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The Oil and Gas Authority (Offshore Petroleum) (Retention of Information and Samples) Regulations 2018

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Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Oil and Gas Authority (Offshore Petroleum) (Retention of Information and Samples) Regulations 2018 and come into force on the twenty-first day after the day on which they are made.

(2) In these Regulations—

“computerised model” means a model which—

(a)

provides a spatial representation of the distribution of sediment and rock in the subsurface, or

(b)

simulates the flow of petroleum or any other fluid in a reservoir;

“petroleum” has the meaning given in section 1 of the Petroleum Act 1998(1);

“relevant upstream petroleum pipeline” and “upstream petroleum infrastructure” have the meanings given in section 9H of that Act(2);

“well” includes borehole.

Application

2.  These Regulations apply to—

(1) petroleum-related information(3) which is—

(a)held by or on behalf of a specified relevant person(4) on the day the Regulations commence, or

(b)acquired or created by or on behalf of a specified relevant person on or after that day, and

(2) petroleum-related samples(5) which are—

(a)held by or on behalf of a specified offshore licensee(6) on the day the Regulations commence, or

(b)acquired or created by or on behalf of a specified offshore licensee on or after that day.

(2)

Section 9H was inserted by section 41 of the Infrastructure Act 2015 (c.7).

(3)

“Petroleum-related information” is defined in section 27(1) of the Energy Act 2016.

(4)

“Relevant person” is defined in section 18(1) of the Energy Act 2016 as a person listed in section 9A(1)(b) of the Petroleum Act 1998 (c.17), being (i) holders of petroleum licences; (ii) operators under petroleum licences; (iii) owners of upstream petroleum infrastructure; (iv) persons planning and carrying out the commissioning of upstream petroleum infrastructure; and (v) owners of relevant offshore installations. Those terms are further defined in sections 9H-9I of the Petroleum Act 1998.

(5)

“Petroleum-related samples” is defined in section 27(1) of the Energy Act 2016.

(6)

“Offshore licensee” is defined in section 18(1) of the Energy Act 2016.

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