Cessation of production

Prior to permanently ceasing production from a field, licensees are required to satisfy the OGA that all economic development opportunities have been pursued.

To ensure that all issues are addressed thoroughly before agreement to COP is required, licensees should initiate discussions with the OGA in a timely manner, which in the case of a large platform-based development, may be up to three years or more before agreement to COP is required.

On the successful conclusion of these discussions, licensees will submit a Cessation of Production document which will form the basis of the OGA’s agreement to cease production from the field. 

If production is to be suspended from a field for any length of time, the operator should contact the OGA to discuss what notifications / approvals may be required.