6. Decommissioning

Authorisation is needed before steps are taken to retire a production facility. This includes providing a revised safety case for approval.
  • Approval is needed to remove or discard a structure depending on where it is located, either through the marine consenting process (EEZ/CS) or resource consenting process (territorial waters).
  • A revised safety case has to be provided to WorkSafe NZ for approval before a production facility can be retired.
  • Wells must be plugged according to the health and safety regulations. WorkSafe NZ has to be satisfied that the risks are identified and the right precautions taken.

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