OGA provides subsurface data packages for upcoming licensing round

Britain’s Oil & Gas Authority has announced measures to make data openly available and stimulate interest in the UK continental shelf ahead of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.

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LONDONBritain’s Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has announced measures to make data openly available and stimulate interest in the UK continental shelf (UKCS) ahead of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.

The 30th Offshore Licensing Round, which is expected to be announced in 3Q 2017, will focus on the more mature areas of the UKCS – some of which were last offered for licensing more than 40 years ago.

The measures include:

  • A series of freely available subsurface data packages for circa 140 relinquished discoveries, including well and seismic data (from Common Data Access), well tops (from OGA/BGS) and selected seismic images (from CGG, PGS, and WesternGeco)
  • Technical montages for 60 discoveries, including the discovery’s history, static and dynamic information and digital subsurface data to be used in interpretation software
  • The launch of a technology event in Aberdeen the week of Aug. 21, 2017, jointly hosted with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre
  • An interactive map, showing undeveloped discoveries
  • An interactive map, showing all license relinquishments since 2014.

The technology showcase event will focus on how technology can help unlock these future oil and gas developments in the upcoming licensing.

In addition, the OGA is also preparing a number ofexploration-focused data sets for public release. These will include the publication of UKCS-wide satellite gravity data, regional geological maps and associated databases covering the central North Sea and Moray Firth, joined digital well logs and several geological databases including core analysis and pressure data.

06/21/2017

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