Guidance

Oil and gas: environmental submissions and determinations

Interested parties can review records of applications and statements submitted to OPRED as required by environmental regulations.

Overview

Interested parties can review records of applications and statements submitted to BEIS OPRED as required by environmental regulations.

If you wish to obtain a copy of any of the submissions, please contact the Business Support Team by email at bst@beis.gov.uk, confirming the name of the company / operator, the type of submission and the relevant OPRED reference number. You may submit comments on any application that has yet to be determined, and if that is your intention you should confirm when you submit the request for a copy of the submission so that we can advise you of any relevant deadlines. Please note that we normally endeavour to determine most submissions within 28 days of the date of first receipt of the application, however longer timescales apply in the case of submissions such as Environmental Statements and Oil Pollution Emergency Plans.

Portal Environmental Tracking System (PETS) Applications

With the exception of Environmental Statements (ES) and Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEP), all applications for environmental approvals are now received and processed via the UK Energy Portal Environmental Tracking System (PETS), which replaced the previous Petroleum Operations Notice (PON) application system.

Summary lists of applications received and determined via PETS for each calendar year from 2014 (when the system went live), for drilling operations (DRA), production operations (PRA), pipeline operations (PLA), well intervention operations (WIA) and decommissioning operations (DCA), and for standalone applications (SA) for geological surveys or activities requiring a marine licence or navigational consent can be accessed online. There is a facility to download and filter these spreadsheets to enable specific applications to be more easily searched for and located. Lists of applications submitted and processed prior to 2014 and dealt with under the PON application system are included under the relevant regulations below.

Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (as amended)

Environmental Statements

A list of environmental statements received and still under consideration can be accessed using the link below:

A complete list of all environmental statements previously determined by the department can be accessed using the link below:

Applications for Directions

A list of applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

Lists of PON15 applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed by year using the links below:

Excluded activities

The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations Regulations 1999 (as amended) provide that a submission is not required to support applications for consent relating to the proposals detailed below, providing the proposals are unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment:

  • construction or augmentation of a pipeline where the works are located entirely within 500 metres (m) of a well or any part of a fixed installation; or
  • the renewal of a consent for the getting of petroleum, where there is no increase in the currently consented level of production and only the duration of the consent is increased; or
  • the renewal of a consent to the carrying on of a gas storage project, where there is no increase in the currently consented level of storage and only the duration of the consent is increased.

A list of the excluded activities can be accessed using the link below:

Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (as amended)

Applications for geological surveys and shallow drilling operations

A list of applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

Lists of PON14 applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed by year using the links below:

Offshore chemicals regulations 2002

Applications for life chemical permits

A list of applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

A list of PON15D applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed using the link below:

Applications for term chemical permits

A list of applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

Lists of PON15B/C/E/F applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed by year using the links below:

Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 (as amended)

Applications for life oil discharge permits

A list of applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

A list of OPPC Life Permit applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed using the link below:

Applications for term oil discharge permits

A list of applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

Lists of OPPC Term Permit applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed by year using the links below:

Food and Environmental Protection Act 1985 (FEPA) (as amended)

Applications for licences under FEPA Part II Deposits in the Sea in relation to reserved oil and gas activities were previously administered by either Marine Scotland (for Scottish waters) or Cefas (for English and Welsh waters) under arrangements agreed with the Department. Following the introduction of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA), FEPA Part II was revoked except in relation to reserved oil and gas activities in Scottish territorial waters, and responsibility for any licensing in those waters reverted to the Department.

Enquiries relating to historic applications and licences should be forwarded directly to Marine Scotland at env_prot@marlab.ac.uk or Cefas at ogc@cefas.co.uk. Alternative contact details can be found on their respective websites.

Since the introduction of MCAA, there have been no applications for FEPA Part II licences in relation to reserved oil and gas activities in Scottish territorial waters.

Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA)

Marine licences are required for a limited number of offshore energy activities that are not excluded or exempted from the licensing provisions of MCAA. The licensable activities are principally related to decommissioning operations, including activities such as the deposit and removal of materials, the disturbance of the seabed, and the use of explosives.

A list of marine licence applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

Register of Marine Licenses

In accordance with the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 Part 4 Chapter 5, the department is required to maintain and make publicly available a register of licences granted or rejected. As per the Regulations, the register also records licence variations, revocations, convictions, remedial actions and any other information supplied as part of the Marine Licence application which the department may deem appropriate to record on the register.

Marine Licence Register 2014 onwards (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 126KB)

Lists of all marine licence applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed by year using the links below:

Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 (as amended)

The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 came in to force on 19 May 2013 and were amended by the Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 18 July 2018. The 2013 Regulations replaced the Offshore Combustion Installations (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Regulations 2001 (as amended). In accordance with the requirements of the 2013 Regulations, the department is also required to give notice of new applications to operate combustion installations, granting or refusal of applications, permit reviews, revocation, surrender and assignment. A spreadsheet detailing these and all applications submitted under the 2001 and 2013 Regulations, can be accessed using the link below:

Application Notices under the Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 (as amended)

In accordance with regulation 5 of the Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 (as amended), the Secretary of State hereby gives notice that Neptune E&P UK Limited has applied to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“the Department”) for a permit to operate offshore combustion plant installed on the Cygnus Alpha platform located in Block 44/12a on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf.

Copies of the application, and any other information that the Secretary of State considers relevant to the application, may be obtained by contacting the Department in writing, by e-mail or by telephone using the contact details below:

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning Environmental Management Team AB1 Building Crimon Place Aberdeen, AB10 1BJ
E-mail: bst@beis.gov.uk
Tel: 01224 254145

Representations in relation to the application should be made in writing and sent to the Secretary of State using the postal or e-mail address detailed above. Representations, which may be made publicly available, must be received by close of business on 6th September 2019, and should quote:

Cygnus Alpha, Block 44/12a, Application No. PPC/104/0.

The proposals are not considered likely to have significant negative effects on the environment of another member State and do not require an environmental impact assessment or consultation with any other member State before a decision in respect of the application can be made.

Following a review of the application and any representations received, the Secretary of State will determine whether to grant or refuse the application and may determine to attach conditions to the decision. It is anticipated that the decision will be made before the end of September 2019 and notice of the Secretary of State’s decision will be published on this website within 10 days of the date of the decision being made. A person with a sufficient interest may appeal to the court against a relevant decision but must do so within 28 days of the date of the notice.

Any enquiries relating to this notice should be made using the contact details included in the notice.

Register of Medium Combustion Plant

The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 also contained provisions to implement the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), which will come into force from 20 December 2018. The Regulations require the maintenance of a public register of medium combustion plant, in accordance with Annex I of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive which will be made available here following this legislation coming into force and once any qualifying plant has been registered or granted a permit.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012 came into force on 1 January 2013 and replaced the the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2005. A spreadsheet detailing all applications submitted under the 2005 and 2012 Regulations can be accessed using the link below:

EU ETS Permit Applications (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 19.1KB)

In October 2005, the Department assumed responsibility for administration of Section 34 of The Coast Protection Act 1949 (CPA) in relation to offshore energy activities on behalf of the Department for Transport. In April 2011, the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 introduced provisions to transfer the consenting provisions of Section 34 to the Energy Act 2008 and the regulatory competence to the department.

A list of Consent to Locate (CtL) applications submitted using PETS can be accessed using the following link:- PETS applications

Lists of consent applications submitted prior to the introduction of PETS can be accessed by year using the links below:

Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998 (as amended)

A list of Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (OPEP) submissions which are currently active or under review by the department, can be accessed using the link below:

OPEP Submissions (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 82KB)

Please note that within the spreadsheet some approved dates are recorded as earlier than the corresponding submission dates. This anomaly exists where approvals have been issued for OPEPs under the old application process and in these cases the submission date represents the latest upload to the CA Portal, which may have been the date of migration to the online portal system, or a minor variation, neither of which would trigger a new approved date.

Published 22 January 2013
Last updated 8 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Changes to the 'Application Notices under the Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 (as amended)' under the 'Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 (as amended)' section of the page
  2. Update to 'OPEP spreadsheet' under the 'Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998 (as amended)' section
  3. Update to 'Marine Licence Register 2014 Onwards'
  4. Title of 'Oil and gas: environmental data' page changed to 'Oil and gas: environmental submissions and determinations'
  5. Aoka Mizu, Ailsa FSO & Culzean Wellhead Platform PPC Public Notices added to 'The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 (as amended)' section of the page
  6. Amendments to all sections of the page, including links and spreadsheet updates
  7. PON1 section removed as included on Environmental Alerts and Incident Reporting page
  8. New Environmental Statement spreadsheet added.
  9. Oil & Gas: Updated Exemptions tracking spreadsheet and PPC Applications 2007 - 2016
  10. Oil and Gas Authority: Updated Exemptions and PPC-Applications documents
  11. EU ETS Permit Applications under Phase III - (updated)
  12. Oil and Gas: Updated document for OPEP Submissions
  13. Oil and Gas: Updated documents for PPC Applications and Exemptions tracking
  14. Oil and Gas: Updated documents for: PPC-Applications and Exemptions
  15. Oil and Gas: Updated Exemptions and PPC Application spreadsheets
  16. Oil and Gas: Update of Exemptions and PPC Applications tracking spreadsheets
  17. Oil and Gas: Update of PPC Application and Exemptions spreadsheets for May
  18. Updated the PPC Applications and the Excemption documents.
  19. Oil and Gas: Update of OPEP spreadsheet
  20. Oil and Gas: Update of OPEP spreadsheet
  21. Oil and gas: PPC Applications 2007 - 2015 and Exemptions - (updated)
  22. Oil and Gas: Update of OPEP Submission spreadsheet
  23. OIl and gas: PPC applications and exemptions - (updated)
  24. Oil and Gas: Update of exemptions and PPC applications spreadsheets
  25. Oil and gas: 2014 Exemptions - (updated)
  26. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  27. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  28. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  29. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  30. Oil and gas: OPEP submissions - (updated)
  31. Oil and gas: Oil and gas: PON14, directions, chemicals and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  32. Oil and gas: PON14, directions, chemicals and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  33. Oil and gas: Environmental data- Dorections, chemicals, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  34. Oil and gas: PON14, direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  35. Oil and gas: Update of OPEP Submissions, 2014 OPPC term permitsm, 2013 OPPC applications and OPPC life permits
  36. Oil and gas: Updated 2012/2013/2014 consent to locate, PON14, 2014 Chemicals, Directions, Exemptions and PON15D
  37. Oil and Gas: Update of 2012/2013/2014 consent to locate, PON14, 2014 Chemicals, Directions and Exemptions and PON15D
  38. Oil and Gas: Update of 2012/2013/2014 consent to locate, 2012/2013/2014 PON14, 2014 Directions and Exemptions and PON15D
  39. Oil and gas: Update of OPEP spreadsheet for Merchant Shipping Regulations 1998
  40. Oil and gas: Update of 2012/13/14 consent to locate, PON14, 2014 chemicals, directions, exemptions and PON15d.
  41. Oil and Gas: Updated 2014 Chemicals, Directions and Exemptions, PON15D, 2012/2013/2014 PON14 and 2012/2013/2014 consent to locate. Updated as of 08/09/2014.
  42. Oil and Gas: Weekly updated of OPEP as of 04-09-2014
  43. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  44. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  45. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  46. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  47. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  48. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  49. Oil and Gas: PPC and ETS applications updated and Decision Notice link added
  50. Oil and gas: OPPC Life, 2013/14 term applications - (updated)
  51. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  52. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  53. OIl and gas: OPPC term 2013/14 and life permits - (updated)
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  55. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  56. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  57. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  58. Oil and Gas: OPPC life and term 2013 and 2014 permits updated
  59. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  60. Oil and gas: OPPC life permits, 2013/14 term permits and OPEP spreadsheets - (updated)
  61. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  62. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  63. Oil and gas: OPPC Life Permits and Term Permits 2013 and 2014 updated
  64. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets, PPC applications and ETS applications - (updated)
  65. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  66. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets updated
  67. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets updated
  68. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2012/2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets updated.
  69. Oil and Gas: OPPC life permits and OPPC Term Applications 2013 and 2014 received updated
  70. Oil and gas: OPPC life, 2013/14 term application spreadsheets - (updated)
  71. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14 and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  72. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14, OPPC and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  73. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14, OPPC and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated
  74. Oil and gas; 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14, OPPC and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  75. Oil and gas; 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14 and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  76. Oil and gas: OPPC 2013/14 term applications - (updated)
  77. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14 and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  78. Oil and gas: OPPC term and life permits - (updated)
  79. Oil and gas: PON14, Chemical, Direction and consent to locate 2013/14 spreadsheets - (updated)
  80. Oil and gas: OPPC life permits and term applications received 2011-2014 - updated
  81. Oil and gas: OPEP spreadsheet updated
  82. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Directions, PON14s, Chemicals and Consent to locate spreadsheets- (updated)
  83. Oil and gas: OPEP spreadsheet updated
  84. Oil and gas: PON15D, PON15B, C, E and F, PON15B, C and D, PON14 applications, exemptions and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  85. Oil and gas: Chemical, direction, PON14, consent to locate, OPPC and OPEP spreadsheets - (updated)
  86. Oil and gas: Directions, chemicals, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  87. Oil and gas: Chemicals, directions, PON14s, OPPC, OPEP and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  88. Oil and gas: Chemical, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate data - (updated)
  89. Oil and gas: PON14s, Chemicals, Directions and Consent to locate data - (updated)
  90. Oil and gas: Chemicals, directions, consent to locate and PON14 data - (updated)
  91. Oil and gas: OPPC permits received in 2012/13 - (updated)
  92. PON1 data informtion expanded
  93. OPEPs, OPPCs, PON15D, consent to locate , PON15B, C and D, PON15B, C, E and F, PON14s and exemptions - updated
  94. Oil and gas: Chemicals, directions and PON14s spreadsheets - (updated)
  95. Oil and gas: 2012/13 Chemicals, directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  96. OPEPs - updated
  97. PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  98. OPEPs - updated
  99. PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  100. OPEPs - updated
  101. OPPC permits and applications 2012/13 - updated
  102. OPPC permits and applications 2012/13 - updated
  103. 2012/2013 PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  104. 2012/13 PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  105. Oil and gas: Public Notices in new PPC applications under the new regulations for Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 - added
  106. OPPC applications 2012/13 - updated
  107. PON14s, Chemicals, Directions and Consent to locate spreadsheets - updated
  108. OPPC permits - updated
  109. 2012/13 PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  110. OPPC, Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate data 2012/13 - updated
  111. 2011,2012 and 2013 Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  112. PON 1 2010 - updated, OPPC 2011,12 and 13 - updated
  113. 2011,2012 and 2013 OPPC, Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  114. 2011,2012 and 2013 OPPC, Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  115. Directions, Chemicals, PON 14s and Consent to Locate - 2011, 2012 and 2013 updated
  116. OPPC 2011, 2012 and 2013 and OPEP data updated
  117. Updated Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and Consent to Locate data
  118. OPPC life permits updated
  119. Updated Chemicals, directions, PON14s and consent to loccate documents for 2011, 2012 and 2013
  120. OPPC permits in 2011, 2012 and 2013 updated
  121. Updated Chenicals, Directions, PON14s and Consent to Locate 2011, 2012 and 2013
  122. Updated 2011, 2012 and 2013 Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and Consent to locate spreadsheets
  123. Updated 2011,2012 and 2013 Chenicals, Directions, PON14 and Consent to Locate spreadsheets
  124. 2011/12 - Chenicals, Directions and PON14 updated, 2013 added
  125. First published.