OPRED to regulate decommissioning of oil and gas installations
A decommissioning programme must identify all the items of equipment, infrastructure, and materials that have been installed.
The responsibility for ensuring that the requirements of the Petroleum Act 1998 have complied with rests with the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) which sits within the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.
Owners of oil and gas installations and pipelines are required to decommission their offshore infrastructure at the end of a field's economic life and the 1998 Act requires owners to set out the measures to decommission disused installations and/or pipelines in a decommissioning programme.
OPRED aims to be transparent in its consideration of decommissioning programmes. As a result member of the public, other organizations, non-governmental organizations and other government departments or agencies are invited to comment on the proposals set out in a programme.