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§ 72 Waste

The operator shall, to the extent possible, avoid that waste is generated.
The waste generated in connection with the activities, shall be handled in a prudent environmental and hygienic manner and in accordance with the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only) and decisions made in pursuance of the Pollution Control Act.
The leaving behind in marine environment of waste, equipment and other material which can result in damage or negative consequences to the environment, and which are not covered by the disposal plan adopted in pursuance of Chapter 5 of the Petroleum Act, is not allowed without a permit from the Norwegian Environment Agency.
The operator shall prepare a waste treatment plan.
Waste oil can be added to the production flow. The operator shall obtain a permit pursuant to Chapter 5 of the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only) to inject waste oil.
Section last changed: 01 January 2016

Handling of waste as mentioned in the second subsection, shall be done in accordance with the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only). Reference is made to Section 7 on the duty to avoid pollution, Section 28 on prohibition against litter and Section 32 on handling of production waste. Unless otherwise specifically determined, regulations relating to waste from the petroleum activities are applicable to the extent they are suitable. In this connection, reference is made to Chapter 11 on hazardous waste of the Waste Regulations (in Norwegian only) and Chapter 21 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only), Prohibition against incineration at sea, and Chapter 22 on dredging and dumping in sea and watercourses.
The prohibition against the leaving behind of equipment on the seabed as mentioned in the third subsection, is a specification of Section 7 and Section 28 of the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only). The prohibition entails that equipment that is used in activities associated with the petroleum activities, including well heads, shall be retrieved after use if leaving it behind will result in damage or negative consequences to the environment. The Norwegian Environment Agency may, upon application, permit the leaving behind of equipment on the seabed. The Norwegian Environment Agency will, however, follow a strict practice when handling applications for leaving equipment behind, and permission will be granted in exceptional cases only. The operator is recommended to contact the Norwegian Environment Agency with regard to the assessment of whether concrete cases of leaving behind will result in damage or negative consequences to the environment, and before submitting applications for leaving behind. As far as the prohibition against dumping is concerned, reference is made to Chapter 22 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only).
The plan for treatment of waste as mentioned in the fourth subsection, should include reduction of waste volume, source separation, reuse, recycling and potential energy recovery.
Waste oil as mentioned in the fifth subsection, means used lubricants and similar oils (used in engines, gear boxes, hydraulic systems, transformers, switches etc.) that can no longer be used as originally intended.