NOPSA calls for improved regulation of offshore well integrity

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) has provided a submission to the Commission of Inquiry into the Montara uncontrolled hydrocarbon release that includes a call for legislative change to improve the regulation of the integrity of offshore petroleum wells.

Offshore staff

PERTH -- The National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) has provided a submission to the Commission of Inquiry into the Montara uncontrolled hydrocarbon release that includes a call for legislative change to improve the regulation of the integrity of offshore petroleum wells.

The Commission of Inquiry was established by the Federal Minister for Resources and Energy following the Montara Incident.

NOPSA is currently undertaking an investigation into the Montara incident to determine whether any occupational health and safety laws were contravened by the operators of the Montara well head platform and the West Atlas drilling unit.

”First and foremost, the titleholder of a well has primary responsibility for its integrity and ensuring operations relating to it and associated facilities are safe, however, NOPSA has also submitted to the Commission of Inquiry that it strongly believes there is a requirement for legislative change to create a more focused and better resourced administration for regulating the integrity of wells,” says Jane Cutler, CEO of NOPSA.

01/20/2010

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