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Energy Act 2016

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 The OGA

    1. The OGA and its core functions

      1. 1.The OGA

      2. 2.Transfer of functions to the OGA

      3. 3.Transfer of property, rights and liabilities to the OGA

      4. 4.Transfer of staff to the OGA

      5. 5.Transfer schemes: supplementary

      6. 6.Pensions

      7. 7.Contracting out of functions to the OGA

    2. Exercise of functions

      1. 8.Matters to which the OGA must have regard

      2. 9.Directions: national security and public interest

      3. 10.Directions: requirements to notify Secretary of State

    3. Information and samples

      1. 11.Power of Secretary of State to require information and samples

    4. Funding

      1. 12.Powers of the OGA to charge fees

      2. 13.Levy on licence holders

      3. 14.The licensing levy: regulations

      4. 15.Payments and financial assistance

    5. Review

      1. 16.Review of OGA and guidance from Secretary of State

  3. PART 2 Further functions of the OGA relating to offshore petroleum

    1. CHAPTER 1 Introduction

      1. 17.Overview of Part 2

      2. 18.Interpretation of Part 2

    2. CHAPTER 2 Disputes

      1. 19.Qualifying disputes and relevant parties

      2. 20.Reference of disputes to the OGA

      3. 21.Action by the OGA on a dispute reference

      4. 22.Power of the OGA to consider disputes on its own initiative

      5. 23.Procedure for consideration of disputes

      6. 24.Power of the OGA to acquire information

      7. 25.Power of the OGA to require attendance at meetings

      8. 26.Appeals against decisions of the OGA: disputes

    3. CHAPTER 3 Information and samples

      1. Interpretation

        1. 27.Petroleum-related information and samples

      2. Retention

        1. 28.Retention of information and samples

        2. 29.Retention: supplementary

      3. Information and samples plans

        1. 30.Information and samples plans: termination of rights under offshore licences

        2. 31.Preparation and agreement of information and samples plans

        3. 32.Changes to information and samples plans

        4. 33.Information and samples plans: supplementary

      4. Power to require information and samples

        1. 34.Power of the OGA to require information and samples

      5. Coordinators

        1. 35.Information and samples coordinators

      6. Appeals

        1. 36.Appeals against decisions of the OGA: information and samples plans

    4. CHAPTER 4 Meetings

      1. 37.Meetings: interpretation

      2. 38.Duty to inform the OGA of meetings

      3. 39.Participation by the OGA in meetings

      4. 40.Provision of information to the OGA after meetings

      5. 41.Notices

    5. CHAPTER 5 Sanctions

      1. Power to give sanction notices

        1. 42.Power of OGA to give sanction notices

      2. Sanction notices

        1. 43.Enforcement notices

        2. 44.Financial penalty notices

        3. 45.Amount of financial penalty

        4. 46.Payment of financial penalty

        5. 47.Revocation notices

        6. 48.Operator removal notices

      3. Sanction warning notices

        1. 49.Duty of OGA to give sanction warning notices

      4. Appeals

        1. 50.Appeals in relation to sanction notices

        2. 51.Appeals against finding of failure to comply

        3. 52.Appeals against sanction imposed

      5. Supplementary

        1. 53.Publication of details of sanctions

        2. 54.Subsequent sanction notices

        3. 55.Withdrawal of sanction notices

        4. 56.Alternative means of enforcement

      6. Information

        1. 57.Sanctions: information powers

        2. 58.Appeals against information requests

      7. The OGA’s procedures

        1. 59.Procedure for enforcement decisions

      8. Interpretation

        1. 60.Sanctions: interpretation

    6. CHAPTER 6 Disclosure

      1. General prohibition

        1. 61.Prohibition on disclosure

        2. 62.Meaning of “protected material” and related terms

      2. Permitted disclosures

        1. 63.Disclosure by OGA to certain persons

        2. 64.Disclosure required for returns and reports prepared by OGA

        3. 65.Disclosure in exercise of certain OGA powers

        4. 66.Disclosure after specified period

        5. 67.Disclosure with appropriate consent

        6. 68.Disclosure required by legislation

        7. 69.Disclosure for purpose of proceedings

  4. PART 3 Infrastructure and Information

    1. Rights to use upstream petroleum infrastructure

      1. 70.Requirements to provide information

      2. 71.Applications to use infrastructure: changes of applicant and owner

    2. Decommissioning

      1. 72.Abandonment of offshore installations

      2. 73.Duty to act in accordance with strategy: decommissioning and alternatives

    3. Northern Ireland

      1. 74.Part 1A of the Petroleum Act 1998: Northern Ireland

    4. International agreements

      1. 75.International oil and gas agreements: information exchange

  5. PART 4 Fees

    1. 76.Powers to charge fees

    2. 77.Validation of fees charged

  6. PART 5 Wind power

    1. Consent under Electricity Act 1989

      1. 78.Onshore wind generating stations in England and Wales

    2. Renewables obligation

      1. 79.Onshore wind power: closure of renewables obligation

      2. 80.Onshore wind power: circumstances in which certificates may be issued after the onshore wind closure date

      3. 81.Onshore wind power: use of Northern Ireland certificates

  7. PART 6 Final Provisions

    1. 82.Regulations

    2. 83.Regulations and orders: disapplication of requirements to consult the OGA

    3. 84.Commencement

    4. 85.Short title and extent

  8. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS TO THE OGA

      1. PART 1 Primary legislation

        1. 1.Energy Act 1976

        2. 2.(1) Section 12 (disposal of gas by flaring, etc) is...

        3. 3.After section 12 insert— Disposal of gas by flaring, etc:...

        4. 4.(1) Section 18 (administration, enforcement and offences) is amended as...

        5. 5.In section 21 (interpretation), after the definition of “natural gas”...

        6. 6.Petroleum Act 1998

        7. 7.In section 9A(2) (principal objective and the strategy), for “Secretary...

        8. 8.In section 9B (exercise of certain functions)—

        9. 9.After section 9B insert— Exercise of certain functions of the...

        10. 10.Omit section 9D.

        11. 11.(1) Section 9E (security and resilience functions) is amended as...

        12. 12.(1) Section 9F (producing and revising a strategy) is amended...

        13. 13.(1) Section 9G (procedure for producing and revising a strategy)...

        14. 14.In section 14(1) (construction and use of pipelines), for “Secretary...

        15. 15.In section 15 (authorisations), for “Secretary of State” (in each...

        16. 16.In section 16 (compulsory modifications of pipelines), for “Secretary of...

        17. 17.(1) Section 17 (acquisition of rights to use pipelines) is...

        18. 18.(1) Section 17F (acquisition of rights to use controlled petroleum...

        19. 19.(1) Section 17G (section 17F: supplemental) is amended as follows....

        20. 20.(1) Section 17GA (controlled petroleum pipeline subject to Norwegian access...

        21. 21.(1) Section 17GB (section 17GA: supplemental) is amended as follows....

        22. 22.(1) Section 18 (termination of authorisations) is amended as follows....

        23. 23.(1) Section 19 (vesting of pipelines on termination or subsequent...

        24. 24.(1) Section 20 (inspectors etc) is amended as follows.

        25. 25.(1) Section 21 (enforcement) is amended as follows.

        26. 26.In section 25 (orders and regulations), for subsection (1) substitute—...

        27. 27.In section 28(1) (interpretation of Part 3), for the definition...

        28. 28.In section 45A (abandoned wells), for “Secretary of State” (in...

        29. 29.In section 46(1) (Northern Ireland and Isle of Man shares...

        30. 30.(1) Section 47A (factors to take into account) is amended...

        31. 31.In section 48 (interpretation), after subsection (1) insert—

        32. 32.(1) Schedule 2 (authorisations) is amended as follows.

        33. 33.(1) Paragraph 4 is amended as follows.

        34. 34.(1) Paragraph 5 is amended as follows.

        35. 35.In paragraph 6, for “Secretary of State” (in both places)...

        36. 36.In paragraph 7— (a) for “Secretary of State” (in each...

        37. 37.(1) Paragraph 8 is amended as follows.

        38. 38.(1) Paragraph 9 is amended as follows.

        39. 39.In paragraph 10— (a) for “Secretary of State” (in each...

        40. 40.Energy Act 2004

        41. 41.Energy Act 2008

        42. 42.In section 4(1) (licences), for “Secretary of State” substitute “OGA”....

        43. 43.(1) Section 5 (applications) is amended as follows.

        44. 44.In section 6 (terms and conditions), for “Secretary of State”...

        45. 45.(1) Section 7 (model clauses) is amended as follows.

        46. 46.(1) Section 9 (offences relating to licences) is amended as...

        47. 47.In section 10 (power of direction), for “Secretary of State”...

        48. 48.In section 12 (injunctions restraining breaches of section 2(1)), for...

        49. 49.(1) Section 13 (inspectors) is amended as follows.

        50. 50.In section 14(5) (proceedings for offence created by regulations under...

        51. 51.In section 15 (interaction with petroleum licensing requirements), for “Secretary...

        52. 52.In section 16 (interpretation), at the end insert— “the OGA”...

        53. 53.In section 18(2) (licences: the licensing authority), for “Secretary of...

        54. 54.In section 19 (requirements relating to grant of licences), after...

        55. 55.In section 21 (content of licences: regulations), after subsection (2)...

        56. 56.In section 26 (injunctions restraining breaches of section 17(1)), for...

        57. 57.(1) Section 27 (inspectors) is amended as follows.

        58. 58.In section 28(5) (proceedings for offence created by regulations under...

        59. 59.In section 29 (requirement for public register) at the end...

        60. 60.In section 31 (termination of licences: regulations), after subsection (3)...

        61. 61.In section 33 (enhanced petroleum recovery: power to make orders),...

        62. 62.In section 35(1) (interpretation), after the definition of “offshore UK-controlled...

        63. 63.Energy Act 2011

        64. 64.In section 82 (acquisition of rights to use upstream petroleum...

        65. 65.(1) Section 83 (power to give notice under section 82(11)...

        66. 66.In section 84 (compulsory modification of upstream petroleum infrastructure), for...

        67. 67.In section 85 (variation of notices under sections 82 and...

        68. 68.In section 86 (publication of notices and variations), for “Secretary...

        69. 69.In section 87 (powers to require information), for “Secretary of...

        70. 70.(1) Section 88 (enforcement) is amended as follows.

        71. 71.In section 89 (minor, consequential and supplemental provision), for “Secretary...

        72. 72.In section 90(1) (interpretation), after the definition of “gas processing...

        73. 73.Infrastructure Act 2015

        74. 74.Omit section 42 (levy on holders of certain energy industry...

        75. 75.In section 55(4)(b) (statutory instruments subject to affirmative procedure), omit...

        76. 76.Omit Schedule 7 (the licensing levy).

      2. PART 2 Secondary legislation

        1. 77.Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc) Regulations 2010

        2. 78.In regulation 1(3) (interpretation), in the definition of “the authority”,...

        3. 79.In regulation 3(1)(a) (applications for a licence), for “Department of...

        4. 80.In paragraph 2(3)(a) of Schedule 1 (application for consent to...

        5. 81.Offshore Petroleum Licensing (Offshore Safety Directive) Regulations 2015

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      ABANDONMENT OF OFFSHORE INSTALLATIONS

      1. 1.Petroleum Act 1998

      2. 2.Before section 29 insert— Restriction on abandonment (1) A person to whom a notice may be given...

      3. 3.(1) Section 29 (preparation of programmes) is amended as follows....

      4. 4.(1) Section 32 (approval of programmes) is amended as follows....

      5. 5.In section 33 (failure to submit programme), after subsection (3)...

      6. 6.(1) Section 34 (revision of programmes) is amended as follows....

      7. 7.After section 34 insert— Amendment of programmes (1) This section applies where an abandonment programme approved by...

      8. 8.After section 36 insert— Reduction of costs of carrying out...

      9. 9.In section 37 (default in carrying out programmes), after subsection...

      10. 10.In section 40 (offences: penalties)— (a) after “section” insert “28A,”,...

      11. 11.(1) Section 41 (offences: general) is amended as follows.

      12. 12.(1) Section 42 (validity of Secretary of State’s acts) is...

      13. 13.Energy Act 2008

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