Surveys

We have created a new, annual, UKCS Stewardship Survey which replaces the nine existing surveys, streamlining the way data are gathered and analysed into a more efficient format; reducing complexity, time, effort and burden on operators and the OGA.

The survey launched on 16 November 2016. It is a key component of the OGA's Asset Stewardship Strategy. Previously, operators provided data via a number of separate surveys run by multiple organisations. Instead, a new single, annual, UKCS Stewardship Survey has been created, replacing the nine existing surveys, streamlining the way data is gathered and analysed into a more efficient format; reducing complexity, time, effort and burden on operators. 

The UKCS Stewardship Survey creates a single source of aligned, robust data. Its analysis will underpin all aspects of our work. It will be used to inform asset stewardship reviews and provide meaningful insights into current and forecast activity in the UKCS. It will also facilitate robust economic modelling of UKCS fields and hubs, helping to build regional strategies and area plans and will aid benchmarking. This approach to data collation will also create a virtuous cycle of data quality improvement over time.

The requests in the UKCS Stewardship Survey are linked to the obligations set out in the MER UK Strategy. Areas covered by the survey include:

  • Licensing
  • Exploration and appraisal
  • Reservoir management
  • Operator activities, including production and costs
  • Wells
  • Production efficiency
  • Decommissioning
  • Technology
  • Supply chain
  • Information management

It is estimated that the survey will create in the region of 1500 data sheets that cover the whole asset life cycle from 80 operators and licensees that cover 400 fields and 20 terminals.

The survey will close on 17th of February 2017.