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Member Country Profile - Netherlands

Country: Netherlands
Organisation: State Supervision of Mines
Regime Scope: On- and offshore mining activities (oil, gas, salt exploration and production and terrestrial heat and underground storage of substances i.e. CO2) focused on safety, health, environment, optimal use of mineral resources, controlling earth movement e.g. subsidence.
Administering Agency /Arrangements: State Supervision of Mines is an executive agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Legislation Type: All National; the following laws (including decrees and regulations):
Working Conditions
Working Hours
Water Supply
Extent Of Government Approval: - No permits required for geophysical operations
- Permits for exploration and development / development plan approvals, wells and structures, pipeline, decommissioning plans
- Safety and Health documents / management systems: SSM has the authority to enforce
modifications (no formal approval)
- Permits for the use of production chemicals and for certain drilling activities
- Environmental permit for the use of installation
Nature Of Duties Imposed: Hybrid regulatory approach; combination of prescriptive and goal-setting legislation and goal-setting with use of industry standards
Physical Objects In The Regime: Platforms, drilling rigs, Pesos, Foss, types of marine vessels, pipelines, terminals, sub-sea completions, activity basis, other high hazards:
- 150 fixed offshore installations
- 600 onshore mining locations
- +/- 10 MODUs, 5 land rigs
- Offshore 2500 km of high pressure (75 bar) pipelines and 1500 km of onshore pipelines
- 2 Offshore wind farms
Assurance Mechanisms: Government inspectorate; SSM on behalf of the:
Ministry of Economic Affairs for mining;
Ministry of Social Affairs & Employment for working conditions;
Ministry of Housing Spatial Planning and Environment for environmental
- 3rd party reviews (design, fabrication, and installation) are required for all offshore mining installations and
- Review by workforce: governed by Works Council legislation, social security regulations, working times
law and the Labour Act North Sea.
Financial Basis: SSM budget is fully funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, approved on an annual basis, no cost recovery through charges.
Environmental Regulation Responsibilities: Environmental issues related to on- and offshore mining activities are dealt with by State Supervision of Mines on behalf of the Ministry of Housing Spatial Planning and Environment.
Oil Spill Response: Oil spill response related issues are coordinated by RWS-Noordzee an agency of the Ministry of Transport and Water Management in liaison with the Dutch Coastguard. The coordination of an oil spill is embedded in the 'Rampenplan voor de Noordzee' (Disaster Plan North Sea). Every operator must submit an 'Oil spill contingency plan'. The offshore operators active on the Dutch Continental Shelf are member of the Operators Co-operative Emergency Services (OCES) and member of the UK based Offshore Spill Response (OSR). In case of a serious incident scenario in which an offshore mining installation is involved, SSM will be in accordance with the Disaster Plan North Sea, take part in the Inter Departmental Policy Team.
Transparency: Through the SSM website; annual reports, newsletters, presentations, safety bulletins, news updates and presentations are published. In the framework of the Freedom of information Act public requests are also published. In the light of the Deep Water Horizon disaster the SSM follow-up initiatives /measures are available on the webpage.
Profile Author: Jan de Jong
Inspector General of Mines
State Supervision of Mines
Profile Date: 17 August 2010



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