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Development of regulations under the EEZ Act for decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure

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Once regulations are introduced, operators of offshore oil and gas structures and pipelines in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone will be required to have an approved decommissioning plan before they can apply for a marine consent to decommission facilities. 

The Government is consulting on:

  • what a decommissioning plan should contain
  • the process and criteria for approving a decommissioning plan.

Feedback from this consultation will inform the drafting of the regulations.
 

Submissions are due by 5:00pm on 21 September 2018.

  • You can give us your feedback by completing the online submission form.
  • Alternatively you can download the Word form and email it to eezregulations@mfe.govt.nz 
  • Or post to Proposed decommissioning regulations, c/- Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143.

In 2017, the Government strengthened the regulatory framework for the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas structures and pipelines in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This includes a new requirement for operators to provide a decommissioning plan before applying for a decommissioning-related marine consent...Read more

See the regulatory impact summary: Development of regulations undeer the EEZ Act for decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure 

For information on the 2017 changes to the EEZ Act, see: