Every aspect of assessment, design, and operation of oil and gas facilities are made on the basis of reducing risks to as low as reasonably practicable.
Commercial spills are enormously costly, not only for the environment but also for the company responsible, which is why the industry spends an enormous amount of money to avoid oil spills in the first place.
Let’s look at how our industry manages oil spill risks.
The Levy applies to all commercial vessels over 100 gross tons and 24 metres in length (except those operating in fresh water), offshore oil installations, exploration wells and oil pipelines.
Following a review of the Levy in 2015/16 the government has chosen to increase the Levy to $8.049 million per annum to provide increased capacity for Maritime New Zealand in terms of regulatory, compliance and oil spill readiness and response capabilities.
Maritime New Zealand owns over $12 million of equipment to use when responding to marine oil spills. This includes booms, skimmers, dispersants, sorbents and oil recovery vessels. The equipment used to respond to an oil spill is stored and maintained at Maritime New Zealand’s Marine Pollution Response Service warehouse in Auckland and at equipment stockpiles around the country.
All arrangements for the request and deployment of this equipment must be specified in the Oil Spill Contingency Plan submitted by a company as part of the oil and gas permitting process.