The UK government has scrapped and amended a number of regulations that affect operations in the country's offshore oil and gas industry as part of a wider initiative to reduce red tape within the UK energy industry.
As part of its 'Red Tape Challenge' initiative, DECC has scrapped regulations relating to the liquefaction of offshore natural gas.
Meanwhile, offshore regulations that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has moved to amend includes the Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002 (amended 2011), which established a regime for controlling the use and discharge of chemicals from offshore installations. These regulations have now been streamlined in order "to improve functionality and reduce costs for installation operators whilst maintaining all environmental protections", claims DECC.
Other regulations that have been amended include pollution controls on offshore combustion installations, as well as rules governing offshore petroleum activities relating to conservation of wildlife habitats as well as oil pollution prevention and control.
"The Red Tape Challenge has provided the opportunity to ensure we continue to meet these objectives. We have listened to our stakeholders as they suggested regulations which add cost or complexity without effectively leading to protections, and I am pleased to announce that DECC will scrap or improve 134 regulations," Charles Hendry, UK Minister of State for Energy said in a press statement Tuesday.
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