Oil and Pipelines Agency
|Oil and Pipelines Agency|
|Parent organization||Ministry of Defence|
|Staff||22 (March 2010)|
The Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA) is a statutory corporation of the Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom, formed at the end of 1985 by virtue of the Oil and Pipelines Act 1985. Its statutory role is to be responsible for the safe, efficient, economic and effective management of the Government Pipelines and Storage System (GPSS).
The OPA's tasks include maximising private sector usage of the GPSS provided this does not impinge upon its primary purpose of supplying the required fuel for defence purposes and does not require capital investment from public funds. The OPA is the Ministry of Defence’s professional expert on bulk fuels storage and transportation by pipeline. The GPSS, a strategic defence asset, is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Defence and the MoD sponsors the OPA as its managing agent through Defence Equipment and Support.
In May 2012 the UK Government announced plans sell all or part of the GPSS and legislation to enable it to do so was included in the Energy Act 2013. Following a complete sale, the OPA would be abolished.
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