In order to streamline the way data are gathered and analysed, the OGA launched a new annual, UKCS Stewardship Survey in November 2016 which replaced nine existing surveys. This new, more efficient format,  reduced complexity, time, effort and burden on operators and the OGA.

The survey 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, the new single, annual, UKCS Stewardship Survey replaced 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 created a single source of aligned, robust data. Its analysis underpins all aspects of our work. It is used to inform asset stewardship reviews and provide meaningful insights into current and forecast activity in the UKCS. It also facilitates robust economic modelling of UKCS fields and hubs, helping to build regional strategies and area plans and aids benchmarking. This approach to data collation also creates 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

The 2017 UKCS Stewardship Survey start date will be 1 November 2017, with the final date for submission being 28 February 2018, except the Activity section which will close on 19 January 2018.

Mid Year Stewardship Survey Operator Helpfile