The OGA is making more and more data freely available to industry, academia and others. This data is invaluable in all of the operations on the UKCS from exploration to decommissioning and in assisting the drive to net zero for example through identifying potential locations for carbon storage sites.
In 2016 and 2017 the OGA commenced new data regulations under the Energy Act 2016. These were:
- The power to request information and samples under section 34 of the Energy Act
- The requirement to appoint an Information and Samples Coordinator (ISC)
- The requirement to submit Information and Samples Plans (ISPs) in connection with certain licence events.
Additionally, in 2017, it consulted on new regulations for the retention and disclosure of Information and Samples. These regulations were laid before Parliament and commenced in 2018.
In February 2019 the OGA launched the National Data Repository (NDR) and on the 1st March 2019 issued its first reporting notices under section 34 of the Energy Act, requesting the statutory reporting of technical information including well, geophysical, production, infrastructure and pipeline data to the OGA and well samples to the British Geological Survey (BGS).
Further Reading on information and samples:
Section 34 Notices
As mentioned above, on 1st March 2019, the OGA issued two reporting notices under section 34 (s.34 notices). One was a retrospective notice covering the routine reporting of information and samples from 2018, the other was a notice to cover the routine reporting of information and samples related to ongoing activity in 2019. As they were routine reporting notices they were sent to the ISCs of all “relevant persons” (as defined under the Energy Act 2016). A notice covering routine reporting for 2020 was issued to all ISCs on 30th January 2020.
The notices are available here: