Guidance

Oil and gas: environmental data

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

Overview

This section presents a summary of the environmental applications and submissions received and processed by OPRED (BEIS).

The majority of the environmental applications are now received and processed via the UK Oil Portal Environmental Tracking System (PETS), and a summary for each calendar year from 2014 can be accessed for each operation type and, if required, the summary can be downloaded onto a spreadsheet.

Separate lists of the environmental applications and submissions that are not received and processed through PETS, and lists of the pre-2014 applications types that are now received and processed through PETS, are included under the relevant listed regulations.

If you wish to obtain a copy of any of the environmental submissions or applications, please contact the OPRED (BEIS) Environmental Management Team (EMT) via emt@beis.gov.uk, confirming the name of the relevant operator (the applicant), the type of application or submission and the relevant OPRED (BEIS) reference number(s). If you may wish to comment on an application that has still to be determined, you should confirm your intention when you submit your request for a copy of the application to EMT, and should note that the Department endeavours to determine most applications within 28 days of the date of first receipt of the application. Longer timescales apply in the case of submissions such as Environmental Statements and Oil Pollution Emergency Plans, and details of any relevant deadlines will be provided to accompany the requested documents.

PETS Applications

Summary lists of applications received and processed via the UK Oil Portal can be accessed for the various operation types. Using the dropdowns, summary lists can be accessed for each calendar year from 2014 and is available below:

Summary lists of applications received and processed

MAT refers to the ‘Master Application Template’, and each MAT contains general information relating to the relevant operation type, including the environmental impact assessment, and can support a number of subsidiary applications for specific approvals under environmental legislation.

MAT Operation Types:

  • DRA Drilling Operations
  • PLA Pipeline Operations
  • WIA Well Intervention Operations
  • PRA Production Operations
  • DCA Decommissioning Operations
  • SA Standalone Application

MAT reference numbers:

These are unique and relate to a specific submission of the relevant operation type. For example, DRA/1 was the first Drilling Operations MAT submitted via PETS.

SAT refers to the Subsidiary Application Template, and each SAT contains information relating to the specific application type.

SAT Application Types:

  • DR EIA Direction for Drilling Operations
  • PL EIA Direction for Pipeline Operations
  • DEP EIA Direction for Deposits
  • EWT EIA Direction for Extended Well Test
  • SP EIA Direction for Commencement of Production
  • IP EIA Direction for Increase in Production
  • CP Chemical Permit
  • OLP Oil Discharge Permit (life)
  • OTP Oil Discharge Permit (term)
  • CL Consent to Locate
  • ML Marine Licence
  • GS Geological Survey
  • DL European Protected Species Disturbance Licence

SAT reference numbers:

These are also unique and relate to a specific application. For example, CP/29/0 relates to a specific Chemical Permit application, which was the 29th Chemical Permit application submitted via PETS. The /0 suffix confirms that it is the first submission, i.e. it is a new SAT application. It is recognised that, for a variety of reasons, changes to the application may be necessary, either before operations have commenced or during the course of the proposed operations. If an update or a variation is submitted, the suffix would change and the reference number would become CP/29/1.

The offshore petroleum production and pipelines (assessment of environmental effects) regulations 1999 (as amended)

Under consultation

Decisions

Applications for Directions (PON15 Applications)

Exempted Activities

Minor pipeline works that are located entirely within existing safety zones around offshore facilities, and the renewal of a production consent where the renewal relates to the term of the consent and does not increase the consented level of production, are exempted from the provisions of the regulations as it has been determined that neither will have any significant impact on the environment, commercially exploited marine resources, protected habitats or species, or other users of the sea.

Offshore petroleum activities (conservation of habitats) regulations 2001 (as amended)

Applications for Geological Surveys and Shallow Drilling Operations (PON14 Applications)

Offshore chemicals regulations 2002

Applications for Life Chemical Permits (PON15D Applications)

Applications for Term Chemical Permits (PON15B, C, E and F Applications)

Offshore petroleum activities (oil pollution prevention and control) regulations 2005 (as amended)

Applications for Life Oil Discharge Permits (OPPC Life Permit Applications)

Applications for Term Permits (OPPC Term Permit Applications)

From October 2014, OPPC Term Permit Applications and OPPC Life Permit Applications were transferred to the UK Oil Portal, details of these can be found using the ‘Summary lists of applications received and processed’ under the PETS Applications section further up this page.

Produced water discharges containing oil (2006-15)

The following table details instances of oil-contaminated produced water discharges between 2006 and 2015.

Food and Environmental Protection Act 1985 (as amended)

Prior to the introduction of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, applications for licences were administered by either Marine Scotland (Scottish waters) or CEFAS (English and Welsh waters) on behalf of OPRED (BEIS). Enquiries relating to applications and licences should be forwarded to:

Marine Scotland
Marine Laboratory
PO Box 101
Victoria Road
Torry
Aberdeen
AB11 9DB

tel: 01224 295581
email: env_prot@marlab.ac.uk

CEFAS
Lowestoft Laboratory
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR33 0HT

tel: 01621 787200
email: ogc@cefas.co.uk

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

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

Applications for Marine Licences

The Offshore combustion installations (Pollution prevention and control) regulations 2013

The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 came in to force on 19 May 2013, to transpose the relevant provisions of the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (“the IED”). The regulations replaced The Offshore Combustion Installations (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Regulations 2001 (as amended).

Applications under 2001 and 2013 Regulations

Notices Required under 2013 Regulations

In accordance with the requirements of the Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013, OPRED (BEIS) hereby gives notice of a new application to operate combustion installations.

New Permit Application Public Notices

Notice of Permit Surrender

Fairfield Betula Limited I Dunlin PPC52 Surrender Notice (MS Word Document, 101KB)

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012

Applications for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits (EU ETS Permit Applications)

In October 2005, OPRED (BEIS) 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 Consent to Locate provisions of Section 34 were transferred to The Marine and Coastal Access Act (MCAA) and a new Part 4A of the Energy Act 2008 was created to transfer the provisions to offshore energy activities that were excluded or exempted from the licensing provisions of the MCAA.

Merchant shipping (oil pollution preparedness, response co-operation convention) regulations 1998 (as amended)

Oil Pollution Emergency Plan Submissions (OPEP Submissions)

PON 1 Data

A Petroleum Operations Notice No.1 (PON1) is used to report oil and chemical releases from offshore installations and pipelines. Data relating to oil and chemical releases between 2005 and 2012 has been relocated to Environmental alerts and incident reporting

Published 22 January 2013
Last updated 3 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. New Environmental Statement spreadsheet added.
  2. Oil & Gas: Updated Exemptions tracking spreadsheet and PPC Applications 2007 - 2016
  3. Oil and Gas Authority: Updated Exemptions and PPC-Applications documents
  4. EU ETS Permit Applications under Phase III - (updated)
  5. Oil and Gas: Updated document for OPEP Submissions
  6. Oil and Gas: Updated documents for PPC Applications and Exemptions tracking
  7. Oil and Gas: Updated documents for: PPC-Applications and Exemptions
  8. Oil and Gas: Updated Exemptions and PPC Application spreadsheets
  9. Oil and Gas: Update of Exemptions and PPC Applications tracking spreadsheets
  10. Oil and Gas: Update of PPC Application and Exemptions spreadsheets for May
  11. Updated the PPC Applications and the Excemption documents.
  12. Oil and Gas: Update of OPEP spreadsheet
  13. Oil and Gas: Update of OPEP spreadsheet
  14. Oil and gas: PPC Applications 2007 - 2015 and Exemptions - (updated)
  15. Oil and Gas: Update of OPEP Submission spreadsheet
  16. OIl and gas: PPC applications and exemptions - (updated)
  17. Oil and Gas: Update of exemptions and PPC applications spreadsheets
  18. Oil and gas: 2014 Exemptions - (updated)
  19. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  20. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  21. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  22. Oil and gas; PON14, Direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  23. Oil and gas: OPEP submissions - (updated)
  24. Oil and gas: Oil and gas: PON14, directions, chemicals and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  25. Oil and gas: PON14, directions, chemicals and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  26. Oil and gas: Environmental data- Dorections, chemicals, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  27. Oil and gas: PON14, direction, chemical and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  28. Oil and gas: Update of OPEP Submissions, 2014 OPPC term permitsm, 2013 OPPC applications and OPPC life permits
  29. Oil and gas: Updated 2012/2013/2014 consent to locate, PON14, 2014 Chemicals, Directions, Exemptions and PON15D
  30. Oil and Gas: Update of 2012/2013/2014 consent to locate, PON14, 2014 Chemicals, Directions and Exemptions and PON15D
  31. Oil and Gas: Update of 2012/2013/2014 consent to locate, 2012/2013/2014 PON14, 2014 Directions and Exemptions and PON15D
  32. Oil and gas: Update of OPEP spreadsheet for Merchant Shipping Regulations 1998
  33. Oil and gas: Update of 2012/13/14 consent to locate, PON14, 2014 chemicals, directions, exemptions and PON15d.
  34. 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.
  35. Oil and Gas: Weekly updated of OPEP as of 04-09-2014
  36. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  37. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  38. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  39. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  40. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  41. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  42. Oil and Gas: PPC and ETS applications updated and Decision Notice link added
  43. Oil and gas: OPPC Life, 2013/14 term applications - (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: OPPC term 2013/14 and life permits - (updated)
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  48. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  49. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  50. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  51. Oil and Gas: OPPC life and term 2013 and 2014 permits updated
  52. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  53. Oil and gas: OPPC life permits, 2013/14 term permits and OPEP spreadsheets - (updated)
  54. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  55. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  56. Oil and gas: OPPC Life Permits and Term Permits 2013 and 2014 updated
  57. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate, chemicals spreadsheets, PPC applications and ETS applications - (updated)
  58. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets - (updated)
  59. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets updated
  60. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets updated
  61. Oil and Gas: PON15D and 2012/2013/2014 PON14, exemptions, directions, consent to locate and chemicals spreadsheets updated.
  62. Oil and Gas: OPPC life permits and OPPC Term Applications 2013 and 2014 received updated
  63. Oil and gas: OPPC life, 2013/14 term application spreadsheets - (updated)
  64. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14 and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  65. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14, OPPC and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  66. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14, OPPC and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated
  67. Oil and gas; 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14, OPPC and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  68. Oil and gas; 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14 and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  69. Oil and gas: OPPC 2013/14 term applications - (updated)
  70. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Chemical, direction, PON14 and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  71. Oil and gas: OPPC term and life permits - (updated)
  72. Oil and gas: PON14, Chemical, Direction and consent to locate 2013/14 spreadsheets - (updated)
  73. Oil and gas: OPPC life permits and term applications received 2011-2014 - updated
  74. Oil and gas: OPEP spreadsheet updated
  75. Oil and gas: 2013/14 Directions, PON14s, Chemicals and Consent to locate spreadsheets- (updated)
  76. Oil and gas: OPEP spreadsheet updated
  77. Oil and gas: PON15D, PON15B, C, E and F, PON15B, C and D, PON14 applications, exemptions and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  78. Oil and gas: Chemical, direction, PON14, consent to locate, OPPC and OPEP spreadsheets - (updated)
  79. Oil and gas: Directions, chemicals, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  80. Oil and gas: Chemicals, directions, PON14s, OPPC, OPEP and consent to locate spreadsheets - (updated)
  81. Oil and gas: Chemical, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate data - (updated)
  82. Oil and gas: PON14s, Chemicals, Directions and Consent to locate data - (updated)
  83. Oil and gas: Chemicals, directions, consent to locate and PON14 data - (updated)
  84. Oil and gas: OPPC permits received in 2012/13 - (updated)
  85. PON1 data informtion expanded
  86. OPEPs, OPPCs, PON15D, consent to locate , PON15B, C and D, PON15B, C, E and F, PON14s and exemptions - updated
  87. Oil and gas: Chemicals, directions and PON14s spreadsheets - (updated)
  88. Oil and gas: 2012/13 Chemicals, directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  89. OPEPs - updated
  90. PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  91. OPEPs - updated
  92. PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  93. OPEPs - updated
  94. OPPC permits and applications 2012/13 - updated
  95. OPPC permits and applications 2012/13 - updated
  96. 2012/2013 PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  97. 2012/13 PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  98. Oil and gas: Public Notices in new PPC applications under the new regulations for Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 - added
  99. OPPC applications 2012/13 - updated
  100. PON14s, Chemicals, Directions and Consent to locate spreadsheets - updated
  101. OPPC permits - updated
  102. 2012/13 PON14s, Chemicals, directions and consent to locate data - updated
  103. OPPC, Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate data 2012/13 - updated
  104. 2011,2012 and 2013 Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  105. PON 1 2010 - updated, OPPC 2011,12 and 13 - updated
  106. 2011,2012 and 2013 OPPC, Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  107. 2011,2012 and 2013 OPPC, Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and consent to locate spreadsheets updated
  108. Directions, Chemicals, PON 14s and Consent to Locate - 2011, 2012 and 2013 updated
  109. OPPC 2011, 2012 and 2013 and OPEP data updated
  110. Updated Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and Consent to Locate data
  111. OPPC life permits updated
  112. Updated Chemicals, directions, PON14s and consent to loccate documents for 2011, 2012 and 2013
  113. OPPC permits in 2011, 2012 and 2013 updated
  114. Updated Chenicals, Directions, PON14s and Consent to Locate 2011, 2012 and 2013
  115. Updated 2011, 2012 and 2013 Chemicals, Directions, PON14s and Consent to locate spreadsheets
  116. Updated 2011,2012 and 2013 Chenicals, Directions, PON14 and Consent to Locate spreadsheets
  117. 2011/12 - Chenicals, Directions and PON14 updated, 2013 added
  118. First published.