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

On 25 July 2017, we invited applications for licences in the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.  Applications will be accepted up to 14:00 hrs GMT on 21 November 2017 through the LARRY system on the Energy Portal.

Data Packages

A comprehensive suite of data was made available, in June 2017, ahead of the opening of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round. This freely available information includes subsurface data packages for circa 140 relinquished discoveries, including well and seismic data, well tops, selected seismic images and technical montages for 60 discoveries. The data can be accessed via the CDA website 

In addition, on 19 July 2017, the OGA made an exploration-focussed dataset openly available including, UKCS-wide multi-satellite gravity data, approximately 1,000 wells with joined digital well logs, core analysis, formation pressure and geothermal databases, plus the first set of regional geological maps from the OGA's regional geological mapping project.  Further details can be found here.

There will also be a technology event in Aberdeen on 22 August 2017, 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 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

A number of fields that have ceased production are available in this licensing round and these can be viewed below.  Advances in technology may make these fields viable for redevelopment. 

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.