Nopsema looking to partner on decommissioning study

5th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia

PERTH ( – The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (Nopsema) and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) are looking for industry partners to join a collaborative project to evaluate options to streamline the assessment of proposals for decommissioning of offshore petroleum facilities.

Nopsema said in a statement on Wednesday that the need to decommission aging oil and gas infrastructure is set to pick up pace in the coming years, presenting both challenges and opportunities to industry, government and the broader community.

A 2020 report by advisory firm Wood Mackenzie estimated that the cost of decommissioning work for Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry was more than A$50-billion over the next 30 years.

The proposed collaborative project is aimed at understanding the technical, legal, policy and administrative feasibility of full or partial streamlining of assessments. It is also intended that the streamlining could help reduce regulatory overlap and improve consistency, all while maintaining the desired environmental outcomes.

This first phase will take the form of a trial in which Nopsema will provide technical advice to support DCCEEW’s assessment of sea dumping permit applications for decommissioning projects that are regulated in parallel with environment plans under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulations.

Nopsema said it is currently assessing one trial sea dumping permit, but is seeking expressions of interests from industry to nominate suitable decommissioning proposals to join the first phase of the project.