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Contributed by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
OPRED consults on new civil penalties for illegal oil and gas-related activity
  • United Kingdom
  • 03 December 2018

The Department for Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning recently launched a consultation on the draft guidance to accompany the Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018. The overarching message of the new penalties regime is that the processes and outcomes of enforcement with regard to offshore companies engaged in illegal oil and gas-related activity will change considerably.

Progress, but still much to do: update on smart systems and flexibility plan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 November 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem recently released a progress update relating to their July 2017 joint paper "Upgrading Our Energy System: Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan". Among other things, the update discusses the steps that have been and remain to be taken to improve certainty over the treatment of storage in the current regulatory regime with the aim of providing further clarity for developers of storage facilities.

Government consultation response on proposed amendments to CfD regime
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 July 2018

The government has released Part A of its response to the consultation on amendments to the Contracts for Difference Regime 1, primarily addressing its intention to allow remote island wind (RIW) to compete in future Pot 2 allocation rounds with less established technologies. The consultation response also refers to further proposals put to the government in relation to RIW, including improving RIW competitiveness.

Updated field development guidance published by OGA
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 June 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
  • 18 June 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.


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