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Proposed policy for regulating decommissioning under the Exclusive Economic Zones and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012

Publication date:  July 2018
Publication reference number:  ME 1377

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.

We are now seeking feedback on the proposed requirements of the decommissioning regulations. The regulations will set out the requirements for the decommissioning plan and the approval process and criteria. 

Submissions closed on 21 September 2018.