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Offshore oil and gas

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HSE's Energy Division (ED) is responsible for the offshore oil and gas industry. Our strategy and priorities for the sector are set out in the Offshore Oil and Gas Sector Strategy 2014 - 2017 under the following:


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EU Offshore Directive Competent Authority

HSE and DECC, working in partnership, have formed the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR), to act as the Competent Authority responsible for implementing the requirements of the EU Directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.

A website has been created for OSDR, to provide information and guidance on its activities.

OSDR website

Offshore Directive Update

On the 19th July 2015 the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015) came into force. Draft guidance is now available to download. SCR 2015 apply to oil and gas operations in external waters (the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and any designated area within the UK Continental Shelf) and replace the Safety Case Regulations 2005 in these waters, subject to certain transitional arrangements. The Safety Case Regulations 2005 continue to apply to oil and gas activities in internal waters (eg estuaries).

KP4 report published

HSE has published its report into the findings of the Ageing and Life Extension KP4 Key Programme.

The KP4 report

Updated 2015-07-16