Recent highlights

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July 2017

Launched the 30th Offshore Licensing Round with 813 blocks or part blocks on offer in mature areas of the UKCS.

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July 2017

12 licences awarded in the 2016 Supplementary Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round

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June 2017

UKCS Production Efficiency in 2016 report published

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June 2017

UKCS Decommissioning 2017 Cost Estimate Report published

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May 2017

£1.5 million in contracts awarded for subsurface databases

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April 2017

Collaboration Implementation Guide and Collaborative Behaviour Quantification Tool (CBQT) published

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March 2017

25 licences awarded in 29th Offshore Licensing Round

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March 2017

Activity Plan 2017 and 2018 published

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February 2017

The MER UK Forum and Boards Annual update was published

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December 2016

Two additional information and samples powers within the Energy Act 2016 were brought into force

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November 2016

Second MER UK Awards celebrate positive behaviours to maximise economic recovery

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October 2016

Launched Asset Stewardship Expectations, one element of the Asset Stewardship Strategy

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October 2016

Held MER UK in Practice to communicate what industry can expect from the OGA

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October 2016

OGA established as independent Government Company, granting it new powers

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August 2016

Welcomed new Secretary of State, Greg Clark, to Aberdeen for the first time

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July 2016

Opened 29th Offshore Licensing Round focusing on frontier areas

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June 2016

Published Decommissioning Strategy, first in a series of strategies

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May 2016

Energy Bill received Royal Assent to become Energy Act 2016

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April 2016

Released 20,000km new seismic data to industry

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March 2016

MER UK Strategy came into force

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March 2016

Worked with HM Treasury on £1 billion package of measures

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March 2016

Published the OGA Corporate Plan 2016–21

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January 2016

Further £20 million of UK Government funding for seismic acquisition

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January 2016

MER UK Strategy published following extensive consultation

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December 2015

Hosted the first MER UK Forum and established the MER UK Boards

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November 2015

Facilitated collaboration on fuel gas amongst Northern North Sea operators

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November 2015

Recognised positive behaviours with the inaugural MER UK Awards

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October 2015

Completed £20 million UK Government-funded seismic programme acquisition

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September 2015

Published Call to Action: Six Months On Report at the Offshore Europe Conference

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August 2015

Approved Culzean field development

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July 2015

Awarded licences in the 28th Offshore Round

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June 2015

Completed appointment of the OGA leadership team

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May 2015

Delivered ‘principles and values’ workshop with Scottish Energy Jobs Taskforce

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April 2015

Became Executive Agency of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (since became the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) 

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April 2015

OGA Board established with Sir Patrick Brown as Chairman

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March 2015

Worked with HM Treasury on £1.3 billion package of measures to improve the competitiveness of the UKCS

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February 2015

Call to Action Report published in response to significant drop in oil and gas prices

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January 2015

Dr Andy Samuel started as Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)