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Sanction warning notices

49Duty of OGA to give sanction warning notices

(1)This section applies where the OGA proposes to give a sanction notice in respect of a failure to comply with a petroleum-related requirement.

(2)The OGA must give a sanction warning notice in respect of the petroleum-related requirement to—

(a)the person or persons to whom it proposes to give a sanction notice, and

(b)where it proposes to give an operator removal notice, the relevant licensee (see section 48(3)(c)).

(3)A sanction warning notice, in respect of a petroleum-related requirement, is a notice which—

(a)specifies the petroleum-related requirement,

(b)informs the person or persons to whom it is given that the OGA proposes to give a sanction notice in respect of a failure to comply with the requirement,

(c)gives details of the failure to comply with the petroleum-related requirement,

(d)informs the person or persons to whom it is given that the person or persons may, within the period specified in the notice (“the representations period”), make representations to the OGA in relation to the matters dealt with in the notice.

(4)The representations period is to be such period as the OGA considers appropriate in the circumstances.

(5)Subsections (6) and (7) apply where the OGA gives a sanction warning notice to a person or persons in respect of a petroleum-related requirement.

(6)The OGA must not give a sanction notice to the person or persons in respect of a failure to comply with the requirement until after the end of the representations period specified in the sanction warning notice.

(7)Having regard to representations made during the representations period specified in the sanction warning notice, the OGA may decide—

(a)to give the person or persons a sanction notice in respect of the failure to comply with the requirement detailed in the sanction warning notice under subsection (3)(c),

(b)to give the person or persons a sanction notice in respect of a failure to comply with the requirement which differs from the failure detailed in the sanction warning notice under subsection (3)(c), or

(c)not to give the person or persons a sanction notice in respect of a failure to comply with the requirement.

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