Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations
HHRM has been transitionally appointed as the Competent Authority for Offshore Safety in Oil and Gas Operations in Greece since July 28th, 2016, through Law 4409/2016 (transposition of Directive 2013/30/EU).
According to the law, the responsibilities of HHRM include:
- Assessing and accepting of Reports on Major Hazards; assessing design notifications and notifications of well operations or notifications of combined operations
- Overseeing compliance by operators and owners of the Greek Offshore Safety Law, including inspections, investigation and enforcement actions
- Advising other authorities or bodies
- Making annual plans and producing reports
- Cooperating with other EU Competent Authorities
- Proposing the issuing of safety regulations and regulatory acts
According to the COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 1112/2014 (“determining a common format for sharing of information on major hazard indicators by the operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations and a common format for the publication of the information on major hazard indicators by the Member States”), common formats are specified in relation to: (a) reports from operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations to competent authorities of Member States in accordance with Article 23 of Directive 2013/30/EU; (b) publication of information by Member States in accordance with Article 24 of Directive 2013/30/EU.
Operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations shall submit the report referred to (a) above within 10 working days of the event.
According to Article 24 of Directive 2013/30/EU, Member States shall submit an annual report to the Commission containing the information specified in Annex IX, point 3.
- HHRM has joined the European Union Offshore Oil and Gas Authorities Group, in order to ensure the exchange of knowledge, information and experience with other countries.
- HHRM is currently working with DNV GL, an international expert, to organize the monitoring of the existing offshore operations in Greece. The tender was carried out by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”).
- HHRM has initiated a collaboration with relevant authorities in order to prepare an External Emergency Response Plan covering all offshore oil and gas installations or connected infrastructure and potentially affected areas within its jurisdiction.