Note: for information about the expiry of special prospecting authorities or access authorities, please contact NOPTA.
The expiry date of a petroleum exploration permit, retention lease or production licence is the day on which it ceases to be in force (section 10).
The day that a title ceases to be in force will generally be the expiry date specified in the title instrument, but that date may be extended if, for example, the titleholder has applied for a suspension of conditions and a decision from the Joint Authority (JA) is still pending (sections 265 and 265A) or has applied for renewal of the title (sections 119, 153 or 184).
Titleholders are not required to take any action if they intend to allow the title to expire, but may wish to advise NOPTA in advance of that intention.
Prior to the expiry of the title, titleholders should ensure that:
NOPTA will undertake a compliance check of the title. If any of the matters set out above remain outstanding NOPTA will contact the titleholder.
After expiry NOPTA will:
If a title is at risk of expiring without all title conditions being met, the titleholder should consider its options to apply to suspend, or be exempted from, a condition of the title under section 264 of the OPGGSA.
For work-bid exploration permittees, expiry of the permit without work program conditions being satisfied will result in the titleholder company (including parent company where applicable) and its directors being considered as ‘not in good standing’ with the JA for a period of five years, unless a Good Standing Agreement is in place.
Please refer to Section 4 of the Offshore petroleum exploration guideline: Work-bid for further information on the potential implications of a cancellation decision on a work bid exploration permittee’s good standing with the JA, including eligibility criteria for entering into a Good Standing Agreement with the JA.
See also the Fact sheet—Good standing agreement: Regional studies
If you have any questions regarding the expiry of petroleum titles, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: this fact sheet is intended as a guide only and should not be relied on as legal advice or regarded as a substitute for legal advice in individual cases.