The OGA’s general approach to consulting from 1 January 2018

 The following is the general approach the OGA will normally take on consulting (including on guidance):

  • Where there is a statutory duty or other legal expectation on the OGA to consult, the OGA will hold a formal consultation *.
  • Where the OGA is to issue a formal consultation, the OGA may hold an informal consultation/road-testing ** before doing so.
  • Otherwise, where the OGA intends to either change or clarify its processes through guidance or other means; or input into legislative proposals, the OGA may hold an informal consultation/road-testing ** before doing so, depending on the impact of the change or input.

* Formal consultation: with a document published on the OGA’s website. The  OGA will aim for a minimum of 4 weeks wherever possible, and longer if appropriate

** Informal consultation/road-testing: to check for unintended consequences, factual accuracies and/or clarity of the guidance or proposal, normally via the MER UK Steering group or a MER UK taskforce.

Powers and sanctions

Sanctions and Financial Penalty Guidance

Sanctions Procedure

Disputes resolution guidance

Guidance on disputes over third party access to infrastructure

Meetings: statutory notice

Guidance on information and samples plans

Guidance on the role of information and samples coordinators

Guidance on retention of information and samples

Guidance on satisfactory expected commercial return (SECR)

Exploration and production

Stewardship expectations and corresponding implementation guides

Stewardship review guidance

Guidance in the development and use of Area plans

Collaborative behaviour quantification tool assessment guidance

Guidance on the management of offshore licence work programme commitments 

Guidance for Suspended Wells

Licensing and consents

Offshore licence applications guidance

Licensee financial guidance 

Offshore FDP requirements documents

Offshore FDP guidance

Licence assignments and relinquishments guidance

Licence assignments and relinquishments (PEARS Guidance)

Guidance for a licence assignment application

Carbon storage

Consents (offshore)

Gas storage including application guidance and development plan guidance 

Well Operations and Notifications System (WONS) guidance

Petroleum Operations Notices Guidance (PONS)

Applications for ancillary rights under the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966 by holders of Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences

Guidance note of OGA’s licensing exploration and development charges regime

Cessation of Production (CoP) Guidance


Consolidated onshore guidance

Supply Chain

Supply Chain Action Plans guidance

Relevant external guidance

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Guidance on well notifications 

Well abandonment guidance

Infrastructure code of practice

Industry Behavioural Guidelines (Area Plans)