Environmental Protection: Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 No. 24 (Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations)

Jurisdiction(s)
Instrument Date
2011
Effective Date
1 April 2011
Instrument Type
Secondary
Relevant Regulatory Authority
The Scottish Ministers
Purpose and Context
The Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations set out the administrative processes and requirements for licensing exploration activities and permitting CO2 injection and storage in Scotland under the Energy Act 2008, as well as prescribing rights and responsibilities for licence and permit holders in relation to monitoring, reporting, corrective measures, site closure and post-closure obligations.
Associated instruments

Directive 2006/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2006 on waste (EU Waste Directive)

Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC (EU ETS Directive)

Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (EU Environmental Liability Directive)

Instrument Access Date
3 September 2012
I. Regulatory scope and definitions
Definitions

Article/Section No.

Regulation 1

Associated legislation:
EU CO2 Storage Directive

Instrument Text

General

Citation, commencement and interpretation 1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.)

(Scotland) Regulations 2011 and come into force on 1st April 2011. (2) In these Regulations—

(a)     any reference to a numbered section is to that section of the Energy Act 2008; and

(b)     any reference to an EU instrument, or a provision of such an instrument, is a reference to that instrument or provision as amended from time to time.

(3) In these Regulations— “appraisal term” has the meaning given by regulation 3(2)(a); “the authority” means the Scottish Ministers as licensing authority under section 18(2); “CO2” means carbon dioxide; “corrective measures plan” has the meaning given by regulation 7(6);

“the Directive” means Directive 2009/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the geological storage of carbon dioxide and amending Council Directive 85/337/EEC, European Parliament and Council Directives 2000/60/EC, 2001/80/EC, 2004/35/EC, 2006/12/EC, 2008/1/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006(a);

“the Environmental Liability Directive” means Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage(b);

“the ETS Directive” means Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC(c);

“financial security” includes— (a)        a charge over a bank account or any other asset; (b)   a deposit of money; (c)   a performance bond or guarantee; (d)      an insurance policy; and (e)        a letter of credit;

“general exploration licence” means a licence granted by the Secretary of State under section 18(1) which authorises only activities within section 17(2)(c) and the establishment or maintenance of an installation for the purpose of such activities and which—

(a)     does not grant to the holder the sole right to carry out exploration of a controlled place, and

(b)     is issued in combination with—

(i) a licence under section 4 to explore any controlled place with a view to carrying on activities within section 2(3)(a) to (d) and establish or maintain an installation in a controlled place for the purposes of such exploration, or

(ii) a licence under section 3 of the Petroleum Act 1998(d) to search for petroleum in any area below the low water line or in the seaward areas as defined by regulation3(1)(a) of the Petroleum (Production) (Seaward Areas) Regulations 1988(e);

“injection” means injection of carbon dioxide into a storage site;

“legislation” means legislation in force in the United Kingdom (whether passed, or made, before, after or at the same time as the commencement of these Regulations);

“licence” means a licence (other than a general exploration licence or a Scottish exploration licence) granted by the authority under section 18(1) in respect of activities within section 17(2)(a) to (d) (and “licence holder” is to be construed accordingly);

“licensed area” means the area within which activities are authorised under a licence; “monitoring plan” has the meaning given by regulation 7(5);

“operator” means the person who carries on or controls activities within the meaning of section 17(2) at a storage site;

“post-closure plan” has the meaning given by regulation 12(3) or (4);

“provisional post-closure plan” has the meaning given by regulation 12(2);

“Scottish exploration licence” means a licence granted by the Scottish Ministers under section 18(1) which authorises only activities within section 17(2)(c) and the establishment or maintenance of an installation for the purpose of such activities and which does not grant to the holder the sole right to carry out exploration;

“storage permit” means a consent granted under a licence, authorising the use of a place as a storage site; and

“target date” has the meaning given by regulation 10(3)(a).

(4) The following expressions have the meanings given by Article 3 of the Directive (and cognate expressions are to be construed accordingly)—

“closure” of a storage site;

“corrective measures”;

“CO2 plume”;

“CO2 stream”;

“exploration”;

“hydraulic unit”;

“leakage”;

“migration”;

“significant irregularity”;

“significant risk”;

“storage complex”;

“storage site”;

“substantial change”;

“waste”;

“water column”.

Classification of CO2

Summary

Regulation 1(4) of theScotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations adopts the meaning of “waste” used in the EU CO2 Storage Directive.

“Waste” is defined in article 3(13) of the EU CO2 Storage Directive to mean the substances defined as waste in Article 1(1)(a) of the EU Waste Directive.

Articles 35 and 36 of the EU CO2 Storage Directive in turn amend EU waste regulations to exclude CO2 captured and transported for the purposes of geological storage from the scope of those instruments.

This means that CO2 captured and transported for the purposes of geological storage does not constitute “waste” for the purposes of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations, as per the approach adopted in the EU CO2 Storage Directive and EU Waste Directive.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 1(4)

Associated legislation:
EU CO2 Storage Directive
EU Waste Directive

Instrument Text

General

Citation, commencement and interpretation 1.

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(4) The following expressions have the meanings given by Article 3 of the Directive (and cognate expressions are to be construed accordingly)—

“closure” of a storage site;

“corrective measures”;

“CO2 plume”;

“CO2 stream”;

“exploration”;

“hydraulic unit”;

“leakage”;

“migration”;

“significant irregularity”;

“significant risk”;

“storage complex”;

“storage site”;

“substantial change”;

“waste”;

“water column”.

Composition of CO2 stream

Summary

Regulation 1(4) of theScotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations adopts the meaning of “CO2 stream” used in the EU CO2 Storage Directive.

“CO2 stream” is defined in article 3(13) of the Directive to mean a flow of substances that results from CO2 capture processes.

Under article 12 of the Directive, a CO2 stream must consist “overwhelmingly” of CO2. No waste or other matter may be added for the purpose of disposal. CO2 streams may, however, contain incidental associated substances from source, capture or injection processes, and trace substances added to assist in monitoring and verification of CO2 migration, provided that concentrations of such substances are below levels that would:

  1. adversely affect storage site or transport infrastructure integrity; or
  2. pose a significant risk to the environment or human health.

The CO2 stream requirements of Directive article 12 are adopted in paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations, which sets out the mandatory provisions of storage permits issued under theRegulations. The same requirements therefore apply to CO2 storage activities in Scotland under the Regulations.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 1(4)
Schedule 2:
Paragraph 1

Associated legislation:
EU CO2 Storage Directive

Instrument Text

General

Citation, commencement and interpretation 1.

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(4) The following expressions have the meanings given by Article 3 of the Directive (and cognate expressions are to be construed accordingly)—

“closure” of a storage site;

“corrective measures”;

“CO2 plume”;

“CO2 stream”;

“exploration”;

“hydraulic unit”;

“leakage”;

“migration”;

“significant irregularity”;

“significant risk”;

“storage complex”;

“storage site”;

“substantial change”;

“waste”;

“water column”.

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SCHEDULE 2      Regulation 8(d) PROVISIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN A STORAGE PERMIT

Acceptance and injection of CO2 1.—(1) In order to be injected into the storage site the CO2 stream must consist overwhelmingly

of carbon dioxide, and must satisfy the conditions in sub-paragraph (2). (2) The stream—

(a)     must contain no waste or other matter added for the purposes of disposal;

(b)     may only contain incidental or trace substances (to the extent permitted by any legislation applicable to those substances) if the concentrations of all such substances are below the levels that would—

(i) adversely affect the integrity of the storage site or the relevant transport infrastructure; or

(ii) pose a significant risk to the environment or human health. (3) In sub-paragraph (2)—

(a) “incidental substance” means a substance which has become associated with the CO2 either at its original source or as a result of the process of capture or injection; and

(b)     “trace substance” means a substance which has been added to the CO2 in order to assist in the monitoring and verifying of its migration after injection.

(4) Before accepting and injecting the stream the operator must ensure that the conditions in sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) can be met, by carrying out—

(a)     an analysis of the composition of the stream, and in particular of any corrosive substances that may be present in it; and

(b)     an assessment of the risk that the stream will fail to comply with those conditions.

(5) The operator must maintain a register, at a place and in a manner approved by the authority, of the quantities and properties of the CO2 streams that have been delivered to, and injected in, the storage site (including the composition of those streams).

Geographical coverage, exclusions and prohibitions

Summary

Regulation 2 of theScotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations stipulates that a licence may not be granted for the purpose of storing CO2 in the water column.

Regulation 7(1)(b) provides that the storage complex in respect of which a storage permit is sought must not extend beyond the territories of the EU member states. These territories are defined in regulation 7(2) to include member states’ exclusive economic zones and continental shelves, as defined respectively in articles 55 and 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 2
Regulation 7

Instrument Text

Licences

Limitations on licensing powers 2. A licence may not be granted for the purpose of storing CO2 in the water column.

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Grant of storage permits 7.—(1) Before granting a storage permit the authority must be satisfied that—

(a) the storage complex and surrounding area have been sufficiently characterised and assessed in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex I to the Directive;

(b)     no part of the storage complex extends beyond the territories of the member States;

(c) under the proposed conditions of use of the storage site, there is no significant risk of leakage or of harm to the environment or human health; and

(d)     the conditions in paragraph (3) are met.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the territory of a member State includes its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf within the meaning of Articles 55 and 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea(a).

(3) The conditions are that the proposed operator—

(a) is technically competent (including in the operation of environmental management systems), financially sound and can be relied upon to carry out the functions of an operator; and

(b) has in place an appropriate programme of professional and technical development and training.

(4) Where more than one storage site is contained within the same hydraulic unit, before granting a storage permit for either site the authority must be satisfied that the requirements for the grant of a permit can be met simultaneously.

(5) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed monitoring plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the monitoring plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (6) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed corrective measures plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the corrective measures plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (7) If the authority is minded to grant a storage permit—

(a)     the authority must forward a draft of the proposed permit to the European Commission, together with any material taken into consideration that has not already been provided under regulation 6(4); and

(b) the authority must before granting the permit consider any opinion on the draft that is issued under Article 10(1) of the Directive.

II. The scope and management of rights
Preferential rights between CCS operators

Summary

Regulation 6 of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that licence holders may apply for a storage permit in respect of a storage site within the licensed area, subject to certain terms and conditions. The Regulations do not provide for non-licence holders to apply for storage permits. 

As a result, existing licence holders effectively have preference in being granted storage permits over their existing licence areas.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 6

Instrument Text

Storage permits

Applications for a storage permit 6.—(1) The licence holder may, under the conditions laid down by the licence, apply to the

authority for a storage permit in respect of a place within the licensed area.

(2) Where the licence includes an appraisal term, the application may not be made unless any necessary exploration has been completed, and the terms and conditions of the licence have been complied with.

(3) An application must contain— (a)   the name and address of the proposed operator; (b)    evidence of the matters referred to in regulation 7(1); (c) in relation to the CO2 that is to be contained within the storage site—

(i) the total quantity that is to be injected and stored; (ii) a proposed date on which injection is to commence;

(iii) the prospective sources and transport methods; (iv) the composition of the CO2 streams that are to be injected;

(v) the proposed injection rates and pressures; and (vi) the proposed location of the injection facilities;

(d)     a description of measures to be taken to prevent any significant irregularities;

(e)     a proposed monitoring plan drawn up in accordance with Annex II to the Directive and that takes into account the obligations imposed on the operator under legislation implementing Article 14 of the ETS Directive;

(f)      a proposed corrective measures plan;

(g)     the proposed provisional post-closure plan drawn up in accordance with regulation 12(1);

(h) the information required to be provided in relation to the storage site under legislation implementing Article 5 of Council Directive 85/337/EEC(a); and

(i) details of a financial security that will satisfy the requirements in paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 2, including proof that (if the storage permit is granted) such a security will be in force before the proposed date on which injection is to commence.

(4) The authority must forward to the European Commission—

(a)     the permit application (within one month of receipt); and

(b)        any other related material that the authority proposes to take into account when it seeks to make a decision on the award of a storage permit.

III. Permitting storage site exploration, project development and CO2 injection
Permitting exploration activities

Summary

Regulation 3 of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that applications for licenses are to be made to the Scottish Ministers, and must either:

  1. request specification of an “appraisal term” during which the licence holder will have the right to explore the licensed area before applying for a storage permit; or
  2. state that exploration is not considered necessary, in which case under regulation 4(3) the licence must specify an “initial term.”

Regulation 5 requires that licenses include the provisions in Schedule 1. Schedule 1 in turn includes provisions regarding the licence holder’s rights and obligations in relation to site closure and extraction of stored CO2.

Licenses expire:

  1. if no storage permit is applied for, at the end of the appraisal term or initial term; or
  2. if such an application is made and subsequently refused, when the refusal is notified to the licence holder.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 3
Regulation 4
Regulation 5
Schedule 1

Instrument Text

Applications for a licence

3.

(1) An application for a licence must be—

(a)     made in writing and sent to the Scottish Ministers; and

(b)     accompanied by a fee of £2,100.

(2) The application must include either—

(a)     a request that the licence specify a period (the “appraisal term”) during which the licence holder has the right to carry out exploration in the licensed area before making an application for a storage permit; or

(b) if no such period is requested, a statement of the reasons why such exploration is not considered necessary.

Appraisal or initial term

4.—(1) The appraisal term must not exceed the period necessary to— (a)         generate the information necessary to select a storage site; and (b)  prepare the documents required for an application under regulation 6.

(2) Subject to paragraph (1), the appraisal term may be extended by the authority at the written request of the licence holder, under the conditions laid down by the licence, provided that the authority is satisfied that any exploration so far carried out has been in accordance with the licence.

(3) If the licence does not include an appraisal term—

(a)     the licence must specify a period as the “initial term” for the purpose of paragraph (4)(a); but

(b)     that initial term may be extended under the conditions laid down by the licence. (4) The licence expires—

(a)     at the end of the appraisal term or the initial term, if no application for a storage permit is made before that date; or

(b)     if an application for a storage permit is refused, when that refusal is notified to the licence holder.

Content of a licence 5. A licence must include the provisions in Schedule 1.

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SCHEDULE 1      Regulation 5 PROVISIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN A LICENCE

Closure of storage site by the operator

1.—(1) Subject to paragraph (4), the operator must close a storage site where the conditions for closure referred to in regulation 8(h) of the Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (“the Regulations”) are met.

(2) Subject to paragraph (4), the operator may close a storage site if—

(a) the consent of the authority has been given following an application under sub- paragraph (3); and

(b)     any conditions attached to that consent have been met. (3) An application for the authority’s consent to the closure of a storage site must—

(a)     be made in writing and sent to the Scottish Ministers; and

(b)     contain the reasons why the operator proposes to close the storage site.

(4) A storage site may not be closed under sub-paragraph (1) or (2) until the terms of the post- closure plan have been determined under regulation 12(3) of the Regulations.

Post-closure plan 2.—(1) Prior to the closure of a storage site the operator must submit a proposed post-closure

plan to the authority for approval.

(2) The proposed post-closure plan must be based on the provisional post-closure plan, subject to any modifications proposed by the operator.

(3) In deciding whether to propose any such modifications, the operator must take into account—

(a)     an analysis of the relevant risks; (b)      current best practice; and (c)      any improvements in the available technology.

Post-closure obligations 3.—(1) After a storage site has been closed and until the licence is terminated, the operator must

continue to comply with the obligations in the storage permit to—

(a)     monitor the storage site;

(b) report and notify leakages and significant irregularities (with the exception of the obligation to provide information on the quantities, properties and composition of the CO2 streams that have been delivered to and injected into the storage site); and

(c)     take corrective measures.

(2) For the purpose of complying with the obligations referred to in sub-paragraph (1), any reference to the monitoring plan or the corrective measures plan is to be read as a reference to the post-closure plan.

(3) The operator must seal the storage site and remove the injection facilities in accordance with its obligations under Part 4 of the Petroleum Act 1998.

Extraction of stored CO2

4. The operator must not (and must not permit any other person to) extract stored CO2 from a storage site except with the prior written consent of the authority and in accordance with any conditions subject to which consent is given.

Interpretation 5.

(1) In this licence the following expressions have the meaning given by regulation 1(3) of the Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2011—

“the authority”;

“corrective measures plan”;

“injection”;

“licence”;

“monitoring plan”;

“operator”;

“post-closure plan”;

“provisional post-closure plan”; and

“storage permit”.

(2) The following expressions have the meanings given by Article 3 of Directive 2009/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the geological storage of carbon dioxide and amending Council Directive 85/337/EEC, European Parliament and Council Directives 2000/60/EC, 2001/80/EC, 2004/35/EC, 2006/12/EC, 2008/1/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 (and cognate expressions are to be construed accordingly)—

“closure” of a storage site;

“corrective measures”;

“CO2 plume”;

“CO2 stream”;

“exploration”;

“hydraulic unit”;

“leakage”;

“migration”;

“significant irregularity”;

“significant risk”;

“storage complex”;

“storage site”;

“substantial change”;

“waste”; and

“water column”.

Controls on site selection

Summary

Under regulation 7 of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations, the authority (as defined in regulation 1) cannot issue a storage permit until it is satisfied that, among other things:

  1. the storage complex and surrounding area have been sufficiently characterised;
  2. the storage complex does not extend  beyond the territories of the EU member states; and
  3. there is no significant risk of leakage or harm to the environment or of human health.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 7

Instrument Text

Grant of storage permits 7.

(1) Before granting a storage permit the authority must be satisfied that—

(a) the storage complex and surrounding area have been sufficiently characterised and assessed in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex I to the Directive;

(b)     no part of the storage complex extends beyond the territories of the member States;

(c) under the proposed conditions of use of the storage site, there is no significant risk of leakage or of harm to the environment or human health; and

(d)     the conditions in paragraph (3) are met.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the territory of a member State includes its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf within the meaning of Articles 55 and 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea(a).

(3) The conditions are that the proposed operator—

(a) is technically competent (including in the operation of environmental management systems), financially sound and can be relied upon to carry out the functions of an operator; and

(b) has in place an appropriate programme of professional and technical development and training.

(4) Where more than one storage site is contained within the same hydraulic unit, before granting a storage permit for either site the authority must be satisfied that the requirements for the grant of a permit can be met simultaneously.

(5) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed monitoring plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the monitoring plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (6) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed corrective measures plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the corrective measures plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (7) If the authority is minded to grant a storage permit—

(a)     the authority must forward a draft of the proposed permit to the European Commission, together with any material taken into consideration that has not already been provided under regulation 6(4); and

(b) the authority must before granting the permit consider any opinion on the draft that is issued under Article 10(1) of the Directive.

Environmental protection and impact assessment

Summary

Under regulation 7 of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations, the authority (as defined in regulation 1) cannot issue a storage permit until it is satisfied that, among other things:

  1. the storage complex and surrounding area have been sufficiently characterised; and
  2. under the proposed conditions of use for the storage site, there is no significant risk of leakage or of harm to the environment or human health.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 7

Instrument Text

Grant of storage permits 7.

(1) Before granting a storage permit the authority must be satisfied that—

(a) the storage complex and surrounding area have been sufficiently characterised and assessed in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex I to the Directive;

(b)     no part of the storage complex extends beyond the territories of the member States;

(c) under the proposed conditions of use of the storage site, there is no significant risk of leakage or of harm to the environment or human health; and

(d)     the conditions in paragraph (3) are met.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the territory of a member State includes its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf within the meaning of Articles 55 and 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea(a).

(3) The conditions are that the proposed operator—

(a) is technically competent (including in the operation of environmental management systems), financially sound and can be relied upon to carry out the functions of an operator; and

(b) has in place an appropriate programme of professional and technical development and training.

(4) Where more than one storage site is contained within the same hydraulic unit, before granting a storage permit for either site the authority must be satisfied that the requirements for the grant of a permit can be met simultaneously.

(5) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed monitoring plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the monitoring plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (6) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed corrective measures plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the corrective measures plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (7) If the authority is minded to grant a storage permit—

(a)     the authority must forward a draft of the proposed permit to the European Commission, together with any material taken into consideration that has not already been provided under regulation 6(4); and

(b) the authority must before granting the permit consider any opinion on the draft that is issued under Article 10(1) of the Directive.

Permitting CO2 injection and storage

Summary

Regulation 6 of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that licence holders may apply for a storage permit in respect of a storage site within the licensed area, subject to:

  1. the terms and conditions of the licence; and
  2. where the licence includes an appraisal period (as defined in regulation 3), completion of the required exploration.

Applications for storage permits must include, among other things:

  1. a proposed monitoring plan;
  2. a proposed corrective measures plan;
  3. a proposed provisional post-closure plan; and
  4. details of the financial security to be provided in accordance with the permit terms and conditions set out in paragraph 7 of Schedule 2.

Regulation 6(4) requires that a copy of the permit application be forwarded to the European Commission.

Under regulation 7, the authority (as defined in regulation 1) cannot issue a storage permit until it is satisfied that, among other things:

  1. the storage complex and surrounding area have been sufficiently characterised;
  2. the storage complex does not extend  beyond the territories of the EU member states; and
  3. there is no significant risk of leakage or of harm to the environment or human health.

Regulation 7(7) provides that, before granting a storage permit, the authority must forward a copy of the proposed permit and related material to the European Commission, and consider any opinion issued by the Commission with regard to the proposed permit.

Storage permits must include, among other things, the provisions set out in Schedule 2, which include:

  1. acceptance and injection of CO2;
  2. monitoring, reporting and notification of leakages and significant irregularities;
  3. corrective measures;
  4. the conditions for closure of the storage site; and
  5. financial security.

Under regulation 10, the authority may modify a storage permit in certain circumstances, or revoke a permit if the authority becomes aware of, among other things, any (or any risk of) leakages or significant irregularities, or any breach of the permit terms or conditions.

If a storage permit is so revoked, the authority is required under regulation 11 to either close the storage site, or consider any new licence application for the site.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 6
Regulation 7
Regulation 8
Regulation 10
Regulation 11
Schedule 2

Instrument Text

Storage permits

Applications for a storage permit 6.—(1) The licence holder may, under the conditions laid down by the licence, apply to the

authority for a storage permit in respect of a place within the licensed area.

(2) Where the licence includes an appraisal term, the application may not be made unless any necessary exploration has been completed, and the terms and conditions of the licence have been complied with.

(3) An application must contain— (a)   the name and address of the proposed operator; (b)    evidence of the matters referred to in regulation 7(1); (c) in relation to the CO2 that is to be contained within the storage site—

(i) the total quantity that is to be injected and stored; (ii) a proposed date on which injection is to commence;

(iii) the prospective sources and transport methods; (iv) the composition of the CO2 streams that are to be injected;

(v) the proposed injection rates and pressures; and (vi) the proposed location of the injection facilities;

(d)     a description of measures to be taken to prevent any significant irregularities;

(e)     a proposed monitoring plan drawn up in accordance with Annex II to the Directive and that takes into account the obligations imposed on the operator under legislation implementing Article 14 of the ETS Directive;

(f)      a proposed corrective measures plan;

(g)     the proposed provisional post-closure plan drawn up in accordance with regulation 12(1);

(h) the information required to be provided in relation to the storage site under legislation implementing Article 5 of Council Directive 85/337/EEC(a); and

(i) details of a financial security that will satisfy the requirements in paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 2, including proof that (if the storage permit is granted) such a security will be in force before the proposed date on which injection is to commence.

(4) The authority must forward to the European Commission—

(a)     the permit application (within one month of receipt); and

(b)     any other related material that the authority proposes to take into account when it seeks to make a decision on the award of a storage permit.

Grant of storage permits 7.

(1) Before granting a storage permit the authority must be satisfied that—

(a) the storage complex and surrounding area have been sufficiently characterised and assessed in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex I to the Directive;

(b)     no part of the storage complex extends beyond the territories of the member States;

(c) under the proposed conditions of use of the storage site, there is no significant risk of leakage or of harm to the environment or human health; and

(d)     the conditions in paragraph (3) are met.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the territory of a member State includes its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf within the meaning of Articles 55 and 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea(a).

(3) The conditions are that the proposed operator—

(a) is technically competent (including in the operation of environmental management systems), financially sound and can be relied upon to carry out the functions of an operator; and

(b) has in place an appropriate programme of professional and technical development and training.

(4) Where more than one storage site is contained within the same hydraulic unit, before granting a storage permit for either site the authority must be satisfied that the requirements for the grant of a permit can be met simultaneously.

(5) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed monitoring plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the monitoring plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (6) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed corrective measures plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the corrective measures plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (7) If the authority is minded to grant a storage permit—

(a)     the authority must forward a draft of the proposed permit to the European Commission, together with any material taken into consideration that has not already been provided under regulation 6(4); and

(b) the authority must before granting the permit consider any opinion on the draft that is issued under Article 10(1) of the Directive.

Content of storage permits 8.—(1) A storage permit must include—

(a)     the name and address of a person who is a licence holder and who is designated as the operator of the site;

(b)     the precise location and delimitation of the storage site and the storage complex, and any relevant information concerning the hydraulic unit;

(c)     the operational requirements for storage, including— (i) the total quantity of CO2 authorised to be stored;

(ii) the reservoir pressure limits; and (iii) the maximum injection rates and pressures;

(d)     the provisions in Schedule 2;

(e)     any requirements in addition to those in Schedule 2 relating to injection and storage that the authority considers necessary, in particular to prevent significant irregularities;

(f) requirements designed to prevent any undue interference with other uses of the area surrounding the storage site;

(g)        the corrective measures plan;

(h)        the conditions for closure of the storage site; and (i)           the provisional post-closure plan.

[…]

Review, modification and revocation of storage permit

10.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), where a notification is made in accordance with provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 4 of Schedule 2, the authority—

(a)     may make such modifications to the storage permit as the authority considers appropriate; and

(b)     must notify the operator of— (i) the date on which any such modifications are to come into effect; and

(ii) the date on which the change may be implemented.

(2) Where it appears to the authority that the matters so notified would amount to a substantial change, the authority must—

(a)     make such modifications to the storage permit as the authority considers appropriate (and make a notification in accordance with paragraph (1)(b)); or

(b)     notify the operator that the change must not be implemented. (3) The authority must make a notification under paragraph (1)(b) or (2) on or before—

(a) the date (“the target date”) on which the operator proposes to implement a change notified under provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 4(1) of Schedule 2; or

(b) a later date if the authority considers more time is required to allow it to make a notification.

(4) The authority shall notify the operator of the later date—

(a)     no less than one week before the target date; or

(b) if one or more later dates have already been notified by the authority; no less than one week before the date most recently notified.

(5) This paragraph applies where the authority becomes aware of—

(a)     any (or any risk of) leakages or significant irregularities;

(b)     any breach of the terms or conditions of the storage permit; or

(c)     any scientific finding or technological development which appears to have a bearing on the conduct of operations at the storage site.

(6) The authority must consider whether to modify or revoke the storage permit—

(a)     where paragraph (5) applies; and

(b)     on the date (“the review date”) falling on the fifth anniversary of the grant of the storage permit, and on every tenth anniversary of the review date.

(7) Following that consideration, the authority may—

(a)     make such modifications to the storage permit as the authority considers appropriate; or

(b) if it decides that modification of the permit would be insufficient in the light of the matters referred to in paragraph (5), revoke the permit.

(8) Before making any revocation or modification under this regulation, the authority must consult the operator and any other licence holder.

Consequences of revocation of a storage permit 11.—(1) This regulation applies where the authority has revoked a storage permit under

regulation 10(7).

(2) The authority must either—

(a)     close the storage site; or

(b)        consider any application for a licence (and, if such a licence is granted, for a new storage permit) in respect of the storage site.

(3) Following the procedure under paragraph (2)(b)—

(a) if no new storage permit is granted, the authority must close the storage site (but the existing licence continues in force);

(b)     if a new storage permit is granted, the existing licence terminates on the date of that grant.

(4) Until the storage site is closed, or the new storage permit is granted, the authority is deemed to be the operator of the site for the purposes of the following obligations—

(a)     in relation to the acceptance and injection of CO2; (b)        in relation to monitoring; (c)          in relation to corrective measures; (d)         in relation to the surrender of allowances under the ETS Directive; and (e)           under Articles 5(1) and 6(1) of the Environmental Liability Directive.

(5) Where the storage site is closed under paragraph (2)(a) or (3)(a), the authority—

(a)     is deemed to be the operator of the storage site for the purposes of the obligations referred to in paragraph (4)(b) to (e); and

(b)     must ensure that the storage site is sealed and the injection facilities removed (but this is without prejudice to the obligations of any person under Part 4 (abandonment of offshore installations) of the Petroleum Act 1998(a)).

(6) The licence holder of the existing licence must pay to the authority any costs incurred in meeting the authority’s obligations under paragraph (4) or (5); and section 24(6) and (7) applies to the recovery of such costs as it applies to the recovery of costs under section 24(5).

(7) In this regulation, “existing licence” means the licence under which the revoked storage permit was granted.

IV. Operating and closing storage facilities
Monitoring, reporting and verification

Summary

Regulation 6(2)(e) of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that

applications for storage permits must include, among other things, a proposed monitoring plan prepared in accordance with Annex II of the EU CO2 Storage Directive and taking account of article 14 of the EU ETS Directive.

Before the grant of a storage permit, the monitoring plan is to be approved by the authority (as defined in regulation 1) in accordance with regulation 7(5), subject to any required modifications.

Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of Schedule 2 set out the mandatory terms and conditions of storage permits regarding:

  1. monitoring; and
  2. reporting and notification of leakages, significant irregularities and operational changes.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 6(3)(e)
Regulation 7(5)
Schedule 2: Paragraph 2
Paragraph 3
Paragraph 4

Associated legislation:
EU CO2 Storage Directive
EU ETS Directive

Instrument Text

Storage permits

Applications for a storage permit 6.

[…]

(3) An application must contain—

[…]

(e)        a proposed monitoring plan drawn up in accordance with Annex II to the Directive and that takes into account the obligations imposed on the operator under legislation implementing Article 14 of the ETS Directive.

[…]

Grant of storage permits 7.

[…]

(5) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed monitoring plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the monitoring plan is the plan as so approved or modified.

[…]

SCHEDULE 2     Regulation 8(d) PROVISIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN A STORAGE PERMIT

[…]

Monitoring 2.—(1) The operator must carry out a programme of monitoring of the storage complex and

injection facilities, for the purposes specified in sub-paragraph (3).

(2) Such monitoring must include (where possible) the monitoring of the CO2 plume and (where appropriate) of the surrounding environment.

(3) The purposes are—

(a) the comparison of the actual and modelled behaviour of the CO2 (and the naturally- occurring formation water) in the storage site;

(b)     the detection of any significant irregularities;

(c)     the detection of any migration of CO2;

(d)     the detection of any leakage of CO2;

(e) the detection of any significant adverse effects on the surrounding environment, and in particular on—

(i) drinking water; (ii) human populations; and

(iii) users of the surrounding biosphere;

(f)      the assessment of the effectiveness of any corrective measures taken;

(g)     updating the assessment of the safety and integrity, both short-term and long-term, of the storage complex (including the assessment of whether the stored CO2 will be completely and permanently contained).

(4) The monitoring must be based on the monitoring plan.

(5) The monitoring plan must be updated in accordance with Annex II to the Directive and in any event within five years of the approval of the original plan, in order to take account of—

(a)     changes to the assessed risk of leakage; (b)     changes to the assessed risks to the environment and human health; (c)      new scientific knowledge; and (d)      improvements in best available technology.

(6) The updated plan must be submitted for approval by the authority. (7) The authority may—

(a)     approve that plan; or

(b)     require the operator to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the operator) considers necessary,

and the updated monitoring plan is the plan as so approved or modified.

(8) Sub-paragraphs (5) to (7) apply to the further updating of an updated plan as they apply to the updating of the original plan.

Reporting and notification of leakages and significant irregularities 3.—(1) The operator must send to the authority a report in respect of each reporting period

containing the information specified in sub-paragraph (5).

(2) The report must be sent to the authority no later than 4 weeks after the end of the relevant reporting period.

(3) Unless the authority determines otherwise under sub-paragraph (4), the reporting periods are the period of one year beginning with the commencement of injection and each subsequent yearly period.

(4) At any time before the commencement of injection, or during a current reporting period, the authority may notify the operator that (beginning with the next reporting period) reporting periods are to be a period of less than one year that is specified in the notice.

(5) The information referred to in sub-paragraph (1) is—

(a) the results of the monitoring carried out in accordance with the provisions of this storage permit (including details of the monitoring technology employed);

(b) the quantities, properties and composition of the CO2 streams delivered to, injected by, and registered by the operator in accordance with the provisions of this storage permit;

(c) proof that the financial security to be maintained in accordance with the provisions of this storage permit has come into effect and remains in force; and

(d) any other information requested by the authority that the authority considers relevant for the purposes of assessing compliance with the conditions of the storage permit or for increasing knowledge of the behaviour of the CO2 stored at the storage site.

(6) If the operator becomes aware of any leakages or significant irregularities, the operator must immediately notify the authority.

(7) If the operator becomes aware of any leakages, or of any significant irregularities which imply the risk of leakage, the operator must immediately notify the person who is the regulator in relation to the storage site for the purposes of legislation implementing the ETS Directive.

Notification and implementation of changes 4.—(1) The operator must notify the authority of any change planned in the operation of the

storage site, including any changes concerning the operator.

(2) A notification under sub-paragraph (1) must specify the date on which the operator proposes to implement the planned change (“the target date”).

(3) Except where sub-paragraph (4) applies, such a notification must be made at least three months before the target date.

(4) If the change solely concerns the operator, the notification must be made at least four weeks before the target date.

(5) The change may not be implemented before the later of—

(a)     the target date or any date notified under regulation 10(4)(b) of the Regulations; and

(b) the date notified by the authority in accordance with regulation 10(1)(b)(ii) of the Regulations.

(6) The change may not be implemented if the authority makes a notification to that effect under regulation 10(2)(b) of the Regulations.

(7) Notwithstanding sub-paragraphs (5) and (6), the change may be implemented on or after the later of the dates mentioned in sub-paragraph (5)(a) if the authority has not before then made a notification under regulation 10(1)(b)(ii) or (2)(b) of the Regulations.

Corrective and remedial measures

Summary

Regulation 6(3) of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that applications for storage permits must include, among other things:

  1. a description of measures to prevent significant irregularities; and
  2. a proposed corrective measures plan.

Before the grant of a storage permit, the corrective measures plan is to be approved by the authority (as defined in regulation 1) in accordance with regulation 7(6), subject to any required modifications.

Paragraphs 3 and 6 of Schedule 2 set out the mandatory terms and conditions of storage permits regarding notification of leakages and significant irregularities, and corrective measures. Under paragraph 6, if an operator becomes aware of any leakages or significant irregularities, it must take the necessary corrective measures and measures for the protection of human health.

Where a significant irregularity or leakage has been detected and the licence under which the relevant storage permit was granted is still in force, under regulation 9 the authority may:

  1. direct the operator to take any corrective measures, and any measures to protect human health, considered necessary; or
  2. take the measures itself, in which case the costs of the measures will be payable by the operator.

If the operator fails to take such measures in accordance with a direction from the authority, the authority must take the measures itself, with the costs of the measures again payable by the operator.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 6(3)
Regulation 7(6)
Regulation 9
Schedule 2: Paragraph 3
Paragraph 6

Instrument Text

Storage permits

Applications for a storage permit 6.

[…]

(3) An application must contain—

(a)     the name and address of the proposed operator; (b)   evidence of the matters referred to in regulation 7(1); (c)   in relation to the CO2 that is to be contained within the storage site—

(i) the total quantity that is to be injected and stored; (ii) a proposed date on which injection is to commence;

(iii) the prospective sources and transport methods; (iv) the composition of the CO2 streams that are to be injected;

(v) the proposed injection rates and pressures; and (vi) the proposed location of the injection facilities;

(d)     a description of measures to be taken to prevent any significant irregularities;

(e)     a proposed monitoring plan drawn up in accordance with Annex II to the Directive and that takes into account the obligations imposed on the operator under legislation implementing Article 14 of the ETS Directive;

(f)      a proposed corrective measures plan;

(g)     the proposed provisional post-closure plan drawn up in accordance with regulation 12(1);

(h) the information required to be provided in relation to the storage site under legislation implementing Article 5 of Council Directive 85/337/EEC(a); and

(i) details of a financial security that will satisfy the requirements in paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 2, including proof that (if the storage permit is granted) such a security will be in force before the proposed date on which injection is to commence.

[…]

Grant of storage permits 7.

[…]

(6) In considering the application for the storage permit the authority may—

(a)     approve the proposed corrective measures plan; or

(b)     require the applicant to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the applicant) considers necessary,

and (if the permit is granted) the corrective measures plan is the plan as so approved or modified.

[…]

Powers and duties of the authority

Corrective measures

9.—(1) This regulation applies where— (a)    a significant irregularity or a leakage has been detected; and (b) the licence under which the storage permit is granted is still in force,

but does not apply where the storage permit has been revoked.

(2) Without prejudice to the obligations of the operator under provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 6 of Schedule 2, or to the powers of the authority under section 24 (licensing authority’s power of direction)—

(a)     the authority may direct the operator to take any corrective measures (and any measures for the protection of human health) that the authority, after consulting the operator, considers necessary; and

(b)     if the operator fails to take the measures directed to be taken, the authority must exercise its powers under paragraph (4).

(3) The measures directed to be taken under paragraph (2)(a) may be additional to, or different from, those envisaged in the corrective measures plan.

(4) Whether or not a direction has been given under paragraph (2) or under section 24—

(a)     the authority may at any time take such measures itself (or arrange for another person to take them on the authority’s behalf); and

(b)     the costs of doing so are to be paid by the operator.

(5) Section 24(5) to (8) applies to action taken under paragraph (4) as it applies to action taken under section 24(4).

[…]

SCHEDULE 2     Regulation 8(d) PROVISIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN A STORAGE PERMIT

[…]

Reporting and notification of leakages and significant irregularities 3.—(1) The operator must send to the authority a report in respect of each reporting period

containing the information specified in sub-paragraph (5).

(2) The report must be sent to the authority no later than 4 weeks after the end of the relevant reporting period.

(3) Unless the authority determines otherwise under sub-paragraph (4), the reporting periods are the period of one year beginning with the commencement of injection and each subsequent yearly period.

(4) At any time before the commencement of injection, or during a current reporting period, the authority may notify the operator that (beginning with the next reporting period) reporting periods are to be a period of less than one year that is specified in the notice.

(5) The information referred to in sub-paragraph (1) is—

(a) the results of the monitoring carried out in accordance with the provisions of this storage permit (including details of the monitoring technology employed);

(b) the quantities, properties and composition of the CO2 streams delivered to, injected by, and registered by the operator in accordance with the provisions of this storage permit;

(c) proof that the financial security to be maintained in accordance with the provisions of this storage permit has come into effect and remains in force; and

(d) any other information requested by the authority that the authority considers relevant for the purposes of assessing compliance with the conditions of the storage permit or for increasing knowledge of the behaviour of the CO2 stored at the storage site.

(6) If the operator becomes aware of any leakages or significant irregularities, the operator must immediately notify the authority.

(7) If the operator becomes aware of any leakages, or of any significant irregularities which imply the risk of leakage, the operator must immediately notify the person who is the regulator in relation to the storage site for the purposes of legislation implementing the ETS Directive.

[…]

Corrective measures 6.—(1) If the operator becomes aware of any leakages or significant irregularities, the operator

must take the necessary corrective measures and measures for the protection of human health.

(2) Subject to regulation 9 of the Regulations, the measures taken must include those set out in the corrective measures plan.

Financial security

Summary

Regulation 6(3)(i) of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that applications for storage permits must include, among other things, details of the financial security that will be provided, including proof that the security will be in force before the proposed date on which injection of CO2 is to commence. 

Paragraph 7 of Schedule 2 sets out the mandatory terms and conditions of storage permits regarding financial security.

Under paragraph 7, the security must be sufficient to ensure that all of the following obligations can be met:

  1. the operator’s obligations under the storage permit;
  2. the obligation to pay the costs of the authority (as defined in regulation 1) under regulations 9(4)(b) and 11(6); and
  3. any obligation of the operator in respect of the storage site under legislation implementing the EU ETS Directive.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 6(3)(i)
Schedule 2: Paragraph 7

Associated legislation:
EU ETS Directive

Instrument Text

Storage permits

Applications for a storage permit 6.

[…]

(3) An application must contain—

[…]

(i) details of a financial security that will satisfy the requirements in paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 2, including proof that (if the storage permit is granted) such a security will be in force before the proposed date on which injection is to commence.

[…]

SCHEDULE 2     Regulation 8(d) PROVISIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN A STORAGE PERMIT

[…]

Financial security 7.—(1) The operator must maintain a financial security that—

(a)     is of an amount (“the secured amount”) sufficient to ensure that the obligations specified in sub-paragraph (5) can be met; and

(b)     is in force before the commencement of injection. (2) The financial security remains in force until—

(a)     the licence is terminated; or (b)  if the storage permit is revoked, until—

(i) a new storage permit is granted; or

(ii) if the storage site is closed following such revocation, until the licence is terminated and the financial contribution obligation is fulfilled.

(3) Following receipt of a report in respect of a reporting period made by the operator in accordance with the provisions of this storage permit, the authority is to assess whether the secured amount is appropriate in the light of—

(a)     the assessed risk of leakage; and

(b)     the estimated costs of meeting the obligations specified in sub-paragraph (5).

(4) If, following that assessment, the authority decides that the secured amount is to be adjusted—

(a)     the authority must notify the operator of the new amount that is required; and

(b)     where the secured amount is less than that new amount, the operator must ensure that it is increased to the new amount within 3 months of receiving that notification.

(5) The obligations are—

(a)     all obligations of the operator arising under the storage permit, including those arising in respect of the closure of the storage site and during the period between such closure and the termination of the licence;

(b) the obligation to pay the authority’s costs under regulation 9(4)(b) or 11(6) of the Regulations; and

(c) any obligations of the operator arising in respect of the storage site under legislation implementing the ETS Directive.

(6) Where the storage permit is revoked—

(a)     the obligations of the operator under this paragraph continue in effect until the licence is terminated; but

(b)        the assessment by the authority under sub-paragraph (3) is to be made at such intervals as the authority may determine.

Site closure

Summary

Storage permits

Regulation 12(1) of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that, before applying for a storage permit, licence holders must draw up a proposed provisional post-closure plan based on best practice and in accordance with Annex II to the EU CO2 Storage Directive.

Applications for storage permits must include this proposed provisional post-closure plan (see regulation 6(3)(g)), and the plan must be approved by the authority (as defined in regulation 1) subject to any required modifications under regulation 12(2), before the storage permit is granted.

Under regulation 13, closure of a storage site is without prejudice to the operator’s obligations under the EU Environmental Liability Directive and relating to the surrender of allowances under the EU ETS Directive.

Licenses

Regulation 5 requires that licenses for exploration activities include the provisions in Schedule 1, which in turn include provisions regarding:

  1. the licence holder’s rights and obligations in relation to site closure and extraction of stored CO2 (see paragraph 1);
  2. the requirement to a submit a proposed post-closure plan to the authority for approval (see paragraph 2); and
  3. the operator’s obligations following site closure and termination of the licence, which include obligations relating to monitoring, reporting, making of notifications, taking of corrective measures, and sealing of the storage site and removal of facilities.

Again, regulation 13 provides that closure of a storage site is without prejudice to the operator’s obligations under the EU Environmental Liability Directive and relating to the surrender of allowances under the EU ETS Directive.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 5
Regulation 6(3)(g)
Regulation 12
Regulation 13
Schedule 1:
Paragraph 1
Paragraph 2
Paragraph 3

Associated legislation:
EU CO2 Storage Directive
EU Environmental Liability Directive
EU ETS Directive

Instrument Text

Content of a licence 5. A licence must include the provisions in Schedule 1.

Storage permits

Applications for a storage permit 6.

[…]

(3) An application must contain—

(g)        the proposed provisional post-closure plan drawn up in accordance with regulation 12(1).

[…]

Closure of storage site and post-closure period

Post-closure plan 12.—(1) Before applying for a storage permit, the licence holder must draw up a proposed

provisional post-closure plan that is— (a)       based on best practice; and (b)    in accordance with Annex II to the Directive.

(2) Before granting a storage permit, the authority must—

(a)     approve that proposed plan, or

(b)     require the operator to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the operator) considers necessary,

and the provisional post-closure plan is the plan as so approved or modified. (3) The authority may—

(a) approve a proposed post-closure plan submitted to it for approval in accordance with provisions in the licence included by virtue of regulation 5 and paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 1; or

(b)     require the operator to make such modifications to it as the authority (after consulting the operator) considers necessary,

and the post-closure plan is the plan as so approved or modified.

(4) Where the authority is deemed to be the operator in accordance with regulation 11(4), the post-closure plan is the provisional post-closure plan with such modifications as the authority considers necessary.

Post-closure obligations 13.—(1) This regulation applies after the storage site has been closed and until the licence is

terminated. (2) The operator must continue to—

(a)     monitor the site in accordance with the provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 2 of Schedule 2;

(b) comply with its reporting and notification obligations in accordance with the provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 (with the exception of the obligation in the provision included by virtue of sub-paragraph (5)(b)); and

(c)     comply with its obligations to take corrective measures in accordance with the provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 6 of Schedule 2.

(3) For those purposes any reference to the monitoring plan or the corrective measures plan is to be read as a reference to the post-closure plan.

(4) The operator must seal the storage site and remove the injection facilities in accordance with its obligations under Part 4 of the Petroleum Act 1998.

(5) The closure of the storage site is without prejudice to the obligations of the operator—

(a)     under legislation implementing Articles 5 to 8 of the Environmental Liability Directive; and

(b)        relating to the surrender of allowances under the ETS Directive.

[…]

SCHEDULE 1      Regulation 5 PROVISIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN A LICENCE

Closure of storage site by the operator

1.—(1) Subject to paragraph (4), the operator must close a storage site where the conditions for closure referred to in regulation 8(h) of the Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (“the Regulations”) are met.

(2) Subject to paragraph (4), the operator may close a storage site if—

(a) the consent of the authority has been given following an application under sub- paragraph (3); and

(b)     any conditions attached to that consent have been met. (3) An application for the authority’s consent to the closure of a storage site must—

(a)     be made in writing and sent to the Scottish Ministers; and

(b)     contain the reasons why the operator proposes to close the storage site.

(4) A storage site may not be closed under sub-paragraph (1) or (2) until the terms of the post- closure plan have been determined under regulation 12(3) of the Regulations.

Post-closure plan 2.—(1) Prior to the closure of a storage site the operator must submit a proposed post-closure

plan to the authority for approval.

(2) The proposed post-closure plan must be based on the provisional post-closure plan, subject to any modifications proposed by the operator.

(3) In deciding whether to propose any such modifications, the operator must take into account—

(a)     an analysis of the relevant risks; (b)      current best practice; and (c)      any improvements in the available technology.

Post-closure obligations 3.—(1) After a storage site has been closed and until the licence is terminated, the operator must

continue to comply with the obligations in the storage permit to—

(a)     monitor the storage site;

(b) report and notify leakages and significant irregularities (with the exception of the obligation to provide information on the quantities, properties and composition of the CO2 streams that have been delivered to and injected into the storage site); and

(c)     take corrective measures.

(2) For the purpose of complying with the obligations referred to in sub-paragraph (1), any reference to the monitoring plan or the corrective measures plan is to be read as a reference to the post-closure plan.

(3) The operator must seal the storage site and remove the injection facilities in accordance with its obligations under Part 4 of the Petroleum Act 1998.

V. Management of long-term responsibilities and liabilities
Allocation of long term responsibilities & liabilities

Summary

Regulation 13 of the Scotland CO2 Storage Licensing Regulations provides that closure of a storage site is without prejudice to the operator’s obligations:

  1. under the EU Environmental Liability Directive; and
  2. relating to the surrender of allowances under the EU ETS Directive.

Article/Section No.

Regulation 13

Associated Legislation:
EU Environmental Liability Directive
EU ETS Directive

Instrument Text

Post-closure obligations 13.—(1) This regulation applies after the storage site has been closed and until the licence is

terminated. (2) The operator must continue to—

(a)     monitor the site in accordance with the provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 2 of Schedule 2;

(b) comply with its reporting and notification obligations in accordance with the provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 (with the exception of the obligation in the provision included by virtue of sub-paragraph (5)(b)); and

(c)     comply with its obligations to take corrective measures in accordance with the provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 8(d) and paragraph 6 of Schedule 2.

(3) For those purposes any reference to the monitoring plan or the corrective measures plan is to be read as a reference to the post-closure plan.

(4) The operator must seal the storage site and remove the injection facilities in accordance with its obligations under Part 4 of the Petroleum Act 1998.

(5) The closure of the storage site is without prejudice to the obligations of the operator—

(a)     under legislation implementing Articles 5 to 8 of the Environmental Liability Directive; and

(b)        relating to the surrender of allowances under the ETS Directive.