LONDON — Britain’s North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has further extended its U.K. Continental Shelf mediation pilot.
The scheme was launched in 2020 to determine whether mediation might help resolve disputes between the U.K.’s offshore oil and gas licensees, operators and infrastructure owners.
It was extended in 2021 following positive feedback, as the industry dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, more data are needed from parties that have used the service, the NSTA said, so the pilot will be extended until at least six mediations have taken place or until Dec. 31, 2023, whichever comes sooner.
The aim of mediation is to encourage parties to resolve their own disputes, rather than waiting for a decision to be handed by a judge or the NSTA. Otherwise, the disputes could drag on for months or even years.