Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson, has today publicly released the Borthwick report into the Montara Wellhead Platform blowout that occurred on August 21 last year, in the Timor Sea off Australia's northern coast.
NOPSA CEO, Jane Cutler, welcomed the release of the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry and the associated whole-of-government response, and anticipates further dialogue amongst key stakeholders around the proposed amendments to industry regulation.
"NOPSA submitted several recommendations to the Commission of Inquiry, including the issue of well integrity regulation, so it's good to see that formally acknowledged in the Government's response and the Minister's speech today," said Ms Cutler.
"NOPSA is looking forward to working with the Minister and the Department of Resources and Energy to outline the policy framework and resourcing requirements that will take Australia's offshore petroleum health and safety regulation to another level."
"Montara and Macondo have taught us that the health and safety of offshore workers in the oil and gas industry is inherently tied to the robust regulation of each facility, including the structural integrity of wells."
"National oversight of health and safety, well integrity and environmental plans for the offshore industry would offer a coordinated approach to regulation, which is what the Minister has proposed in 'NOPSEMA' [National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority].
"There's much to be done but NOPSA looks forward to engaging with regulators, Ministers and government agencies across Australia to develop the mechanisms that will ensure a safe and vibrant offshore petroleum industry," she said.
For more information on today's release of the Montara Commission of Inquiry report in parliament's lower house, and the Government's response, visit www.ret.gov.au/montarainquiryresponse or minister.ret.gov.au.
Emergency response strategies and implementation for the offshore oil and gas industry will remain with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). More information can be found on their website at amsa.gov.au. Environmental clean-up action plans are managed by state and federal agencies. Go to environment.gov.au for more information.