Guidance has been published which explains the regulatory requirements introduced by the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015), which came into force on 19th July 2015. The guidance is aimed at those with duties, such as licensees, installation operators, installation owners, well operators and others involved with offshore activities.
This draft version of L154 may be subject to further change when the final publication is produced.
SCR 2015 applies to oil and gas operations in external waters, that is, the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and any designated area within the United Kingdom continental shelf (UKCS). They replace the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 in these waters, subject to certain transitional arrangements.
Oil and gas activities in internal waters (e.g. estuaries), will continue to be covered by the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005.