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Energy Act 2008

Section 20: Terms and conditions

57.This section gives the licensing authority (or an authority to which the relevant function has been transferred under section 34) a power to grant licences on such terms and conditions as that licensing authority thinks fit. The licensing authority’s discretion is, however, subject to its power under section 21 to prescribe, by regulations (subject to the negative resolution procedure – see section 105), the provisions which must be contained in a licence.

58.Bysubsection (3) a licence may include provisions about the following matters (amongst other things):

  • the financial security that may be required (in addition to the security required under section 19), or the release of any existing financial security during the licensing period (for instance to reflect a change of circumstances, such as an improvement in the operator’s financial standing);

  • a power to allow the licensing authority to review or (after consulting the licence holder) to modify the licence;

  • a power to prevent, or enable the licensing authority to prevent the licence holder, in specified circumstances (such as where there is evidence to suggest that the store poses a significant environmental risk), from carrying on an activity (for example, the continued injection of carbon dioxide).

59.In addition to imposing conditions on the process of injecting carbon dioxide, the licence may also impose obligations on the licence holder after the activity of carbon dioxide injection has permanently ceased. Therefore licences will be able to cover both a period during which injection is taking place, and a subsequent period, during which it is expected the stability of the store would have to be demonstrated through monitoring and other activities prior to termination of the licence.

60.Subsection (4) ensures that the commencement and duration of the licence can be linked to that of the corresponding lease or authorisation from The Crown Estate.

61.Subsection (5) ensures that a licence can include an authorisation for the transfer of the licence to another person or the inclusion of another person as a party to the licence, subject to any conditions set out in the licence. Such conditions might for instance include obtaining the prior consent of the licensing authority for such a transfer.

62.Subsections (6) and (7) ensure that provisions in the licences can include conditions to obtain consent from the licensing authority (or an authority to which the relevant function has been transferred under section 34) for specified acts or omissions. Such consent may itself be granted subject to conditions.

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