(1) A greenhouse gas research consent authorises the holder, in accordance with the conditions (if any) to which the consent is subject, to carry on, in the offshore area specified in the consent, the operations relating to—
(a) the exploration for potential greenhouse gas storage formations; and
(b) the exploration for potential greenhouse gas injection sites—
that are specified in the consent in the course of the scientific investigation specified in the consent.
(2) The rights conferred on the holder by subsection (1) are subject to section 496.
Section 496 deals with interference with other rights.