Field development plans

Under the model clauses applicable to a seaward production licence, licensees require the OGA’s consent to erect or carry out permanent works for the purpose of getting or conveying petroleum from a licensed area, or get petroleum from such an area. Such consent is referred to as a 'Development and Production Consent'

When considering whether to consent to a field development, the OGA will amongst other things, assess whether the proposed project accords with the obligations set out in the strategy for enabling the principal objective of maximising the economic recovery of UK petroleum (MER UK strategy), and whether the development methods proposed comply with good oilfield practice.

Process for offshore oil and gas field development plans

Further information on the OGA’s requirements for the planning of and consent to UKCS Field Developments

Guidance on the content of an FDP document.

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The OGA considers the economics of field and incremental developments as part of the assessment of field development plans. Operators should complete a Standard Economics Template (SET) spreadsheet to assist the OGA in this process.

View further guidance for onshore oil and gas fields, gas storage development plans and gas unloading development plans.