Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the principal conditions attached to the licence issued by her Department to EnCana to develop the Buzzard field in the North Sea were.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

The Buzzard field extends into acreage covered by two Petroleum Act Licences: P928, awarded in 1995, and P986, awarded in 1998. Both of these licences were issued on the terms and conditions that were standard for Seaward Production Licences at the time: for instance, a six-year initial term, to be followed by a 12-year second term and an 18-year final term. Neither was issued to EnCana in the first instance.

The principal conditions of P928 are based, subject to minor amendments, on the Model Clauses set out in Schedule 4 to the Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) Regulations 1988 (S.I. 1988 no. 1213), as amended by the Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 1990 (S.I. 1990 no. 1332) and the Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 1992 (S.I. 1992 no. 2378).

The principal conditions of P986 are based, subject to minor amendments, on the Model Clauses set out in Schedule 4 to the Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) Regulations 1988 (S.I. 1988 no. 1213), as amended by Offshore Safety Act 1992 and the Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995 no. 1435) and the Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 1996 (S.I. 1996 no. 2946), except for the amendments made by Regulations 8(a) (ii) and 8(c) to 8(h) .

Both licences were additionally subject to a series of conditions specific to the particular acreage. These appeared under the headings: "Environmental Seismic/Drilling", "Oil-spills", "Defence and National Security Matters" and "Fisheries, Shipping and other Interests" in the case of P928; and "General", "Environmental/Seismic and Drilling", "Oil spills", and "Fisheries and other interests" in the case of P986.

The Buzzard field development was granted consent in 2003, subject to standard conditions that are common to such consents.

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