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The Scotland Act 2016 and Onshore Petroleum (Consequential, Transitional and Saving Provisions and Model Clauses) Regulations 2018

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Transitional modification of the Petroleum Licensing (Applications) Regulations 2015

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10.—(1) This regulation applies until the Scottish Ministers exercise section 4(1)(a), (b) or (d) of the Petroleum Act 1998.

(2) In relation to any application for a licence to be determined by the Scottish Ministers or any licence granted by the Scottish Ministers under section 3 of the Petroleum Act 1998, the 2015 Regulations have effect as if they had been made by the Scottish Ministers.

(3) In relation to any application for a licence to be determined by the Scottish Ministers or any licence granted by the Scottish Ministers under section 3 of the Petroleum Act 1998, the 2015 Regulations have effect as if—

(a)in regulation 2—

(i)in the definition of “model clauses” after the words “section 4(1)(e)” there were inserted “or section 4(1B)”, and

(ii)the definition of “the OGA” were omitted, and

(iii)in the definition of “seaward petroleum exploration licence”, the words after “seaward area” were omitted;

(b)regulation 3(1A) and (1B) as inserted by regulation 4(4) of these Regulations were omitted;

(c)for regulation 4(2) there were substituted—

(2) Applications must be—

(a)made in writing, and

(b)accompanied by such evidence and particulars or documents in support as are specified in these Regulations in respect of the licence being applied for, and are appropriate to that application.;

(d)any other references to “the OGA” were references to “the Scottish Ministers”.

(4) In relation to any review under regulation 9 of the 2015 Regulations, regulation 9(1)(a) has effect as if, after “Regulations” there were inserted “, except in so far as they apply to any function exercised by the Scottish Ministers”.

(5) In this regulation, the “2015 Regulations” means the Petroleum Licensing (Applications) Regulations 2015.

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