Streamlining the regulatory journey for offshore oil and gas decommissioning


Participating organisations

The DecomRegHub is supported by the following regulators, who are committed to working together to ensure decommissioning is carried out safely, cost effectively, and in a way that protects the environment and communities. We welcome engagement with other regulatory and advisory bodies with a role in offshore decommissoning. Please click on the links below to visit our partners' home pages.

Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED)

OPRED regulates environmental and decommissioning activity for offshore oil and gas operations in the UK and is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Petroleum Act 1998 and international obligations are complied with. OPRED is the Competent Authority in the UK for OSPAR. OPRED also works in partnership with HSE's Energy Division as the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR), the Competent Authority responsible for implementing EU Directive 2013/30 in the UKCS

Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)

The OGA’s role is to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry in order to maximise the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources, while supporting the Government's legally-binding commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 (2045 in Scotland) . They work to ensure the maximum economic extension of field life, and that decommissioning is executed in a safe, environmentally sound and cost effective manner.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE's Energy Division and OPRED work in partnership as the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR), the Competent Authority responsible for implementing EU Directive 2013/30 in the UKCS. HSE regulates Health and Safety both onshore and offshore to ensure employers protect their workers and other people from getting hurt. through work. HSE’s Energy Division is responsible for implementing health and safety legislation for offshore oil and gas operations.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

SEPA’s role is to protect and improve the Scottish environment in ways that, as far as possible, create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth. Offshore, SEPA regulates radioactive substances and transfrontier shipments of waste from Scottish Waters, whilst onshore it is responsible for permitting and regulating facilities managing waste from decommissioning.

Environment Agency (EA)

The EA work to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development. Their responsibilities include regulating industry and waste management facilities, including facilities handling waste from decommissioning, and, transfontier shipments of waste and use and disposal of radioactive substances in English waters.

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OGA Enhanced Energy Pathfinder

Energy Pathfinder (previously known as Oil and Gas Pathfinder) has been relaunched by OGA. It provides information on emerging projects and business opportunities across decommissioning and energy transition activities, helping operators and supply chain identify cost effective solutions for project delivery.

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OGA Enhanced Energy Pathfinder