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(1)The Secretary of State’s consent is required for offshore natural gas to be subjected in Great Britain to any process of liquefaction which results in the production of liquid methane or ethane [F2except where—.
(a)methane or ethane is liquefied for the purpose of enabling it to be stored;
(b)the process of liquefaction is carried out by a public gas transporter within the meaning of Part I of the Gas Act 1986; or
(c)small quantities of liquid methane or ethane are produced in the course of a gas processing operation within the meaning of section 12 of the Gas Act 1995.]
(2)The Secretary of State’s consent under subsection (1) above may be given either with reference to particular cases or by means of orders of general application.
(3)A specific consent given to any person under subsection (1) above (that is to say, a consent given to him otherwise than by an order of general application) is irrevocable and may be given for a specified period or indefinitely.
(4)Where consent under that subsection has been given by an order of general application, any person who proposes to undertake a process of liquefaction which is covered by that general consent may notify the Secretary of State of his proposal (in the manner specified in the order), whereupon subsection (3) above applies as if specific consent either unlimited in duration or, if the order so provides, for the period there specified, had been given to him for that process of liquefaction.
(5)The consent of the Secretary of State under subsection (1) above may in any case be made subject to conditions which may, in particular, be framed by reference to the description or origin of the gas.
(6)In this section— “offshore natural gas” means natural gas won under the authority of [F3licences granted under Part I of the Petroleum Act 1998 by virtue of section 3(2)(b) of that Act], but does not include gas derived from offshore crude otherwise than as a by—product of crude stabilisation; “offshore crude” means crude liquid petroleum won under such authority; “crude stabilisation” means the treating of offshore crude to enable it to be safely stored or transported.]
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