Field allowance: authorisation of development
Authorisation of development means either the Secretary of State or a Northern Ireland Department:
- Granting a licensee consent for development for the field,
- Serving on a licensee a programme of development for the field, or
- Approving a programme of development for the field.
Consent for development does not include consent which is limited to the purpose of testing the characteristics of an oil-bearing area.
Development means winning oil from the field otherwise than in the course of searching for oil or drilling wells.
Where the development of a field is phased, only the first authorisation of development may trigger an allowance as a new field.