National Data Repository (NDR)

The United Kingdom’s National Data Repository for petroleum-related information and samples (NDR) is a key piece of UK digital infrastructure.

All offshore petroleum licensees and owners / operators of offshore infrastructure have access to the NDR to facilitate their reporting obligations to the OGA. The OGA may use the NDR to disclose reported information to any registered user, subject to statutory confidentiality periods.

Anyone with an interest in petroleum-related information may register to search, view and download disclosed information, free of charge, or to order data for delivery on media, on a cost reflective basis.

The NDR is available here: https://ndr.ogauthority.co.uk

The NDR addresses many industry and regulatory needs – including:

  • Ensuring global access to unique and irreplaceable petroleum-related information
  • Enabling the retention and reporting obligations of relevant persons to be discharged
  • Enabling the disclosure of petroleum-related information by the OGA
  • Facilitating collaborative data interchange between relevant persons, the broader oil and gas industry, academia, and the regulator to encourage economic activity
  • Ensuring that maximum value is derived from petroleum-related information by ensuring the widest possible transparent access
  • Ensuring the sustainable curation of petroleum-related information and samples

By ensuring that industry, academia and the wider public have ready access to timely and transparent data the OGA is creating the conditions for the investment and innovation necessary to Maximise Economic Recovery and to enable the Energy Transition.

Latest News on the NDR

The OGA launched the online NDR to industry users in February 2019. 25th March 2020 marked the first anniversary of the service’s launch to the wider industry, academia and the general public.

During the NDR’s first year of operation the volume of well data stored increased by 378 GB, representing an increase of 9% in one year, to a total of 4.6 TB. This demonstrates a leap forward in the reporting of data that has been acquired by licensees over the previous five decades. Drilling activity in recent years has been comparatively low; rather than relating to recent activity this data is overwhelmingly related to older wellbores, meaning that almost all of it is immediately eligible for disclosure in support of the OGA’s ambition and priorities. The OGA attributes this pronounced increase to efforts by industry, with OGA oversight, to comply with reporting obligations in the execution of Information and Samples Plans, as well as the upload of quality digital well logs and other data acquired by the OGA to better enable industry to characterise the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) subsurface.

The OGA intends to further integrate the NDR with the wider Digital Energy Platform using a replacement technology. This will be developed from the second half of 2020, with a view to launching an initial solution towards mid-2021. The OGA intends to continuously enhance and improve the new NDR solution to best suit the needs of the widening user-base.

Did you know that the following are available to download or order from the NDR?

All disclosed well data: 4.5 TB of digital well logs, various reports and other digital files and documents that have been gathered over more than five decades of UKCS operations have been disclosed via the NDR. Data from over 12,000 wellbores becomes eligible for disclosure continually. Users may order, for delivery on media, the full disclosed data collection – the package is updated on a quarterly basis, with the choice of a full package or just the last quarter’s data being offered, if users wish to add in increments. Modest costs for time and materials are recovered by the OGA’s NDR contractor for orders on media.

All disclosed seismic data: An 11.3 TB package of Pre-Stack and Post-Stack seismic data, associated reports and ancillary data from disclosed proprietary surveys, is available to order from the NDR. Similarly, a package of 3.2 TB of field seismic data is also available. As with disclosed well data, the packages are updated each quarter, with incremental packages being made available too. Modest costs for time and materials are recovered by the OGA’s NDR contractor for orders on media.

PGS SNS Mega-Survey version 2: The OGA acquired the 2016 version of this regional data set and has made it available via the NDR in support of the OGA’s 32nd Offshore Licensing Round. The OGA does not charge for access to the 875 GB of 3D SEG-Y and ancillary data. Note that a modest charge for time and materials will be recovered by the OGA’s NDR contractor for orders on media.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NDR

The OGA has been asked on a number of occasions about how any personal data contained in information submitted to the NDR will be protected.

The information reported to the NDR is being collected, and may be published, in the exercise of a function conferred on the OGA by legislation. The OGA does not require personal data to be provided in information. Relevant persons may, if they wish, remove any personal data from information before it is submitted to the NDR.

If relevant persons have concerns that they are not compliant with data protection legislation in submitting information to the NDR, they should seek independent legal advice.

The OGA’s policy on handling personal information is available here.

Updates

If you would like to receive updates by email on matters relating to the UK National Data Repository for offshore petroleum-related information and samples, please advise us at ndr@ogauthority.co.uk