Lessee means a person who has entered into a lease with the United States to explore for, develop, and produce the leased minerals. The term lessee also includes the BOEM-approved assignee of the lease, and the owner or the BOEM-approved assignee of operating rights for the lease.

Source: Control of Oil and Gas Resources, North Dakota Century Code, Title 38, Chapter 8, February 2013. Legislation

Source: Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf, 30 CFR 250 (2013). Regulations




  1. when used in relation to a petroleum retention lease—means the registered holder of the petroleum retention lease; or
  2. when used in relation to a greenhouse gas holding lease—means the registered holder of the greenhouse gas holding lease.

Source: Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, Australia, amended 2012. Legislation



“Lessee” means the person to whom a mining lease is issued for the purpose of carrying out petroleum operations.

Source: Petroleum and Natural Gas (Safety in Offshore Operations) Rules, 2008, India, 18th June 2008. Regulations

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