DECC consults on decommissioning fees for oil and gas

DECC is consulting on forcing the oil and gas industry to pay for the approval of decommissioning plans

The energy and climate department (DECC) is consulting on forcing the oil and gas industry to pay for the approval of decommissioning plans.1

North Sea oil and gas production is falling, leading to 500 installations and 3,300 pipelines being decommissioned over the next 30-40 years at a cost of £24-30bn (ENDS Report 426, 40-44).

Such activities must be approved by the government under part 4 of the Petroleum Act 1998. This provides for a charging regime, which has yet to be implemented.

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