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.
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.
The regulations were laid in Parliament on 23 March 2015 and came into force on 19 July 2015.
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.
DECC and HSE feel that the Directive will further improve the UK’s offshore safety and environmental regime. These improvements include :
Further details on the changes are provided in the consultation document (CD272) and the associated Impact Assessment.