Exploration Task Force

The Task Force has key relationships with other MER UK boards, as well as North Sea, Atlantic Margin and Irish Sea Regulatory Bodies and the International Association of Geophysical Contractors.


  Industry lead supported by OGA


Nick Terell (Azinor)

Nick Richardson (OGA), support lead

Andy Alexander (Siccar Point)

Ian Edwards (Spectrum)

Chuck Guderjahn (BP)

Jenny Morris (Equinor)

Dave Lewis (Chevron)

Ben Hillier (Shell)

Jon Parry (Ineos)

Katy Heidenreich (Oil & Gas UK)

Colin Percival (Parkmead)

Graham Goffey (Soliton)

John Underhill (Academic representative - Heriot-Watt University)

Nominations for future involvement

For those that are interested in participating in the board in the future the nomination form, available here, should be completed and returned to oga.correspondence@ogauthority.co.uk

Actions and Resolutions

Task Force Groups


Seismic Group Shoot

21st Century Exploration Roadmap

Terms of reference


  • OGA chairs, defining task force principles and terms of reference, and providing the Secretariat to support task force and programs
  • OGA Chair & Industry Lead represent task force at Oil & Gas Day
  • Core task force comprise of a diverse group of senior operations and business managers from operators and supply chain
  • Initial focus of task force on facilities construction and management


  • Leadership and support for revitalising exploration in UKCS
  • Prove UKCS exploration potential
  • Develop strong linkage to Dutch, Danish, Irish & Norwegian regulators to promote sharing an seamless geotechnical evaluations
  • Ensure E&A drilling levels increase to maximise opportunity for reserves replacement
  • Minimise number of dry holes by data and information sharing
  • Facilitate a frontier exploration strategy
    • Licensing strategy
    • Basin identification
    • Geological studies
    • Seismic acquisition
  • Develop a mature ILX exploration strategy
    • Licence terms and conditions
    • Driving activity and matching prospects to money
    • Fiscal incentivisation - input from HMT/Industry Exploration work-stream
  • Linkage to Exploration Managers Forum (EMF)

Contact details

For details about the Oil and Gas MER UK Forum and the MER UK task forces please contact: