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Offshore Directive - FAQs

What is the purpose of the Offshore Directive?

The European Commission have indicated that the offshore Directive’s objective is to reduce as far as possible the occurrence of major accidents related to offshore oil and gas operations and to limit their consequences.

Who will implement the Offshore Directive in the UK?

DECC and HSE jointly led the transposition of the Directive as it contained requirements relating to licensing, safety and environmental protection, emergency response and liability.

How far have DECC and HSE got with the implementation process?

The regulations were laid in Parliament on 23 March 2015 and came into force on 19 July 2015.

Does the Offshore Directive contain transitional arrangements and when will these apply to operators?

The transitional arrangements in the Directive are complex, and they vary depending on whether or not you are an owner of a non-production installation, a well operator, an operator of a proposed new production installation or an operator of an existing production installation. You can find out more information on transitional arrangements on the OSDR website.

Do DECC and HSE feel that the offshore Directive will improve the UK’s offshore oil and gas regime?

DECC and HSE feel that the Directive will further improve the UK’s offshore safety and environmental regime. These improvements include :

  • introducing a new competent authority responsible for safety and environmental regulation relating to the risks associated with major accidents and environmental incidents
  • integrating the management of safety and environmental risks relating to major accidents and environmental incidents
  • improving information sharing

Further details on the changes are provided in the consultation document (CD272) and the associated Impact Assessment.

Updated 2015-08-03