Oil Spill Contingency Plans

All offshore oil and gas installations, including exploration drilling and production facilities, must have an oil spill contingency plan (OSCP). This is required under Marine Protection Rule Part 131.

Maritime New Zealand reviews each OSCP.

The environmental risk is assessed based on the oil or gas product that is going to be produced. This risk assessment helps to pre-plan the best possible response options in case there is an accidental spill.

An approved OSCP shows that the operator of the oil or gas facility has:

  • minimised the risk of an accidental oil spill and
  • detailed emergency response plans in place in case a spill does occur

Marine Protection Rules Part 131: Offshore Installations

Well Control Contingency Plans (WCCP)

Operators of offshore installations involved in drilling exploration wells are required to provide a WCCP as part of their oil spill contingency plan.

MNZ has produced the following guidance material that will assist operators with what should be included in their WCCP.