OGA assessing potential breach of UK offshore license terms

Feb. 16, 2021
The investigation will offer the company concerned chance to supply written representations.

Offshore staff

LONDON – Britain’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is investigating a possible breach of reporting requirements under an awarded offshore license.

The investigation, which follows an inquiry, will compile and assess further information to support a decision; offer the company concerned the chance to supply written representations; and determine how the case should be resolved.

Last October’s Thematic Review into Industry Compliance with Regulatory Obligations assessed compliance in six areas of interaction between the OGA and licensees.

The review identified some good or improving practice, but also highlighted a need for further improvement and warned that sanctions could follow for breaches.

A June 2019 letter issued to UK offshore to licensees and infrastructure owners, and outlining the OGA’s regulatory approach, noted that ‘too many issues [were] taking too long to resolve’ and warned of progressively more proactive use of the Authority’s powers.