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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
OHS Improvement Notice
Personnel access to the turret area of the MODEC Venture 11 Facility.
28/08/2017 Modec Venture 11 B.V. MODEC Venture 11 A568351.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Significant gaps in the implementation of the permit to work system, work place risk controls, training and competency and, inadequate supervision to ensure safe execution of work.
17/08/2017 Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd CPF Ichthys Explorer A566725.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Risk of permanent, progressive and/or irreversible musculoskeletal disorders as a result of personnel working on structures attached to vibrating mechanical equipment.
26/06/2017 Woodside Energy Ltd Vincent A557753.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Failure to maintain trained and competent personnel resulting in an inadequate capacity to coordinate and manage an oil spill response as required by the accepted environment plan.
21/06/2017 PTTEP Australasia (Ashmore Cartier) Pty Ltd (PTTEP AA) Montara Operations A557264.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Failure to take all reasonable practicable steps to ensure electrical equipment classified as "EX" is fit for purpose.
25/05/2017 Esso Australia Pty Ltd Barracouta Offshore Platform Facility A553917.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Failure to maintain trained and competent personnel resulting in an inadequate capacity to coordinate and manage an oil spill response as required by the accepted environment plan.
17/05/2017 Santos Limited Mutineer-Exeter Development Field Operations A552328.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Inadequate or poorly-implemented processes to obtain representative samples of spilt oil may result in failure, or unnecessary delays in the identification and exclusion of potential sources of a spill.
19/04/2017 Esso Australia Pty Ltd West Tuna Platform A549511.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Failure to isolate the release of a significant volume of hydrocarbon gas resulting from an instrument line failure associated with a wellhead gas lift configuration.
13/04/2017 Esso Australia Pty Ltd Various facilities A549649.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Inadequate control of maintenance of safety critical equipment could lead to a loss of containment and major accident event (MAE).
05/04/2017 Halliburton Australia Pty Ltd Atwood Osprey A547293.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Inadequate control of maintenance of safety critical equipment could lead to a loss of containment and major accident event (MAE).
05/04/2017 ConocoPhillips Australia Exploration Pty Ltd Atwood Osprey A547288.pdf Closed
Page last updated: October 18, 2021 10:12am