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

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This consultation has closed.

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 has recently consulted 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.
 

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: