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Energy Act 2004

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87Application of civil law to renewable energy installations etc.
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(1)Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide that questions arising out of—

(a)acts or omissions taking place on, under or above a renewable energy installation situated in waters to which this section applies, or

(b)acts or omissions taking place on, under or above such waters in relation to a related line,

are to be determined in accordance with the law in force in such part of the United Kingdom as may be specified in the Order.

(2)An Order in Council under this section may also make provision for conferring jurisdiction in proceedings with respect to questions of the kind mentioned in subsection (1) on courts in one or more parts of the United Kingdom.

(3)Jurisdiction conferred on a court by an Order in Council under this section is in addition to any jurisdiction exercisable apart from that Order by that or any other court; and this section is to be disregarded in determining the extent of any jurisdiction so exercisable.

(4)The waters to which this section applies are—

(a)tidal waters and parts of the sea in or adjacent to Great Britain up to the seaward limits of the territorial sea; and

(b)waters in a Renewable Energy Zone.

(5)In section 410(3) of the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) (which enables Orders in Council under section 11 of the Petroleum Act 1998 (c. 17) to extend certain communications legislation to offshore installations), after “1998” insert “or section 87 of the Energy Act 2004”.

(6)In this section—

  • “court” includes any tribunal or regulatory authority;

  • “related line” means an electric line, or a part of an electric line, which—

    (a)

    falls within subsection (7); but

    (b)

    is not an electricity interconnector (within the meaning of Part 1 of the 1989 Act).

(7)An electric line, or a part of an electric line, falls within this subsection if it—

(a)is used for the conveyance of electricity to or from a renewable energy installation;

(b)is in the course of construction at a place where it is to be so used; or

(c)has ceased to be so used (whether or not it is being decommissioned) and since ceasing to be so used has not been used for any other purpose.

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