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§ 61 Emissions to air

The operator shall have permission for emissions according to Chapter 3 of the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only).
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

The operator must obtain a permit from the Norwegian Environmental Agency for petroleum activities under Chapter 3 of the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only). Application for permit under the Pollution Control Act is subject to Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only), and a fee is fixed for the Environmental Agency’s processing relating to applications for permits pursuant to Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only).
The regulations’ general requirements for the petroleum activities on the continental shelf apply to all operators. The permits under the Pollution Control Act will normally contain conditions that are specific and adapted to each activity. Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only) gives further provisions on the processing of permits under the Pollution Control Act. The Norwegian Environment Agency has described further expectations for the content of applications and expected processing time in the Guidelines for applications regarding offshore petroleum activities, TA-2847-2011. Chapter 39 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only) gives provisions for fees for work with permits.
Choice of development solution can have a major impact on the environmental impact of the actitivities. In the case of new developments and upgrades of existing facilities, operators should inform the Norwegian Environment Agency well in advance of their choice and development solutions, of their assessments of best available techniques in accordance with {HYPERLINK|Section 11 of the Framework Regulations|Ramnmeforskriften|p11|1033|INTERNAL|Ramnmeforskriften|forskrift} and Sections 4 and 5 of the Facilities Regulations. This applies regardless of whether the development is covered by the requirement for impact assessments.
Energy plants with a total nominal thermal input of 50 MW and greater are covered by the Pollution Regulations (in Norwegian only) Chapter 36 Part IV, which implements the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), Directive 2010/75 /.
Chapter 36 of the Pollution Regulations (in Norwegian only) stipulates that the best available techniques (BAT - Best Available Techniques) shall be used in the formulation of conditions in permits pursuant to the Pollution Control Act. What is considered to be BAT and associated emission levels, is shown in Commission Decision (EU) 2017/1442 for large combustion plants.
Emissions of CO2 from combustion or other quota-related activities in accordance with Section 1-1 of the Greenhouse Gas Quota Regulations (in Norwegian only) are regulated through a special permit for emissions that are subject to quotas.