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OFFSHORE PETROLEUM AND GREENHOUSE GAS STORAGE ACT 2010 - SECT 112

Nomination of blocks as a location

    (1)     If—

        (a)     a petroleum pool is identified in a petroleum exploration permit area; and

        (b)     the permittee or another person has, whether in or outside the permit area, recovered petroleum from the pool—

the permittee may nominate, for declaration as a location

        (c)     if the pool extends to only one block in the permit area—that block; or

        (d)     if the pool extends to 2 or more blocks in the permit area—those blocks.

    (2)     If—

        (a)     2 or more petroleum pools are identified in a petroleum exploration permit area; and

        (b)     the permittee or another person has, whether in or outside the permit area, recovered petroleum from each of those pools—

the permittee may, instead of making a nomination under subsection (1) in relation to each pool, nominate for declaration as a single location

        (c)     all of the blocks to which the pools extend; or

        (d)     all of the blocks to which any 2 or more of the pools extend.

    (3)     To be effective, a nomination under subsection (2) that relates to 2 or more pools must be such that, in the case of each of the pools, at least one of the blocks to which the pool extends immediately adjoins a block to which the other, or another, of those pools extends.

    (4)     For the purposes of subsection (3), a block immediately adjoins another block if the graticular section that constitutes or includes that block and the graticular section that constitutes or includes that other block

        (a)     have a side in common; or

        (b)     are joined together at one point only.

    (5)     A nomination under this section must be—

        (a)     in writing; and

        (b)     given to the Minister.



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