2018 Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd West Tuna Kingfish B A633629.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Failure to maintain electrical heat tracing resulting in a short duration fire associated with a crude oil pump in a hazardous area
13/09/2018 Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd West Tuna Kingfish B A633627.pdf Closed
Page last updated: October 18, 2021 10:12am