In 2016 the OGA published a data strategy for the UKCS. This strategy is to leverage legacy systems and existing industry resources to transform the collection, storage, analysis and publication of data across the oil and gas lifecycle.
Additionally, 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.
Also 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.
The Energy Act 2016 is available here.
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 ISC’s of all “relevant persons” (as defined under the Energy Act 2016)