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The Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 1995

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Model clauses for production licences

8.—(1) Schedule 4 to the Principal Regulations (model clauses for production licences in seaward areas) shall be amended as follows.

(2) In model clauses 9 (payment of consideration for licence) and 12 (provisions supplementary to clauses 10 and 11)—

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (a) insert the word “and”;

(b)omit sub-paragraph (b).

(3) In model clause 10 (royalty payments)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)omit the words “Subject to paragraph (2) of this clause”;

(ii)for the words “clauses 11 and 12” substitute “clause 12”;

(b)omit paragraph (2);

(c)in paragraph (3), for the words “clauses 11 and 12” substitute “clause 12”;

(d)omit paragraphs (5) to (8).

(4) Omit model clauses 11, 13 (deliveries of petroleum in place of royalties) and 30 (disposal of petroleum).

(5) In model clause 31 (licensee to keep records), for paragraph (3) substitute—

(3) The Licensee shall deliver copies of the said records, plans and maps referred to in the two foregoing paragraphs to the Minister when requested to do so either—

(a)within any time limit specified in the request; or

(b)if there is no time limit specified, within four weeks of the request.

(6) In model clause 32 (returns) after paragraph (3) insert the words—

(4) The licensee shall comply with any request for information made in accordance with paragraph (3) above either—

(a)within any time limit specified in the request; or

(b)if there is no time limit specified, within four weeks of the request.

(7) In model clause 34 (reports to be treated as confidential), for sub-paragraph (iv) substitute—

the Minister, the said Council and any other such body shall be entitled to publish any of the specified data of a geological, scientific or technical kind either—

(a)after the expiration of the period of five years beginning with the date when the data was due to be supplied to the Minister in accordance with clause 31 or 32 of this licence, or if earlier, the date when the Minister received that data; or

(b)after the expiration of such longer period as the Minister may determine after considering any representations made to him by the Licensee about the publication of data in pursuance of this sub-paragraph.

(8) In model clause 42 (power of revocation) for sub-paragraph (2)(g) substitute—

(g)if the Licensee is a company, the Licensee’s ceasing to direct and control either—

(i)its operations under the licence; or

(ii)any commercial activities in connection with those operations from a fixed place within the United Kingdom;.

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