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TITLE Fiscal Regimes and Resources Law

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION - Petroleum legislation, regulations;
- Licence -Tax Regimes, Royalty;
- Production Sharing Agreements - offshore & onshore regimes;
- Petroleum Economics, profitability indicators;
- Risks & COS;
- Environmental Impact Assessments, morphology, sites of ecological & scientific importance, hydrology, protected areas;
- Health & Safety, international regulations;
- Decommissioning of fields and site restoration;
- Public relations, guarantees;
- Continental Shelf, international conventions & protocols, UNCLOS, EU Directives;
- Delimitation, bilateral agreements, disputes, resolutions, recourse to 3rd party settlement.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide knowledge of the various fiscal regimes applicable to petroleum exploration and production and a knowledge of the formulation of the contracts related to such regimes in order to develop the understanding of the business aspects of petroleum exploration and production, both onshore and offshore.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand the concepts of petroleum legislations and the Law of the Sea and the rights and obligations deriving from such, understand the legal framework of contracts and fiscal regimes, the terminology of accounting, negotiation practice, risk and threshold field size analysis, health and safety issues and the environment of petroleum, both offshore and onshore.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to formulate contract terms related to a particular legal framework, undertake a financial risk analysis of a given onshore or offshore oil & gas asset, assess any health & safety and environmental issues associated with the asset, and provide remedial measures to allow for both sustained development and environmental conservation. The successful student will also be able to identify legal issues relating to the petroleum legislations and the Law of the Sea and will be able to seek the appropriate legal response strategy in negotiation.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- B G Taverne (1994) An Introduction to the Regulation of the Petroleum Industry: Laws, Contracts and Conventions, Kluwer Law International.
- UN (1994) The Law of the Sea: Definition of the Continental Shelf - An Examination of the Relevant Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, United Nations.
- D Johnston (1994) International Petroleum Fiscal Systems and Production Sharing Contracts, PennWell Books.
- M R Bennett, P Doyle (1997) Environmental Geology: Geology and the Human Environment, Wiley - Blackwell.
- S Oppong (2011) Health & Safety: Theory and Practice in the Oil & Gas Sector, VDM Verlag.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Honours degree, 2nd upper or above, in Science, Engineering or a related discipline


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

James Munro
Christopher Attard
Albert Caruana (Co-ord.)
Godwin Debono

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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