Offshore

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.

31st Supplementary Offshore Licensing Round - Greater Buchan Area Plan

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has initiated a new Area Plan to maximise economic recovery (MER) from the Greater Buchan area of the North Sea, to develop the 150-300 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) estimated to be present in the area.

To maximise recovery of the significant potential recoverable resources in the Greater Buchan area, the OGA will open a Supplementary Licensing Round in Q1 2019.

The area, situated in the Outer Moray Firth, features considerable open, currently unlicensed acreage, including a number of undeveloped discoveries. The OGA is encouraging companies to partner with each other and collaborate to progress exploration and new developments in the area.

In advance of the Supplementary Round, the OGA hosted an information session in Aberdeen for interested oil and gas companies on 15 November 2018. Please expand the menu to see presentation and press materials.

The data pack for the 31st Supplementary Licensing Round is available on UK Oil and Gas Data (CDA), via the OGA tab.  A summary of the available data is included in the Industry Engagement Session - presentation.  Additional data (e.g. pressure and core analysis databases) are available from the OGA open data site.

The 31th Offshore Licensing Round

On 10th July 2018, we invited applications for licences in the 31th Offshore Licensing Round. Applications were accepted up to 14.00 on the 7th November 2018 through the LARRY system on the Energy Portal. The Round is now closed.

The Round attracted 36 applications covering 164 blocks in frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).  For full details on the applications received please see the related Press Release.

The OGA will now commence its technical evaluation of applications, and intends to offer awards to successful applicants as early as possible during Q2 2019.

Dates of previous and indicative timings for future licence rounds

Dates of previous and indicative timings for future offshore licence round events, covering a five year total period,are detailed below:-

30th Offshore Licensing Round

On 25 July 2017, we invited applications for licences in the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.  The round closed for applications on 21 November 2017. On 23 May 2018 we announced the offer of awards in the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.

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.