Journal Article

Offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Brazil: a proposal for integrated actions for operational, occupational and environmental safety

Danielle L. Ornelas, Pietro A. S. Mendes, Alessandra Magrini and Maurício C. Arouca

in The Journal of World Energy Law & Business

Published in print January 2014 | ISSN: 1754-9957
Published online July 2014 | e-ISSN: 1754-9965 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jwelb/jwu022
Offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Brazil: a proposal for integrated actions for operational, occupational and environmental safety

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Offshore oil and gas production in Brazil is one of drivers of the domestic economy and is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, especially with the recent discoveries in the subsalt layer. Regulatory authorities have an important role to assure that companies continually assess and improve their procedures for operational, occupational and environmental safety. In Brazil, the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, Brazilian Navy, Ministry of Labour and Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources oversee offshore oil and gas exploration and production. This article aims to analyse the overlap among these authorities related to offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Brazil, with focus on drilling and production activities. Mechanisms for integrated action are proposed, including a new macro safety regulation framework and the establishment of a safety commission and operational committees focused on specific activities. The data and conclusions may help Brazil and other countries in their planning or review of offshore regulations.

Journal Article.  9777 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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