Offshore petroleum industry advisory note

Advisory note for the offshore petroleum industry on environmental plans and oil pollution emergency plans.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is the designated assessor for offshore environmental management of petroleum activities. 

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment (Environment Measures) Regulations 2014 require organisations engaged in offshore exploration or exploitation activities (or titleholders) to have an environmental plan which contains an oil pollution emergency plan and this must provide for consultation with relevant persons. The environmental plan must also demonstrate that the titleholder has carried out the consultation required by the Regulations. NOPSEMA has published detailed guidance on its website.

Our role

We manage the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies and associated arrangements on behalf of the Australian government.

To assist offshore petroleum industry titleholders address their oil spill preparedness and response requirements, we invite titleholders to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with us. This MOU sets out an understanding of respective roles and responsibilities when responding to ship-sourced and non-ship-sourced marine pollution incidents. The MOU is the sole method through which we consult with titleholders about their environmental plans. The MOU supersedes any previous agreement about oil spill preparedness and response held.

We work together with offshore petroleum industry titleholders on the management of MOUs and apply a cooperative approach to preparing and responding to marine pollution incidents. We have open exchanges of information and technical advice and will facilitate workshops to provide an forum to exchange information on best practice and review and update operational procedures as needed.

For further information about entering into an MOU please contact us.

Last updated: 

Thursday 6 August 2020