Oil and gas licensing and regulation

Oil and gas licensing and regulation guidance:

Introduction The exchange of commercially confidential information between competitors is one type of arrangement which has been identified by competition authorities as...

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Brexit impact This Practice Note contains information on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 11pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). As of exit day, the...

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Decommissioning Relief Deed The Decommissioning Relief Deed (DRD) is a contract between the UK Government and a ‘Qualifying Company’ which operates in the oil and gas...

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Decommissioning security agreements Oil and gas companies are expected to return the seabed to its original state (subject to certain exceptions) by permanently removing...

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The UK’s policy on decommissioning, and its execution, is overseen by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). While the UK has policy...

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The Petroleum Act 1998 (PA 1998) provides the Secretary of State (SoS) with the power to grant licences to companies to search and bore for and get petroleum (through the...

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Offshore oil and gas decommissioning programmes are, by their very nature, complex documents. Not only do they require the co-operation of all the departments within the...

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The Energy Act 2016 (EnA 2016) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016 (see Table A below for details) Background to EnA 2016 In June 2013, the former Secretary of State for...

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Introduction The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 (NIS Regulations), SI 2018/506, implement in the UK certain EU derived cybersecurity requirements...

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 24 May 2018; it is no longer maintained. NOTE—appeal lodged before the General Court...

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Click here to download the latest Gas regulation 2019 report, published by Getting the Deal Through. Jurisdictions covered The following jurisdictions are covered in this...

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Click here to download the latest Oil Regulation 2019 report, published by Getting the Deal Through. Jurisdictions covered The following jurisdictions are covered in this...

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Introduction to common participants in the market The oil and gas industry is a significant contributor to the UK economy: • it supports around 375,000 jobs (both...

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The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 (the English Regulations), SI 2001/2954 and the Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Oil Storage)...

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General duties An operator or owner of an offshore oil and gas installation is required to comply with its health and safety duties under the Health and Safety at Work...

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Background and purpose In addition to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 there is a further set of regulations which applies to owners and operators of offshore...

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Background The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) issues licenses and terms for exploration and production of oil and gas in the UK and on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in...

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Background An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of an independent project’s likely significant environmental effects. See: Environmental impact...

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Industry Bodies Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)The AIPN is an independent not-for-profit professional membership association that supports...

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Relevant articles The Journal of World Energy Law and Business (JWELB) is the official journal of The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and...

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TitleDirective 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC...

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Legislative background The former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) (on behalf of the Secretary of State) had, historically, been responsible for the...

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Regulatory body Historically, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) (on behalf of the Secretary of State (SoS)) were primarily responsible for the regulation...

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Regulatory body Prior to 2016, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) (on behalf of the Secretary of State) were primarily responsible for the regulation of...

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The Petroleum Act 1998, as amended by the Infrastructure Act 2015, placed a duty on the Secretary of State to produce one or more strategies for enabling the principal...

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Brexit: On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU laws, including...

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Legislative Background The Directive 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending...

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Background The infrastructure in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) is a complex network which has developed over many decades, much of it built to serve the...

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