In consultation with the industry, we have developed stewardship expectations across the oil and gas lifecycle, for operators and licensees. In July 2019 a refreshed set of stewardship expectations were launched, to reflect three years of experience since first issue in 2016. In March 2021 a new net zero expectation was launched.
These expectations promote industry good practice and support maximum economic recovery (MER) and the drive to net zero carbon by 2050. They aim to further stimulate upstream activity, maintain and support performance improvements while continuing to maintain high standards of safety and environmental management.
In July 2019, two expectations were added: Well activity performance; and Commercial alignment and delivery. The first promotes successful delivery of well activity throughout the lifecycle using systematic deployment of existing practices and learning during planning and execution phases. The second, commercial alignment and delivery, promotes the adoption and implementation of existing good commercial practices to enable activity to progress in a manner and pace consistent with licensees’ obligations in the Strategy.
The net zero expectation sets out how the oil and gas industry should reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and support delivery of the UK’s net zero target and focuses on the following areas:
- Creating a culture of GHG emissions reduction within the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS)
- Ensuring that GHG emissions reduction is considered throughout the entire oil and gas lifecycle
- Collaboration between all relevant parties to support and progress potential energy integration developments (such as electrification, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen)
Stewardship expectations cover the following areas:
- Stewardship Expectation 1 - Joint venture hub strategy
- Stewardship Expectation 2 - Delivering exploration and appraisal work programmes
- Stewardship Expectation 3 – Optimum use of subsurface data
- Stewardship Expectation 4 – Well activity performance
- Stewardship Expectation 5 – Robust project delivery
- Stewardship Expectation 6 - Integrated field management
- Stewardship Expectation 7 – Commercial alignment and delivery
- Stewardship Expectation 8 – Technology deployment
- Stewardship Expectation 9 – Build a culture of collaboration
- Stewardship Expectation 10 – Cost effective decommissioning
- Stewardship Expectation 11 - Net zero
An accompanying overview document introduces the refreshed Stewardship Expectations and provides context for and a precis of how the Stewardship Expectations should be implemented.
We will observe the performance of operators and licensees against the stewardship expectations and, if appropriate, seek to improve performance in relation to particular assets. Where an expectation has not been achieved, following discussions with the licensee, we may consider whether or not the licensee is complying with their obligations under the Strategy.
Asset Stewardship Expectations and Overview
Asset Stewardship Expectations OverviewDownload PDF | 862KB
SE01 - Joint Venture Hub StrategyDownload PDF | 513KB
SE02 - Delivering Exploration and Appraisal Work ProgrammesDownload PDF | 511KB
SE03 - Optimum Use of Subsurface DataDownload PDF | 397KB
SE04 - Well Activity PerformanceDownload PDF | 371KB
SE05 - Robust Project DeliveryDownload PDF | 395KB
SE06 - Integrated Field ManagementDownload PDF | 433KB
SE07 - Commercial Alignment and DeliveryDownload PDF | 381KB
SE08 - Technology DeploymentDownload PDF | 372KB
SE09 - Build a Culture of CollaborationDownload PDF | 379KB
SE10 - Cost Effective DecommissioningDownload PDF | 403KB
SE11 - Net ZeroDownload PDF | 300KB
The below documents provide guidance on the OGA's process to assess operators' collaborative behaviour.