What we do

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The Oil and Gas Authority’s role is to work with the industry and government on economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources, whilst also supporting the move to net zero carbon by 2050.

Our ambition is to be a world-leading authority setting the framework for a sustainable and competitive UK oil and gas industry.

We believe that economic recovery of oil and gas is not in conflict with the transition to net zero carbon and that the industry has the skills, technology and capital to help unlock solutions to help the UK achieve the net zero target.

All forecasts show that oil and gas will remain a vital part of the UK’s energy mix as we move towards net zero. Managing the economic recovery of declining North Sea production and minimising greenhouse gas emissions are both essential.

Created as one of the key recommendations of Sir Ian Wood’s 2014 Review of the UKCS, the OGA became an Executive Agency on 1 April 2015, which created operational independence from DECC (now the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) to the fullest extent possible within the established boundaries, and gave us direct accountability for exploration and development decisions and approvals. 

On 1 October 2016 we became a government company, limited by shares under the Companies Act 2006, with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy the sole shareholder.

The OGA is largely funded by an industry levy introduced on 1 October 2015. We are headquartered in Aberdeen with a second office in London