Regulations Respecting the Issuance of Certificates of Fitness for Offshore Oil and Gas Production, Drilling, Accommodation and Diving Installations
P.C. 1996-163 1996-02-13
Whereas, pursuant to subsection 15(1) of the Canada Oil and Gas Operations ActFootnote *, a copy of proposed Regulations respecting the issuance of certificates of fitness for offshore oil and gas production, drilling, accommodation and diving installations, substantially in the form annexed hereto, was published in the Canada Gazette Part I on May 14, 1994 and interested persons were afforded an opportunity to make representations with respect thereto;
Therefore, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, pursuant to section 14Footnote ** of the Canada Oil and Gas Operations ActFootnote *, is pleased hereby to make the annexed Regulations respecting the issuance of certificates of fitness for offshore oil and gas production, drilling, accommodation and diving installations.
1 These Regulations may be cited as the Canada Oil and Gas Certificate of Fitness Regulations.
2 In these Regulations,
- accommodation installation
accommodation installation means an installation that is used to accommodate persons at an offshore production site or offshore drill site and that functions independently of an offshore production installation, offshore drilling installation or diving installation, and includes any associated dependent diving system; (installation d’habitation)
Act means the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act; (Loi)
- certificate of fitness
certificate of fitness means a certificate issued by a certifying authority in accordance with section 4; (certificat de conformité)
- certifying authority
certifying authority means, for the purposes of section 5.12 of the Act, the American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det norskeVeritas Classification A/S, Germanischer Lloyd or Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. (autorité)
Chief means the Chief Safety Officer; ((délégué))
- dependent diving system
dependent diving system means a diving system that is associated with an offshore installation other than a diving installation and that does not function independently of the installation; (système de plongée non autonome)
- dependent personnel accommodation
dependent personnel accommodation means personnel accommodation that is associated with an offshore installation other than an accommodation installation and that does not function independently of the offshore installation; (logement du personnel connexe)
- diving installation
diving installation means a diving system and any associated vessel that functions independently of an accommodation installation, offshore production installation or offshore drilling installation; (installation de plongée)
- diving system
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; (système de plongée)
- drilling base
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; (base de forage)
- drilling installation
drilling installation means a drilling unit or a drilling rig and its associated drilling base, and includes any associated dependent diving system; (installation de forage)
- drilling rig
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; (appareil de forage)
- drilling unit
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; (unité de forage)
- drill site
drill site means a location where a drilling rig is or is proposed to be installed; (emplacement de forage)
installation means a diving installation, a drilling installation, a production installation or an accommodation installation; (installation)
- mobile installation
mobile installation means an offshore 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; (installation mobile)
- new installation
new installation means an offshore installation that is constructed after the coming into force of these Regulations; (nouvelle installation)
- offshore drilling installation
offshore drilling installation means a drilling installation at an offshore drill site; (installation de forage au large des côtes)
- offshore drill site
offshore drill site means a drill site that is in a region that is covered by water and is not an island, artificial island or ice platform; (emplacement de forage au large des côtes)
- offshore installation
offshore installation means an offshore drilling installation, an offshore production installation, an accommodation installation or a diving installation; (installation au large des côtes)
- offshore production installation
offshore production installation means a production installation at an offshore production site; (installation de production au large des côtes)
- offshore production site
offshore production site means a production site in a region that is covered by water and is not an island, artificial island or ice platform; (emplacement de production au large des côtes)
operator means a person who has applied for or has been granted a Production Operations Authorization, a Drilling Program Authorization or a Diving Program Authorization pursuant to paragraph 5(1)(b) of the Act; (exploitant)
- production facility
production facility means equipment for the production of oil or gas located at an offshore 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; (matériel de production)
- production installation
production installation means a production facility and any associated platform, artificial island, subsea production system, offshore loading system, drilling equipment, facilities related to marine activities and dependent diving system; (installation de production)
- production operation
production operation means any operation that is related to the production of oil or gas from a pool or field; (travaux de production)
- production site
production site means a location where a production installation is or is proposed to be installed; (emplacement de production)
- scope of work
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; (plan de travail)
- subsea production system
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 an offshore production site, and includes production risers, flow lines and associated production control systems. (système de production sous-marin)
- SOR/2003-81, s. 1
- SOR/2009-315, ss. 91, 96(F)
3 These Regulations apply in respect of those submarine areas not within a province, adjacent to the coast of Canada and extending throughout the natural prolongation of the land territory of Canada to the outer edge of the continental margin or to a distance of two hundred nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of Canada is measured, whichever is the greater.
Issuance of Certificates of Fitness
(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
(a) determines that, in relation to the production or drill site or region in which the particular installation is to be operated, the installation
(i) is designed, constructed, transported and installed or established in accordance with
(B) the provisions of the Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations listed in Part 1 of the schedule to these Regulations, and
(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) carries out the scope of work in respect of which the certificate of fitness is issued.
(3) For the purposes of subparagraph (2)(a)(i), the certifying authority may substitute, for any equipment, methods, measure or standard required by any Regulations referred to in that subparagraph, equipment, methods, measures or standards the use of which is authorized by the Chief or Chief Conservation Officer, as applicable under section 16 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 paragraph (2)(a).
(5) The certifying authority shall not issue a certificate of fitness unless, for the purpose of enabling the certifying authority to determine whether the installation meets the requirements of paragraph (2)(a) and to carry out the scope of work referred to in paragraph (2)(b),
(a) 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 subparagraph (a)(iii).
- SOR/2009-315, s. 92
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.
- SOR/2009-315, s. 96(F)
Approval of Scope of Work
(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 paragraph 4(2)(a); and
(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,
(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 Canada Oil and Gas 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
(viii) in respect of an offshore drilling installation or an offshore production installation, the structures, facilities, equipment and systems to meet the requirements of the provisions of the Canada Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations listed in Part 3 of the schedule to these Regulations are in place and functioning appropriately.
- SOR/2009-315, ss. 93, 96(F)
7 (1) If the certifying authority determines that, when the installation is maintained in accordance with the programs submitted to it under subparagraph 4(5)(a)(iii), the installation will meet the requirements of paragraph 4(2)(a) for a period of at least five years, the certifying authority shall endorse on the certificate of fitness an expiration date that is five years after the date of issuance.
(2) If the period of time referred to in subsection (1) is less than five 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.
(3) A certificate of fitness shall expire on the expiration date that is endorsed on it.
- SOR/2009-315, s. 94
Area of Validity
(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.
- SOR/2009-315, s. 96(F)
(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,
(ii) that the installation no longer meets the requirements of paragraph 4(2)(a), or
(iii) that the installation has not been inspected, monitored and maintained in accordance with any limitations 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 paragraph (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).
- SOR/2009-315, ss. 95, 96(F)
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 paragraph (a), notify the Chief as soon as the person changes the certifying authority.
- SOR/2009-315, s. 96(F)
- SOR/2009-315, s. 97
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