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Nova Scotia Offshore Area Certificate of Fitness Regulations

made under Section 146 of the

Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources

Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act

S.N.S. 1987, c. 3

O.I.C. 96-20 (January 9, 1996), N.S. Reg. 4/96

as amended up to O.I.C. 2009-518 (Dec. 15, 2009, effective Dec. 31, 2009), N.S. Reg. 337/2009




Table of Contents



Citation


Interpretation


Application


Issuance of certificates of fitness


Conflict of interest


Approval of scope of work


Expiration date


Area of validity


Invalidity


Change of certifying authority


Schedule: Certification Standards

Part 1: Provisions of the Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (Canada)

Part 2: Provisions of the Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations

Part 3: Provisions of the Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production Regulations




Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the “Nova Scotia Offshore Area Certificate of Fitness Regulations”.


Interpretation

2     In these regulations

 

                (a)    “accommodation installation” means an installation that is used to accommodate persons at a production site or drill site and that functions independently of a production installation, drilling installation or diving installation, and includes any associated dependent diving system;

 

                (b)    “Act” means the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act;

 

                (c)    “certificate of fitness” means a certificate, in the form fixed by the Board, issued by a certifying authority in accordance with Section 4;

 

                (d)    “certifying authority” means, for the purposes of Section 136B of the Act, the American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det norskeVeritas Classification A/S, Germanischer Lloyd or Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc.;

Clause 2(d) replaced: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.

 

                (e)    “Chief” means the Chief Safety Officer;

 

                (f)    “dependent diving system” means a diving system that is associated with an installation other than a diving installation and that does not function independently of the installation;

 

                (g)    “dependent personnel accommodation” means personnel accommodation that is associated with an installation other than an accommodation installation and that does not function independently of the installation;

 

                (h)    “diving installation” means a diving system and any associated vessel that functions independently of an accommodation installation, production installation or drilling installation;

 

                (i)     “diving system” means the plant or equipment used in or in connection with a diving operation, and includes the plant and equipment that are essential to a diver or to a pilot of a manned submersible;

 

                (j)     “drilling base” means the stable foundation on which a drilling rig is installed, and includes the seafloor, an artificial island, an ice platform, a platform fixed to the ground or seafloor and any other foundation specially constructed for drilling operations;

 

                (k)    “drilling installation” means a drilling unit or a drilling rig and its associated drilling base, and includes any associated dependent diving system;

 

                (l)     “drilling rig” means the plant used to make a well by boring or other means, and includes a derrick, draw-works, rotary table, mud pump, blowout preventer, accumulator, choke manifold and other associated equipment, including power, control and monitoring systems;

 

                (m)   “drilling unit” means a drillship, submersible, semi-submersible, barge, jack-up or other vessel that is used in a drilling program and is fitted with a drilling rig, and includes the drilling rig and other facilities related to the drilling program that are installed on a vessel;

 

                (n)    “drill site” means a location where a drilling rig is or is proposed to be installed;

 

                (o)    “installation” means a diving installation, a drilling installation, a production installation or an accommodation installation;

 

                (p)    “mobile installation” means an installation that is designed to operate in a floating or buoyant mode or that can be moved from place to place without major dismantling or modification, whether or not it has its own motive power;

 

                (q)    “new installation” means an installation that is constructed after the coming into force of these regulations;

 

                (r)    “operator” means a person who has applied for or has been issued a production operations authorization, a Drilling Program Authorization or a Diving Program Authorization pursuant to clause 135(1)(b) of the Act;

 

                (s)    “production facility” means equipment for the production of oil or gas located at a production site, including separation, treatment and processing facilities, equipment and facilities used in support of production operations, landing areas, heliports, storage areas or tanks and dependent personnel accommodations, but not including any associated platform, artificial island, subsea production system, drilling equipment or diving system;

 

                (t)     “production installation” means a production facility and any associated platform, artificial island, subsea production system, loading system, drilling equipment, facilities related to marine activities and dependent diving system;

 

                (u)    “production operation” means any operation that is related to the production of oil or gas from a pool or field;

 

                (v)    “production site” means a location where a production installation is or is proposed to be installed;

 

                (w)   “scope of work” means the plan of activities carried out by a certifying authority and submitted to the Chief for approval pursuant to Section 6, for the purposes of issuing a certificate of fitness;

 

                (x)    “subsea production system” means equipment and structures that are located on or below or buried in the seafloor for the production of oil or gas from, or for the injection of fluids into, a field under a production site, and includes production risers, flow lines and associated production control systems.


Application

3     These regulations apply in respect of those submarine areas within the offshore area.


Issuance of certificates of fitness

4     (1)    The following installations are prescribed for the purposes of Section 136B of the Act:

 

                (a)    each production installation, accommodation installation and diving installation at a production site; and

 

                (b)    each drilling installation, diving installation and accommodation installation at a drill site.

 

       (2)    Subject to subsections (3) and (5) and Section 5, a certifying authority may issue a certificate of fitness in respect of the installations referred to in subsection (1) if the certifying authority determines that, in relation to the production or drill site or region in which the particular installation is to be operated,

 

                (a)    the installation;

 

                         (i)     is designed, constructed, transported and installed or established in accordance with

 

                                  (A)   Parts I to III of the Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Installations Regulations made under the Act,

 

                                  (B)   the provisions of the Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations made under the Canada Labour Code listed in Part 1 of the Schedule to these regulations, and

 

                                  (C)   the provisions of the Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations made under the Act that are listed in Part 2 of the Schedule to these regulations, if the installation includes a dependent diving system,

 

                         (ii)    is fit for the purpose for which it is to be used and can be operated safely without polluting the environment, and

 

                         (iii)   will continue to meet the requirements of subparagraphs (i) and (ii) for the period of validity that is endorsed on the certificate of fitness if the installation is maintained in accordance with the inspection, maintenance and weight control programs submitted to and approved by the certifying authority under subsection (5); and

 

                (b)    the installation carries out the scope of work in respect of which the certificate of fitness is issued.

 

       (3)    For the purposes of subclause (2)(a)(i), the certifying authority may substitute, for any equipment, methods, measure or standard required by any regulations referred to in that subclause, equipment, methods, measures or standards the use of which is authorized by the Chief or Chief Conservation Officer, as applicable under Section 147 of the Act.

 

       (4)    The certifying authority shall endorse on any certificate of fitness it issues details of every limitation on the operation of the installation that is necessary to ensure that the installation meets the requirements of clause (2)(a).

 

       (5)    The certifying authority shall not issue a certificate of fitness unless

 

                (a)    for the purpose of enabling the certifying authority to determine whether the installation meets the requirements of clause (2)(a) and carries out the scope of work referred to in clause (2)(b), the person applying for the certificate

 

                         (i)     provides the certifying authority with all the information required by the certifying authority,

 

                         (ii)    carries out or assists the certifying authority to carry out every inspection, test or survey required by the certifying authority, and

 

                         (iii)   submits to the certifying authority an inspection and monitoring program, a maintenance program and a weight control program for approval; and

 

                (b)    if the programs are adequate to ensure and maintain the integrity of the installation, the certifying authority approves the programs referred to in subclause (a)(iii).

Section 4 replaced: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.


Conflict of interest

5     The certifying authority shall not issue a certificate of fitness in respect of an installation if the certifying authority has been involved, other than as a certifying authority or a classification body, in the design, construction or installation of the installation.


Approval of scope of work

6     (1)    The certifying authority shall, for the purposes of issuing a certificate of fitness in respect of an installation, submit a scope of work to the Chief for approval.

 

       (2)    The Chief shall approve a scope of work where the Chief determines that the scope of work

 

                (a)    is sufficiently detailed to permit the certifying authority to determine whether the installation meets the requirements of clause 4(2)(a); and

Clause 6(2)(a) replaced: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.

 

(b)provides for the means for determining whether

 

                         (i)     the environmental criteria for the region or site and the loads assumed for the installation are correct,

 

                         (ii)    in respect of a production installation, the concept safety analysis required by Section 43 of the Nova Scotia Offshore Area Installations Regulations meets the requirements of that Section,

 

                         (iii)   in respect of a new installation, the installation has been constructed in accordance with a quality assurance program referred to in Section 4 of the Nova Scotia Offshore Area Installations Regulations,

 

                         (iv)   the operations manual meets the requirements of Section 63 of the Nova Scotia Offshore Area Installations Regulations,

 

                         (v)    the construction and installation of the installation has been carried out in accordance with the design specifications,

 

                         (vi)   the materials used in the construction and installation of the installation meet the design specifications,

 

                         (vii)  the structures, facilities, equipment and systems critical to safety and to the protection of the natural environment are in place and functioning appropriately, and

Subclause 6(2)(b)(vii) added: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.

 

                         (viii) in respect of a drilling installation or a production installation, the structures, facilities, equipment and systems to meet the requirements of the provisions of the Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production Regulations listed in Part 3 of the Schedule to these regulations are in place and functioning appropriately.

Subclause 6(2)(b)(viii) added: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.


Expiration date

7     (1)    If the certifying authority determines that, when the installation is maintained in accordance with the programs submitted to it under subclause 4(5)(a)(iii), the installation will meet the requirements of clause 4(2)(a) for a period of at least 5 years, the certifying authority shall endorse on the certificate of fitness an expiration date that is 5 years after the date of issuance.

Subsection 7(1) replaced: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.

 

       (2)    If the period of time referred to in subsection (1) is less than 5 years, the certifying authority shall endorse on the certificate of fitness an expiration date that is the number of years or months in that lesser period after the date of issuance.

Subsection 7(2) replaced: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.

 

       (3)    A certificate of fitness shall expire on the expiration date that is endorsed on it.


Area of validity

8     (1)    The certifying authority shall endorse on the certificate of fitness a description of the site or region in which the installation is to be operated.

 

       (2)    A certificate of fitness is valid for the operation of the installation at the site or in the region that is endorsed on it.


Invalidity

9     (1)    Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a certificate of fitness ceases to be valid where

 

(a)the certifying authority or the Chief determines

 

                         (i)     that any of the information submitted under subsection 4(5) was incorrect and that the certificate of fitness would not have been issued if that information had been correct,

Subclause 9(1)(a)(i) replaced: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.

 

                         (ii)    that the installation no longer meets the requirements of clause 4(2)(a), or

Subclause 9(1)(a)(ii) replaced: O.I.C. 2009-518, N.S. Reg. 337/2009.

 

                         (iii)   that the installation has not been inspected, monitored and maintained in accordance with any limitation endorsed on the certificate of fitness; or

 

                (b)    the Chief determines that the certifying authority has failed to carry out the scope of work relating to the installation in respect of which the certificate of fitness was issued.

 

       (2)    At least 30 days before a determination is made pursuant to subsection (1), notice, in writing, that a determination is going to be made shall be given

 

                (a)    in the case of a determination by the certifying authority, by the certifying authority to the Chief and the person to whom the certificate of fitness in respect of which the determination is to be made has been issued; and

 

                (b)    in the case of a determination by the Chief, by the Chief to the certifying authority and the person referred to in clause (a).

 

       (3)    Before making a determination pursuant to subsection (1), the certifying authority or the Chief, as the case may be, shall consider any information in relation to that determination that is provided by any person notified pursuant to subsection (2).


Change of certifying authority

10   Where a person to whom a certificate of fitness has been issued intends to change the certifying authority in respect of an installation, the person shall,

 

                (a)    where possible, notify the Chief at least 90 days before the change is made; and

 

                (b)    where it is not possible to notify the Chief in accordance with clause (a), notify the Chief as soon as the person changes the certifying authority.



Schedule: Certification Standards

(clauses 4(2)(a) and 6(2)(b), Nova Scotia Offshore Area Certificate of Fitness Regulations)


Part 1: Provisions of the Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and

Health Regulations (Canada)

 

1.    Sections 3.2 to 3.11

2.    Section 5.1

3.    Section 6.3

4.    Sections 7.1 to 7.6

5.    Section 9.5

6.    Sections 9.11 and 9.12

7.    Subsection 9.14(1)

8.    Subsection 10.6(1)

9.    Sections 10.9 to 10.11

10.  Sections 10.14 to 10.16

11.  Section 10.18

12.  Sections 10.24 and 10.25

13.  Section 10.27

14.  Sections 10.35 to 10.37

15.  Subsection 10.38(1)

16.  Subsection 10.38(4)

17.  Section 11.7

18.  Section 11.9

19.  Section 13.11

20.  Subsection 13.16(4)

21.  Section 14.13

22.  Section 14.19

23.  Sections 15.3 to 15.5

24.  Sections 15.9 to 15.11

25.  Section 15.13

26.  Sections 15.21 and 15.22

27.  Section 15.44

28.  Subsections 15.47(1) and (2)

29.  Subsection 15.49(2)

30.  Section 15.50

31.  Section 17.13

32.  Paragraphs 17.14(b) and (c)

33.  Paragraph 17.14(e)

34.  Subparagraph 17.14(f)(i)

35.  Section 18.2

36.  Sections 18.6 to 18.8


Part 2: Provisions of the Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations

 

1.    Clauses 9(5)(h) to (j)

2.    Subsection 12(1)

3.    Clause 12(2)(d)

4.    Clause 12(2)(g)

5.    Clause 12(2)(i)

6.    Clauses 12(2)(k) to (p)

7.    Section 13

8.    Sections 14 to 17

9.    Clause 18(a)

10.  Clause 18(c)

11.  Subsection 19(1)

12.  Clause 19(2)(a)

13.  Section 23

14.  Clause 25(a)


Part 3: Provisions of the Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Drilling

and Production Regulations


1.    Clause 5(2)(e), except in respect of support craft

2.    Clause 19(i)

3.    Clause 22(b)

4.    Section 23

5.    Section 25

6.    Clause 26(b)

7.    Sections 27 to 30

8.    Sections 34 and 35

9.    Subsection 36(1)

10.  Section 37

11.  Clauses 45(a) and (b)

12.  Sections 47 and 48

13.  Clauses 62(a) to (c)