Repsol had short-term flare and vent consents in place since January 2019. However, the NSTA notified Repsol in July 2022 that no valid consents were in place for the mentioned fields, leading to the imposition of the fine.
This decision follows legal proceedings initiated by a traditional landowner seeking to halt the pipeline works until a thorough assessment of its impact and risks to underwater cultural heritage is conducted.
The legal dispute arose when Gulf Island Shipyards sued Hornbeck Offshore in 2018, alleging wrongful termination of two shipyard construction contracts related to the final two vessels in Hornbeck's fifth offshore support vessel (OSV) newbuild program.
An arbitration tribunal has ruled in favor of South Korean company Hanwha Ocean in a drillship order cancellation case involving Northern Drilling, an offshore drilling contractor owned by billionaire John Fredriksen.
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