The Australian Government regulates offshore oil and gas decommissioning under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act).
Decommissioning is a normal and planned petroleum activity. It refers to the plugging and permanently closing off wells, the safe removal of equipment, infrastructure and property and restoration of the environment.
Australia has laws, regulations and associated guidelines that have enabled decommissioning activities over the years.
We ensure that Australia’s policy and legislative frameworks:
The Australian Government has endorsed enhancements to the offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework.
Our enhanced decommissioning framework will:
Enhancements to offshore oil and gas regulations follow comprehensive policy development and public consultation.
Past consultations include:
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Last updated: 7 March 2022
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