Applications for any authorisation are accepted from corporate entities incorporated under Irish Law or from foreign companies. The receipt of an application will not create any obligation on the part of the Minister to grant any authorisation.
shall be payable to the Minister at the time of submission of an application. The tax terms
applying to a specific petroleum authorisation (for example: a licensing option, exploration licence or petroleum lease) will depend upon the date of issue of that petroleum authorisation.
In considering an application, the Minister will take the following into account having regard to the authorisation applied for:
the work programme proposed by the applicant
the technical competence and offshore experience of the applicant
the applicant’s policy to health and the environment
the financial resources available to the applicant
where relevant, previous performance by the applicant under any authorisations to which the applicant has been a party
All applications should include:
the name, address and nationality of the applicant including information as to the identity of the person who will serve as liaison with the Irish authorities
a copy of the charter or constitution of the applicant
information concerning the applicant's place of registration, its principal place of business, its board of directors, the domicile and nationality of board members, its share capital and shareholdings
information as to the form of the organisation, including, where relevant, information concerning the relationship with its parent company and other integrated corporate structures that may be involved, its technical resources, its petroleum production, refining and marketing capacities and its own petroleum requirements
where required, further details as to the financial structure of the applicant and its parent company including the annual reports for the last three years together with copies of the balance sheets and the profit and loss accounts for the same period, as well as information as to the manner in which exploration and development activities are to be financed and performance guaranteed
in the case of an application for an Exploration Licence, Reserved Area Licence or Petroleum Lease, confirmation that the applicant is chargeable, in accordance with the laws of Ireland, to tax in respect of profits, income and capital gains arising from, or connected with, operations conducted in the offshore area to which the authorisation applies
information concerning the applicant's previous experience in exploration for and exploitation of petroleum
information concerning any authorisation previously issued by the Minister to the applicant or to which the applicant was a party
a statement detailing the applicant's policy towards the safety, health and welfare of the workforce
a statement detailing the applicant's policy towards the environment
Additional information may be sought by the Minister following the receipt of applications.
Work Programme Information
Each application shall be accompanied, where appropriate, by:
a statement describing the area(s) to which the application applies
information as to the geological, geophysical and other data upon which the application is based, accompanied by a comprehensive technical assessment of this data
a full and detailed description of the work programme which the applicant proposes to carry out; in the case of an application for an Exploration Licence or Reserved Area Licence, the information to be provided will be consistent with the phased nature of the Licence and shall in any event include a detailed description of the programme proposed for the first phase of the Licence
a statement as to the applicant's organisational and operational structures for effecting the proposed work programme
Additional information may be sought by the Minister following receipt of the above information.
The 'Rules and Procedures Manual for Offshore Petroleum Exploration and Appraisal Operations' sets out the rules and procedures that an operator of a petroleum authorisation, like an exploration licence, must follow when carrying out oil and gas exploration and appraisal operations in the Irish offshore.
The 'Rules and Procedures Manual for Offshore Petroleum Production Operations' sets out the rules and procedures that an operator of a petroleum lease must follow when carrying out oil and gas production operations in the Irish offshore.