United Kingdom, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP updates

Energy & Natural Resources

Contributed by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Updated field development guidance published by OGA
  • United Kingdom
  • June 25 2018

The Oil and Gas Authority recently released updated guidance on planning and gaining consent to UK Continental Shelf field developments. The guidance is intended to assist those involved in planning a new field development and obtaining the consent required to proceed with a field development plan. The guidance was created with the industry's input to try to achieve consistent and successful high quality and high value projects.

New Oil and Gas Authority reports share industry knowledge and plans on technical solutions for MER UK
  • United Kingdom
  • June 18 2018

The Oil and Gas Authority recently released its UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) Technology Insights and Southern North Sea Salting Study reports. The reports focus on current work taking place in the industry to develop technical solutions to maximise economic recovery of UKCS hydrocarbon resources.

Energy performance of buildings and Brexit: the final cut (for now)
  • United Kingdom
  • June 04 2018

The Council of the European Union has announced the agreement on the final version of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The directive will enter into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal and member states will have 20 months to transpose it. There are several long-tail requirements for which compliance queries will not arise until well after this period. A practical difference will be any surveillance or enforcement and the consultation on a 'green watchdog' in respect of England.

Deepwater Horizon – multiple arbitrator appointments on same incident
  • United Kingdom
  • May 21 2018

The Court of Appeal has considered the extent to which an arbitrator may, without the parties' knowledge, accept appointments in several matters in relation to the same or overlapping subject matters with only one common party without giving rise to an appearance of bias. As disputes in the oil and gas industry can reverberate through the value chain, and associated insurance, the decision is of particular interest to the sector.

Oil and gas: are you in control? Parent company liability in Ogale Community v Shell
  • United Kingdom
  • April 02 2018

A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed that a claim against an English-domiciled parent of a foreign oil and gas company may not proceed in the English courts if the claimants are unable to prove that the parent owed them a duty of care. The decision highlights that the court will look closely at the influence of group policies and the extent of practical or shared control that the parent has over the operations that are the subject of a claim.


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