Government Funded Seismic

In 2015 and 2016, to support of offshore licensing rounds, the UK government funded the acquisition of four marine 2D surveys:

2015 – North Rockall Basin

2015 – Mid North Sea High

2016 – East Shetland Platform

2016 – South West Britain

These provide a regional exploration dataset for almost all the UK’s under-explored offshore shelf, in regions where no substantial activity has occurred in decades.

These surveys are available for download via the UK National Data Repository.

  • 2015 geophysical surveys

    29th Frontier Round  seismic datasets are available for download via the  UK National Data Repository

    Seismic data has been made freely available to support evaluation of two frontier areas which were offered in the 29th Offshore Licensing Round: the North Rockall Basin and the Mid North Sea High/Forth Approaches Basins

    Rockall Trough

    The Rockall Trough area, in the Outer Hebrides is under-explored, with just 12 exploration wells since 1980. It does have a proven working petroleum system - Benbecula discovery in 2000 - but prior to the government funded seismic survey most of the seismic data was pre-1998.

    Mid-North Sea High

    In the Mid-North Sea High area, new advances in seismic acquisition broadband technology, longer streamer length and advances in processing technology can now improve deeper imaging. We targeted deeper Palaeozoic penetration and also acquired data close to shore to transfer critical onshore knowledge.

    Additional information

    If you have specific questions about the UK Government-funded seismic project, Please email oga.correspondence@ogauthority.co.uk

    Maps & GIS shape files

    In addition to the data obtained and released by the OGA, there are a number of commercial datasets available. Access the map portal for details.

  • 2016 geophysical surveys

    The 2016 seismic surveys are available for download via the  UK National Data Repository.

    These government-funded surveys are available in industry standard format and include: 

    • Processed seismic data, pre-stack time migrated (full offset stack and angle stacks)
    • New 2D broadband acquisition (approx. 19,000 km) from South West Britain (WesternGeco) and the East Shetland Platform (PGS)

    East Shetland Platform

    The East Shetland Platform is an underexplored area adjacent to the prolific East Shetland Basin, with a small number of exploration wells drilled. The new broadband seismic acquisition, amounting to 10,600 line-km, casts new light on this frontier province, together with some 3,600 line-km of legacy 2D seismic that has been re-processed to modern standard.

    SW Britain

    In the SW of Britain, a total of some 8,000 line-km of new broadband seismic data has been acquired, complemented by approximately 16,400 line-km of reprocessed legacy 2D data.

    If you have specific questions about the UK Government-funded seismic project, please email oga.correspondence@ogauthority.co.uk

    Maps & GIS shape files

    In addition to the data obtained and released by the OGA, there are a number of commercial datasets available. Access the map portal  for details.