Licensing rounds

We hold offshore and onshore licensing rounds, inviting applications from companies and making awards to those bids that promise to maximise economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources.

30th Offshore Licensing Round

Timing of the 30th Seaward Licensing Round

On 13 June 2017 the European Commission published an Official Journal of the European Union entry on the UK's 30th Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round.

The OGA has not yet launched the Round.

When the Round is launched, this page will be updated with a link to the Official Journal; a list (with associated maps) of the Blocks on offer; application Guidance and a link to the LARRY (The Licensing Applications RepositoRY) facility. This is a portal-based system that will lead the applicant through the process of compiling and submitting an application.

Upon the Round launch the OGA will issue a Press Notice.

First point of contact on the 30th seaward round Ricki Kiff tel: 0300 067 1637 email:

A comprehensive suite of data is being made available ahead of the opening of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round. The freely available information  includes  subsurface data packages for  circa140 relinquished discoveries, including well and seismic data, well tops and selected seismic images and technical montages for 60 discoveries. The data can be accessed via the OGA open data site

There will also be a technology event in Aberdeen in August, jointly hosted with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) focusing on how technology can help unlock these future oil and gas developments in the upcoming 30th Offshore Licensing Round.  The event will bring operators, prospective investors and technology developers together and will cover technology areas that are critical for the economic development of marginal fields, including seismic, well construction, subsea tie-backs, and efficient standalone facility concepts.  More information is available at

29th Offshore Licensing Round

On 27 July 2016, we invited applications for licences in the 29th Offshore Licensing Round. The Round closed on 26 October 2016. On 23 March 2017 we announced the offer of awards in the 29th Offshore Licensing Round.

2016 Offshore Supplementary Round

On 6 December 2016, we invited applications for licences in the Offshore 2016 Supplementary Round.  

28th Offshore Licensing Round

On 6 November 2014, we invited applications for licences in the 28th Offshore Licensing Round.