Guidance

Oil and gas: licensing for carbon storage

The Energy Act 2008 provides for a licensing regime that governs the offshore storage of carbon dioxide.

This guidance was withdrawn on

The Oil & Gas Authority launched a new website on 3 October 2016 to reflect its new status as a government company.

This formalises the transfer of the Secretary of State’s regulatory powers in respect of oil and gas to the OGA, and grants it new powers. This website will no longer be updated. Visitors should refer to www.ogauthority.co.uk

Overview

It forms part of the transposition into UK law of EU Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide. The Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/2221), which transpose many other requirements of the directive, came into force on 1 October 2010.

The regime applies to storage in the offshore area comprising both UK territorial sea and beyond designated as a gas importation and storage zone (GISZ) under section 1(5) of the act.

Licensing authority

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is the licensing authority for offshore storage except within the territorial sea adjacent to Scotland, for which Scottish ministers authorise. In addition to applying for a licence, developers must obtain a grant of the appropriate rights from the Crown Estate.

Offshore carbon storage licence – application form

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Government Response to the Consultation on the Proposed Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage Licensing Regime

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Article 25 of the Directive on Geological Storage requires that the competent authority shall establish and maintain a register of the storage permits granted, for full details see: The Public Register

Contact information

Ricki Kiff
Telephone: 0300 067 1637 Email: ricki.kiff@decc.gsi.gov.uk

Published 22 January 2013