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OFFSHORE PETROLEUM AND GREENHOUSE GAS STORAGE ACT 2010 - SECT 185

Directions

    (1)     At any time after the end of the period within which a scheme for, or in relation to, the unit development of a petroleum pool is to be submitted by a licensee under section 184(3), the Minister may, by written notice given to the licensee, give to the licensee such directions as the Minister thinks necessary for the purpose of securing the more effective recovery of petroleum from the petroleum pool.

    (2)     If a person is the licensee of petroleum production licences in relation to 2 or more licence areas in each of which there is part of a particular petroleum pool, the Minister may, by written notice given to the licensee, give to the licensee such directions as the Minister thinks necessary for the purpose of securing the more effective recovery of petroleum from the petroleum pool.

    (3)     If—

        (a)     an agreement under section 184 is in force; or

        (b)     the Minister has given directions under subsection (1) or (2)—

the Minister may, having regard to additional information that has become available, by written notice given to the licensee or licensees concerned, give to the licensee or licensees such directions, or further directions, as the case may be, as the Minister thinks necessary for the purpose of securing the more effective recovery of petroleum from the petroleum pool.

    (4)     The Minister must not give a direction under subsection (2) or (3) unless the Minister has given to the licensee or licensees concerned an opportunity to confer with the Minister about the proposed direction.

    (5)     Directions under this section may include directions as to the rate at which petroleum is to be recovered.



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