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Petroleum Act 1987

1987 CHAPTER 12

An Act to make provision in respect of the abandonment of offshore installations and submarine pipe-lines and in respect of safety zones around offshore installations; to amend the Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 and to make provision in respect of licences under that Act; to amend the law relating to pipe-lines; to repeal sections 34 to 39 of the Petroleum and Submarine Pipe-lines Act 1975; and for connected purposes.

[9th April 1987]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Commencement Information

I1Act partly in force at 9.6.1987 see s. 31; Act wholly in force at 1.9.1987.

F1F1Part IE+W+S+N.I. Abandonment of Offshore Installations

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Pt. I (ss. 1-9) repealed (15.2.1999) by 1998 c. 17, ss. 51(1), 52(4), Sch. 5 Pt. I (with Sch. 3 para. 5(1)); S.I. 1999/161, art. 2

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F4F4Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Licensing

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Amendments (Textual)

F4Pt. II (ss. 10-13) repealed (15.2.1999) by 1998 c. 17, ss. 51(1), 52(4), Sch. 5 Pt. I (with Sch. 3 para. 5(1)); S.I. 1999/161, art. 2

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Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. Miscellaneous

Safety zonesE+W+S+N.I.

21 Automatic establishment of safety zones.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to subsections (3) and (4), there shall be a safety zone around every installation which, or part of which, is in waters to which subsection (7) applies if—

(a)it is stationed there so that any of the activities mentioned in subsection (2) may be carried out on, from or by means of it, or

(b)it is being assembled at a station where it is to be used for such a purpose, or

(c)it remains or is being dismantled at a station where it has been used for such a purpose.

(2)The activities referred to in subsection (1) are—

(a)the exploitation or exploration of mineral resources in or under the shore or bed of waters to which subsection (7) applies;

[F5(aa)the exploration of any place in, under or over such waters with a view to the storage of gas in such a place;]

[F5(ab)the conversion of any place in, under or over such waters for the purpose of storing gas;]

(b)the storage of gas [F6in, under or over] such waters or the recovery of gas so stored;

[F7(ba)the unloading of gas at any place in, under or over such waters;]

(c)the conveyance of things by means of a pipe, or system of pipes, constructed or placed on, in or under the shore or bed of such waters;

(d)the provision of accommodation for persons who work on or from an installation satisfying the condition in [F8any of paragraphs (a) to (c)] of subsection (1).

(3)Subsection (1) shall not apply to an installation in respect of which an order under section 22 has effect, or to one which—

(a)is connected with dry land by a permanent structure providing access at all times and for all purposes, or

(b)does not project above the sea at any state of the tide.

(4)The Secretary of State may by order exclude any installation or any description of installation from the operation of subsection (1), and may do so generally or by reference to specified activities or locations or in any other way.

(5)A safety zone established by subsection (1) shall extend to every point within 500 metres of any part of the installation (ignoring any moorings) and to every point in the water which is vertically above or below such a point.

(6)A safety zone established by subsection (1) may extend to waters outside waters to which subsection (7) applies.

(7)The waters to which this subsection applies are—

(a)tidal waters and parts of the sea in or adjacent to the United Kingdom up to the seaward limits of the territorial sea, and

(b)waters in an area designated under section 1(7) of the Continental Shelf Act 1964.

[F9(8) In this section “ gas ” means gas within the meaning of section 2(4) of the Energy Act 2008. ]

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Amendments (Textual)

F5S. 21(2)(aa)(ab) inserted (13.11.2009 for specified purposes) by Energy Act 2008 (c. 32), s. 110(2), Sch. 1 para. 4(2)(a); S.I. 2009/2809, art. 2 (with art. 4)

F6Words in s. 21(2)(b) substituted (13.11.2009 for specified purposes) by Energy Act 2008 (c. 32), s. 110(2), Sch. 1 para. 4(2)(b); S.I. 2009/2809, art. 2 (with art. 4)

F7S. 21(2)(ba) inserted (13.11.2009 for specified purposes) by Energy Act 2008 (c. 32), s. 110(2), Sch. 1 para. 4(2)(c); S.I. 2009/2809, art. 2 (with art. 4)

F8Words in s. 21(2)(d) substituted (13.11.2009 for specified purposes) by Energy Act 2008 (c. 32), s. 110(2), Sch. 1 para. 4(2)(d); S.I. 2009/2809, art. 2 (with art. 4)

F9S. 21(8) inserted (13.11.2009 for specified purposes) by Energy Act 2008 (c. 32), s. 110(2), Sch. 1 para. 4(3); S.I. 2009/2809, art. 2 (with art. 4)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C4Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s.1 (amending Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (c. 37), s. 15).

C5Ss. 21-24 modified (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s. 1(5).

C6Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (N.I.) (15. 9. 1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(2)(a).

Ss. 21-24 modified (N.I.) (15. 9. 1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(5).

Ss. 21- 23 applied (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 28 s. 13, Sch. 2, para. 4(6)(b)

C8S. 21(7) modified (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s. 1(5)(c).

S. 21(7) modified (N.I.) (15.9.1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(5)

22 Establishment of safety zones by order.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Secretary of State may by order establish a safety zone around any installation which, or part of which, is stationed in waters to which subsection (7) of section 21 applies, or is being assembled or dismantled in such waters.

(2)The area of a safety zone established by an order under this section shall be defined in the order and may extend outside waters to which subsection (7) of section 21 applies, but shall not extend to any point which would be outside a zone defined in accordance with subsection (5) of that section.

(3)An order under this section may be made in anticipation of an installation’s arriving at its station, so as to come into force when it does so.

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Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 22: for exercises of this power see Index to Government Orders

P2S. 22(1)(2) power exercised by S.I. 1991/207

P3S. 22(1)(2) power exercised by S.I.1991/650

S. 22(1)(2): s. 22(1)(2) power exercised (27.08.1991) by S.I.1991/1922

S. 22(1)(2): s. 22(1)(2) power exercised (25.11.1991) by S.I. 1991/2669.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C9Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s.1 (amending Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (c. 37), s. 15).

C10Ss. 21-24 modified (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s. 1(5).

C11Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (N.I.) (15. 9. 1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(2)(a).

Ss. 21-24 modified (N.I.) (15. 9. 1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(5).

Ss. 21-23 applied (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 28 s. 13, Sch. 2, para. 4(6)(b)

23 Safety zones: offences.E+W+S

(1)Where by virtue of this Act there is a safety zone around an installation, no vessel shall enter or remain in the zone except—

(a)in the case of a safety zone established by an order under section 22, in accordance with that order, or

(b)in that or any other case, in accordance with regulations made [F10by the Secretary of State or a consent given by the Health and Safety Executive].

(2)If a vessel enters or remains in a safety zone in contravention of subsection (1) then, subject to subsection (3), its owner and its master shall each be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

(3)It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that the presence of the installation or the existence of the safety zone was not, and would not on reasonable enquiry have become, known to the master.

(4)Where the commission by any person of an offence under this section is due to the act or default of some other person, that other person shall also be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(5)Where an offence committed by a body corporate under this section is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(6)Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (5) shall apply in relation to acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.

(7)Proceedings for an offence under this section may be taken, and the offence may for all incidental purposes be treated as having been committed, in any place in the United Kingdom.

(8)In this section “vessel” includes a hovercraft, submersible apparatus (within the meaning of section [F1188(4) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995]) and an installation in transit; and “master”—

(a)in relation to a hovercraft, means the captain,

(b)in relation to submersible apparatus, means the person in charge of the apparatus, and

(c)in relation to an installation in transit, means the person in charge of the transit operation.

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Extent Information

E1This version of this provision extends to England and Wales and Scotland only; a separate version has been created for Northern Ireland only.

Amendments (Textual)

F10Words in s. 23(1)(b) substituted (E.W.S.) (23.8.1993) by S.I. 1993/1823, reg. 4(4)(a) (with s. 6(2)).

F11Words in s. 23(8) substituted (1.1.1996) by 1995 c. 21, ss. 314(2), 316(2), Sch. 13 para. 78 (with s. 312(1))

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C12Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s. 1 (amending Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (c. 37), s. 15).

Ss. 21- 23 applied (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 28 s. 13, Sch. 2 para. 4(6)(b)

C13Ss. 21-24 modified (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s. 1(5).

23 Safety zones: offences.N.I.

(1)Where by virtue of this Act there is a safety zone around an installation, no vessel shall enter or remain in the zone except—

(a)in the case of a safety zone established by an order under section 22, in accordance with that order, or

(b)in that or any other case, in accordance with regulations made [F20by the Secretary of State or a consent given by [F21the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland]].

(2)If a vessel enters or remains in a safety zone in contravention of subsection (1) then, subject to subsection (3), its owner and its master shall each be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

(3)It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that the presence of the installation or the existence of the safety zone was not, and would not on reasonable enquiry have become, known to the master.

(4)Where the commission by any person of an offence under this section is due to the act or default of some other person, that other person shall also be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(5)Where an offence committed by a body corporate under this section is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(6)Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (5) shall apply in relation to acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.

(7)Proceedings for an offence under this section may be taken, and the offence may for all incidental purposes be treated as having been committed, in any place in the United Kingdom.

(8)In this section “vessel” includes a hovercraft, submersible apparatus (within the meaning of section [F2288(4) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995]) and an installation in transit; and “master”—

(a)in relation to a hovercraft, means the captain,

(b)in relation to submersible apparatus, means the person in charge of the apparatus, and

(c)in relation to an installation in transit, means the person in charge of the transit operation.

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Extent Information

E3This version of this provision extends to Northern Ireland only; a separate version has been created for England and Wales and Scotland only.

Amendments (Textual)

F20Words in s. 23(1)(b) substituted (N.I.) (1.11.1993) by S.R. 1993/384, reg. 4(3)(a) (with reg. 6(2)).

F21Words in s. 23(1)(b) substituted (1.4.1999) by S.R. 1999/150, reg. 2, Sch.

F22Words in s. 23(8) substituted (1.1.1996) by 1995 c. 21, ss. 314(2), 316(2), Sch. 13 para. 78 (with s. 312(1))

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C19Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (N.I.) (15. 9. 1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(2)(a).

Ss. 21-24 modified (N.I.) (15. 9. 1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(5).

Ss. 21-23 applied (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 28 s. 13, Sch. 2 para. 4(6)(b)

24 Safety zones: supplementary.E+W+S

(1)For the purposes of sections 21 to 23—

(a)any floating structure or device maintained on a station by whatever means, and

(b)any apparatus or works treated as associated with a pipe or system of pipes by [F12section 26 of the Petroleum Act 1998] (but not anything else within the definition of pipe-line in that section),

shall be taken to be an installation.

(2)Any power to make orders or regulations under sections 21 to 23 shall be exercisable by statutory instrument, and a statutory instrument containing an order under section 21 or regulations under section 23 shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

[F13(2A)It shall be the duty of [F14the Health and Safety Executive] to submit from time to time to the Secretary of State such proposals as [F14the Executive] considers appropriate for the making of orders under section 21 or 22.]

(3)Sections 21 to 23—

(a)so far as they apply to individuals, apply to them whether or not they are British citizens, and

(b)so far as they apply to bodies corporate, apply to them whether or not they are incorporated in any part of the United Kingdom.

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Extent Information

E2This version of this provision extends to England and Wales and Scotland only; a separate version has been created for Northern Ireland only.

Amendments (Textual)

F12Words in s. 24(1)(b) substituted (15.2.1999) by 1998 c. 17, s. 50, Sch. 4, para. 23; S.I. 1999/161, art. 2(1) (with Sch. 3 para. 5)

F13S. 24(2A) inserted (E.W.S.) (23.8.1993) by S.I. 1993/1823, reg. 4(4)(b) (with reg. 6(2)).

F15S. 24(4)-(6) repealed (15.2.1999) by 1998 c. 17, ss. 51(1), 52(4), Sch. 5 Pt. I (with Sch. 3 para. 5(1)); S.I. 1999/161, art. 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C15Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s. 1 (amending Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (c. 37), s. 15).

C16Ss. 21-24 modified (E.W.S.) (6. 3. 1992) by Offshore Safety Act 1992 (c. 15), s. 1(5).

24 Safety zones: supplementary.N.I.

(1)For the purposes of sections 21 to 23—

(a)any floating structure or device maintained on a station by whatever means, and

(b)any apparatus or works treated as associated with a pipe or system of pipes by section [F2326 of the Petroleum Act 1998] (but not anything else within the definition of pipe-line in that section),

shall be taken to be an installation.

(2)Any power to make orders or regulations under sections 21 to 23 shall be exercisable by statutory instrument, and a statutory instrument containing an order under section 21 or regulations under section 23 shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

[F24(2A)It shall be the duty of [F25the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland] to submit from time to time to the Secretary of State such proposals as [F25the Executive] considers appropriate for the making of orders under section 21 or 22.]

(3)Sections 21 to 23—

(a)so far as they apply to individuals, apply to them whether or not they are British citizens, and

(b)so far as they apply to bodies corporate, apply to them whether or not they are incorporated in any part of the United Kingdom.

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Extent Information

E4This version of this provision extends to Northern Ireland only; a separate version has been created for England and Wales and Scotland only.

Amendments (Textual)

F15S. 24(4)-(6) repealed (15.2.1999) by 1998 c. 17, ss. 51(1), 52(4), Sch. 5 Pt. I (with Sch. 3 para. 5(1)); S.I. 1999/161, art. 2

F23Words in s. 24(1)(b) substituted (15.2.1999) by 1998 c. 17, s.50, Sch.4 para. 23; S.I. 1999/161, art. 2(1) (with Sch. 3 para. 5)

F24S. 24(2A) inserted (N.I.) (1.11.1993) by S.R. 1993/384, reg. 4(3)(b) (with reg. 6(2)).

F25Words in s. 24(2A) substituted (1.4.1999) by S.R. 1999/150, reg. 2, Sch.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C20Ss. 21-24: power to repeal or modify conferred (N.I.) (15.9.1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(2)(a).

Ss. 21-24 modified (N.I.) (15.9.1992) by S.I. 1992/1728 (N.I. 17), arts. 1(2), 3(5).

Pipe-linesE+W+S

25 Construction authorisations.E+W+S

(1)Schedule 1 to the Pipe-lines Act 1962 (applications for construction authorisations) shall have effect with the following amendments in relation to applications made after the coming into force of this section.

(2)In paragraph 6(1) (which provides for the modification of the proposed route of a pipe-line), for the words from “or along a modified route” onwards there shall be substituted the words “ or, subject to paragraph 6A below, along a modified route. ”

(3)After paragraph 6 there shall be inserted—

6A(1)A pipe-line construction authorisation shall not authorise the execution of works for the placing of the proposed pipe-line along a modified route unless the applicant has given a notice relating to the modified route to—

(a)every local planning authority within whose area any modification of the route occurs, and

(b)any person specified by the Minister.

(2)A notice under sub-paragraph (1) shall state the time within which objections to the modification can be sent to the Minister and shall contain such other particulars as the Minister may direct.

(3)The time stated in accordance with sub-paragraph (2) shall not be less than 28 days from the date on which the notice is served or such shorter time (being not less than 14 days) as the Minister may direct.

(4)Where a local planning authority makes an objection in accordance with a notice under sub-paragraph (1) and does not withdraw it, the Minister shall cause a public inquiry to be held with respect to the objection and shall before granting the application consider the report of the person who held the inquiry.

(5)Where a person other than a local planning authority makes an objection in accordance with a notice under sub-paragraph (1) and does not withdraw it, the Minister shall either—

(a)cause a public inquiry to be held with respect to the objection, or

(b)afford to the person making the objection an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by a person appointed by the Minister for the purpose;

and shall in either case consider the resulting report.

6BThe Minister may if he thinks fit cause a public inquiry to be held with respect to an application for the grant of a pipe-line construction authorisation whether or not any objection to the application, or to any modification of the route proposed in it, is made or maintained.

(4)Paragraph 4(2) (which is superseded by paragraph 6B) shall be omitted.

26 Availability of funds.E+W+S

(1)After section 26 of the Pipe-lines Act 1962 there shall be inserted—

26A Availability of funds.

(1)The Secretary of State may at any time by notice served on the owner of a pipe-line prohibit the use or testing of the pipe-line, or of any length of the pipe-line, unless there are satisfied such requirements as may be specified in the notice for the purpose mentioned in subsection (2).

(2)The purpose referred to in subsection (1) is that of ensuring that funds are available to discharge any liability that may arise in respect of damage attributable to the release or escape of anything from the pipe-line or length.

(3)If, before the expiration of twelve weeks from the date on which a notice is served on any person under subsection (1), he serves a counter-notice on the Secretary of State objecting to the notice, the Secretary of State shall afford him an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by a person appointed by the Secretary of State for the purpose.

(4)Before the expiration of twelve weeks from the date on which any hearing under subsection (3) is concluded, the Secretary of State shall consider the objection and the report of the person appointed to hear the objector and, by notice served on the objector,—

(a)quash the notice objected to, or

(b)confirm it without modification, or

(c)confirm it with such modification as appears to the Secretary of State to meet the objection.

(5)The quashing of a notice served under subsection (1) shall not affect the previous operation of the notice or be taken to prevent the service of a fresh notice.

(6)If a pipe-line is used or tested in contravention of a prohibition imposed by a notice under this section then, unless he shows that he used due diligence to avoid contravention, the owner shall be guilty of an offence.

(7)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(2)In sections 58(4) and 59(5) of the Pipe-lines Act 1962, M8 at the appropriate places in the lists of provisions of that Act, there shall be inserted the words “ section 26A ”.

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27 Compulsory acquisition of rights.E+W+S

In section 2 of the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966 (which enables a court to grant certain rights ancillary to mining)—

(a)in subsection (1)(b) (under which the rights that may be granted for the purpose of the conveyance of minerals are limited to the extent provided by subsection (1A)), for the words from “minerals” to “purpose of the” there shall be substituted the words “ or conveyance of minerals or the ”; and

(b)subsection (1A) shall cease to have effect.

RefineriesE+W+S+N.I.

28 Construction of refineries.E+W+S+N.I.

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Part IVE+W+S+N.I. Supplementary

29 Expenses.E+W+S+N.I.

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under this Act and any increase attributable to this Act in the sums so payable under any other Act.

30 Repeals.E+W+S+N.I.

The enactments mentioned in Schedule 3 to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

31 Commencement.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to subsection (2), this Act shall come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which it is passed.

(2)The following provisions of this Act—

(a)F17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b)sections 21 to 24, and the repeals of section 21 and in section 27 of the Oil and Gas (Enterprise) Act M9 1982,

shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may appoint by order made by statutory instrument, and different days may be appointed for different purposes.

(3)An order under subsection (2) may make such transitional provision and savings as appear to the Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient.

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C18Power of appointment conferred by s. 31(2) fully exercised: S.I. 1987/820, 1330

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32 Short title and extent.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Petroleum Act 1987.

(2)Sections 25, 26 and 27 of this Act do not extend to Northern Ireland, but otherwise this Act extends there.

SCHEDULES

F18F18SCHEDULE 1E+W+S+N.I. Amendment of Existing Licences

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F19F19SCHEDULE 2E+W+S+N.I.

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SCHEDULE 3E+W+S+N.I. Repeals

ChapterShort titleExtent of repeal
1934 c. 36.The Petroleum (Production) Act 1934In section 1(2), the words “adjacent to Great Britain”.
Section 11(3).
1962 c. 58.The Pipe-lines Act 1962.In section 47(3), the words “an objection to”, in each place where they occur.
In Schedule 1, paragraph 4(2).
1964 c. 29.The Continental Shelf Act 1964.Section 1(5).
1966 c. 4.The Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966.Section 2(1A).
1975 c. 74.The Petroleum and Submarine Pipe-lines Act 1975.Sections 34 to 39.
1981 c. 36.The Town and Country Planning (Minerals) Act 1981.Section 33.
1982 c. 23.The Oil and Gas (Enterprise) Act 1982.Section 21.
In section 27(1), paragraph (d) and the word “and” preceding it.
In Schedule 3, paragraph 29.

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