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Petroleum Resource Management

How Governments Manage Their Offshore Petroleum Resources

John A.P. Chandler

This thought-provoking book examines how countries manage their offshore petroleum resources by comparing the different approaches to licensing and regulation taken by Australia, Norway and the UK. It is based on extensive research into their policies and management practices, including interviews with government regulators and companies. These countries all face similar challenges as their offshore petroleum basins mature which means smaller discoveries, marginal production and ageing infrastructure. John Chandler analyses how their petroleum policy, systems of regulation, and regulators developed up to the present, and how they are responding to these challenges, as well as how they deal with exploration, development, infrastructure sharing and production.
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Chapter 12: Infrastructure

John A.P. Chandler


Infrastructure (pipelines, plant and other facilities) is one of the causes of inter-dependence between operations in difference licence areas. Small discoveries may be uneconomic to develop if they cannot obtain access to existing infrastructure. This chapter examines the regulation of the construction and sharing of infrastructure and control exercised by regulators over it. It commences with an examination of regulator oversight over infrastructure development and effective use. It then looks at how companies can get access to infrastructure. The Australian legislation does not provide for oversight over infrastructure, while the Norwegian and UK systems do. There is no applicable third-party access regime in Australia, whereas there is in Norway and the UK.

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