Gas storage and unloading
Developers must obtain a licence from the OGA for offshore gas storage or gas unloading activities, and a grant of the appropriate rights from The Crown Estate or Crown Estate Scotland as applicable.
This regime applies to gas storage and unloading within the offshore area that comprises both the UK territorial sea and the area extending beyond the sea designated as a gas importation and storage zone ("GISZ") under section 1(5) of the Energy Act 2008 (the "Act").
Offshore gas storage
Application for an offshore gas storage licenceDownload DOC | 148KB | 9 pages
Offshore gas unloading
Application for a gas unloading licenceDownload DOC | 140KB | 8 pages
Under the model clauses attached to each Gas Unloading and Gas Storage Licence, the OGA must approve the appointment of an operator. Approval relates only to a company's competence and does not confer any permission to carry out actual activities such as drilling, seismic surveys, or gas unloading or storage developments. It is specific to the licence under which it is given, and each case is considered on its own merits.