UKCS Production Efficiency 2018

Welcome to the Oil and Gas Authority’s UKCS Production Efficiency (PE) 2018 dashboard. The PE dashboard is based on data collected by the OGA through its annual Stewardship Survey and has been designed to allow users to explore elements of PE performance across the UKCS for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The dashboard has two pages:

  • the first page shows overall PE performance relative to geographical area and infrastructure type.
  • the second page takes a more detailed look at production losses and the causes of losses by area and infrastructure type. 

The online dashboard can be accessed below, by clicking the picture below or can be accessed by clicking this link.

A quick guide for using the digital report can be found here.

Any operator can request a bespoke operator benchmarking pack from the OGA by emailing: Packs contain more detailed information about hub and operator level performance relative to others in the UKCS.

UKCS Production Efficiency has improved for the sixth consecutive year reaching 75% in 2018, helping to drive an increase in UKCS production.

Other highlights from the 2018 UKCS Production Efficiency analysis include:

  • Overall production losses in 2018 fell by 6 million barrels of oil equivalent to 196 mmboe (from 202 mmboe in 2017), as a result of reduced well and export losses.
  • Well losses across the UKCS fell by 21% in 2018.
  • Plant losses rose significantly with an 14% increase in 2018.
  • Over-runs reduced by 53% since 2017, reflecting improved estimation of planned shutdowns.
  • 4 out of 5 regions saw increased production efficiency, only the CNS had a decline of 1 percentage point; East Irish Sea (EIS) saw production efficiency increase by 17 percentage points; West of Shetland (WoS) by 6 percentage points.
  • Floating platforms had the biggest increase (5%) in overall PE compared to the previous year; with floating platforms from Northern North Sea and West of Shetland seeing a 13 percentage point increase in PE.
  • Large platforms increased PE by 4 percentage points.

The methodology for calculating PE used by OGA can be found here.


Previous Production Efficiency publications