Industry regulator the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has opened an investigation into a possible breach of field production consents.
It follows an enquiry that concluded there was sufficient initial evidence to merit a full examination into a potential failure to comply with the requirements of the licences.
Amongst other things the investigation will gather and assess further information to enable the OGA to reach a decision.
The company concerned will also have the opportunity to provide written representations before a decision is taken on how the case should be resolved.
It is the fourth compliance probe launched by the OGA this year into separate companies – it is not linked to any previous investigations.
In October 2020 the regulator published its Thematic Review into Industry Compliance with Regulatory Obligations.
The review examined compliance in six areas of interaction between the OGA and licensees.
Despite identifying some very good, and improving, practice, it also noted the need for further progress.
Moreover it warned that sanctions could follow in cases where breaches were found.
The review itself followed a June 2019 OGA letter to licensees and infrastructure owners outlining the body’s regulatory approach.
While praising a great deal of constructive engagement, the letter noted that ”too many issues (were) taking too long to resolve” and warned that “we will be progressively more proactive in using the OGA’s powers”.